The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Be Beautiful Be Yourself Hollywood Ball, Gold & Glam is June 12 and features dinner and dancing at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver Cottonwood Ballroom.
With barely the ink dry on this year’s mega-successful Mizel Institute Dinner, circle the date for the 2016 dinner, Wednesday, May 26. What they’re not telling us yet is who they’re honoring. You’ll know when we know.
New music director
Opera Colorado has for the first time appointed a music director Ari Pelto. As other traditional arts programs continue to bring their performances to the people outside the traditional performance venues, Opera Colorado is also packing up the traditional stage and moving it to sites in the greater Denver metro area, as Pelto said, “To increase and diversify its programming and repertory, build the national scope of its Young Artists program and further extend the Company’s reach through engagements in venues outside of the traditional opera house.”
For more info on this move, visit www.operacolorado.org or call Marketing Director Rachel Perez at 303-698-2334.
Golf 4 A Precious Child, June 15
Golfers are invited to tee off on behalf of Colorado’s disadvantaged children at the Seventh Annual Golf 4 A Precious Child Charity Tournament.
The tournament is June 15 at the Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club in Broomfield. The tournament is a foursome scramble format and will feature contests throughout the course.
The day will include 18 holes of golf, an appearance by the Broncos Cheerleaders, a cookout style lunch and silent and live auctions.
A Precious Child is a local nonprofit that provides basic essentials, such as clothing, coats and school supplies to children living in homeless shelters, foster homes or who are without access to basic needs.
Last year alone they served 31,204 children.
Individual golf spots, foursomes and sponsorships are available at www.bit.ly/golf4apc. For more information, visit www.APreciousChild.org or call Lisandra Gonzales at 303-466.4272.
In a separate announcement Most Precious Child noted they received 1,000 pairs of Crocs from the local shoe firm.
Denver Academy Scholarship Fund
The Denver Academy families and others in the metro Denver area gathered recently to support the Denver Academy Scholarship Fund at the DCPA Seawell Ballroom. Deb Woodward and daughter Jessica Woodward chaired the benefit that focused on the formidable obstacles diverse learners face in their academic and career paths. The umbrella nonprofit focuses on dyslexia, ADHD and other learning challenges to help such clients find the best way to learn. Among those at the event were Donald Seawell, Gayle and Steve Mooney, Tim and Sallie O’Connor.
The gala proceeds went for the DA’s financial aid efforts. For information, visit www.denveracademy.org.
2015 Denver Metro Women of Distinction
The Girl Scouts of Colorado released the names of 2015 Denver Metro Women of Distinction for the Oct. 20 Thin Mint Dinner. These women are selected as “shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for the Scouts female leaders of tomorrow.”
In the past 17 years of this dinner, they have honored 417 local women and raised more than $2 million.
Luella Chavez D’Angelo, 2005 Woman of Distinction, and Donna Lynne, Kaiser Foundation president are heading the event effort.
The following is the roster of incoming honorees. Shirley Amore, Kim Binestefer, Laura J. Davis, Cheryl Haggstrom, M.L. Hanson, Djuana Harvell, Tisha L. Jones, Loretta P. Martinez, Vicki Scott and Debbie Trujillo.
For details on these honorees, visit www.gscolorado.org or call Heidi Books, 303-607-4833.
VOA Guild Girlfriend’s Raiser, June 17
Susan Kiely opens her condo to the Volunteers of America Guild Girlfriend’s Raiser, June 17, wording the pretty lime and pink invitation to “Bring your daughter, your niece, your neighbor, or that young girl you met at the coffee shop. The Guild needs some new girl friends!”
For this special event only, the Guild will be accepting new Young Professional Memberships for $25 per year. All guests are encouraged to bring new household items to help those the Volunteers of America Housing Stabilization Project helps to outfit their new homes. Suggested donations include kitchen utensils, laundry items, dishes, silverware, and baking dishes.”
RSVP to Yolanda Martinez, 303-297-0408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations, parents: you raised the kids well. You got them into kindergarten with weepy eyes and waving goodbye as a big yellow school bus drove away. You met their prom dates and approved of them. You helped them write their college application essays.
They made it through the halls of higher education without much of a hitch, marshalling them toward their own first jobs.
Then you met their respective spouses. That went fairly well, as no one dialed 911 at the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception and now, parents, here comes your biggest challenge in parenting: “First came love; then came marriage,” and you open the card that shows you an ultrasound of their first child. You hit your head on the dining room chandelier as you exploded in happiness.
So far so good, but now you’re about to be a grandparent, a journey as challenging as parenting, but with more players in this upcoming play of your life.
Having been a daughter-in-law myself, I know what I liked about my own mother-in-law. She was gracious to me, a huggie-type of woman who’d raised five children. So here we go, starting with the Golden Rule, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” Don’t give unsolicited advice and stay out of disagreements between the newlyweds because when they reconcile one of them is not going to like you. And these words will have even more meaning when the first grandchild enters the picture.
An article found in the March edition of the magazine, The Rotarian, is a good place to start with etiquette advice: “The part that grandparents play in their families varies according to geography, individual temperament, cultural traditional, and economics…but baby boomers, who make up about 60 percent of the 70 million grandparents in the United States, seem to be tackling the role more purposely.”
A grandmother herself, Barbara Graham is quoted in the magazine. The published writer lists seven guidelines for grandparents and here are some of them that really hit home at this etiquette desk. Despite your urge to correct the in-law adult child, stay out of it, and “seal your lips,” Graham advises. She also includes ideas from another published essayist Anne Roiphe, who is an editor of Eye of the Heart, a collection of essays on the grand parenting topic notes that “silence on certain issues is not just golden; it is essential,” unless it’s a case of child neglect or harm, of course. “When you become a grandparent, you are not in the starting lineup; you are on the bench.” If you must vent, do it with your fellow millennials.
More on this subject is coming and if you personally are a grandparent and want to weigh in on the topic, please do so, be it grandfather or grandmother.
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