Denver’s Scholars Unlimited celebrated 25 years of creating brighter futures for young children at History Colorado, September 27, 2018. The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner, and live auction.

Scholars Unlimited started in 1993, when Paul Hamilton and Cyndi Kahn said, “Why not?” With that said, they knew summer would a perfect time to give a little girl named Chanelle and 20 other kids struggling to read an opportunity to catch up with a summer reading program. The next summer the program expanded to a full day along with a partnership with Denver Parks and Recreation. That summer they were able to serve 511 students, and Summer Scholars was born. Throughout the years the organization has been successful in:

*Helping thousands of students unlock the code to reading and become proficient, avid readers.

*Providing young learners with experiences they might not otherwise access and in the process, helped them discover new passions.

*Supported kids in developing life skills like persistence and resilience, better equipping them for lifelong success.

Scholars Unlimited has been able to rise to meet the needs of the scholars and their families, focus on literacy with engaging activities and programs to nurture growth and development.

The 25th celebration for Scholars Unlimited was a warm, engaging evening with entertainment by Mark Hellerstein, a well-known ventriloquist. His talent is in throwing his voice like Edgar Bergen but he was also a lively professional performer and an enthusiastic people person. He seemed to be having more fun than anyone gathering several from the audience for a Doe-Re-Me sing-along song led by Hellerstein in six different voices. It was amazing fun entertainment.

Gary Corbett brought his auctioneering skills to the evening and helped move auction items for a top dollar such as beautiful food, sports and, wine baskets. One lucky person bought an entertainment package which included: two tickets to the Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, Wonderbound performance. Two tickets to OKLAHOMA!, and an Escapology experience for six and, last but not least, two dozen macarons from Woops!

Sports fans left happy. One lucky guy won the bid for two club-level seats to Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Coors Field. Someone left with a week in a Cape Cod Beach House and another one in Maine. Of course, one extra lucky bidder took home Denver Nuggets Autographed Ball & Tickets to Broncos game with a basketball signed by Nikola Jokic, Kenneth Faried, Gary Harris and every other player on the Nuggets 2018 roster.

It was a great turnout for the very important Denver educational organization. One thing about the evening was certain. Everyone was there to support children, reading programs and to give of their experience and time to encourage the young people of Denver. Making Denver a better place to live and raise children.

Scholars Unlimited, 3401 Quebec St, Suite 5010 Denver CO 80207
Phone: 303-381-3743  scholarsunlimited.org