The Cause

 

In March of 2019, one of the strongest snow storms ever recorded hit Colorado in what meteorologists called a "cyclone bomb". That night, nearly 50 youth crowded Urban Peak's shelter. While many youth slept outside in the cold, these youth made their way to Urban Peak. The youth were homeless and Urban Peak offered them a safe and warm place to seek refuge from the storm.

Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Urban Peak's goal is to help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults.

Urban Peak provides five essential services:

·         an overnight shelter

·         a daytime Drop-In Center

·         Street Outreach

·         Education & Employment programming

·         Supportive housing

          

Urban Peak believes their goal is to meet youth where they are and to provide them with the assistance and support they need to become self-sufficient or obtain the necessary services they need to exit a life on the streets. Urban Peak’s programs and services are founded on the principles of trauma-informed care and positive youth development and assist youth in reaching their potential and living a successful life off of the streets.

The Cause

Event Details

 

SATURDAY AUGUST 3

EXDO Event Center

1399 35th Street,Denver

6:00pm

7:30pm

Doors Open

Urban Art Experience

Exquisite Food Offerings 

Program "IGNITE THE NIGHT"
Live Auction: See items here

 & Paddle Raise

8:30pm

RUNWAY FOR A REASON

Iconic Urban Nights Fashion Show Returns

See the designer list here

9:30pm

Jordin Sparks performance
 

Where: EXDO Events Center, 1399 55th Street, Denver CO. Doors open at 6 pm. Entrance is through the alley on 36th street between Walnut and Downing. EXDO will be checking IDs upon entry.

Parking: Complimentary parking is provided by Jay's Valet on Walnut Street, just north of the EXDO and Tracks main entrances.

Urban Nights encourages the use of ride-sharing. 

 

Attire: Urban Chic!

 

Check-in and Bidding: Our check-in, live auction, and paddle raise are all electronic. Pre-registration is encouraged! 

 

By Text Message

To register by text, you can text Spark19 to 52182 to get started. Reply to the text messages you receive with your first and last name and your email address. Click on the blue link you receive to access the auction website.

 

Online

Visit https://Spark19.givesmart.com and click the “Register Now” button. Enter the required information, create a username and password, and click the “Create my GiveSmart account” button to finish setting up your profile. 

 

Once you complete either process, you will be ready to bid in the live auction and contribute to the event! Live auction items can be previewed here: https://Spark19.givesmart.com

 

Don't forget: Share your photos of the night with us on social media! Follow us on Instagram (@urbanpeakco) and use the hashtags #runwayforareason #ignitethenight and #bethespark!

Other Event Details
 

*Urban Nights is an outdoor event and is not tented.

In the event of a light rain forecast, please bring an umbrella.

In the event of a significant rain event, the Urban Nights will be relocated inside.

 

The Honorees

2019 Urban Legend award recipient  

Tami joined the Downtown Denver Partnership in 2005 as President & CEO after serving as Executive Vice President of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest regional chamber, and as Vice President of a five-state division of NBD-First Chicago.

 

She is the Co-founder of Denver Startup Week and The Commons on Champa. Tami is a recognized leader for her innovative approach to convening, collaborating and innovating to build a strong city.

 

She is also the Chairman of the International Downtown Association.

Tami Door

President & CEO Downtown Denver Partnership

The Inspiration

 

In October 2012, the members of the Joseph Family Foundation assembled a committee of 50 volunteers forming the vision and beginning the strategic execution for the inaugural Urban Nights held in August 2013. The committee's vision for the event was to artfully meld a high production fashion show with the message of Urban Peak. A "runway for a reason" was born and Denver's newest and most exciting Summer fundraiser was launched. 

 

The inaugural event welcomed over 1,400 guests, raised more than $150,000 for Urban Peak, and launched Denver’s newest and most exciting fundraiser.  

Over its five years, the Urban Nights fashion show and fundraiser has welcomed more than 7500 guests and has raised more than $2 million dollars. Urban Nights has also introduced Urban Peak to many new and prospective long-term donors. Most importantly, Urban Nights continues its mission of raising awareness to the plight of youth homelessness.

As it's founding and chief sponsor, the Joseph Family Foundation sponsors and underwrites Urban Nights guaranteeing that no financial risk flows to any beneficiary. All net proceeds from Urban Nights are donated to the beneficiary.

We hope you attend Urban Nights 2019 and that you open your hearts and your wallets.

Performances

 

Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum, singer/songwriter and actress who, in one of the show’s highest rated seasons, garnered worldwide attention as winner of season six American Idol. Sparks was just seventeen years old when she won the coveted title.

 

Her self-titled debut went platinum, selling over two million copies worldwide. The first three singles of "Jordin Sparks" went top five and the album’s second single, “No Air” sold four million digital downloads. “No Air” has the distinction of being the third highest selling single by any American Idol contestant and is listed #27 in Billboard’s Top 40 Biggest Duets of All Time. Sparks’ second release, “Battlefield,” debuted on the Billboard Album chart at number seven. Cumulatively, Sparks popular singles have sold over 10 million digital tracks in the US.

 

Sparks is also a gifted songwriter. Arianna Grande’s smash single, “The Way,” was cowritten by Sparks and earned her a BMIsongwriting award. Her critically acclaimed mixed tape, BYE FELICIA, was a sampler of her highly-anticipated album, RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. The album was released in August of 2015 to rave reviews. She has toured with superstars Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, New Kids on The Block and the Backstreet Boys, as well as headlined her own tour.

 

Sparks impressive vocal talent has made her the go-to anthem singer and she has performed at many high-profile sporting events such as Super Bowl (XLII), NASCAR’s Daytona 500, Indy 500, etc. She has also lent her voice to recordings for films such as Disney’s African Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Best Man Holiday. She has garnered two BET Awards, one American Music Award, one People’s Choice Award and has been nominated for two MTV Awards and a Grammy.

 

After Sparks Battlefield tour, she headed straight to The Great White Way and starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash, In the Heights. She made her film debut playing the lead role in the SONY Pictures film, Sparkle, opposite Whitney Houston. Other film credits include, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, opposite Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie (produced by Alicia Keys), Left Behind with Nicholas Cage, and the Christopher Hicky directed film, The Grace of Jake. This pastsummer she appeared in two films. Jordin was the voice of Daisy in the movie, SHOW DOGS, and Bridgette in her last film, GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD.. She has also appeared in numerous television programs and specials both as an actress and performer such as VH1 Divas, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush, CSI Crime Scene Investigation, Lifetime movie Dear Secret Santa, Billboard Music Awards, and more.

 

Jordin’s positive body image, message and success has impacted people worldwide. She considers philanthropy an integral part of her life and was recently profiled by CNN Heroes and Dress for Success for her charity work. Various organizations and campaigns supported include the U.S.O. by traveling to the Middle East with the Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff to perform for the troops, Partnership for Healthier America, The Boys and Girls Club of America, Reading is Fundamental, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics, VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer and many othersthrough her own charity, The M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girls.

 

Today she is considered a social media influencer due to her impressive social media following. She has successfully transitioned into network broadcasting hosting/cohosting on some of television’s most iconic programs such as The Dish on Dr. Oz, NBC’s TODAY Show, ABC’s The View, CBS’ The Talk, PBS’ Great Performances (with John Lithgow) amongst others. She is currently working on her untitled fourth album.

Multi-Platinum Recording Artist & Actress 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM JORDIN SPARKS:

Recording Artist & Colorado Native on the runway

Kayla Ruby

Meet Kayla Ruby, the emerging country star taking the nation by storm. Born in Texas and raised in Colorado, Kayla has been rooted in and surrounded by country music her entire life. The 18 year old powerhouse is accomplished beyond her years and is just getting started. Whether she is dropping jaws at sold out shows or capturing the hearts of America with twitter breaking performances on national television, one thing is for certain: Kayla Ruby is country music’s up and coming gem and is destined to shine. 

 

Kayla's debut single, "Never Really Know Somebody," off the upcoming Reckless And Brave EP, is streaming now. 

Most recently, you may know Kayla from her riveting performance of the National Anthem and the 2018 Broncos playoff game which was televised to a national audience. You can watch that perfomance here

With music ranging from romantic jazz standards to today’s pop hits, The CherryTones are your “go-to” a cappella group. We are an accomplished and lively group of eighteen men and women formed from the Cherry Creek Chorale.

 

Performing in and around the Denver-metro area, a performance from The CherryTones is sure to put a smile on your face and get you singing along.

 

The CherryTones are available to perform at a variety of events and social occasions: from outdoor festivals, Christmas caroling events, and corporate get-togethers; to more intimate settings like weddings, birthdays, and anniversary parties. We put the focus on your event and promise to make it both fun and memorable!

The Cherry Tones

Colorado's Elite Singing Group on the grounds

The Team 

 

Urban Nights 2019 Chairs 

David MacLeod & Kasia Iwaniczko-MacLeod  
Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod  
David MacLeod 

David MacLeod is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Welltok, a Denver-based technology company that uses data-driven approaches to connect consumers to personalized health improvement resources and rewards to empower them to become their healthiest selves.

 

David has over 35 years’ experience in designing, developing, implementing and supporting technology across a variety of industries. For the last quarter-century, he has been creatively applying technology to the business of Healthcare and Wellness. He is a Fellow of the Healthcare information Management Systems Society and is a member of the Healthcare Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an organization jointly sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Service and Homeland Security, charged with protecting the Healthcare and Public Health sectors of the nation’s critical infrastructure. He has worked for provider and payer organizations, bending the curve on the cost and quality of healthcare. He is also a published author.

 

David is the current Chairman of the Board of 9Health. He is married to Kasia, who is the Community Engagement leader for Cigna in the Mountain States region. He has a 34-year old son, Andrew who supervises the maintenance crew for the President’s Own Helicopter Squadron. Andrew and his wife Meredith made David and Kasia grandparents this past May, with a beautiful baby girl, Aida.

Kasia Iwaniczko-MacLeod is the Community Engagement Leader for Cigna in the Mountain States, leading the community investments, employee engagement and civic relationship strategies, in addition to driving business development initiatives across the region. Prior to joining Cigna, she was the Sr. VP of Community Engagement and Enterprise Business for Bank of America. ​

Kasia has an extensive and deep-rooted community platform, having held Chief of Staff and various senior leadership positions in multi-industry companies and other fast-paced, high-pressured organizations in the public and private sectors with a focus on developing and executing vision and strategies; creating meaningful and lasting private-public partnerships; managing board and leadership team relationships and processes; recruiting, developing and leading teams.

 

She was the first-elected female Student Body President at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), a role which included encompassed lobbying to the State College of Colorado. During the same tenure she was the youngest person appointed to the United States Commission on Civil Rights: Colorado Advisory Committee.

 

She has dedicated her time to numerous past associations including the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Denver Board of Directors, Colorado Succeeds Advisory Board, Excelsior Youth Center, The Denver Health Foundation "Level One Society", Chair of the Denver Art Museum CultureHaus, NewGenesis Transitional Homeless Community, University of Colorado Cancer Center Fund (formerly AMC Cancer Center), Denver Scholarship Foundation "Friends of Ed" & Special Events Committees, Serve Colorado - Governor's Commission on Community Service Grant Application Review Committee and as well as leading numerous political fundraising and inauguration committees.

 

She currently serves on the board of directors of Judi's House and the Denver Art Museum – Marketing & Strategic Alliance Committee, the Metro Denver Economic Development Council Board of Governors and recently appointed by Governor Jared Polis to the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Colorado Mesa University. She has been acknowledged for her leadership by being awarded the Denver Business Journal "Denver's Forty Under 40" Award and nominated for various other awards.

Kasia earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Kasia Iwaniczko-MacLeod  

Urban Nights Executive Producer: Justin Joseph

Justin Joseph is a member of the Joseph Family Foundation and has produced and directed events for over 20 years. As the co-founder of Urban Nights, Justin produced Urban Nights from 2013-2016 bringing to life the themes "Living Proof (2013)", "Say Something // Do Something (2014), and "#grateful (2015)". Justin rejoined the production team of Urban Nights in 2018 taking the helm for this year's "Ignite the Night".  Justin is a broker/agent for LIV Sotheby's International Realty and now serves on the steering committee and board for the Urban Nights charity. 

Fashion Show Producer: Gabriel Medina & Angelica Medina

Gabriel Medina is the CEO and Founder of YOCISCO, Colorado’s leading

botanic fiber company delivering high quality men’s underwear and accessories. Gabriel has 10

years’ experience in post-secondary education event production and 7 years’ experience in the

fashion industry and was a featured designer in Red Ball 2015, Wilhelmina 2015, Urban Nights

2016, and Westword Whiteout 2016. Gabriel is the co-chair of Fashion Group International

Denver, and the founder of the largest chapter of Business Networking International (BNI).

Gabriel was a selected judge for the 2019 Paper Fashion Show and produced the 2019 Paint

Your Pride Fashion Show at the Art Hotel Denver, benefiting the Dru Project.

Gabriel has a bachelor science degree in Business with emphasis in Marketing from CU Denver.

 

Angelica Medina, is the CMO and Co-Founder of YOCISCO, and fashion

writer for 303 Magazine. In addition to producing fashion shows for YOCISCO, Angelica

produces social media video content for FashionNova.com, and is a freelance makeup artist for

Charlotte Tilbury. Angelica’s past performance with Urban Nights includes: a dresser for Urban

Nights 2015, a backstage spokes model for Urban Nights 2016, selected as the Designer

Assistant to Nicholas K for Urban Nights 2017. Angelica was also the Assistant Fashion

Coordinator for the 2016 Noir Fashion Show, created by Gino Velardi and Dee Dee Victory, and

involved in the model casting for the 2019 Paper Fashion Show. Upon completing her Bachelor

of Arts degree in Fashion Marketing & Management from the Art Institute of Colorado,

Angelica interned for womenswear designer Nanette Lepore in Manhattan New York.

Event Producer: Marg Collins, Momence Events 

Marg Collins brings with her over 15 years of project and event management experience, a career that has allowed her to hone her leadership and organizational skills and business and technology acumen. Having worked in the role of Director of Client Services for an online social media company, Marg began transitioned into meetings and events as a volunteer for the Teva Mountain Games with the Vail Valley Foundation and Doggy Dash with Vail Pet Partners, among others.


She specializes in corporate, sporting, and nonprofit fundraising events and always looks forward to transforming big-picture visions into meticulously executed experiences.

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