Goodnight Moon Gala Ushers in New Name, New Chapter

Board members Sandra Stenmark and Liz KincannonOn November 7, a group of 300 Bright by Three supporters came together at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for the fourth annual Goodnight Moon Gala.

It was an uplifting celebration of our collective work to provide Colorado parents and caregivers of children aged 0-3 with the tools to promote a child’s healthy development and readiness for lifelong learning.

The dramatic moment of the evening came when the new name and brand – Bright by Three – was announced for the organization that has been known for the last 19 years as Bright Beginnings.

In 2015, Bright by Three will celebrate its 20th anniversary, so in many ways, it’s good timing to refresh and renew the organization’s brand. What’s more, the change coincides with exciting new program innovations – including the BrightByText system also featured in this newsletter.

Bright by Three was founded in 1995 by former Colorado Governor Roy Romer and former Procter & Gamble Chairman Brad Butler. And it was a special moment indeed when Governor Romer and Brad Butler’s daughter Nancy Butler Accetta took the stage at the event to unveil the new name and logo.

“Our name and our logo may have changed,” says Jean McSpadden, CEO of Bright by Three. “But our commitment to giving every Colorado child a bright beginning is stronger than ever.”

The 2014 Goodnight Moon Gala honored Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission and co-chairs Barbara Grogan, Anna Jo Haynes and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia. The event emcee was George Sparks, CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and BB3 board member emeritus. The keynote speaker was Sarah Watamura, PhD, researcher and expert on the effects of toxic stress in children at the University of Denver.

The evening closed with a rousing rendition of “happy birthday” for Bea Romer, BB3 board member and former Colorado First Lady, who was celebrating her 85th birthday.

Click here to see photos from the event!  Read more about the gala in the Denver Post feature.