The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth
Will Celebrate 25 Years
Of Service To Colorado, the Nation and the World
Valet Parking Available
All levels include a table for 10
(for more information please call Marianne Franklin at 303-337-2515)
(no payment required to make a reservation now)
Silent Auction: 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Lunch and Program: 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Corporate Chair: Don Elliman, Chancellor, The University of Colorado Denver
Master of Ceremonies: Sydney Justin
-Former defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts. Lead singer of the Motown Sound Miracles.
Keynote Speaker: Matt Lepsis
-Former University of Colorado Buffs tight end. Played with the Denver Broncos from 1997 – 2007.
Special Guest: Lisa McHale
-Director of Family Relations
-Sports Legacy Institute (concussion research)
-Wife of Tom McHale (deceased) Defensive End for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sponsorships available from $1,500 to $25,000
Corporate Tables $1,500
Patron Tables $1,000
Individual Tickets $100
Daniel Graham – former CU Buff and former Denver Bronco
Denver Broncos Alumni Charity
After suffering a knee injury, Matt found himself struggling with depression and a drug abuse problem. When he real
ized he was spiraling out of contol he made the decision to end his football career at a point when he was at the top of his game. After ten years with the Denver Broncos, Matt Lepsis retired 1n2006.
Matt Lepsis grew up in Frisco, Texas, where he, his wife Shana, and 3 children currenfly reside. Both Matt and Shana attended the University of Colorado whcre he was a tight-end and Shana wzx on the Buffs volleyball
team. Matt graduated from Cu in 19996 with a degree in history. Today he is working on his Masters degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary.
Matt’s athletic career started at Frisco High school where he was All State Offensive and Defensive Line man. Outside of football , Matt was a two time state champion in the discus, ranked second nationally with a throw of 2A4 feet as a high school senior. He played tight end throughout his college career at CU under Coaches McCarurey andNeuheisel.
After tearing his ACL on the opening kickoffof the Senior Bowl, Matt Lepsis went un-drafted in the 1996 NFL draft. He was signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos and spent his first year on the urjured physically unable to perforrn list. Matt was a member of both the 1997 and 1998 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos teams. In 1999 he was a starter and held that position until retiring after the 2007 season.
FounderLes Franklin,for sure, who had barely started to emerge from the darkness that enveloped him after the tragic loss of his teenage son Shaka when a second son, Jamon, took the same fateful path as his younger brother.
The Franklins, through their foundation, have devoted substantial efforts and resources to helping underserved metro Denver youth develop self-esteem, life skills, and the goal of pursuing higher education.