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Denver Scholarship Foundation embraces virtual format for Spirit Week and Annual Gala

Posted at 12:26 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 14:26:44-04

This year, the Denver Scholarship Foundation’s Annual Gala – its largest fundraising event of the year – will embrace a virtual format while expanding into DSF Spirit Week for the first time in the organization’s 14-year history.

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 5, DSF Spirit Week will offer opportunities to participate in short activities and experiences to learn more about DSF’s three-part program, featuring Denver Public Schools high school student speakers, DSF Scholar speakers and Alumni.

Virtual events throughout the week include a DSF 101 event to highlight DSF’s college access programming, which takes place in DSF Future Centers located inside 14 DPS high schools; a DSF 201 event to highlight DSF’s college success programming in partnership with 31 postsecondary institutions in Colorado; and a networking lunch hour to connect DSF Scholars and Alumni with supporters, sponsors, and community members.

The Spirit Week celebration will culminate on Thursday, Oct. 8 with DSF Virtual Gala 2020: Celebrating with Spirit, emceed by Denver7 anchor Anne Trujillo.

“In an uncertain world, we know that a college degree or certificate paves the way to a brighter future for our students and their families,” said Lorii Rabinowitz, chief executive officer of DSF. “Our Virtual Gala 2020 will bring together our community in a new way to support thousands of Denver students in keeping their momentum to and through college completion.”

The DSF Annual Gala has raised millions of dollars to make college possible for thousands of students in Denver. Since its founding in 2006, DSF has awarded $43.4 million in scholarships, changing the life trajectory for 7,020 Denver Public Schools graduates.

Proceeds from DSF Virtual Gala 2020 will make it possible for thousands of DPS graduates to complete a college certificate or degree.

About Denver Scholarship Foundation

Denver Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity whose mission is to inspire and empower Denver Public Schools’ students to achieve their college goals. A direct service provider, DSF provides college and financial aid advice to Denver students and families and offers a renewable, need-based scholarship to support Scholars throughout their college careers. DSF also partners with colleges across Colorado to implement retention strategies that help Denver students complete their college education. DSF aims to create systemic change to prepare Denver’s youth to succeed in today’s evolving workforce. For more information, visit www.denverscholarship.org