True Grit: Our Annual Gala

Every fall, Third Way Center welcomes donors, community partners, and youth mental health advocates to this festive evening where we celebrate the triumphs of the past 12 months and share our plans for the year ahead.

We had an amazing time at this year’s gala – honoring our outgoing executive director, David Eisner, as well as the teens we serve. This year’s Happy Trails theme was a celebration of journeys and the value of forging your own path. It also spoke to our priority of preparing our teens for life after Third Way.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our event a success.

You can see photos from this wonderful evening here.

Event Sponsorship

Our amazing business community steps up every year to make True Grit a night to remember! To learn more about how your company can get involved to support Third Way while reaching new audiences, please contact Development Director, Sally Reed.

True Grit - Auction
True Grit 2021 - Award recipient

Award Recipients

Each year we celebrate members of the Third Way Community who are making a real difference out in the world. Last year’s awardee, Mike Johnston, served as Colorado State Senator from 2009 to 2017, is the former principal at Third Way’s Joan Farley Academy, and is now the President and CEO at Gary Community Ventures.

Lori Poland, MA, LPC, RRT (2019)
Mental health therapist and CEO of The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN)

Tim Laney (2018)
Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer for National Bank Holdings Corporation

William Matthews (2017)
World-renown artist, lecturer, and former Third Way Center President of the Board

True Grit 2022: Happy Trails

Planning for True Grit and Glam 2022 is already underway! If you’d like more information about attending, volunteering for, or sponsoring this event,
please contact Development Director, Sally Reed.