GRID Alternatives Tactical Materials

Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala 2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Event planning Document
  2. Event briefings
    1. Phillip Watkins
    2. Current workforce development trainee
    3. Mayor Hancock
    4. Al Gold 
  3. Potential keynote speakers                                     
  4. Budget
  5. Confirmation email 
  6. Thank you email 
  7. Key outcomes 
  8. Appendices
    1. Invitation 
    2. Menu
    3. Sources

EVENT PLANNING DOCUMENT: SOLAR MAKES JOBS FALL GALA 2017

Solar Makes Jobs: Fall Gala 2017

Basic Event Info:

Event Title: Solar Makes Jobs: Fall Gala
Event Date: 9/26/2017
Event Location: City Park Pavilion
Attendees: Expected attendance: 150
AR Event Lead: Clara Meek
Program Lead: Phillip Watkins

Outreach Info:

Initiative focus: Support for GRID’s workforce development program
Attendee focus: Donors and potential donors for GRID
Region focus: Major front range cities

Vendor Info:

Vendor: Contact: Providing: Drop Date/ Time
City Park Pavilion Event Coordinator

park.permits@denvergov.org   

(720) 913-0700

Venue for the event

Provides: staging kitchen and on-site facilitator, tables and chairs

9/26- 8 a.m.  Status: confirmed
Footers Catering Footers Main Line

303-762-1410

Providing a set three course menu of food for the event, cutlery and plating, set-up

  • Veggie: 5%
  • Gluten Free-5
  • Vegan: 5
  • Water
  • Tea and coffee
  • Waiters and staff
9/26-4 p.m.: Catering arrives

4:30 p.m.: Preparation and set-up

7:15 p.m.: First course served

7:50 p.m.: Clean-up three courses

Status: confirmed

Peak Beverages Rori McBride

Rori@peakbev.com

O: (720) 722-1140

C: (505) 350-6411

Alcohol, bartenders, non-alcoholic beverages, set-up 9/26: Drop 3:30 p.m.

Bar set: 5:30 p.m.

Bar opens: 6:15 p.m.

Bar closes: 9:15 p.m.

Status: Confirmed

Decor Colorado Event Productions

info@coloradoeventproductions.com

O: (970) 613-1886

Lighting and linnens 9/26: 10 a.m.: Arrival and set-up

Status: confirmed

DJ Connection DJ Chris

O: (303) 532-4074

Entertainment during auction, DJ/MC service,

Speakers and Microphones

9/26: 5:00 p.m.: Arrive and set-up

Status: Confirmed

Keynote speaker Mayor Hancock

(720) 865-9000

Keynote speaker 9/26: 7:30 p.m.: arrival

8:10 p.m.: Speech

Status: Confirmed

Photographer Big Sun Photography

gene@bigsunphotography.com

(970) 306-7721

Photography 9/26: 6:00 p.m.: Arrival

Status: Confirmed

Invitations FedEx Kinkos

(303) 486-4481

Print 160 invitations Send out invitations three months before event
Bonnie Brae Jim Gobert

Bonnie Brae Flowers

C: (303) 744-1091

jgobert@msn.com

Florals and Decor

18 Autumn flower arrangements, 9 Autumn bouquets

9/26: 4:30 p.m. arrival and set-up

Status: confirmed

Entertainment info:

Entertainer: Contact: Timing: Staff Contact:
DJ Chris (303) 532-4074 5:30 p.m. arrival Clara Meek

Giveaway:

Giveaway Description # Needed Vendor Contact Delivered by
Items for Wheel of Grid At GRIDs discretion At GRIDs discretion
Items for silent auction At GRIDs discretion At GRIDs discretion

NOTE: *Potential auction items from large donors (i.e. the city of Pasadena donor gives away a California trip for auction), board of director donations (i.e. Ben Tarble on GRID’s board of directors works at Google and could offer the chance to come see Google’s headquarters) and local shops (i.e. Gracie’s boutique on Pearl st. in Denver is very active in gala auctioning at other events)

Staffing Structure:

Staffer: Role: Responsibility: Contact: Due on site:
Clara Meek Event Lead Manage overall event, answer any questions, make sure the look and feel are exactly as planned and everyone is where they need to be at all times. Float during event (847) 217-0917

clara6195@yahoo.com

9/26: 8 a.m.
Jake Bobrow Development Lead Oversee all speakers, ensure that the message of the night is coming across to attendees and that attendees are involved and donating JBobrow@gridalternatives.org 9/26: 8 a.m.
GRID employees and Octopi Relations employees Volunteers Will be assigned jobs for during the event to make sure event runs smoothly   9/26: 3 p.m.

Speaker Program:

Title Date/Time Action Location
CEO of GRID CO Speaks: Phillip Watkins 9/26: 7:50 p.m. See briefing City Park Pavilion
Workforce development participant speaks (TBD) 9/26: 8:00 p.m. See briefing City Park Pavilion
Keynote speaker: Mayor Hancock 9/26: 8:10 p.m. See briefing City Park Pavilion
Cultivated donor speaks 9/26: 8:25 p.m. See briefing City Park Pavilion

Overall Tick Tock:

Date: Time: Action: Location:
9/26 8 a.m. Pavilion becomes ours City Park Pavilion
9/26 8 a.m. Ensure that everything is ready to be delivered, set-up tables and chairs,  run through scheduling with the on-site facilitator City Park Pavilion
9/26 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Colorado Event Productions arrives, begins setting up lighting, more specifically the donation light wall, set up tables with linens City Park Pavilion
9/26 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Ensure linens and tables look as they should City Park Pavilion
9/26 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Auction items delivered from prospective donor (i.e.-Gracie’s boutique will drop off their items) within this designated time slot City Park Pavilion
9/26 3 p.m.- 10 p.m. Volunteers from GRID and Octopi arrive for designation of roles and responsibilities, help with the rest of set-up before the event City Park Pavilion
9/26 3:30 p.m. Peak Beverages arrives, begins bar set-up City Park Pavilion
9/26 4:00 p.m. Catering arrives, starts setup and meal preparation in the kitchen City Park Pavilion
9/26 4:30 p.m. Florist arrives, they are directed to where flowers need to be in correlation with the lighting and table decor City Park Pavilion
9/26 3:30 p.m. Volunteers help put signage up for vendors and attendees City Park Pavilion
9/26 4:00 p.m. Volunteers help display auction items on table, including sheets of paper and pens with signs from each auction item City Park Pavilion
9/26 5:00 p.m. Volunteers help set-up “Wheel of GRID” designed by GRID Alternatives City Park Pavilion
9/26 5:00 p.m. DJ Chris arrives, begins setting up booth and audio equipment City Park Pavilion
9/26 5:30 p.m. Clara does run through with DJ over MC needs and playlists, provides him with schedule City Park Pavilion
9/26 5:45 p.m. Clara checks to see the look of the “Wheel of GRID” and the tabling of donation items City Park Pavilion
9/26 6:00 p.m. Photographer arrives, he is told where to take pictures dependant on the lighting, works with lighting person to figure this out City Park Pavilion
9/26 6:15 p.m. All is set for the event, volunteers are asked to wait by doors in order to direct people and help those who may need help getting out of the car City Park Pavilion
9/26 6:00 p.m. Wall of lights turns on City Park Pavilion
9/26 6:15-7:00 p.m. Aside from volunteers outside the doors, remaining volunteers will be helping check guests in, provide table placement, as well as coat check City Park Pavilion
9/26 6:30 p.m. Event begins City Park Pavilion
9/26 6:30 p.m. Guests begin to arrive as well as the speakers for the speaker series at the event City Park Pavilion
9/26 6:30 p.m.-7:15 p.m. Guests mingle, sign for auction items, get drinks from Peak via the bar and the bartender service and can play GRID of fortune City Park Pavilion
9/26 7:00 p.m. DJ Chris asks for all to finish what they are doing, grab a drink and take a seat at their designated tables for dinner, silent auction concludes City Park Pavilion
9/26 7:00 p.m. DJ Chris plays light background music, servers begin serving the first course City Park Pavilion
9/26 7:15 p.m. Servers begin clearing first course and serving the second course City Park Pavilion
9/26 7:30 p.m. Mayor Hancock arrives, stays in the lobby until he is asked to give his keynote, an extra plate of food will be made for him if need be City Park Pavilion
9/26 7:40 p.m. Second course starts being cleared City Park Pavilion
9/26 7:50 p.m. CEO, Philip Watkins begins his introduction to the event, he will be sitting at a table City Park Pavilion
9/26 8:00 p.m. Mr. Watkins sits back down, the workforce development participant stands up and begins his/her talk City Park Pavilion
9/26 8:10 p.m. Workforce development participant sits back down, Mayor Hancock walks in through the front entrance of the event City Park Pavilion
9/26 8:35 p.m. Mayor Hancock concludes his keynote, waves goodbye and is able to leave the event City Park Pavilion
9/26 8:35 p.m. Cultivated donor, Al Gold, stands up and provides his final statement as well as thanks Mayor Hancock City Park Pavilion
9/26 8:45 p.m. Guests are served their third course, dessert City Park Pavilion
9/26 8:50 p.m. DJ Chris begins announcing the winners of the silent auction City Park Pavilion
9/26 9:10 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Event concludes, CEO gives one final thank you and goodbye, guests are allowed to start leaving, meandering, those that won auction items and can pick them up, pick them up City Park Pavilion
9/26 9:05 p.m. Volunteers are asked to stand by the doors again and say thank you and goodbye City Park Pavilion
9/26 9:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Clean-up and take down begins

  • Linens and flower arrangements are put into Clara’s Car
  • Tables and chairs are taken down and put in perspective places
  • Caterer cleans up remaining plateware and dishes
  • Peak takes down bar
  • DJ Chris takes down his equipment
  • Volunteers help take down, wall of lights (carefully), collect auction items that will be delivered to winners later on and take down the GRID of Fortune, as well as help with any extra clean-up
City Park Pavilion
9/26 11:00 p.m. The gala officially concludes-yay! City Park Pavilion

Marketing and Communications needs:

Action Due Date Staff Contact
Accept/Finalize Communications Plan End 2016 For GRID use
Event Registration Page March 2017 For GRID use
Email Invite April 2017 For GRID use
Social Online Media Campaign March-September 2017 For GRID use
Reminder Email September 1 2017 For GRID use
Confirmation/ Follow-up Email For Auction Winners September 18 2017 For GRID use
Thank You Email For All Donors And Attendees September 22 2017 For GRID use

Outstanding Action Items: (For GRID use as extraneous items and situations arise during planning and implementation stages.

Item Staff Responsible Notes Due Date
Complete Complete

BRIEFING FOR PHILIP WATKINS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR GRID COLORADO

Dec. 6, 2016

GRID Alternatives Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: City Park Pavilion

1700 N. York St.

Denver, CO 80202

From: Lindsay Miner, Octopi Relations

 

  • PURPOSE:

 

YOU are a featured speaker at GRID Alternatives’ Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala. Current and potential donors and sponsors have been invited to this gala and silent auction to become engaged with the workforce development program. The focus of the event is to raise awareness and recognition of the workforce development program and, most importantly, to get donations that will contribute to the funding of the program. Through this event, GRID Alternatives is seeking to raise $20,000-$25,000 in funding.

 

  • SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

 

  • At 6:30 p.m., YOU arrive at City Park Pavilion and are greeted by Clara Meek, Events & Protocol Manager. Clara will provide a quick briefing and escort you into the event room to mingle with guests and enjoy silent auction items.
  • At 7:00 p.m. YOU will be seated at your assigned table in the dining area with current and potential donors and two workforce development program trainees for dinner.
  • At 7:50 p.m., YOU give brief remarks about your experience in solar energy and at GRID Alternatives Colorado.
  • At 8:00 p.m., YOU introduce TBD Workforce Development Trainee.
  • Following your remarks, YOU return to your dinner table.
  • At 9:30 p.m., YOU depart.

 

  • PARTICIPANTS
  • YOU

 

  1. TBD Workforce Development Trainee
  2. Mayor Michael Hancock
  3. Al Gold, Cultivated Donor for GRID Alternatives
  4. 150 attendees

Registrants: 150

  • 50 in large corporations potential donors
  • 50 in small corporations/foundations potential donors
  • 50 past and current donors

 

  • STAFF ATTENDEES

 

Event Staff Attending:

  • Clara Meek, Manager of Events & Protocol
  • Jake Bobrow, GRID Colorado Development Manager

Additional GRID Alternatives Staff Attending:

  • Allison Moe, Workforce Development Manager
  • GRID Colorado Board of Directors
  • GRID Colorado volunteers

 

  • BACKGROUND

 

GRID Alternatives intends to raise $1 million in funding for the workforce development program in Colorado by 2019. GRID Alternatives Colorado is seeking sponsors and donors in companies, corporations, and foundations that are passionate both about employment skills training and solar energy. The following groups present the highest potential for sponsorship and/or donations for GRID Alternatives Colorado’s workforce development program:

Corporations Foundations
Centura Health The Anschutz Foundation
Centurylink El Pomar Foundation
Wells Fargo Boettcher Foundation
Kaiser Permanente The Colorado Health Foundation
Walmart The Daniels Fund
Chevron Gates Family Foundation

 

  • SUGGESTED REMARKS

 

  • Share your solar energy story– what attracted you to the industry, what kept you in solar energy and what have you gained?
  • Share your journey to GRID Alternatives– how did GRID shape your goals and your drive to reach them? What has been the best part of your work and what are you most proud of?
  • Share your excitement about GRID’s future in the Workforce Development Program:
    • Growing 20% each year
    • Looking to raise $1 million in sponsors/donations to stipend individuals in the Workforce Development Program.
    • Direct influence on underrepresented and underserved members of the Denver metro community:
      • Women
      • Ex-offenders
      • Veterans
  • Encourage attendees to connect with GRID Alternatives in this opportune moment for growth and support.

EVENT BRIEFING FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYEE, TBD

Dec. 6, 2016

GRID Alternatives Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: City Park Pavilion

1700 N. York St.

Denver, CO 80202

From: Paige Evans, Octopi Relations

 

  • PURPOSE:

 

YOU are a featured speaker at GRID Alternatives’ Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala. Current and potential donors and sponsors have been invited to this gala and silent auction to become engaged with the workforce development program. The focus of the event is to raise awareness and recognition of the workforce development program and, most importantly, to get donations that will contribute to the funding of the program. Through this event, GRID Alternatives is seeking to raise $10,000-$15,000 in funding.

  1. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS:
  • YOU will arrive at City Park Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. and will be greeted by Clara Meek, GRID Alternatives Events Director. Clara will supply you with any necessary background or briefing, then will escort you to the events room to mingle with guests and enjoy silent auction items.
  • At 7:00 p.m. YOU will be seated at your assigned table in the dining area with current and potential donors and one other workforce development program trainee for dinner.
  • At 8:00 p.m. Philip Watkins, Executive Director, will introduce YOU and YOU will make your way on stage for your speech.
  • At 8:10 p.m. YOU will introduce Mayor Hancock for his speech then return to your assigned table.
  • At 9:30 p.m. the event will end and YOU will depart.

III.       PARTICIPANTS:

    1. Philip Watkins, Executive Director

 

  • YOU

 

  1. Mayor Michael Hancock
  2. Al Gold, Cultivated Donor for GRID Alternatives
  3. 150 invited guests

Registrants: 150

  • 50 in large corporations potential donors
  • 50 in small corporations/foundations potential donors
  • 50 past and current donors
  1.       STAFF ATTENDEES:

Event Staff Attending:

  • Clara Meek, Manager of Events & Protocol
  • Jake Bobrow, GRID Colorado Development Manager

Additional GRID Alternatives Staff Attending:

  • Allison Moe, Workforce Development Manager
  • GRID Colorado Board of Directors
  • GRID Colorado volunteers
  1.        BACKGROUND:

GRID Alternatives intends to raise $1 million in funding for the workforce development program in Colorado by 2019. GRID Alternatives Colorado is seeking sponsors and donors in companies, corporations, and foundations that are passionate both about employment skills training and solar energy. The following groups present the highest potential for sponsorship and/or donations for GRID Alternatives Colorado’s workforce development program:

Corporations Foundations
Centura Health The Anschutz Foundation
Centurylink El Pomar Foundation
Wells Fargo Boettcher Foundation
Kaiser Permanente The Colorado Health Foundation
Walmart The Daniels Fund
Chevron Gates Family Foundation
  1.       SUGGESTED REMARKS:
  • Make your speech motivational and personal in nature; share with the audience how you became involved in the workforce development program
    • What was your life like before entering the workforce development program?
    • How did you find out and become a part of GRID Alternatives workforce development program?
  • Tell your workforce development program trainee story
    • What was the program actually like?
    • How did you feel at the beginning of the program? During the program? After you completed the training program?
  • Share the impact of the workforce development program on your life
    • What is your life like now? How is this an improvement from your life before?
    • How has this impacted your future and your family’s/loved ones’ futures?
    • Why is the workforce development program so important to you?
  • Close your speech by driving home how deeply needed the workforce development program was for you and for so many others around Colorado.

EVENT BRIEFING FOR MAYOR MICHAEL HANCOCK

Dec. 6, 2016    

                                                                                                                       

GRID Alternatives Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: City Park Pavilion

1700 N. York St.

Denver, CO 80202

From: Kellsie Brannen, Octopi Relations

  1. PURPOSE

YOU are the keynote speaker at GRID Alternatives’ Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala. Current and potential donors and sponsors have been invited to this gala and silent auction to become engaged with the workforce development program. The focus of the event is to raise awareness and recognition of the workforce development program and, most importantly, to get donations that will contribute to the funding of the program. Through this event, GRID Alternatives is seeking to raise $10,000-$15,000 in funding.

  1. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
  • YOU will arrive at City Park Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. and will be greeted by Clara Meek, GRID Alternatives Events Director. Clara will supply you with any necessary background or briefing.
  • Around 8:10, YOU will walk through the front entrance of the event after being introduced by the workforce development program trainee
  • YOU will give the keynote speech of the evening, lasting 20-30 minutes
  • Upon the conclusion of your speech, YOU will wave goodbye to the crowd and exit the event
  • Around 8:50 p.m., YOU depart

III. PARTICIPANTS

    1. Philip Watkins, Executive Director
    2. Workforce Development Program Trainee, TBD

 

  • YOU

 

  1. Al Gold, Cultivated Donor for GRID Alternatives
  2. 150 invited guests

Registrants: 150

  • 50 in large corporations potential donors
  • 50 in small corporations/foundations potential donors
  • 50 past and current donors
  1. STAFF ATTENDEES

Event Staff Attending:

  • Clara Meek, Manager of Events & Protocol
  • Jake Bobrow, GRID Colorado Development Manager

Additional GRID Alternatives Staff Attending:

  • Allison Moe, Workforce Development Manager
  • GRID Colorado Board of Directors
  • GRID Colorado volunteers
  1. BACKGROUND

GRID Alternatives intends to raise $1 million in funding for the workforce development program in Colorado by 2019. GRID Alternatives Colorado is seeking sponsors and donors in companies, corporations, and foundations that are passionate both about employment skills training and solar energy. The following groups present the highest potential for sponsorship and/or donations for GRID Alternatives Colorado’s workforce development program:

Corporations Foundations
Centura Health The Anschutz Foundation
Centurylink El Pomar Foundation
Wells Fargo Boettcher Foundation
Kaiser Permanente The Colorado Health Foundation
Walmart The Daniels Fund
Chevron Gates Family Foundation
  1. SUGGESTED REMARKS
  • Share your history of dedication to workforce development in Denver as Mayor.
    • What initiatives you have taken, who you work with and why you chose to become so invested in workforce development
  • Share why workforce development programs are so critical to the community and Colorado as a whole.
  • Share why you think that GRID’s workforce development program contributes to these goals.
  • Encourage people to help GRID provide stable employment and help Colorado’s workforce by donating to the program.

BRIEFING FOR AL GOLD, CULTIVATED DONOR

Dec. 6, 2016

GRID Alternatives Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: City Park Pavilion

1700 N. York St.

Denver, CO 80202

From: Olivia Sheehan, Octopi Relations

 

  • PURPOSE

 

YOU are a featured speaker at GRID Alternatives’ Solar Makes Jobs Fall Gala. Current and potential donors and sponsors have been invited to this gala and silent auction to become engaged with the workforce development program. The focus of the event is to raise awareness and recognition of the workforce development program and, most importantly, to get donations that will contribute to the funding of the program. Through this event, GRID Alternatives is seeking to raise $10,000-$15,000 in funding.

 

  • SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

 

  • YOU will arrive at City Park Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. and will be greeted by Clara Meek, GRID Alternatives Events Director. Clara will supply you with any necessary background or briefing, then will escort you to the events room to mingle with guests and enjoy silent auction items.
  • At 7:00 p.m. YOU will be seated at your assigned table in the dining area with current and potential donors and two workforce development program trainees for dinner.
  • At 7:50 p.m., CEO Philip Watkins will speak and introduce the main goals of the Gala.
  • At 8:00 p.m., a workforce development trainee will speak to his/her experience in the program.
  • At 8:10 p.m., keynote speaker Mayor Hancock speaks.
  • At 8:35 p.m., YOU will discuss your impact of donations to GRID as well as give the closing remarks.
  • At 9:30 p.m. the event will end and YOU will depart

 

  • PARTICIPANTS

 

  1. Philip Watkins, Executive Director
  2. Workforce Development Program Trainee, TBD
  3. Mayor Michael Hancock
  4. YOU
  5. 150 invited guests

Registrants: 150

  • 50 in large corporations potential donors
  • 50 in small corporations/foundations potential donors
  • 50 past and current donors

 

  • STAFF ATTENDEES

 

Event Staff Attending:

  • Clara Meek, Manager of Events & Protocol
  • Jake Bobrow, GRID Colorado Development Manager

Additional GRID Alternatives Staff Attending:

  • Allison Moe, Workforce Development Manager
  • GRID Colorado Board of Directors
  • GRID Colorado volunteers

 

  • BACKGROUND

 

GRID Alternatives intends to raise $1 million in funding for the workforce development program in Colorado by 2019. GRID Alternatives Colorado is seeking sponsors and donors in companies, corporations, and foundations that are passionate both about employment skills training and solar energy. The following groups present the highest potential for sponsorship and/or donations for GRID Alternatives Colorado’s workforce development program:

Corporations Foundations
Centura Health The Anschutz Foundation
Centurylink El Pomar Foundation
Wells Fargo Boettcher Foundation
Kaiser Permanente The Colorado Health Foundation
Walmart The Daniels Fund
Chevron Gates Family Foundation

 

  • SUGGESTED REMARKS

 

  • Discuss the importance of donations to the workforce development program.
    • 11.1% of solar companies find it very difficult to find trained employees, 70.6% find it somewhat difficult
  • Discuss why you feel as though GRID is a great organization to donate to.
  • Discuss how you see your donations at work.
  • Talk about how the smallest donations can help.
  • Why do you support GRID?
  • What does the workforce development program mean to you?
  • End by thanking everyone for attending.

POTENTIAL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 

  • Mayor Hancock: Mayor of Denver

 

      • Who: Mayor Hancock is Denver’s 45th mayor and joined office in July of 2011
      • Why: He believes there is nothing more important than helping every young person in every neighborhood compete and succeed in the 21st Century economy.
        • Mayor Hancock has done a lot of work to expand workforce development for lower class individuals through initiatives and discussion
        • He is committed to creating economic opportunity and eliminating inequality in the workforce
      • Cost: Mayor Hancock is free to speak because he currently holds a political office position

 

  • Tracey Kraft-Tharps: State representative for house district 29 in Colorado

 

      • Who: Kraft-Tharps represents house district 29 in Colorado (Arvada and Westminster)
        • She is the vice chair to legislation committee: business, labor, economic, and workforce development

 

  • Why: As vice chair on a committee to improve workforce development in Colorado, she is compassionate about the professional growth and education of  underrepresented individuals

 

        • On her committee, she works to provide job training and coaching to unemployed and underemployed in Colorado
        • She wants there to be more programs like GRID’s workforce development program
      • Cost: Representative Kraft-Tharps is free to speak because he currently holds a political office position

 

  • Stefanie Veck: Director of Colorado Workforce Development Council

 

      • Who: As director, Veck works to provide a dynamic partnership between workforce development, economic development, education, business and government

 

  • Previously,  she worked to bring communities and businesses together to create and implement Colorado Companies to recognize and support growing companies creating jobs

 

      • Why: Her position entails working to create a better understanding of workforce development
        • She works to better the understanding and notion behind workforce development
        • She understands the importance workforce development has on the success of individuals throughout their lives

 

  • Cost: ~$1,000
  • Gwen Farnsworth: Senior Energy Policy Advisor for Western Resource Advocates

 

      • Who: Gwen develops, advocates and  focuses on accelerating the Colorado’s transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other clean energy strategies.
      • Why: Gwen is a strong advocate for solar energy in Colorado. She has an extensive background in solar energy through legislation and hands-on experience. She is aware of the growing industry and is a strong proponent for the success of solar energy. She knows the impact and benefits that going solar has
      • Cost: ~$1,000

 

  • Denise Bryant: Denver director of workforce development in the Office of Economic Development

 

    • Who: Bryant has spent nearly two decades providing operational, financial management, and programmatic expertise to workforce development initiatives in the Chicago area.
      • She advocates to strengthen and shape policy that supports a sustainable and prepared workforce
    • Why: Bryant has an extensive background working with individuals to provide the knowledge they need to succeed in the workforce
      • She is aware of legislation and is strong proponent for fixing the legislation towards workforce development
    • Cost: ~$2,500 (Round-trip flight to Denver, hotel, car rental fee’s and cost to keynote)

GALA BUDGET

CONFIRMATION AND THANK YOU EMAIL

Confirmation Email:

Dear ~~~~~,

Congratulations, you’ve been registered to attend the 2016 GRID Gala! Here’s what you can expect:

  • 30 great silent auction items such as a trip to Google headquarters, a trip to the mountains and more!
  • Keynote speaker Michael Hancock, current mayor of Denver
  • Complimentary cocktails
  • Three course dinner
  • + more!

We look forward to seeing you on September 16th at the City Park Pavilion. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:15 p.m. Come ready for a great night for a good cause!

Best,

GRID Alternatives

1120 W 12th Ave.

Denver, CO 80204

(866) 921-4696

Thank you email:

Dear ~~~~~,

On behalf of GRID Alternatives and all future participants in the workforce development program, we want to thank you for your support in attending the 2016 GRID Gala. Solar creates jobs and GRID does solar, and by helping GRID you’re helping to save the environment while also allowing local underprivileged workers get the steady employment they need to get back on their feet. We hope that you had a wonderful night and understand our work and vision better than ever.

Keep up to date with what you’re helping GRID accomplish by visiting our website at gridalternatives.org/colorado and following us on social media at @GRIDColorado.

We look forward to seeing you at future GRID events.

Best,

GRID Alternatives

1120 W 12th Ave.

Denver, CO 80204

(866) 921-4696

KEY OUTCOMES

 

  • Inform the local community about GRID Alternatives, specifically the Workforce Development Program, encouraging them to take action by contributing to the solar energy cause.
  • ™Double the amount of donations to the amount spent on the event

 

    • Spend $10,000 and make $20,000
  • ™Increase support for the workforce development program and GRID
  • ™Increase awareness for the workforce development program and GRID
  • ™Generate an understanding about the importance of workforce development for Colorado’s solar industry
    • 11.1% of solar companies find it very difficult to find trained employees, 70.6% find it somewhat difficult
  • Ensure guests satisfaction and fun with the event

APPENDICES

 

  • Gala Printed invitation:

 

(B) Gala Menu:  

  1. C) Sources

About the Office of the Mayor | Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2016, from

https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/mayors-office/about-the-office-of-the-mayor.html

Denver’s workforce efforts get boost with leadership announcement. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14,

2016, from https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-office-of-economic-development/newsroom/2014/denver-s-workforce-efforts-get-boost-with-leadership-announcemen.html

Gwen Farnsworth – Western Resource Advocates. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2016, from http://westernresourceadvocates.org/staff/gwen-farnsworth/

Staff | Colorado Workforce Development Council. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2016, from https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cwdc/staff-0

Tracy Kraft-Tharp » About Tracy. (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2016, from http://tracyforstaterep.com/?page_id=12

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