Join us for our 2011 Gala

August 28, 2011

5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Infinity Park Event Center

4400 East Kentucky Ave., Glendale, CO

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You are cordially invited to the sixth annual Shining Lights of Hope Gala presented by the Carson J Spencer Foundation, celebrating our sixth year of sustaining a passion for life!

This year’s benefit auction evening is on August 28th, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, taking place at the beautiful Infinity Park Event Center located in Glendale, CO.

To purchase your tickets, please click here. You will be directed to Blacktie Colorado, where you can RSVP for a really fun night!

Not only will you laugh with a great auctioneer, former Colorado Legislator Debbie Stafford, delight in delicious dishes, revel in an open bar sponsored by Total Beverage, laugh with wonderful people, and enjoy the company of many local celebrities, like our Emcee Woody Paige from the Denver Post and the Glendale Raptor Rugby team, but also, you will experience great deals at the live and silent auctions, and feel the satisfaction of helping support an organization working with business and youth leaders to save lives and sustain a passion for life.

Interested in sponsoring? Click here for details.


History of Event: Each year, CJSF holds the “Shining Lights of Hope” fundraising gala.  Just weeks after Carson died in 2004, his family and friends from across his lifespan began to brainstorm the vision for the Carson J Spencer Foundation. The meetings were as therapeutic as they were productive. While all of those participating loved him, not all of the friends knew each other since they were acquainted with Carson at difference ages and places in his life. As they shared stories and ideas, they came together in their grief and shared mission.

Because Carson was such a prominent business man in Denver, the Rocky Mountain News interviewed several family members for a featured obituary. The article closed with a quote from Carson’s mother-in-law, “He was a star who shone so brightly that he just burned out too quickly."

Indeed, Carson was a star in many ways. A shooting star who rose quickly as an entrepreneur in his industry and gained the admiration of many, he also had the ability to light up any room with his charming smile and humor. His spirit was brilliant. And when stars die, their light shines on in the darkness.

CJSF is meant to be the light of his legacy, carrying on his goodness and his spirit. We acknowledge his gift of helping others and our desire to prevent what happened to him from happening to others through a number of programs that are designed to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and assist those bereaved in our community. We also encourage loving, caring people to become inspiring points of light in the dark by offering connection and support to those who feel trapped in a dark place with no way out. 

For these reasons, we have called our annual gala “Shining Lights of Hope” and we aim to recognize those individuals and organizations in our community who support the work of suicide prevention and provide compassionate assistance to those in pain. Each year we award those who have stood above the others as stars. Last year, we raised nearly $30,000. With your help, this year, we hope to raise $40,000!