School fundraising lunch draws about 200

Event features presentations, community support awards

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The Love Our Schools luncheon, a debut fundraising event for the Douglas County School District, drew about 200 of the area’s most influential business people and decision-makers to the Denver Marriott South in Lone Tree on June 14.

The event was coordinated by the Douglas County Educational Foundation, DCSD’s fundraising organization. The gathering included addresses by state Rep. Frank McNulty of Highlands Ranch, Douglas County School Board President John Carson and Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen, along with presentations on the district’s outdoor education program and other programs.

McNulty praised the school board for major changes it’s recently made within the district.

“Our schools are great,” he said. “But they don’t remain that way without leadership, without innovation.”

Carson also reviewed a list of accomplishments before turning the program over to Fagen, whose leadership qualities he likened to recently deceased British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He introduced Fagen as “the iron lady” of DCSD.

“It’s really incredible what’s happening in this school district and it’s not because of me,” Fagen said during her presentation. “It’s because of great teachers, leaders and support staff.”

The DCEF also gave two awards for support of DCSD. Castle Rock Economic Development Council President Frank Gray was named Community Leader of the Year for his role in the first Career Connect 8th Grade Expo, and Sky Ridge Medical Center Community Partner of the Year in recognition of the annual internships it provides to students.

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