UPWords Appreciation Day

UPWords Appreciation Party – May 4, 2016

As University Park celebrates 130 years, this evening was a confluence of history, dedication and generosity. Over 45 people nestled into the hallway at University Park Elementary School. We were fortunate to have Boy Scout Troup 79 contribute service hours to help setup and support the evening. Scott Gilsdorf from La Belle Rosette donated his and staff time to prepare a lovely meal for the attendees. The space was beautifully decorated with balloons provided by Above it All Balloonery, a business by longtime block captain, Janice Nelson.

All current and recently retired Area Coordinators received special thank you gifts. We were also able to recognize the 20 individuals and families that have delivered the UPWords for over twenty years. They are: Pam Adams, The Bardwell Family, Bill Berg, Tom Dietzorst, Paula Erickson, Carolyn Etter, Margaret Hamblin, Julie Harrington, John & Diana Helper, Sandra and Julian Huzyk, Nancy Iona, Maureen Keller, Carol Mullins, The Myers Family, Janice Nelson, Tom and Julmary Regan, Barbara Riesenman, and Roger Rountree. In addition, all block captains received a gift bag – whether they attended or not. Attendees also had the opportunity to choose from an excellent selection of door prizes. Thank you to Phyllis Ward and Janet Bardwell for spearheading and organizing this event.

The Boy Scouts helped make sure the evening ran smoothly including handing out gift bags.

The Scouts enjoyed dinner along with Jennifer Engelby, Area B coordinator and block captain, Janice Nelson, who has delivered for over twenty years.

Festive balloons grace the halls along with many neighbors.

Neighbors and event organizers, Phyllis Ward and Janet Bardwell stand in front of the La Belle Rosette’s banner who provided the meal.

We are grateful to the following individuals and businesses for their donations and time:
University Park Community Council
Thrivent Financial Action Grant
La Belle Rosette, Espresso & Wine Bar
University Park Elementary School

Prizes, decorations and gifts donated by:
Accent Optics
Christopher Johnson
Dave Easton – Elevation Realty
La Belle Rosette, Espresso & Wine Bar
Janice Nelson – Above It All Balloonery
Lamont School of Music – University of Denver
Landmark Theatres – Chez Artiste
Lululemon Athletica
The Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts. University of Denver
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Phyllis Ward
Schlessman Family YMCA
University of Denver
University Park Elementary School
University Park Family Dental

The winners got to choose from the following items:

Gift Certificate for a 8” Frost & Box Bundt Cake From Nothing Bundt Cake

Two Movie Tickets with Free Popcorn From Landmark Theatres

Events at the Robert and Judy Newman Center (Including the Lamont School of Music)

Two Concert Tickets to Billie Childs Performance
Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro

Two Concert Tickets to Lamont Symphony Orchestra & Choirs
+ $10 Certificate to La Belle Rosette

Two Concert Tickets to Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble
+ $10 Certificate to La Belle Rosette

Two Concert Tickets to Kathy Kosins, Jazz Vocals
(Donated by Phyllis Ward)

Sports Bag from the Schlessman Family YMCA

Art Cards and Prints by Christopher Johnson

University Park Stationery Cards & Free Bundtlet Certificate from Nothing Bundt Cake