Mile High United Way Sets Friday, June 21 Community Celebration to Break Ground on New Community Headquarters in Denver's Historic Curtis Park


DENVER, June 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and District 8 Council Member Albus Brooks will join Mile High United Way to celebrate the planned relocation of its home to downtown Denver's historic Curtis Park neighborhood with a groundbreaking ceremony and block party this Friday, June 21 from 4-7 p.m. on California St. between Park Ave. West and 24th St. Media are invited.

Mile High United Way officials will begin brief, formal remarks at 5 p.m. The Moderators, a local rock-n-roll cover band composed of local business leaders and philanthropists, will rock the block afterward until 7 p.m.
"Beautiful, historic Curtis Park in the City's Five Points district is the perfect location for the mission-centered, community-based work we do," said Christine Benero, president and chief executive officer of Mile High United Way. "This neighborhood represents the very best of Denver's history, present and future."

"Our new home will be much, much more than a new building," Benero added. "It will be a community asset – a long-term investment in the redevelopment of this unique area and in our ability to continue to partner with the Denver community to improve the lives of children, families and individuals."

The centerpiece of the new home will be the Morgridge Center for Community Change, recognizing lead donor Morgridge Family Foundation. The Anschutz Foundation and the City and County of Denver are among others providing major gifts in support for our new home.

"In addition, we are grateful to the Denver Housing Authority, Curtis Park Neighbors and the Five Points, Arapahoe Square and Welton Corridor communities whose shared vision and partnership are helping us to envision an important and special asset for our community," Benero said.

Benero said that, as the need for collaborative services has increased in metro Denver, Mile High United Way has exceeded the capacity of its current building to convene the community groups that partner with the agency to address metro Denver's most pressing challenges. "Nearly every hour of every day, our building is used by outside organizations doing important work. We simply can no longer meet the demand for community space at our current location."

Denver-based PCL Construction will build the new workplace and community center, which is being designed by Davis Partnership Architects, also of Denver. Mile High United Way plans to open the doors of its new home in the fall of 2014.

WHAT: Neighborhood block party and celebratory groundbreaking for new home of Mile High United Way

WHEN: Friday, June 21, 4-7 p.m. Brief program begins at 5 p.m.

WHO: Governor John Hickenlooper
Mayor Michael B. Hancock
Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, District 8
Peter Beaupré, President & COO, PCL Construction and Chair, Mile High United Way Board of Trustees
Christine Benero, President & CEO of Mile High United Way
Rock-n-Roll Cover Band The Moderators – Lead singer, Mike Fries of Liberty Global

WHERE: California St. between Park Ave. West and 24th St., Curtis Park-Five Points District, downtown Denver

About Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all in our community. Our focus is on School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self Sufficiency- the building blocks for a good quality of life.

We are all connected. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a young person graduates from high school prepared for college or career training and when a family is financially stable. Be a part of the positive change. You can give, you can advocate, or you can volunteer.

Mile High United Way 2505 18th Street Denver, Colorado 80211 303-433-8383

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CONTACT: Benny Samuels Office: 303-561-2330 Cell: 303-668-0636Source:Mile High United Way