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This year, IDA was delighted to have Roselyn Saunders join us as Honorary Chair. Roselyn as lived in Denver for over the past 40 years. She is originally from Minot, ND. She earned a Bachelor’s in Interior Design & Business Management and Masters in Business Administration from Regis University and spent almost a decade as an Administrator for Mechanical Engineering at Lockheed Martin. Even though Roselyn has an extensive background in business management, her real passion is in community volunteering.

According to Nancy Koontz of Blacktie Colorado, “Roselyn is very committed to helping the community in any way she can, and there’s no “donor fatigue” here, she just keeps on giving. She’s always thinking of the less fortunate who need a helping hand, and she likes getting involved in causes that are close to her heart rather than just showing up for an event.”  – Detailed Bio Here

Keynote Speakers – Antarctic Mike and Angela Pierce

Mike Pierce aka Antarctic Mike and Angela Pierce. Mike is a professional speaker, executive recruiter, an avid adventure athlete, world record holder and a husband. Angela Pierce is a wife, a blogger and someone who lives daily with disability and has so most of her life. Together, they are an amazing team!

Mike has completed marathons in some of the world’s coldest climates including the Canadian Arctic, Siberia and twice in the Antarctic. He has set world records in endurance swimming and cycling as well. Adventure sports have changed Mike’s life in many ways, including teaching him the importance of being mentally focused and conditioned to run the most challenging and important marathon, that of helping Angela manage her lifetime disability. Join the expedition! Care giving is a worthwhile adventure.

Master of Ceremonies – Rick Crandall, KEZW

Rick Crandall is the Host of the Breakfast Club – KEZW 1430 AM. Rick has been honored for his dedication to Denver’s adult community with the Volunteers of America Special Friend Award, The Colorado Broadcasters Association Citizen Of The Year Award twice and The Colorado Broadcasters Association Harry Hoth Award for Public Service. During Rick’s 15-years at KEZW the station has been a finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Adult Standards station of the year seven times, and has won the award once. He celebrated his 5,000 show this past June. Rick was one of five finalists for the Marconi Award as Personality Of The Year. Rick is also the Colorado Freedom Memorial President.

Auctioneer – Gary Corbett

Gary Corbett is widely accepted as one of the country’s premier fundraising auctioneers, Gary has conducted benefit auctions in Colorado and across the country for 25 years. He’s a long-standing member of the Colorado Auctioneers Association and the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). He has given seminars on benefit auctions at the NAA annual conference and is on the faculty of the World Wide College of Auctioneering, assisting aspiring and fellow auctioneers in the techniques of conducting successful benefit auctions.

Special Guest Speaker – Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN

Special Guest Author – Matt Barrett

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