The moon was big and bright and so were the smiles as Smart-Girl celebrated ten years of serving girls at its fall event, Under the Harvest Moon, on September 25 in the gardens at the Governor’s Mansion. In its ten years, Smart-Girl, the Denver nonprofit organization dedicated to giving middle school age girls the skills they need to make smart choices and become confident, capable, self-reliant young women, has served 3,000 girls, trained more then 700 high school and college-aged women as Guides, and partnered with 25 different organizations including schools, camps and clubs. The successful event raised approximately $24,500 for Smart-Girl and will help bring its impactful program to even more girls.
During the evening, Smart-Girl honored its inaugural Partner of the Year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD). BGCMD offers Smart-Girl in all nine of its locations. Vice President of Programming, Tina Martinez, graciously accepted the award. Party guests also heard from Jocelynn Lewis, a 17 year old Smart-Girl Guide and senior at Montbello High School. Jocelynn noted in her remarks that serving as a near-peer role model for the younger girls helped her realize how important it was to make smart choices for herself. Jocelynn was surprised and happy to learn that she would be earning a scholarship for five college credits for her work with Smart-Girl.
Karen Silverman, Smart-Girl Executive Director, and Edric Starbird, Smart-Girl Board Chair, also spoke. Silverman alluded to the evening’s theme by noting the female astronauts and scientists depicted in the décor. She stated that there aren’t enough positive female role models for girls today and girls are still fighting a bias in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. Starbird talked about the important tools his daughter gained from Smart-Girl and how they gave her the scaffolding to make her entry into middle school a success.
Other event highlights included live music during the cocktail hour by Denver Young Artists Orchestra duet Sempre Strings, and after the program by jazz/swing band Pawn Ticket Trio. Denver Astronomical Society members, with their telescopes available, gave party guests up-close views of the moon, Jupiter and other star systems. A live auction featured a powerful telescope for the winner to take home to view the skies from their own backyard.
The event was made possible by sponsors Jim and Kim Bolt, the Diecidue Family Foundation, Brown & Tedstrom Wealth Management, Knippenberg, Patterson & Associates, Westword, Colorado View, Downslope Distilling, Steele Street Bank & Trust, The Seff Group, Wagner Wealth Management, Phi-nomenal, Advanced Orthodontic Care, Applejack, Simple Sugar, Sam Adams and Reale’s Liquor.