Greenhouse Scholars celebrated Glass Half Full, an annual culinary and cocktail party featuring live and silent auctions, on Thursday, April 21 at SPACE Gallery in Denver’s Santa Fe Art District. The philanthropic event raised funds to support the organization’s year-round programming for high-performing, under-resourced young leaders from Colorado.
Greenhouse Scholars, the sole beneficiary of the night, helps under-resourced, high performing young people reach their true potential as community leaders. These students have overcome challenges such as homelessness, poverty, violence, and other dire circumstances to be mentors, pioneers, researchers, activists, and advocates.
“Glass Half Full is a night for our community to enjoy wonderful local food and drink, and the company of friends old and new, while supporting truly inspirational young people who are creating positive change in their communities,” said Pete Burridge, Greenhouse Scholars Founder and CEO. “This night of generous support from our community allows Greenhouse Scholars to provide the critical personal, financial, and professional support these students need to reach their potential.”
The evening began with mingling among food and drink stations. Guests enjoyed delicious bites from area restaurants including Gozo and Interstate Kitchen & Bar. Beer, wine, and cocktails came courtesy of Breckenridge Distillery, Casa Noble Tequila, Colorado Sun’Shine, Great Divide Brewing Company, Leopold Bros., Tom Gore Vineyards, Vapor Distillery, and The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.
Burridge, along with several current Scholars and Scholar alumni Jesus Hernandez ’15, shared brief remarks before the energetic live auction and appeal. The live and silent auctions featured such adventurous items as a Natural Habitat Adventures trip for two, a weeklong getaway to Steamboat Springs, Colorado Fighter Jet rides, a luxurious dining experience from Frasca Food & Wine, and a selection of fine wines and high-end spirits from Liquor Mart.
Greenhouse Scholars is proud to count several outstanding companies as sponsors of Glass Half Full including valedictorian sponsor FirstBank; summa cum laude sponsor Zayo Group; magna cum laude sponsors Digital Globe and Aerotek; and cum laude sponsor Greenhouse Partners.