2016 Denver Urban Scholars’ “Class Act” Benefit Dinner to be the Biggest Ever in 21 Year History

September 7th, 2016

Denver, Colorado – September 6, 2016 – Denver Urban Scholars invites Denver community members to attend its largest annual fundraiser ever, the annual Class Act Dinner and Gala on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Seawell Grand Ballroom.

The Class Act Dinner, sponsored by Mega Star and Health One will directly benefit over 200 students in the Denver metro area whom face significant hurdles in completing their education.

Denver Urban Scholars anticipates a sellout event with 600 attendees. The 2016 fundraising goal is $345,000, and all funds will support at risk students in the Denver metro area. Tickets and tables can be purchased online at http://denverurbanscholars.org/events/classactdinner/.

The event features a vintage Vegas theme and will include a tasting hour with signature cocktails and passed appetizers, a “chance to win,” a three course dinner created by the chefs at Epicurean, a program, silent and live auctions, and a professional photographer and videographer.

During the program, Denver Urban Scholars will toast to its accomplishments and growth over the past 21 years, including recognition of the involvement of key individuals in the Denver community such as Gilbert Garcia Memorial Award recipient Ryan Ross, Mentor Award recipient Trent Peaker, Legacy Award recipient Derek Scarth, and Community Impact Award recipient Tom May.

“This year we are breaking all the records.  We are thrilled with the level of support we have received already and our goal is to continue that success the night of the event.  There is so much passion for youth and education in Denver that it is truly inspiring.  The best part of this event is that 100% of money raised goes directly to support Denver Urban Scholars, thanks to the Byrne family.  Our goal is to set a record in our fundraising efforts so that Denver Urban Scholars can accept more students into its programs in the coming year,” said Kyle Ewing, Co-Chair of The Class Act Logistics Committee and President of Denver startup TerraSlate Waterproof Paper LLC.

About Denver Urban Scholars

Denver Urban Scholars, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has grown substantially since its founding in 1995 by Larry and Margaret Byrne. Denver Urban Scholars serves Denver metro students who face significant hurdles, and provides them with mentoring in the skills to graduate high school, enter higher education with a meaningful life plan for success, and pursue a life of choice and opportunity.

In 2015, 82% of Denver Urban Scholars’ seniors completed (graduated or obtained GED) high school, 93% of its elementary and high school students advanced to the next grade level on time, and 93% of its graduates were enrolled in college or the military.

Denver Urban Scholars partner schools include Denver School of Science and Technology – Stapleton, KIPP Denver Collegiate High School, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy, La Academia at Denver Inner City Parish, JK Mullen High School, STRIVE Prep Westwood, and STRIVE Prep Sunnyside.


Miranda Graul, V.P. Development and Fundraising
3532 Franklin St. Ste. T
Denver, Colorado 80205
Ph: (303) 355-1700

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