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Ban Ki-moon to speak at the 14th annual Korbel Dinner

Aug. 22, 2011—Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will be the keynote speaker at the 14th annual Korbel Dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Denver. The Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) is honoring him with the University of Denver's Global Advancement Award. As the eighth Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has sought to strengthen the U.N., help countries facing crisis, empower women and promote sustainable development.

Two of Denver's most generous and involved citizens, Timothy and Bernadette Marquez, will also be honored with the Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award. Founder and CEO of Venoco, Inc. and co-founders of their Foundation, the Marquez's are heavily involved in promoting health and education in Colorado. They founded the Denver Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit agency that helps Denver Public School students go to college.

One of Denver's most loved NBA stars, Chauncey Billups, will receive the University of Denver's Bridge Builder Award. In addition to his professional accolades, Billups is known for his community involvement with the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy and the Elite Basketball Academy. The dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

The Korbel Dinner serves as the principal avenue for raising funds to continue the significant work of JKSIS, as well as an opportunity to honor people in our community whose leadership and commitment embody the goals established by the schools founder, Josef Korbel.

For reporters wanting to attend the speech at the Korbel Dinner, please contact Kim DeVigil at (303) 871-2775.

What: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Keynote Speaker, Josef Korbel School of International Studies Dinner

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver, Colorado Convention Center 650 15th Street, Denver

When: Wednesday, Aug. 24

Cocktail Reception 6 p.m., Dinner 7:30 p.m.