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The DTC Rotary Club will hold the Third Annual Paddle Festival (formerly the Water Toy Race) Aug. 25 at Chatfield Reservoir. DTC Rotary expects 160 fun loving, hearty souls to be met with a hot breakfast, refreshing water and a sunny day. The racers will include high school and college students, families, and adults of all ages, including teams from the Army. Participants, some in costume, will race through a goofy, creative and very wet obstacle course using inflatable kayaks, paddle boards and inner tubes, sometimes lashed together. No experience is necessary. There will also be volleyball, bean bag toss, a live band, and a fire truck from the Chatfield Fire Department for the kids or those young at heart.
Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, fastest team, and most fun to watch. Registration for a four person team is $200, and includes breakfast and the use of all water toys. The race is a blast and proceeds will support literacy projects, an anti-bullying program taught by high school students for elementary school kids, and college scholarships for students who practice “Service Above Self.” To register for the race, go to dtcrotary.org/paddle-festival-2018/. Or, if you just want to come by to watch the festivities, you’re welcome, kids as well.
Charities and Community Involvement Committee members pictured with A Precious Child representative, Lynn Snyder Goetz, Brittany Polinski of A Precious child, Jamie G. Smith, Cindy Bonick, Heather Hankins, Janet Marlow, Coey Howe, Pat Argall, SMDRA chair-elect Marcel Savoie, and charities committee chair Holly Duckworth.
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The South Metro Denver Realtor Association (SMDRA) has donated backpacks and school supplies to A Previous Child, a charitable organization dedicated to empowering children to succeed. SMDRA members presented more than 100 backpacks and a variety of school supplies to A Precious Child representative Brittany Polinski during its weekly Metro Market Pulse meeting held July 20, at the real estate organization’s Littleton headquarters.
SMDRA’s donations to A Precious Child included notebooks, scissors, crayons, pens and pencils, markers, rulers and folders. The realtor group started collecting donations during its annual Cinco de Bowlo bowling tournament held May 4 at AMF Littleton Lanes. The donations were organized through SMDRA’s Charities and Community Involvement Committee.
A Precious Child provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. The charity envisions a future where every child grows up to be a secure, self-reliant, contributing member of the community. A Precious Child assists children and families facing difficult life challenges such as abuse and neglect, crisis situations and poverty.
Headquartered in Broomfield, A Precious Child works with more than 370 agency partners throughout eight counties in the region to identify children and families in the most need of its services. There are more than 166,000 Colorado children living in poverty. Children living in poverty are more likely to be in poor health, less likely to graduate from high school on time, and are more likely to live in poverty as adults.
For more information on A Precious Child, phone 303-466-4272, and please visit the charity’s website at aprecious
Realtor members of SMDRA subscribe to the National Association of Realtors strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, which is dedicated to protecting consumers in the real estate transaction. The code requires realtors to identify and take steps to eliminate practices which may damage the public or which might discredit or dishonor the real estate profession. As local business owners and residents, realtors are vested in building healthy and vibrant communities across the country. SMDRA members have made extraordinary commitments to improve the quality of life in their communities through volunteer work and by supporting a variety of charitable organizations.
For more than 70 years, SMDRA has provided real estate professionals with the resources they need to help them grow and prosper in the real estate business. For more information, visit smdra.com.
2017 Annual Luncheon Speaker Octavia Spencer with Lauren Y. Casteel, president and CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado
BY LAUREN Y. CASTEEL
PRESIDENT AND CEO – THE WOMEN’S FOUNDATION OF COLORADO
On October 10, at Colorado Convention Center, more than 3,000 diverse Coloradans will come together to raise vital funds to support the economic advancement of Colorado women and their families.
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s Annual Luncheon is the state’s largest fundraiser focused on creating more pathways to prosperity for Colorado women. It is also a renowned showcase of inspirational icons and ideas that has featured past speakers such as Octavia Spencer, Misty Copeland, Geena Davis, America Ferrera, Jane Fonda, Geena Davis, and Soledad O’Brien.
The 2018 special guest is sports icon and activist Billie Jean King. As a world champion on the tennis court, a crusader for social justice and women’s equality in sports, and a visionary whose legacy is ever-evolving, Billie Jean King has secured her place in history.
She continues to make her mark today with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to address diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and as the subject of the 2017 film Battle of the Sexes that starred Academy Award® winner Emma Stone as King.
Join community and civic leaders, nonprofits, businesses, and individual donors who are passionate about accelerating economic opportunities for Colorado women by purchasing your tickets and tables today for this nonpartisan event. Visit www.wfco.org for more information.
2016 Annual Luncheon Speaker Misty Copeland, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre
2015 Annual Luncheon Speaker Soledad O’Brien, journalist and philanthropist
Assistance League Denver has re-opened its popular Thrift Shop in a new location at 6265 E. Evans Avenue, Suite 15 in Denver. The numerous programs operated by Assistance League Denver such as Hospital Equipment Lending Program (H.E.L.P.), Operation School Bell, Assault Survivor Kits and many other programs depend on the Thrift Shop as the central fundraiser.
Consider donating gently used items which may be dropped off at this location during business hours. Take a look at all of the treasures you will find here, including many estate items, clothing for both men and women, shoes, handbags, great jewelry, household items and furniture just to name a few. Our store is newly stocked with these items and you will be amazed at what you will find. The Thrift Shop is staffed with very friendly and knowledgeable people who are there to help in any way.
Come check us out during our business hours, Monday through Friday open 10 to 6 and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Painting and weeding was also on the agenda.
More than 60 volunteers from the Littleton Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave The Right Step Inc. an improved look July 21 in providing more than 150 hours of outdoors work.
The volunteers participated as part of a program of the LDS church called “Just Serve,” to help where they can in community projects. Christine Remy, the board chair at The Right Step Inc., wrote to Liz Funk, to say thank you to all the members of the church who helped The Right Step. She said, “We are so grateful for all of your hard work on a very hot day. You did a lot and truly helped us move forward in our mission of improving the lives of people with disabilities through the healing power of horses!”
One of the projects was digging a ditch which added electricity to the office and tack shed.
Lauren Casteel, president and CEO, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado
BY LAUREN Y. CASTEEL
PRESIDENT AND CEO
THE WOMEN’S FOUNDATION OF COLORADO
Equal pay is only achievable if we address the underlying attitude toward women that drives unequal pay.
– Ai-jen Poo
In a recent report by S&P Global called “The Key to Unlocking U.S. GDP Growth,” an expert at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development called women the most underutilized economic asset in the world. We at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) agree. As we foster economic opportunity for women, we unlock endless potential. We all rise.
WFCO’s vision is a state that values and fully utilizes the incredible power, strength, and gifts of women of every background and identity. When women can go to work at safe and equitable workplaces and have access to training opportunities, their talents and strengths flourish. They can progress up the career ladder toward higher-paying positions, strengthen their families’ futures, and give their time and treasure to create healthy, robust communities.
But persistent barriers obstruct their economic advancement, from the cost of child care to the gender pay gap to harassment by supervisors. In the era of #metoo, many women have shared stories of sexual harassment pushing them out of workplaces and damaging their careers. Make no mistake, these abuses of power that women report are also financial abuse.
Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and a MacArthur fellow, explains it this way: “Pay inequality and sexual harassment are inextricably linked. They are both the result of a culture in which women’s lives and contributions are devalued.”
We’ve heard the stories of women in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, but the stories of women in low-wage positions have not been amplified as loudly. These women are the most vulnerable to sexual harassment and are often afraid to share their stories because it could jeopardize their jobs – and their ability to pay the rent or put food on the table.
Safety and respect for all women at work should never be compromised. At WFCO, we put resources in the hands of women, propelling them toward economic security. We partner with philanthropists to create stronger, safer and more equitable communities, including Dads for Daughters, a group of men who support our work as champions of women.
As a full-service philanthropic institution, we are dedicated to changing the fact that only 7.5 percent of philanthropy from foundations supports programs focused on women and girls. All of our tools – donor-advised funds, giving circles, and generous gifts of all sizes from donors – combine to catalyze opportunity for women and their families. Join us at our Annual Luncheon with special guest Billie Jean King on Oct. 10 to learn more.
National Philanthropy Day in Colorado is accepting nominations for outstanding philanthropic individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations. Award winners and their nominators will be honored at the National Philanthropy Day in Colorado Awards Luncheon on Nov. 9, at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver.
National Philanthropy Day is a celebration of philanthropy and pays tribute to Coloradans involved in giving, volunteering and helping to improve the quality of life in our community. Nomination forms are available atafpcc.org. The deadline to submit a nomination is 5 p.m. July 16.
A public selection process, involving a wide-ranging group of community representatives, including members of the nonprofit/foundation, business and government sectors, determines the winners. The Outstanding Youth and Outstanding Youth Group winners receive $3,000 scholarships for continuing education courtesy of The Daniels Fund.
National Philanthropy Day is both an official day and a grassroots movement. Every year, since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed Nov. 15 as National Philanthropy Day, communities across the globe have celebrated by hosting events to recognize activities of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations and others engaged in philanthropy.
In Colorado, National Philanthropy Day is presented by the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, a membership organization committed to advancing philanthropy. The event’s presenting sponsor is Rose Community Foundation.
Naming of UCHealth Eye Center program at Anschutz Medical Campus honors her leadership commitment
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and UCHealth announced the naming of the UCHealth Eye Center program for philanthropist Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, who has made leadership gifts to accelerate innovative research, speed the development of new therapies and devices, and enhance clinical care.
These tremendous gifts will enable the eye center, headquartered in the 135,000-square-foot Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute building at the heart of the Anschutz Medical Campus, to further expand its work in ocular stem cell research for sight restoration, to retain and recruit top faculty, and to grow its clinical care network throughout Colorado and the region, serving the rapidly increasing demand for top-quality eye care.
“Sight has always been incredibly important to me,” Anschutz-Rodgers said, “and when I learned that I could eventually lose my eyesight due to macular degeneration, I felt I had to do something to bring the life-changing care I was receiving to future generations. I have 100 percent trust in the care offered there and hope that the research underway today will ultimately lead to a cure.” Anschutz-Rodgers also credits service organization Lions Clubs International for having the vision many years ago to establish eye centers worldwide.
CU Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Donald M. Elliman, Jr., said the gift further underscores the impact that Anschutz-Rodgers has had on the campus. “With a long history of gifts supporting cancer research, women’s health, faculty, scholarships and more, Sue has made an immeasurable difference across our campus,” Elliman said. “I can think of no more fitting recognition of her commitment to transforming ophthalmology than to see her name associated with the eye center for decades to come.”
“Sue Anschutz-Rodgers has been making a difference in our community and at our university for a number of years and her generous contribution will have a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of people,” said CU President Bruce D. Benson. “It will significantly advance the stellar work at the eye center and continue its momentum toward becoming one of the top eye care, research and training facilities in the world.”
Renowned retinal diseases expert Naresh Mandava, M.D., has led the UCHealth Eye Center for nearly 14 years, overseeing its rapid growth and development as one of largest in the country. Mandava is chair of the CU department of ophthalmology and holds the Anschutz-Rodgers Endowed chair in retinal diseases, established by Anschutz-Rodgers in 2013 in gratitude for the care she received from Mandava and his team. Under his leadership, the center’s physicians and researchers have grown from 55 in 2012 to 82 in 2017. Since then, total patient visits have more than doubled to over 100,000 annually.
“We are living in an incredible time for vision research and care, and our location on one of the country’s top academic medical campuses means we have the talent, the resources and the networks to do even more,” said Mandava. “This generous investment from Sue Anschutz-Rodgers will ensure our ability to leverage the momentum we’ve built to take new devices and therapies from the lab to the clinic more quickly than ever before, and to preserve and restore sight for people battling a wide range of conditions and diseases.”
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital president and CEO Will Cook said the gift will make a measurable difference for patients and the future of ophthalmology. “The Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center is a vital campus program and one that reflects the Anschutz Medical Campus’s reputation for excellence among top academic health centers nationwide,” Cook said. “We are tremendously grateful for this gift and all that it will make possible for our skilled staff and the patients they serve.”
Leadership contributions from the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation enabled University of Colorado Hospital to construct its original Eye Center building in 2001. “Having been the original donor to the building, the Lions are excited about the impact this tremendous gift will have on the future of eye care,” said John Harper, president of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation. “We look forward to the continued growth of the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center program.” Private gifts and a large institutional investment were instrumental in executing a recent $32 million expansion of the facilities on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
The new and modern eye center space opened in 2015 and features specialized clinical centers for expert treatment of macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and other conditions, as well as a comprehensive surgical center outfitted with the latest technologies. In 2016, a successful $10 million challenge initiative made possible the establishment of the CellSight program, which is a partnership with the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine focused on developing stem cell technologies to restore sight.
The only academic eye center within a 500-mile radius, the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center is the highest-volume provider of academic vision care between St. Louis, Mo., and Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to patient care, the center is committed to graduate medical education, training more than 20 ophthalmology residents and fellows every year. The CU department of ophthalmology is widely recognized for innovation, with many faculty firsts – from the development of the first modular intraocular lens for cataract surgery and the Kahook Dual Blade for glaucoma treatment, to conducting the first bionic eye implant in the Rocky Mountain region.
“Our ophthalmology faculty are among the world’s best and this gift is a vote of confidence in the work they do every day,” said University of Colorado School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., Maryland “Future generations will have Sue Anschutz-Rodgers to thank for ensuring our continued ability to bring the best and brightest physician-researchers to the Anschutz Medical Campus to bring the latest research to bear to deliver the highest-quality eye care.”
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