On April 19, the Jefferson County Good News Coalition will host its annual Good News Breakfast. The event will take place at 7 a.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $15 or two for $20, and can be purchased online at goodnewsjeffco.org or at the door.

This year’s theme will be “Shining Stars: Youth Shaping a Bright Future for our Community.” Nominations are being accepted through Friday, March 18. 

Sara Spaulding, chair of the Jefferson County Good News Coalition, said this year’s winners will include young people up to the age of 18 who are making a difference in Jeffco. Organizations serving youth also can be nominated.

“The volunteer committee who hosts this annual event will review nominations and select the most outstanding submissions for recognition at this year’s event,” Spaulding said.

To nominate an individual, group or organization, submit the nomination online goodnewsjeffco.org/nominations or mail to City of Wheat Ridge, Attn: Sara Spaulding, 7500 W. 29th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Include a 100 word summary and a photo of the nominee.

 Nomination criteria:

  1. Those up to and including 18 years of age who are based in, living in or serving Jeffco
  2. Individual, group or organization consisting of those meeting the age requirement or providing services to  Jeffco youth
  3. Individual, group, or organization making a noteworthy contribution(s) to improve the quality of life of others
  4. Improving and/or positively affecting the lives and living conditions of individuals in our community
  5. Those going above and beyond to make a difference in their community and inspiring others to give back

 About the Good News Breakfast

According to Spaulding, the purpose of the Good News Breakfast is to promote a sense of community, enhance and reaffirm spiritual values and recognize the good things happening in Jefferson County. Volunteers from business, human services, the faith community, education and government organizations plan and host the annual event, which traditionally draws more than 500 people. The idea for this unique countywide celebration originated in 1989 when Terry Nelson, Jim Billings and Alan Landes decided that too often the only news they heard was negative. They knew that there were many positive happenings in Jefferson County, so they brought together a coalition of people from throughout Jefferson County. That group became the Jefferson County Good News Coalition.