Former Speak Easy Executive Director Denver Hutt is being remembered as an "extraordinary person" by business and community leaders. On Thursday, friends, family and colleagues will celebrate her life at a gathering at the Indianapolis collaboration space. The Indiana University graduate passed away over the weekend at the age of 28 after a battle with cancer. Hutt led the Speak Easy for three years before taking a leadership role with the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors.

Hutt led the Speak Easy in the Broad Ripple neighborhood from March 2012-August 2015. The organization aims to serve as "a place for education, conversation and manufactured serendipity, with a mission to cultivate the healthiest entrepreneurial ecosystem, anywhere." She went on to serve as MIBOR’s Economic and Community Development Liaison.

Hutt’s career also included stints as facilitator and event organizer for Startup Weekend, events and outreach coordinator for Indy Hub and multiple roles with Indianapolis-based marketing firm Stringcan.

A celebration of life for Denver Hutt is set for Thursday from 5:00-8:30 p.m. at the Speak Easy. Organizers say the event will honor Hutt’s wishes to be remembered with a big party. They are also creating a legacy foundation in her honor, and say online donation information will come soon.

Statement from Indy Chamber CEO Mike Huber:

She was an extraordinary person and an example of a Millennial who made a mark on the tech and cultural scenes and policy through her work at MIBOR.  She’s an example of how the younger generation can really change the city when they are willing to engage.

Statement from the Central Indiana Community Foundation:

CICF and staff are incredibly saddened by the loss of Denver Hutt. She was a remarkable presence in so many lives throughout Indianapolis, and a true force for good in our community. We were fortunate to have known her, and will surely miss her.

Statement from Leadership Indianapolis:

Leadership Indianapolis is deeply saddened by the passing of Denver Hutt. We were honored to have her as a member of SKL Class XXXIX. Denver worked with great enthusiasm and joy to make Indianapolis better. We will miss her.