Parent Engagement Network to Host Black-Tie Fundraising Gala

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Evening will feature keynote speaker Adrienne Bulinski, former Miss Kansas, as well as a three-course meal and live music.

Parent Engagement Network (PEN), the premier parent support group in Boulder County, is hosting its inaugural black-tie fundraising gala, A Night at the Oscars (, April 24, 5:30–10:00 p.m. at the Gatehouse in Lafayette. This evening will serve as a fundraiser to aid the organization in furthering their ability to aid the community over the coming year.

“We’re so excited to have an evening where everyone can show off their red carpet style while helping a vital organization,” said Paula Nelson, founder of PEN. “This is an event to bring together businesses, schools, community organizations, professionals, and parents who believe that families need the support and resources we provide. As our primary fundraiser this year, those attending and sponsoring will make a big impact.”

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres and cocktails during the silent auction and then a plated three-course meal, live auction, and three different /musical entertainers. This year’s keynote speaker is Adrienne Bulinski ( As a former Miss Kansas and award winning motivational speaker, her talk will focus on inspiring attendees to think big and believe in their passions, goals, and capabilities. “I’m thrilled to be hosting the PEN fundraising gala. Our children are the promise for a successful future as a community and country, and PEN plays a dynamic role in building the overall well-being of students and families across Boulder County.”

In addition to being a fun event for the community, organizers hope to bring additional understanding of the organization’s value and inspire attendees to make a difference in the community. Shelly Mahon, Ph.D. and Executive Director shared, “Our work is about building on people’s strengths, teaching parents and young people to be resourceful, and creating a context for conversations around important issues. We give parents strength to face whatever dreams, fears, hopes and challenges that come with raising children, and we support schools in carrying out their mission. By working together, we create a context where parents are engaged and young people are a huge contribution to the community.”

Current event sponsors include Great Western Bank, Victoria Hamilton, Zia Consulting, Left Hand Brewery, Upstart Kombucha, and Idella Wines. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit to learn more.

Tickets to A Night at the Oscars are $125 per single seat or $1000 per table of 10. To register for the event visit

With almost 15 years' experience serving 31,000 Boulder County parents in raising happy and healthy youth, Parent Engagement Network’s (PEN) mission is to engage, educate, and empower parents. Originally a grass-roots parent organization, PEN became a non-profit in 2009. While PEN secures 100% of its own funding, they have a strong and thriving partnership with the Boulder Valley School District. The goal of this partnership is to increase parent engagement in schools, protect children from risks, and build youth up to meet their full potential. PEN’s strengths are in building foundational parenting skills in areas such as personal awareness, child and adolescent development, communication and relationship building, and more by promoting the social-emotional and mental well-being of youth and families. They train volunteers and parent leaders to assist families in being positive and resourceful. Visit for more information.

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