Hundreds of guests and volunteers wore their best masquerade attire as Denver Human Services proudly celebrated the grand opening of its new Better Denver Bond building on Saturday, October 15, 2011. The event raised money to benefit GIVE Denver, a human services program that helps foster children, homeless and underserved families get connected to basic necessities, school supplies, holiday gifts and community resources with the help of donations and volunteers.
During the evening, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilman Albus Brooks and newly appointed Denver Human Services Manager Penny May took a few moments to speak to the crowd about the importance of opening the building in the East Denver community.
“The Better Denver Bond Program is an important investment in the future of Denver and for the people who live and need help in this community,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “We are happy to see it open and doing exactly what the bond intended for our city".
May continued on to say, “The Human Services mission is close to my heart, and I know we will make much progress in delivering critical services in a timely, efficient and friendly manner. Having a full service Human Services building in the community means our residents will be able to come here to get connected to child protection, child support and public assistance services all close to home.”
Several artists attended the event to highlight their artwork selected by a panel for the building. Artist Ray King flew in from Philadelphia to be honored for his artwork ‘Peace Bird’, which is suspended in the main lobby. King commented, “I wanted to create a work of art that gives people peace when they visit this building. Often times, people who come here are in dire need and this piece is meant to give peace and solace to children and families.” Other artists who created works of art include Jess Dubois, Carol Ann Waugh, Quentin Rice “Omni” and Jeremy Silas Ulibarri “Jolt” of Guerilla Garden Studios , Vincent Michael Juarez, Steve Altman and Carlos Fresquez.
Sponsors of the Masquerade Ball included:
- Occasions by Sandy
- Kiewit Construction Group (builder of the Human Services building)
- Suncor Energy
- Phat Daddy
- Cooney Associates
- The Piton Foundation
- Nestle Purina
- City and County of Denver, Human Services
- KOSI 101
- Sara Karam Photography Studios
- Denver Community Credit Union
The new full service Human Services building is now open to the public. Located at 3815 Steele Street, Denver, Colo., it primarily serves people living in zip codes 80205, 80206, 80207, 80216 and 80218.
To learn more, visit www.denvergov.org/humanservices.