Last Friday was one of the more unique and special experiences our office has had as community collaboration goes.
As has been introduced in past blogs, one of our special tributes in the works to honor the memory of Darrent Williams is a life-size bronze sculpture that will be in the courtyard entrance to our new Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center adjacent to the Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club in Montbello. This project has brought us in contact with a wonderful man who lives here locally but is world renowned for his art—Ed Dwight.
Ed’s first career was that of an astronaut during the Kennedy Administration, but sculpture has always been his true passion. His works are all over the world, including the Hank Aaron sculpture in Atlanta, Miles Davis in the Caribbean, Frederick Douglass in Virginia and Martin Luther King right here in City Park. Ed will now ad the sculpture of Darrent Williams to his works and we are thrilled to work with such a talent on this very meaningful legacy project for the Broncos.
Ed will identify a group of 15-20 teens from our new center to join him in working on the sculpture of Darrent so that they can truly own the project. This will be an amazing opportunity for our young people in Montbello.
Ed met with me, Kelly and Pam from our office at his studio last Friday to welcome to the project an amazing couple, Doug and Marilyn Morton, who have graciously agreed to support the project and make it a reality. Doug owns Morton Publishing here in town and he and Marilyn are extremely committed to our community—we feel so lucky that they have joined in our effort to honor Darrent.
After leaving the studio Friday, we took Doug and Marilyn, along with Ed, to the Denver Broncos Boys and Girls Club where we met up with Rich Barrows, our Club director, and Domonique Foxworth. Rich and Domonique gave our new partners a tour of the Broncos Boys and Girls Club, as well as a tour of the neighboring building that will become the Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center in early 2008.
Special thanks to Domonique who has walked hand and hand with our office on this journey to live out our organization’s legacy vision for Darrent.
Friday was truly a day defining collaboration. ..bringing complete strangers together in the spirit of humanity, in the spirit of hope, in the spirit of life. We thank Doug and Marilyn Morton and we thank Ed Dwight for the roles each will play in advancing our dream to honor Darrent. . . to bring new hope and new promise out of his terrible loss.
Thank you for helping us to move forward.