L to R: Victoria Gertelos, Marney Andes, Dr. Lynn Gangone, Elisa Fowler

On Friday, September 20, 2013, Marney Andes watched her dream unfold at the exquisite Brown Palace Hotel. The Central City room served as the backdrop for the first Project Aspire scholarship luncheon. The event introduced the 2013 scholarship winners, Laura Sporrer and Sara Szynskie, and honored and recognized women in leadership. Joan Mazak, president and founder of Make-A-Wish Colorado, was tapped as the first “Woman Who Aspires to Inspire” honoree. Mazak made her dreams and wishes come true in 1986, by giving back to those in need of a smile.

It was beautiful observing the roomful of generous professional women helping other women. The luncheon recognized capable women supporting and encouraging each other. They came to reinforce and acknowledge women leaders in Denver who empower their sisters and, to say again how crucial it is that women who can inspire, step in to inspire others to aspire.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Lynn Gangone, Dean of the University of Denver –  Colorado’s Women’s College. She spoke of the three L’s: leverage, leadership, and legacy, as essential to women. She believes strongly in women and education. “When we invest in women we gain leaders. And, I believe that who leads matters.”

“Through our Annual Project Aspire scholarship luncheon, Women Who Aspire to Inspire,” Marney Andes reminded the group, “you are supporting Project Aspire and helping us provide scholarships to those women in our community who require it to finish their degrees.”

As the igniting force behind this foundation, Andes is a true woman’s advocate and has sought the finest community leaders to join her in her quest for raising scholarship funds.   “I believe that if a women can “set a path,” Project Aspire can help her “complete the journey.”

For information how you can support Project Aspire please visit their website:

http://www.myprojectaspire.org or call Elisa Fowler  303-330-1047 or email events@myprojectaspire.org

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” –Eleanor Roosevelt