27 Annual Love Our Children Luncheon

Friday, April 21, 2017


Hyatt Regency Hotel Denver Tech Center
7800 E. Tufts Ave.
Denver, CO 80237

Silent Auction opens at 9:00 AM Luncheon and program begins at 11:30AM


Keynote Speaker: U.S. Army Captain (ret) Florent Groberg

Florent Groberg


Clinical Update: Matt Vogl MPH, Executive Director National Behavioral Health innovation Center University of Colorado

Matt Vogl


Master of Ceremonies: Roger Fink – Fink Ink

Roger Fink


Special Guests: Fort Carson Military Band Quartet




Title Sponsor – $50,000 2 Tables for 10 Logo & Sponsor Level recognition posted on The Shaka Franklin Foundation website & included in all materials for the luncheon Table sign and continuous projection during event Recognition by MC and in program Corporate information placed at each table.

Presidential Level – $25,000 table for 10 Logo & Sponsor Level recognition on The Shaka Franklin Foundation website and included in all materials for the luncheon. Name on table sign & on continuous projection during event Recognition by Master of Ceremonies and in program

Platinum Level – $10,000 table for 10 Logo & sponsor level recognition on The Shaka Franklin Foundation website and included in all materials for the luncheon Name on table sign & on continuous projection during event Recognition by Master of Ceremonies and in program

Gold Level – $5,000 table for 10 Recognition on The Shaka Franklin Foundation website and included in all materials for event Name on continuous projection during event Recognition by Master of Ceremonies and in program

Silver Level – $2,500 Table for 10 Name on table sign and on continuous projection during event Recognition in program and by Master of Ceremonies.

Corporate Table for ten – $1,750

Reserved Table and listing in program, table sign


Tickets for individuals – $125

Call (303) 337-2515 or email
The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth, 8101 E. Dartmouth Ave. Unit 11 Denver, CO 80231



Florent “Flo” Ahmed Groberg
Keynote Speaker

Florent Groberg is a medically retired French American military officer and civilian employee of the U.S. Department of Defense. Born in France, his mother is French-Algerian. He became a U.S. citizen in 2001 and joined the US. Army in 2008 Flo Groberg served in the Army during the War I Afghanistan, where in August 2012 he was severely injured attempting to thwart a suicide bomber. On November 12, 2015, President Barak Obama presented Captain Groberg with the Medal of Honor for his heroic action in Afghanistan.

Florent Groberg and his family lived in Paris until Florent was 6 years old, they then moved to Spain and back to France. Flo did not speak English until he was 11 years old. He attended middle school in the Chicago area before the family settled in Potomac, Maryland. After high school Flo attended the University Maryland, College Park where he competed in varsity track and cross country. In May 2006 he graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice.

Groberg entered the the Army in July 2008 and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Later he completed Infantry Officer Basic Course. Mechanized Leaders Course, US Army Airborne and US Army Ranger Schools and was assigned to the 4″ Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado as a platoon leader.

He deployed to Afghanistan in November 2009 as part of Task Force Lethal, with responsibility of the Tech River Valley in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province.

In June of 2010 Flo was reassigned as an infantry company executive officer and asigned as the brigade personal security detachment commander for the 4″ Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4″ Infantry Division. He once again deployed to Kunar Province with Task Force Mountain Warrior. In 2012 he was promoted to Captain.

On the Morning of August 8, 2012, Groberg served as a personal security detachment commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior responsible for the safety of 28 coalition and Afghan National Army personnel, including several principals: two brigade commanders two battalion commanders, the brigade command sergeant major, a battalion command sergeant major, and an ANA battalion commander.

Then, Captian Groberg, observed an individual wearing a suicide vest coming toward the patrol. He rushed the suspect and shoved him away form the patrol and tackled him. The detonated device through him 15 feet away. A second suicide bomber detonated his device.

Four people in the patrol were killed. Captain Groberg sustained the loss of 45% of his left calf with severe nerve damage, a blown eardrum and a mild traumatic brain injury.

For his actions on August 8, 2012, Florent Groberg received the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the Untied States.





Matthew Vogl
Executive Director
National Behavioral Health Innovation Center

In May of 2016, Matt Vogl was named Executive Director of the new University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus National Behavioral Health Innovation Center. Matt was formerly Assistant Director of the CU Depression Center.

The National Behavioral Health Innovation Center is designed as a “virtual center” to serve people in Colorado and across the nation by identifying and implementing behavioral health solutions, making connections to national experts and providing resources to build connections among community leaders across the state.

The center focuses on finding innovative approaches to prevention, identification and treatment through intensive collaboration with partners all across the state.




Roger Fink
Master of Ceremonies

Roger Fink is a successful entrepreneur businessman and philanthropist who combines his deep empathy and compassion for others with his infections sense of humor. He tries to make everyone he meets feel a sense of purpose. Fink has taken his 23 years in advertising, sales and marketing at Dex Media to build his successful promotional marketing company located in downtown Brighton, Colorado. He served as president of the board of directors for the nonprofit BUMMP. He leads a men’s parenting group and offers his support to many community organizations.





The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth
Working Towards a Better World for Families and Children


How Your Support Helps

Educational Scholarships

  • Scholarship fund endowments have been established at University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver and Colorado State University.
  • The Dy Lussi-Austin Scholarship Fund for Figure Skaters is in memory of Dy LussiAustin who was instrumental in starting the SHAKA I.C.E. – (Inner City Edge) ice skating program. The first scholarship was awarded to Emma Pulse in 2014, a figure skater and Shaka Franklin Foundation volunteer. Emma is now Junior a student at Metropolitan State University.

Production and distribution of brochures and literature on mental health with an emphasis on suicide and depression. The materials are made available at no charge to schools, youth groups churches and other nonprofit organizations.

Youth and Family Programs

  • Individual counseling and mentoring
  • Assistance for hockey and figure skating – SHAKA I.C.E. – Inner City Edge
  • Family-to-Family education course – a partnership with NAMI
  • Mobile Shaka Franklin Foundation vehicle touring college campuses with mental
  • health information – SHAKA ON THE MOVE




Mental Health Facts

  • Over 30 thousand people in The United States die from suicide every year.
  • Colorado has the 8″ highest suicide rate in the nation.
  • Males are more likely to die from suicide than females, but more females attempt suicide than males.
  • In 2008, approximately 10% of adolescents ages 12-17 in Colorado reported having had at least one major depressive episode in the last year. Colorado had the highest percentage in the nation.
  • In the united States, approximately 20 million people (almost 10% of the population) suffers from a depressive disorder every year.
  • Nearly 80% of those affected by depression do not receive treatment.
  • Females experience depression at roughly twice the rate of males.
  • 92% of African American males with depression do not seek treatment.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability among people of all ages worldwide.
  • Depression is a leading cause of workplace absenteeism in the United States costing employers over $51 billion annually.
  • Nearly 6 million people in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder.
  • Over 40 million adults in the United States suffer from an anxiety disorder.
  • Several research studies link depression to physical ailments including osteoporosis, diabetes and heart disease.
  • Colorado ranks 50th in the nation for inpatient psychiatric bed capacity.

Source: University of Colorado Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center




The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth

Who We Are

Shaka Franklin was 16 when he took his life. He was a student at Thomas Jefferson High School. This tragedy spurred the formation of The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth by his father, Les Franklin.

The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth is a nonprofit 501 (C)(3) organization founded in 1990 to address the serious problem of youth suicide in Colorado and the nation. Over the past 25 years hundreds of presentations have been made on suicide, depression and self destructive behavior to schools, youth groups parents teachers and professionals. The Shaka Franklin Foundation has positively touched the lives of thousands of young people across the United States and many other COuntries.

Since 1990 the organization has helped young people work through problems and issues and get clinical help and treatment when it is needed. We have provided informal counseling to families with the hope that they will not have to experience the heartbreak of losing a child.

For many years Shaka’s Place Youth Technology Center provided young people a place to gather and learn. Daily and after school programs were open to all who crossed the threshold. As The Shaka Franklin Foundation has grown and evolved, there has become a need to offer young people opportunities to expand their minds. We are now redirecting some of our efforts and resources to provide much needed college scholarships, mental health advocacy and support to families. What we do is whatever it takes to save a life

Shaka Scholarships

The Shaka Franklin Foundation has established scholarship funds at the University of Colorado Denver, Denver University and Colorado State University. We have a strong partnership with the University of Colorado Denver and a pre-collegiate program is being developed to assure more students are ready to enter college upon finishing high school. These are endowed scholarship funds that will grow over the years.


This is a new program that will begin in 2016. Mental health is a serious issue on college campuses. The SHAKA ON THE MOVE program will travel to college campuses around the state and the country carrying information on mental health, suicide prevention/intervention, depression and other disorders. SHAKA ON THE MOVE will be ready to participate in college health fairs, provide informal counseling and discussion sessions and presentations to student and faculty groups. The first stops for this traveling program are already in the works for the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado State University.

An important part of The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth is to dispel the stigmas surrounding mental health and encourage people to talk and seek professional help. SHAKAON THE MOVE is a big part of our mental health advocacy.


SHAKA I.C.E. (Inner City Edge SHAKA I.C.E. was started in 1997 with Learn-to-Skate programs, ice hockey development and beginning figure skating. Today it supports the Western Regional Hockey Camp in Colorado Springs which is an elite camp for 200 players, as well as the Colorado Rampage and other youth hockey teams.

Each year SHAKA I.C.E. is able to supply a certain number of players with equipment and pay hockey fees – based on needs.

The future of the SHAKA I.C.E. program is a rink to be built at 51 and Broadway. This rink will support the SHAKA I.C.E.

programs focusing on the training of non-traditional children and those in need of financial support to be involved. The program will supply equipment, coaching and ice time at no charge or reduced rates.

The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth. 8101 E. Dartmouth Ave. #11, Denver 80231.303-337-2515. info(a)





The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth
History of Accomplishments

Established in 1990 to address youth suicide, depression and mental health issues.

Distribution of brochures to schools, churches, youth groups and parents about depression, grief, suicide and mental health.

Over 3,000 presentations have been given on suicide, depression, self destructive behavior and positive alternatives.

Numerous young people have received counseling to encourage them to survive, understand their purpose in life and pursue their dreams.

A sponsor of Colorado Rampage Youth Hockey in Monument, CO. Two vans and a trailer are provided for their use. Players in need of financial support can request a scholarship.

Sponsor of the Western Regional Elite Youth Hockey Camp for three years – 2014, 2015, 2016.

Supported a student at the University of San Diego with a four year scholarship. This student graduated in 2016

SHAKA On The MOVE program was launched in 2015 which is a mobile unit that will travel to school campuses with information on suicide, depression and mental health.

The DyLussi-Austin Scholarship for Figure Skaters was established in 2011 in memory of DyLussi-Austin who started the SHAKAI.C.E. learn-to-skate and figure skating program. First recipient was awarded in 2014.

In 2010 entered into a partnership with the University of Colorado Denver and created a scholarship fund to encourage nontraditional Students to attend UC Denver.

A scholarship fund was started at Denver University.

Founding board member of the Colorado Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Established a branch in Johannesburg, South Africa by feeding 540 students in a rural school.

Through partnerships with Insitu-Design Architecture and the University of Colorado Graduate School of Architecture created a concept to rebuild a rural School in South Africa.

Shaka’s Place Youth Technology Center opened in 1999 as an educational and creative place for children and young people. A second building was renovated as an extension of youth programs and focusing on physical fitness, exercise and proper nutrition. Programs at Shaka’s Place: All About Choices – prevention and intervention for young people. (2) introduction to audio/visual technology, music production, lyricWriting, film production.

SHAKA I.C.E.(Inner City Edge) was started in 1997 as a development program for ice hockey and figure skating.

Acquired 320 acres in Westcliffe, CO. This was done with the idea of creating a youth retreat.

Organized the Willie O’Ree All-Star Weekend in Denver which recognizes outstanding minority youth hockey players – 1998

Co-Founder of the National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS).

Appearances on 12 television shows to discuss suicide: Montel William(4), Bryant Gumble (Today Show), 400 Club, Rolanda Show, Phil Donahue Show, Colorado and Company, Lou Gossett, Jr. television special – Images and Realities, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,

Gordon Elliott Show

Featured in the following: Time Magazine, Essence Magazine, Boston Globe, The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Inter-Mountain Jewish News, Emerging Markets, People Magazine



2017 Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth Board of Directors

Leslie S. Franklin – Chairman of the board

Alexander Austin – Vice President, Deposit Services, AmFirst Bank

Raul Cardenas, PhD – Associate Vice Chancellor Student Affairs, University of Colorado

Dr. Kenneth Crichlow – Dentist – private practice

Darryl Collier – Asst. VP, Government Markets Great West Life

Richard George – Director, Athletics, University of Colorado

Brent Hubbell – Asso. Advisor, Pinnacle Real Estate

Kevin Koser – The Tyton Group


Honorable Dianne McKenzie – Judge, City and County of Denver

Rebecca Ringenberg – Sales Leadership

Joseph Sadozai – Project Manager Coors

Andrew Sherman – President, Colorado Sports Center

James Willis – Non-profit Consultant

Robert Willis – Asst. Vice Chancellor, University of Denver

Call (303) 337-2515 or email
The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth, 8101 E. Dartmouth Ave. Unit 11 Denver, CO 80231


FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

DENVER, CO 80237

Silent Auction: 10 to Noon
Luncheon: 11:30 to 1:30

Keynote Speaker:

Bo Reichenbach

Bo Reichenbach (click for Bio)

Guest Speaker:

Ceal Barry

Ceal Barry, Senior Associate Athletic Director University of Colorado

Reservations Accepted Now

Title Sponsor – $50,000
Presidential Sponsor – $25,000
Platinum Sponsor – $10,000
Gold Sponsor – $5,000
Silver Sponsor – $2,500
Corporate Table – $1,750
Individual Tickets – $125

To place reservations or for more Information Contact The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth:

(303) 337-2515
8101 E. Dartmouth Ave. #11
Denver, CO 80231

Benefitting our scholarship funds, counseling services, suicide prevention & Intervention, SHAKA I.C.E. and SHAKA ON THE MOVE (for quality Mental Health)

When? Friday, April 29th – Luncheon from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. – Silent Auction from 10a.m.-12p.m.
Where? Renaissance Hotel: 3801 Quebec StreetDenver, CO


We would love to have you at our largest event of the year!

As a non profit organization in Denver Colorado we depend a lot on donations and revenue from our fundraisers to keep our cause going. Our main focuses are youth suicide and self destructive behavior prevention and intervention, depression and education. On April 29th we are going to have our largest fundraiser of the year and we want you to be a part of it. the youth of Colorado depends on your participation!


What does our biggest event look like?

Go here to View pictures from our 2010 Love our Children Luncheon

What’s so special about this one?

Special guest Susan Stafford

Susan Stafford (original hostess of “Wheel Of Fortune”) will be attending and promoting her new book, “Stop The Wheel, I Want To Get Off!”. Susan was the considered the First Lady of daytime television and was the first woman ever nominated for an Emmy on a game show. She has also devoted her time to philanthropy. Most notably serving on the Emergency Response Teams for both the Columbine and Virginia Tech school shootings.



Electrifying entertainment by Maestro Hughes

Born in Denver, Colorado, twenty-six year old violinist and producer, Jeffrey Hughes, combines classical violin, soul, funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop to create a unique and original sound. Driven by his twenty-two-year study of classical violin, Maestro seeks to expand the versatility of the violin and diversify its audience…


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When? Friday, April 29th – Luncheon from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. – Silent Auction from 10a.m.-12p.m.
Where? Renaissance Hotel: 3801 Quebec StreetDenver, CO
Why? To support the programs & projects of The Shaka Franklin Foundation forYouth
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On August 14th The Shaka Franklin Foundation, R2 Stewardship Electronic Recycling and Urban Survival Fitness will present Conscious” – the First Annual Community Wellness and Recycling event at Shaka’s Place Youth Technology Center, 5929 E. 38th Ave. in Denver.

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