Monthly Archives: November 2015

From the Director’s Desk

November 23rd, 2015

Dear Friends, Thank you to everyone who attended our 20th Anniversary Class Act Auction and Dinner.  We are pleased to announce that we raised more than $235,000 through the generosity of approximately 550 attendees. A special thank you goes out to our presenting sponsor, Replica, for their investment in our youth and families. In addition, …

Thanks to the PeyBack Foundation

November 16th, 2015

In honor of the Denver Broncos and their fearless leader we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the PeyBack Foundation for their support. Through this support, Denver Urban Scholars’ students and mentors attended yesterday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The PeyBack Foundation also made a contribution that will allow us to …

Denver Urban Scholars Walk of Fame, 20 Years in the Making: Christina Gonzales

November 7th, 2015

Congratulations to Denver Urban Scholars graduate Christina Gonzales, who will receive the first ever Gilbert Garcia Memorial Award at this evening’s Class Act Dinner and Auction. Christina and Gilbert were classmates at Bishop Machebeuf High School. Gilbert was a motivated, hard-working college student when he was tragically killed in a drive-by shooting in Denver in …

Denver Urban Scholars Walk of Fame, 20 Years in the Making: Tom Kimball, Youth Opportunity Foundation

November 6th, 2015

It’s hard for us to believe that Denver Urban Scholars is celebrating 20 years this year. We’ve been so blessed to have so many “stars” involved in our organization, especially Tom Kimball, executive director of Youth Opportunity Foundation. Not only has Tom inspired us to be a better organization, but for more than a decade …

Denver Urban Scholars Walk of Fame, 20 Years in the Making: Trent Peaker

November 5th, 2015

For the last two years, Trent Peaker has not just mentored two brothers, born in Yemen and now being raised by their mother here in Denver, but he has changed their lives. He’s a star that will never fade. The impact he’s had in helping Khaled and his brother, Saber, goes well beyond helping them …

Denver Urban Scholars Walk of Fame, 20 Years in the Making: Margaret Byrne

November 4th, 2015

How long have you been involved with DUS? Since the beginning, in 1995. How did you first come to be involved with DUS? Larry and I started the program at St. Ignatius in South Side Chicago. We took the torch from Chicago to Denver, then passed it to Patrick and he has taken it and …

Denver Urban Scholars Walk of Fame, 20 Years in the Making: Derek Scarth

November 3rd, 2015

How long have you been involved with DUS? You may have to double check this with Patrick, but I think I started as a mentor in 1999 and left as a Board Member in 2012. How did you first come to be involved with DUS? I began as a mentor to Jose Ochoa in 1999. I …

Denver Urban Scholars Walk of Fame, 20 Years in the Making: Candy Gonzales

November 2nd, 2015

How long have you been involved with DUS? I have been involved with DUS since 2003. How did you first come to be involved with DUS? My daughter, Christina Gonzales, attended Annunciation Grade School; she was in 8th grade and the principle at the time, Sr. Jean, told me about this program called the Byrne …