Seen: Terrell Davis helps out Moonbeam Harvest fundraiser

Thursday, 05 October 2017, 11:48:35 AM. The gridiron great is an advocate for quality education, which is why the folks at Clayton Early Learning were overjoyed when he agreed to be the special guest at the school’s signature fundr…

Terrell Davis started his National Football League career like a champ, rushing 1,117 yards in his rookie season with the Denver Broncos. For three years he was regarded as the best running back in the NFL. In 1998 he was voted Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XXXII, and earlier this year he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The gridiron great is also an advocate for quality education, which is why the folks at Clayton Early Learning were overjoyed when he agreed to be the special guest at the school’s signature fundraiser, Moonbeam Harvest.

To make the walkabout supper and auction even more special, Davis’ good friend and former teammate, Reggie Rivers, served as master of ceremonies.

“Every child deserves to get a solid start in life,” Davis said, adding that he and his wife approach parenting with the idea that “Education is everything, and we know it has to begin right from the start. Not only with good quality preschools, but what we do at home, too. We read to our kids every night, (and) that is important time for us to spend together.”

Rivers, who went on to become a successful author, media personality and auctioneer, added: “The first five years of a child’s life are critical to their ability to get a good start in school. You only get the first five years of life once.”

Rivers opened the live auction bidding by offering an official NFL football that Davis would autograph for the winner. Davis jumped right in by circulating through the crowd to encourage bidders and thank everyone for their support of Clayton Early Learning, a nonprofit, family-centered school that for 100-plus years has helped children from limited-opportunity backgrounds succeed.

Moonbeam Harvest began with the 335 guests strolling the Clayton Early Learning campus to sample food from chefs Two Peaches Catering, Occasions Catering, the Savory Spice Shop, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Museum of Nature and Science and Gregory Shain, the man behind the healthy meals served to the students at Clayton Early Learning. Desserts were provided by Cake Crumbs, Chaos and Cream and Enstrom Candies while beverages were supplied by Breckenridge Brewery.

Phil Steinhauer and Char Farley Chacon were among those representing Designscapes Colorado, the company that installed, and maintains, the vegetable garden at Clayton Early Learning.

The effort, Steinhauer said, was part of his company’s 25th anniversary celebration and included the planting of 20 varieties of berries and vegetables — some 2,000 Hardy Boy plants in all — donated by Welby Gardens.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of everyone’s diet, but especially for children,” Steinhauer said. “The kids here, over the past 10 weeks, have been harvesting and eating things like strawberries, broccoli, peppers and herbs. What they don’t eat on campus they can pack up and take home.”

Charlotte Brantley, Clayton Early Learning’s chief executive, joined board chair Sarah Gustashaw, chief operating officer Michael Niyompong; chief financial officer Sonya Marques-Correia and development vice president Sarah Berkman in welcoming a crowd that included Dori Biester, a former member of the Clayton Early Learning board and retired CEO at Children’s Hospital Colorado; Kristen Wilford-Adams, Clayton Early Learning’s nutrition, health and wellness specialist; Hayden Hirschfeld; Dorothy and Ted Willey; Dorit Fischer; Tameka Brigham, chief of community and family engagement for the Denver Public Schools; Kim Easton, executive director of National Sports Center for the Disabled; and Roweena Naidoo, director of policy and economic success at Mile High United Way.

Net income is still being tallied, but Brantley says it is safe to say that this was the most successful Moonbeam Harvest to date and that the money will “Help ensure that more children have the tools they need to be successful in school and in life.”


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