Fundraiser benefits Colorado homeless youth nonprofit

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DENVER -- Urban Peak is a nonprofit organization that provides services for homeless youth ages 15 to 24.

It provides numerous programs and services, such as a 40-bed shelter, daytime drop-in center, life skills courses, and education and employment services.

Urban Nights is the organization’s largest fundraiser, and since its launch in 2012, it has raised more than $500,000 for homeless youth.

“Tonight is incredibly important with all the nonprofits including Urban Peak, things have been pretty tight this year,” director of programs Kendall Rames said. “We’ve seen government funding go down. It takes an awful lot to run a 24/7 shelter and provide the building blocks these youth need.”

Urban Nights 2016 is the fourth annual event that features local and international fashion collections showcased on a runway. The night also includes a silent and live auction with artwork created by Urban Peak’s youth.