Invest in Kids 9th Annual Gala

Join us for the 9th Annual Invest in Kids Gala beginning at 6:30 pm on Friday, April 21, 2017 as we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of children and families served by Invest in Kids. The annual Invest in Kids Gala is a spectacular event attracting successful community, business, and political leaders from throughout the Denver metro area. The evening includes a strolling dinner provided by several of Denver’s top chefs and premier restaurants, delicious cocktails, dancing, entertainment, and a silent and live auction benefiting Invest in Kids with items ranging from jewelry to concert tickets to lavish vacation packages. The Gala has been called “magical” and the food “incredible.” Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind foodie event in the new Cluster Studios venue! Go here to purchase your tickets!

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Guests sampling delectable creations from top Denver chefs and restuarants

About Cluster Studios

This year the event moves to Cluster Studios. Located in the North Denver Industrial Park at 3881 N Steele St., only 5 minutes from Lower Downtown in the River North Art District; Cluster Studios’ goal is to provide space conducive to creativity and collaboration. Cluster Studios embraces its urban exterior and consistently surprises and excites with its industrial-modern interior. The space has been transformed to embrace rustic, vintage, modern, themed and elegant events. Beautiful 20 ft. high wood timber ceilings, polished concrete floors, and custom everything! The venue is hip, stylish, a bit avant-garde and thoroughly industrial-modern.

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Society Columnist, Joanne Davidson said of the Gala, “Denver has no shortage of good restaurants. . . it’s hard to keep up with them all. Thank goodness for events like the Invest in Kids Gala. Instead of hiring one caterer or engaging one chef, organizers line up a host of top-tier eateries to assemble a one-of-a-kind cocktail and dinner party.” Coming soon: our list of featured restaurants for the 2017 Gala!


Invest in Kids Board Chair, Sean Waters, with his wife Jennifer

L to R: 2016 Gala Co-Chairs Stephanie Harrington and Holiday Goodreau, Invest in Kids Executive Director Lisa Hill, and 2016 Gala Community Impact Award Winner Catherine Goodwillie.

2016 Gala Community Impact Award Winner, Catherine Goodwillie

A sample of the sumptuous fare at the Invest in Kids Gala











Event Co-Chairs: We are honored to have Hollie Velasquez Horvath, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, and Priya Burkett chairing this year’s Gala.

Hollie Velasquez Horvath, Director of Community Affairs, Xcel Energy – Hollie Velasquez Horvath is the Director of Community Affairs at Xcel Energy, and has over 15 years of experience in political fundraising. She has also worked on city and state referendums such as Preschool Matters and ProComp, and as a consultant for numerous elected officials, candidates, and nonprofits across Colorado.

Ms. Velasquez Horvath has worked at Xcel Energy since 2011, and was promoted to Director of Community Affairs in 2015. During her time with Xcel, she has managed stakeholder engagement, political and charitable giving, and net marketing efforts for the company. Currently, she managed local government affairs and the social investments for Colorado, including corporate sponsorships, the foundation, and employee community engagement. Ms. Velasquez Horvath also serves as the Chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the raised revenue committee of the Children’s Musuem of Denver, and in 2015 was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on Great Outdoors Colorado. She also recently joined the boards of Healthier Colorado and The Colorado Children’s Campaign.

Ms. Velasquez Horvath is married to her husband, Byron and has 8-year-old twins, Chase and Lillian.

Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Sr. Vice President, Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, Bank of America – Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business & Community Engagement for Bank of America in Colorado. With an extensive community platform derived from personal and professional relationships in the local community, she has a wealth of experience in the areas of marketing, fundraising, corporate and campaign strategy development, brand placement, product development and project management in the corporate, political, profit and non-profit worlds.

Born in Poland, Ms. Iwaniczko MacLeod moved to Colorado as a child and has developed strong ties to the community through her extensive network and philanthropy. Ms. Iwaniczko MacLeod served as the Membership Chair for CultureHaus, a support group of the Denver Art Museum founded by Major John Hickenlooper, and was later elected to serve as the Board’s Co-Chair for nine years. Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for Judi’s House and the Denver Hispanic Chamber and was recently appointed as a Peer Reviewer for Serve Colorado AmeriCorps Grant Committee. Ms. Iwaniczko MacLeod has also been involved with New Genesis, a transitional community for the working homeless, Bright Pink, Denver Health Level One Society, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, just to name a few.

Ms. Iwaniczko MacLeod is married to her husband, David and they reside in Denver.

Priya Burkett, Director of Strategic Accounts, Xcel Energy – Priya Burkett is the Director of Strategic Accounts for Xcel Energy. Her work has taken her to over 14 countries in Europe and throughout India leading system conversions, change management and process improvement projects.

Ms. Burkett moved to Denver in 1999 with a technology consulting company and subsequently worked for three start-up companies to develop business strategy. She is engaged with Denver’s Five Points Community, Friends of Manual High School, Dora Moore K-8 Denver Public School, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Lincoln Hills Charitable Organizations, Junior Achievement, and Whiz Kids Tutoring. She serves on the Denver Public Schools Foundation Board, Trustee for the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation and a tutor with Reading Partners.

She, her husband Matthew and their kids Saijel, Holland and Brielle reside in Five Points, Denver.

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