Brian Olsen Raises $10,000 for CSU Scholarships


DENVER – Colorado State University alumni and friends celebrated the 10th annual Green and Gold Gala on Saturday, April 28 at the Denver Marriot City Center.

The Green & Gold Gala was started in 2002 by a group of alumni volunteers and is managed by the Alumni Association. The Gala raises money for the Metro Denver Scholarship, given to a CSU junior or senior whose major lies in any of CSU’s eight Colleges, who also hails from the six county Denver metro areas. This year’s two recipients, Kevin Fleming, senior, sociology, and Kimberly Worth, junior, business administration, spoke about their CSU story and impact of the scholarship.

The reception that started the evening boasted a silent auction that funded the scholarship.  CSU alumnus and artist Brian Olsen both performed and donated his paintings of CSU’s mascot CAM the Ram and classic Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe to help raise money to support the Metro Denver Scholarship. The total amount raised through CSU’s Green and Gold Gala painting auction was $10,000 dollars.

The event was truly golden. Susie Wargin, sports anchor for 9News, and CSU alumna from the class of 1992, emceed the event which was later accompanied by the music of Cheza Quartet, a professional group of CSU alumni and student musicians, and renowned Denver musical performance group The Nacho Men.

The Alumnai Association, currently led by executive director Colleen Meyer, reflected through the 10th annual Green and Gold Gala what CSU is known for: a friendly, knowledgeable, ambitious and focused regional, national and international community that CSU President Tony Frank and Brett Anderson, Vice President for University Advancement must be proud of.

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