AO Students watching the event video.

2022



EVENT PROGRAM

We are so glad you are here. 
We cannot wait to share this special night with you!

 

WELCOME

Dear Raise a Class Community,

Welcome back! Although, you never went anywhere in your support of Access Opportunity, we are deeply grateful that your continued belief allowed us to grow in all ways, from the numbers of students served to more programs, especially in social and emotional health.

And we are deeply grateful to the students, whose growth in the past two years also happened in all ways, from the responsibilities they took on for families to the development of their values.

Thank you to supporters and students alike for creating and holding this community together.

In celebration!

Yuri Shane 

Executive Director

AO Students posing together after a group dinner
 

SCHEDULE

SILENT AUCTION

COCKTAILS & DINNER
FEATURING:
A5 Steakhouse
Ash'Kara
Bird Bakery
Blackbelly
FNG
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
Super Mega Bien
Tap & Burger
Uchi
Uncle

Music by: Boston Bayou

OPENING REMARKS
Yuri Shane, Executive Director & Co-Founder
Susie Hayes, Co-Founder

LIVE AUCTION

STUDENT SPEAKER

SPECIAL APPEAL

RAFFLE

CLOSING REMARKS

AUCTION- CHECK OUT

 

LIVE AUCTION

Colorado Rockies field

COLORADO ROCKIES
HOME RUN
 

  • 4 seats in the first row behind the Rockies dugout

  • Mutually agreed upon game during the 2022 baseball season

  • Includes dinner at Carmine's in McGregor Square

 

Restrictions: Valid for the 2022 baseball season. Does not include Opening Day, Firework Nights, or Post Season Games. 

Donated by: Marne Obernauer

Carrie Baird

PRIVATE DINNER for 8
with TOP CHEF, 
CARRIE BAIRD

Top Chef Carrie Baird will work out of your kitchen to create an unforgettable dinner for you and your guests. This experience includes:

  • Dinner for 8 in your home

  • Catered by Carrie

  • 4-5 courses, each paired with the perfect cocktail or wine

 

Restrictions: Locals Only.

Expires April 28, 2023.

Donated by: Chef Carrie Baird

La Costa Resort and Spa

LA COSTA 
RESORT & SPA
CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA

  • 3 night stay

  • 3 bedroom luxury villa- sleeps 8

  • Access to golf, spa treatments, dining, retail, and cabana rentals

 

Restrictions: Expires October 15, 2023. Must be booked and used by this date. Blackout dates include: President's Day Weekend, Memorial Day Weekend, July 1st-31st, Labor Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Week, and New Year's Week.  

Kohler golf resort

KOHLER GOLF 
WEEKEND for 4 at 
THE AMERICAN CLUB

  • 2 double rooms for 2 nights at five-star American Club resort in Kohler, Wisconsin

  • Includes foursome of golf on two of the top-100 golf resorts in the world:

    • Whistling Straits Course          (with caddie)​

    • Blackwolf Run, Meadow Valley Course

 

Restrictions: Valid through the 2022 golf season and based on availability. 

Donated by: Destination Kohler

Breckenridge House

WELCOME HOME
TO BRECKENRIDGE

  • 7 night stay

  • Home located 1 mile from town, and is a 3 minute drive to the gondola

  • 4 bedrooms, sleeps 10 

  • Great retreat year-round

Restrictions: Subject to availability.

7 consecutive nights 

Expires April 28, 2023. 

Avalanche Hockey Player

PRIVATE SUITE
for AVALANCHE
GAME

  • Suite will include 20 tickets and              5 parking passes

  • Food and beverage will be included, with value up to $1,000

  • Mutually agreed upon game during the 2022-23 hockey season

Valid for the 2022-23 hockey season. Does not include opening game or playoff games. 

Donated by: Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Silver Oak Winery

EXPLORE NAPA IN STYLE at THE STANLY RANCH, AUBERGE RESORT 

  • 3 night stay

  • Silver Oak Winery vertical tasting experience with 6 different vintages

  • Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Celestial Tour & Tasting with guided tour of Napa wine caves, seated tasting of estate-grown wines, paired gourmet bites

Restrictions: Travel must be completed by April 28, 2023. Tasting must be booked in advance. 

Donated by: Hotel Engine

Inspirato Trip poolside

RAFFLE DRAWING:
INSPIRATO TRIP

A trip of your choice from Inspirato, a premiere luxury travel company​

  • Accommodations range from 1 bedroom hotel suite to 9 bedroom homes

  • Domestic and International destinations

  • All aspects of your trip will be planned by your dedicated Care and Planning team (flights, transportation, tee-times, excursions, etc.) 

  • Book your trip by April 28, 2023

**If you'd like to purchase a raffle ticket, please visit the raffle table before 8:00 pm.**

 

MISSION

AO Students posing for photo booth

Our mission is to create opportunities for high-potential students from low-income households to define their individual path through high school, college and career, ultimately benefiting the lives of others.

We do this by supporting talented students who have power to make great impact, focusing on their individual needs and career dreams. 

 

NEED

(AfterCollege)

 

IMPACT

AO Class of 2024 students posing together

While nationally, 33% of low-income students will enroll in college, 

100%

OF AO STUDENTS 
ENROLL IN COLLEGE

Student Advisory Group posing together (3 students)

$1,721

AVERAGE NET COST
FOR AO STUDENTS TO ATTEND COLLEGE

Compared to $6,000 net average for first-gen students nationally

Becca holding up a college flag for Brown University

3.6

AVERAGE COLLEGE GPA

Compared to 2.6 for first-gen students nationally

 

APPEAL

$25,000

Pays for our Social-Emotional Learning programming for a year

$10,000

Provides 4 years of Access Opportunity scholarship for one college student

$5,000

Covers a workshop to bring students together

$2,500

Provides career assessments for one class of students

AO Students posing with a sign saying "This is my #AOFamily
Student Advisory Group posing for a photo

$1,000

Covers college counseling and application essay support

$500

Provides college textbooks for one college student for a semester

$250

Provides student transportation to a group workshop

$100

Pays for standardized test fees for one student

 

COMMITTEE

Dave Adams
Brie Aletto and Ben Russell
Jennifer and Shawn Barker
Janie Bracken
Mary and Doug Bradford
Paula Burns
Debbie and Chip Coppola
Tricia and David Diehl
Michelle and Mark Dorman
Janet and Fred Doyle
Trista and Dan Fisher

Bo and David Fleck
Nancy and Rick George
Lisa and Doug Granat
Susie and John Hayes

Barb and Karen Herz
Christy and Tom Holman

Jenny and Mark Hopkins

Terri and Chris Jeffers
Pam and Steve Jeffords
Emilee Jones
Kristen and Kevin Kelly
Shannon and Jeff Knobel
Debbie and Brent LaBier
Amy and Andrew Larson
Kim Layne and Ranulfo Gonzalez
Melissa and Ryan Lee
Cindy and Kyle Lefkoff
Cheryl McBay and Jay Prassl
Nicki McTague and Ben Krugman
Pat and Tom Metz

Jane Michaels and Marne Obernauer
Michelle and Kevin Mize

Georgia Montoya and Zeyen Wu

Becky and Andrew Morley

Georgia and David Nelson

Juan Padro
Mark and Abbie Poniatowski
Diane and Dan Rabbitt
Pam and Lee Reichert
Heather and Jamie Sabatier
Lisa and Jim Scatena
Kathy Schultz and David Paul
Yuri Shane and Rob Martin
Lesly and Rich Shappard
Pam and Michael Sousa
Kara and Eric Vinton
Susannah Thulson and Bob Webster

Julie Weaver
Chally and Rick Wiener
Leroy and Kristi Williams

Lisa Williams and Charles Johnson

 

SPONSORS

SUMMA CUM LAUDE
Cigna Logo
Caruso Ventures logo
Goldman Sachs logo
MAGNA CUM LAUDE
Emerson logo
PDC Energy logo
Willis Towers Watson logo
ViewRay logo
CUM LAUDE
AJ Kirkegaard logo
DaVita logo
Dean Callan logo
Deloitte logo
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MAXX properties logo
Pwc logo
Sapient Insights group logo
Trailhead Wealth management logo
Trimble logo
Westland Development logo
IN-KIND
Ball Corporation logo
Denver Test prep logo
 

RESTAURANTS & DRINK PARTNERS

A5 Steakhouse logo
Ash'Kara Logo
Bird Bakery logo
Blackbelly logo
Ophelia's logo
FNG logo
Super Mega Bien logo
tap+burger logo
Uchi logo
uncle ramen logo
Avery Brewing logo
Lefthand brewing logo
Breakthru Beverage logo
Mananalu logo
Infinite monkey Theorem logo
Southern Glazers logo

EVENT DONORS

 

Thank you to everyone who donated this year.
Your contributions help make this event possible. 

 

SPECIAL THANKS

ALLEGRA PRINTING

MIHI ENTERTAINMENT

BOSTON BAYOU

PRODUCT AV

BOLDER EVENTS

ROCKY MOUNTAIN VALET INC.

EVENT RENTS

THE GALA TEAM

HOP & OIL, LLC

TYLER DAVIS

JOHN SNELSON