Mile High United Way Sets Friday, June 21 Community Celebration to Break Ground on New Community Headquarters in Denver's

Mile High United Way Sets Friday, June 21 Community Celebration to Break
Ground on New Community Headquarters in Denver's Historic Curtis Park

Morgridge Family Foundation to provide lead gift for new building due to open
in Fall 2014

DENVER, June 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Governor John Hickenlooper, Denver
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and District 8 Council Member Albus Brooks will join
Mile High United Way to celebrate the planned relocation of its home to
downtown Denver's historic Curtis Park neighborhood with a groundbreaking
ceremony and block party this Friday, June 21 from 4-7 p.m. on California St.
between Park Ave. West and 24^th St. Media are invited.

Mile High United Way officials will begin brief, formal remarks at 5 p.m. The
Moderators, a local rock-n-roll cover band composed of local business leaders
and philanthropists, will rock the block afterward until 7 p.m.
"Beautiful, historic Curtis Park in the City's Five Points district is the
perfect location for the mission-centered, community-based work we do," said
Christine Benero, president and chief executive officer of Mile High United
Way. "This neighborhood represents the very best of Denver's history, present
and future."

"Our new home will be much, much more than a new building," Benero added. "It
will be a community asset – a long-term investment in the redevelopment of
this unique area and in our ability to continue to partner with the Denver
community to improve the lives of children, families and individuals."

The centerpiece of the new home will be the Morgridge Center for Community
Change, recognizing lead donor Morgridge Family Foundation. The Anschutz
Foundation and the City and County of Denver are among others providing major
gifts in support for our new home.

"In addition, we are grateful to the Denver Housing Authority, Curtis Park
Neighbors and the Five Points, Arapahoe Square and Welton Corridor communities
whose shared vision and partnership are helping us to envision an important
and special asset for our community," Benero said.

Benero said that, as the need for collaborative services has increased in
metro Denver, Mile High United Way has exceeded the capacity of its current
building to convene the community groups that partner with the agency to
address metro Denver's most pressing challenges. "Nearly every hour of every
day, our building is used by outside organizations doing important work. We
simply can no longer meet the demand for community space at our current

Denver-based PCL Construction will build the new workplace and community
center, which is being designed by Davis Partnership Architects, also of
Denver. Mile High United Way plans to open the doors of its new home in the
fall of 2014.

WHAT:Neighborhood block party and celebratory groundbreaking
for new home of Mile High United Way

WHEN:Friday, June 21, 4-7 p.m. Brief program begins at 5 p.m.

WHO:Governor John Hickenlooper
 Mayor Michael B. Hancock
 Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, District 8
 Peter Beaupré, President & COO, PCL Construction
and Chair, Mile High United Way Board of Trustees
 Christine Benero, President & CEO of Mile High
United Way
 Rock-n-Roll Cover Band The Moderators – Lead
singer, Mike Fries of Liberty Global

WHERE: California St. between Park Ave. West and 24^th St.,
Curtis Park-Five Points District, downtown Denver

About Mile High United Way

Mile High United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a
better life for all in our community. Our focus is on School Readiness, Youth
Success and Adult Self Sufficiency- the building blocks for a good quality of

We are all connected. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a young
person graduates from high school prepared for college or career training and
when a family is financially stable. Be a part of the positive change. You can
give, you can advocate, or you can volunteer.

Mile High United Way    2505 18th Street    Denver, Colorado
80211    303-433-8383


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CONTACT: Benny Samuels
         Office: 303-561-2330
         Cell: 303-668-0636
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