27th Annual

Upcoming Events


28th Annual Love Our Children Luncheon

Friday, April 20, 2018
Silent Auction 10:00am
Luncheon Program 11:30am
Hyatt Regency Hotel Denver Tech Center
7800 E. Tufts Ave.
Denver, CO 80237

We are excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for the 28th Annual Love Our Children Luncheon --acclaimed columnist and feature writer for ESPN Kate Fagan.


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 info@shaka.org
The Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth, 8101 E. Dartmouth Ave. Unit 11 Denver, CO 80231




27 Annual Love Our Children Luncheon

Friday, April 21, 2017
Hyatt Regency Hotel Denver Tech Center
7800 E. Tufts Ave.
Denver, CO 80237
    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 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 assigned 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.

Captain Groberg then observed an individual wearing a suicide vest coming toward the patrol. He rushed the suspect and shoved him away from 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 United 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. Fink-Ink was named Business of the Year in 2016. 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.

Special Guests: Fort Carson Military Band Quartet