Gala on the Bridge
 A Benefit for The Greenway Foundation  

Proceeds from Gala on the Bridge support The Greenway Foundation's longstanding efforts to protect and enhance the South Platte River and its tributaries and engage the Metro Denver community with their river through educational events and free cultural events.  

Join us for the "best party in town" at this unique setting over the South Platte River Greenway as we present the Friend of the River Award to an individual who has committed their life to the betterment of Denver and its Greenways.

Date:  Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time:  Drinks at 6pm, Dinner at 7pm

Location:  The 19th & Platte Historic Bridge (map)

Tickets:  On sale summer 2014


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Friend of the River Award
About the 2013 Honoree - Christopher N. Shears


Chris Shears' youthful fascination with every area touched by architectural design, whether it be engineering, sustainability, real estate deals or even zoning issues has made his leadership sought by any group concerned with the vibrant growth of Denver.  Lower Downtown was little more than railroads and viaducts when Chris arrived in Colorado in 1980.  

Chris has led the way as a member of the group of urban planners who changed the mindset of businesses considering the river a dumping ground to believing that the river connects us and enhances our lives.  He has served on and chaired numerous committees and taskforces with the goal of providing frameworks for building green, livable neighborhoods within the city.  His particular experitse is in the design of urban infill projects, defined as "the re-use of obsolete or underutilized buildings essential to renewing blighted neighborhoods and knitting them back together."

Past recipients of the Friend of the River Award include Dana Crawford for her life-long committment to the development of lower downtown Denver, as well as Mark Smith for his community building work with East West Partners.


Event Chair 2013

Bar Chadwick

Event Committee 2013

David Cole                      Mike LaMair

Dee Chirafisi                   Holly Brown Nichols

Barb Gibson                     Andy Rockmore

Paula Grey                      John Shaw

Rob Grey                         Roger Sherman 

Laurie Helmick                Jim Theye

Jeff Hermanson               Dave Thorpe

Terry Hershey                  Ellen Winkler 

Fabby Hillyard                 Jason Winkler

Steve Katich