Breakfast of Scholars is once again a brilliant success!

By Kelly Craugh

More than 300 people gathered at Temple Emanuel for our annual Breakfast of Scholars. This year, our signature fundraising event was a record-breaking success: More than $250,000 was raised to support our out-of-school-time programs for at-risk students, thanks in large measure to the generous individuals who joined our Brighter Futures Circle. Launched at the Breakfast, the Brighter Futures Circle gives donors the opportunity to make a five-year commitment of $1,000 or more per year to sustain and expand the work of Scholars Unlimited.

“We are so grateful to the 15 founding members of our Brighter Futures Circle,” said Kathleen King, president of Scholars Unlimited. “They are demonstrating their deep commitment to helping kids who are considered ‘at-risk’ — but we see as being at promise.”

The event opened with a charming performance by scholars from Swansea Elementary School under the direction of the Colorado Children’s Chorale.

Claudia Medina, who attended Summer Scholars in 2005, provided an inspiring keynote address. Claudia is the first in her family to attend college, and noted that her participation in our summer learning program helped her get there, noting “Scholars Unlimited gives a child purpose and focus beyond school hours, and helps kids reach further than they could imagine.”

Wrapping up the event, Scholars Unlimited board member Malissa Williams talked about her life’s champion – her mother, Mary Sanders – who consistently set high expectations for her achievement in both the classroom and in life. Malissa stressed that “all children deserve the same opportunity to succeed and learn and grow, regardless of background or circumstance. Scholars Unlimited is dedicated to serving kids who need a Mary Sanders in their lives – someone who can help them become healthy, happy, and contributing members of society through the cultivation of their natural gifts and talents.”

The 2016 Breakfast was a truly moving and inspiring even, and we extend a special thank you to all of our donors, sponsors, and supporters who made it possible – we are truly grateful.