The Mizel Institute Annual Dinner, one of the largest community fundraisers in Colorado, draws guests in the thousands, who represent a wide array of community leaders in government, business, education and philanthropy. Funds raised from the dinner support the work of the Mizel Institute’s two centers, the Mizel Museum and the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), whose valuable programs empower individuals to become civically engaged in promoting social justice and enhancing public safety.

The 2018 Community Enrichment Award was given to John Ikard, former CEO of FirstBank, is an active community leader who currently serves as the chairman of Colorado Concern. John started with FirstBank in 1981 and was elected president and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company in 1999. In early 2017, after 35 years with the company, the last 17 years as CEO, Ikard stepped down as CEO but continues to serve on the FirstBank Board of Directors. John also served as past chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Area Boy Scout Council and Denver Economic Development Corporation.

The Humanitarian award was also presented to Bill Vollbracht, a surprise addition and first-time event in the program.

The Mizel Institute Annual Dinner, one of the largest community fundraisers in Colorado, draws guests in the thousands, who represent a wide array of community leaders in government, business, education and philanthropy. Funds raised from the dinner support the work of the Mizel Institute’s two centers, the Mizel Museum and the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL), whose valuable programs empower individuals to become civically engaged in promoting social justice and enhancing public safety.