Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc. (CBI/CCI) was established as a multi-cultural, all-inclusive program for high school students in the Denver Metropolitan area to provide personal development experiences and recognition. CBI/CCI is a mentoring program designed to impart wholesome values and equip high school juniors and seniors with vital life skills while preparing them to be successful leaders, role models and citizens.

The 2016 Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion formal dinner and presentation gala, A Royal Heritage, will be held on Sunday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, in Denver. This year’s program will feature more than 70 male and female students with an expected audience of more than 600. Thirty two ‘beauxs’ will be presented to the community escorted by junior and senior high school ‘belles.’ A major highlight of the evening will be the presentation of Mr. and Miss Royalty. This year’s honorary chairs are Denver Urban Spectrum’s Rosalind “Bee” Harris and Lawrence James and Community Leader Kenneth Johnson.

In June 2010, CBI/CCI was developed by a group of individuals and businesses spearheaded by ACW Marketing & Event Planning and Bouknight & Associates, along with assistance from a group of business consultants. Its mission is to uncover hidden jewels within the community; mentor and reward youth who have not been afforded those same opportunities; and to prepare them to make significant contributions to their community.

The CBI/CCI youth are exposed to a variety of self-improvement sessions including relationship skills, financial management, wealth creation, etiquette, post-secondary education, job readiness, health, and nutrition. The young people build peer and professional relationships, attend multi-cultural activities and are partnered with local and national mentors. Maintaining good grades, community involvement and integrity are an absolute necessity for CBI program participants.

The ultimate goal of CBI/CCI is to develop the total person and help the participants to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals while making meaningful contributions to their communities.

CBI/CCI encourages Colorado high school students to strive for higher levels of academic and personal achievement, to participate in community service and to maintain a greater sense of self confidence and pride.

Studies prove that academic and social intervention programs double the high school graduation rate and make an individual’s life more productive and prosperous. CBI/CCI has also created programs that focus on academics, health and nutrition, social issues and youth economic development.

Male high school junior or seniors who excel in the areas of academics, leadership, athletics, and community service are eligible to participate in the program. Other requirements include a minimum grade point average of 2.5, a completed CCI official application, two letters of recommendation and a $30 application fee. Exceptions are available for hardship applicants.

At the end of the academic year, the participants take part in a formal presentation to society and gala that highlights their high school academics, community service, athletic talents and social accomplishments. The year-end gala features a “Rites of Passage” ceremony for the male seniors, a tribute to the female seniors, and speakers and presenters who provide well wishes for a bright and prosperous future to the honorees. The event culminates with an elegant reception and dance.

The Colorado Beautillion-Cotillion, Inc. invites the community to come out and support this year’s event and the 32 beauxs. Sponsorship opportunities are available and volunteers are needed. Tickets are $65 per person and table sponsors are available.

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