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The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) has named three new board members, Barbara Beckner, co-chair of fundraising, KD Sirek, CPA as the new CWHF treasurer, Jill Wright, who will fill the role of the events board chair and Priscilla Walker of Walker Innovations as northwest Colorado board chair. Beckner, Sirek and Wright reside in the Metro-Denver area. Walker lives in Palisade.
The all-volunteer CWHF board of directors donates expertise, intelligence, and time to share the stories of the women in the Hall through its website, portrait exhibits, speaker’s bureaus, events and videos—one of which recently won a Heartland Emmy Award for Best Musical Arrangement.
“The women in the hall are unsung heroes — hidden figures — who have endured with superlative strength, beauty and love,” says Beth Barela, board chair of CWHF. “They deserve absolute respect and acknowledgment. They are shining examples of the potential of all women. Their accomplishments are worthy of being emulated and have shaped history as well as transformed lives. The CWHF board commitment to this is deep and wide.”
The Dumb Friends League received a generous gift of $100,000 from the Banfield Foundation as part of the Dumb Friends League’s Building a Better Way Home capital campaign to expand and renovate the most heavily used areas of its Quebec Street Shelter.
Banfield Foundation’s donation will help expand, renovate and improve the veterinary services suite at the shelter, which provides routine and extensive medical and surgical care to many of the 20,000 homeless pets the Dumb Friends League cares for each year. The renovation will significantly improve the league’s ability to meet the changing needs of pets coming into the shelter, directly impacting the lives of homeless animals.
“We are thankful to the Banfield Foundation for supporting veterinary care for all animals,” said Dr. Apryl Steele, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “Each year we receive more and more pets requiring specialized care and this gift will help us meet the demand to provide that care by creating an improved facility to better meet the veterinary needs of homeless pets.”
The upgraded facility will help the Dumb Friends League provide the best possible care and treatment for animals with complex medical conditions, help homeless pets find homes more quickly and position the League to help animals from partner organizations with fewer resources or from communities with limited adoption opportunities or prospects.
“Banfield Foundation believes all pets deserve access to the veterinary care they need, regardless of their circumstances,” said Kim Van Syoc, executive director of the Banfield Foundation. “Our hope is that the Dumb Friends League will always be a place where even the most vulnerable of pets receive the care they need and deserve.”
For more information about the Dumb Friends League or the Banfield Foundation, visit ddfl.org or banfieldfoundation.org.
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.
SUBMITTED BY DOUGLAS E. TIERLE
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.
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