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Hundreds of Coloradans joined the Be There for Your Kids campaign at City Park in Denver on Saturday, June 20, 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Father's Day. Former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper opened our fatherhood recognition program with his son, Teddy. Representatives from Urban Colors Arts & Mentoring, winner of the 2009 Be There for Your Kids Program of the Year Award, followed Mayor Hickenlooper on the stage before Joel Webster, the recipient of the Father of the Year Award, was introduced. Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter closed the fatherhood recognition program by emphasizing the need for fatherhood programs in our state and the importance of fathers being involved in the lives of their children.

The crowd was entertained by performances from the Denver Indian Family Resource Center dancers, East High School Drumline and Planet-O, a local Denver band, throughout the day. Thirty-two fatherhood programs and community agencies handed out information on their services to those in attendance and provided activities for fathers and children to do together. Giveaways, including free passes to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Elitch Gardens as well as free tickets to an upcoming Colorado Rapids game, were also given out.

While Colorado celebrated the 100th anniversary of Father's Day in Denver, hundreds of fathers were recognizing the holiday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the same time. Several organizations including the National Partnership for Community Leadership, National Center for Fathering and National Fatherhood Initiative came together to host this national rally. President Obama addressed the crowd and reiterated his responsible fatherhood message during a special video segment.

As approximately 25 million American children are living apart from their fathers today, these successful events truly raised awareness of the exceptional fatherhood work taking place across the country.