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The 24th Annual Barney Ford Diversity Benefit
Fri, April 7, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM MDT
Please join us for a special evening celebrating diversity!
Your ticket includes appetizers, an open bar, and the opportunity to participate in silent and live auctions. This year’s auction will showcase a number of great items. We will update our Facebook and website as items are donated. Please let us know if you have any items you would like to donate to the event!
What are you supporting?
The Barney Ford Diversity Benefit, established in 1994, is our way of maintaining a tradition that supports this man’s legacy. This event, organized by students in support of students, brings together MBA alumni, MBA faculty and staff, community members and current MBA students – all with the common goal of promoting diversity within the CU-Leeds MBA program.
The scholarship has provided support to seven current diverse students. We hope to grow the impact this scholarship and increase the number of diverse students we attract to our program.
Who is Barney Ford?
Barney Ford, Colorado’s first great leader of African-American heritage, was born a slave in Virginia, 1824. By the 1870’s, Ford transformed himself into a business tycoon, running successful hotels, restaurants and barbershops in Denver. He also emerged as a prominent Breckenridge, Cheyenne and Denver businessman, civic leader and black rights advocate. Today, a stained glass portrait of Ford adorns the legislative chambers of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, and the Barney Ford House in Breckenridge is being adapted as a house museum in his honor.
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