“Enlightened leaders.” “Committed corporate citizens.” “Champions of children.”
Those are just a few of the phrases the Cherry Creek Schools community uses to describe Jay Davidson, founder, president and CEO of First American State Bank, and his wife, Kristina. The Davidsons, founders and 13-year title sponsors of the First American State Bank Fitness Festival, are stepping down as leaders of the event, which has raised more than $1 million to support the health and wellness of students and families through the Community Asset Project, a non-profit partner of Cherry Creek Schools.
The Davidsons were honored at the November 11 Parents' Council meeting.
“What an incredible contribution Jay and Kristina have made to our district and our community,” said Dr. Harry Bull, superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “There is simply no way to measure the lasting and positive difference they have made in the lives of tens of thousands of students and families through their generous support of the Community Asset Project.”
The Community Asset Project (CAP) is a group of parents, educators, community professionals and public safety agencies working to ensure that all children maximize their life skills and academic potential. Funding from CAP allows the CCSD Wellness Office to offer vital programs that support wellness, help reduce risk-taking behaviors (substance abuse, bullying, suicide) and promote the development of protective factors (safe and supportive school environments and positive relationships).
“We thank Jay and Kristina for providing more than $1 million in support for the Community Asset Project through the First American State Bank Fitness Festival,” said CAP President Holly Rutherford-Allen. “Their support and advocacy have allowed us to provide programs that are critical to the healthy development of children in the Cherry Creek School District.”
The Davidsons established the First American State Bank Fitness Festival in 2001, as a way to use their time, talents and resources to make a meaningful and long-lasting impact in their community. The event has always included a 5K Run/Walk, fun fitness activities for the whole family, outstanding entertainment and a fabulous after-party featuring healthy and delicious food from area restaurants. Over the years it has evolved to include a 1K Family Fun Run and the Cherry Creek Fitness Challenge, which encourages elementary school students and their families to stay active all summer.
With an emphasis on overall wellness, the First American State Bank Fitness Festival aligns with the Cherry Creek School District’s Comprehensive Wellness Strategy. It has become a national model for school-community partnerships and one of the most highly-regarded events of its kind.
After 13 years at the Fitness Festival helm, the Davidsons are now passing the torch to the Community Asset Project and the Cherry Creek School District, which will jointly assume leadership of the event.
“We look forward to continuing the community tradition the Davidsons have created,” said Janise McNally, Wellness Coordinator for Cherry Creek Schools. “It will be an honor to carry on their legacy and continue to support the health and wellness of students and families in the Cherry Creek Schools community.”
Posted November 14, 2013.