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Glendale’s Trivia Night. A charity event benefiting local youth
BY JOHN ARTHUR
Glendale will once again host its annual trivia night Friday, July 27, at Infinity Park Event Center benefiting scores of local youth and providing an evening of enjoyment for participants in the process. Featuring a silent auction, trivia, prizes, food and drink, the event will help a good cause through good fun. Glendale’s YMCA and Glendale Youth Rugby Foundation are partnering to benefit the young people of the community, raising money to support sport and fitness programming and to promote youth rugby in the Front Range and greater Colorado.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver manages the Glendale Sports Center facilities, housed at Infinity Park, but day-to-day operations are overseen by Nicole Limoges, executive director. With over a decade of experience with the YMCA and four years at Glendale Sports Center, Limoges knows the ins and outs of putting on a meaningful, memorable event well. With the help of city staff and volunteers, this year’s Trivia Night promises not only to be an amusing, entertaining evening but also one that once again benefits Colorado’s kids.
Glendale’s annual Trivia Night was born from a Missouri tradition. Glendale Chamber of Commerce member Mike Boese brought the idea with him from St. Louis – a metropolis that hosts scores of charity trivia events every year. Boese quickly became a Glendale stalwart after relocating to Colorado years ago, not only joining the Chamber of Commerce but also finding himself on the YMCA board of directors. In a unique position to help, the financial adviser turned to his Midwestern background and Trivia Night was born. Partnering with Glendale Youth Rugby and the City of Glendale, YMCA Director Limoges notes that the event continues to expand: “We partnered to benefit both nonprofits, and we’ve grown in size, sponsors, and proceeds each year.”
Glendale’s own Barret O’Brien, who owns and operates O’Brien Rugby, is the executive director of the Glendale Youth Rugby Foundation. Aside from providing professional custom printing services for Glendale’s numerous professional, club, and youth-level rugby clubs, O’Brien is also a vocal advocate for growing the sport across the nation. Asked about the YMCA Trivia Night at Infinity Park Event Center, he’s understandably complimentary: “The support we receive from both the city and the YMCA is immeasurable. With the proceeds from last year’s Trivia Night, we were able to sponsor multiple young rugby applicants for summer rugby camps and tournaments. We couldn’t be more grateful to all the participants and staff.” As a side note, O’Brien is also quick to point out that he and his teammates are the reigning champions of Glendale’s Trivia Night, a distinction he no doubt hopes to carry on after this year’s event. Exceptional facilities, participants, and organizers will ensure that regardless who is crowned, the real winners will be the YMCA and Glendale Youth Rugby.
All proceeds generated from Glendale’s Trivia Night are split between the YMCA and Glendale’s Youth Rugby Foundation. Sponsorships, ticket sales, donations and the silent auction all contribute to the overall contributions to both organizations – a boon not just for the enjoyment of event participants but for the beneficiaries as well. For 2018, premier sponsors include insurance and financial services group Country Financial, Credit Union of Colorado, and standout Colorado caterer Biscuits and Berries. A ticket to Trivia Night includes dinner, drinks, 10 rounds of trivia, and the silent auction. With Infinity Park Event Center’s 8,600 square foot International Ballroom as the backdrop, attendees can dine, drink, and bid – not to mention the main event: trivia. The incredible atmosphere generated by the Infinity Park space adds nicely to the event, showcasing the venue’s second-to-none audio-visual production capabilities.
More information, tickets and sponsorships can be found online at infinityparkatglendale.com/trivianight.
The Staenberg – Loup Jewish Community Center (JCC Denver) announced that a coalition of generous donors will infuse millions of dollars into the JCC Denver, providing critical funds to enable the organization to sustainably operate on a debt-free basis, make needed improvements to its infrastructure, and strengthen its programs and services.
“On behalf of our staff, outgoing board and membership, we are grateful for this unprecedented generosity and lifeline,” said Lara Knuettel, CEO of the JCC Denver, who has been leading the organization’s turnaround since August 2017. “This financial stabilization combined with new staff, a new board and renewed community engagement will propel the JCC Denver forward into a new era.”
The historic funding agreement includes multimillion-dollar leadership gifts from Rose Community Foundation, Mizel Family Foundations, Michael Staenberg and the Sturm Family, as well as meaningful support from a host of other community donors. The money will be used to purchase the JCC Denver campus, thereby enabling the JCC Denver to repay its $14.3 million in debt accumulated since the 1990s, put aside reserves for deferred maintenance needs, and provide for a financially sustainable future. To set the stage for this new era, the current JCC Denver board has agreed to step down and a new board will be installed, chaired by longtime community leader Don Kortz.
“I look forward to working with Lara and the highly qualified management team she has been building to ensure the JCC Denver continues to grow, thrive and serve even more community members with excellent programming for people of all ages,” Kortz said. “We all agree the JCC Denver’s programs in early childhood education, family engagement, Jewish arts and culture, fitness and wellness, service to older adults and multi-generational community-building are essential to our community.”
The property will be held in a nonprofit subsidiary of Rose Community Foundation solely for the exclusive and perpetual benefit of the JCC Denver. The Foundation’s nonprofit subsidiary, which will be chaired by foundation trustee Jerry Glick and comprised of volunteer real estate experts from the Rose Community Foundation Board, will enter into a 100-year lease agreement with the JCC Denver for a nominal $1 a year to ensure that the JCC will survive and thrive for generations to come. The new JCC Denver board will maintain responsibility for governance, operations and programs. Rose Community Foundation also provided the JCC Denver with a grant for a market study and business plan to support its ongoing sustainability. The market study revealed that the JCC’s eight program areas are competitive and have the potential to grow and enhance viability.
H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel) is launching an initiative to beautify their building. This beautification will subsequently add to the beauty of South Broadway and Englewood.
Work has begun on the 1,080 square foot mural which will culminate in the “H.O.P.E. for a Beautiful Englewood” event scheduled for Saturday, July 7, at 10:30 a.m. Boulder artist Catherine Pistone has been commissioned to paint the mural.
The official presentation and dedication ceremony of H.O.P.E.’s mural is open to the public and will be held at H.O.P.E., 3940 S Broadway in Englewood. Executive Director Bart Sayyah, the board of directors and volunteers, invite local dignitaries, media, and the public to attend this special event. Following the dedication, an after-party celebration will take place at the Brew on Broadway (the BoB) with live music, food trucks, microbrews and good cheer.
“This is an exciting time for H.O.P.E.,” Sayyah said. “We believe our organization’s mission, programs, and collaborative efforts benefit the community at large. Our work helps improve quality of life and promotes self-sufficiency for families and individuals who arrive at our door from a variety of backgrounds, including the homeless, people with disabilities, seniors, single parents and working families. Also, H.O.P.E. works with leading hunger relief collaborations to increase access to food for all Denver-metro area residents and to develop collaborative solutions strengthening our charitable food system.”
Youth Leadership Council for Make-A-Wish ColoradoCourtesy photo
On June 16, the parking lot at the Make-A-Wish Colorado building in Greenwood Village, which normally hosts tidy rows of parked cars, was transformed into a giant festival with fun activities for the whole family. Hosted by the Youth Leadership Council (YLC), the theme of the second annual Festival of Wishes was “Around the World!”
The 25 high school student members of the YLC created handmade games representing a variety of countries such as Canadian ice fishing, Egyptian fossil hunt, kangaroo hop and pin the plane on the globe. Those who attended, received a passport as they entered the festival and a passport stamp at each game stop. Everyone who concluded their ’round the world journey was then entered into a drawing for a series of prizes. In addition to the games, the festival featured face painting, balloon animals, prizes, a DJ, classic carnival food, prize drawings and lots of wish magic. Guests ranged from young children to high school seniors, enjoyed all the fun activities. Several wish families – some of whom had received a wish and others who are eagerly anticipating a wish – attended the festival.
Kyra Roach, who graduated this year from Thunder Ridge High School and serves as president of the YLC, was excited to learn that the festival raised $12,500 to help grant wishes to children battling critical illnesses. She knows firsthand the importance of a wish. Roach was diagnosed with cancer in her early teens. The thought of her upcoming wish trip to Italy helped her get thru some of her most painful medical treatments. The memories of the special times that she shared with her family during that trip are ones that she’ll treasure forever.
Roach explained her passion for the organization saying, “Make-A-Wish fights the things medicine can’t. Happiness and hope are hard to come by during treatment, and yet somehow Make-A-Wish brings them out. I want other kids to have that amazing experience that alleviates some of the bad things they have had to endure and bring joy and hope to their lives.”
BY JAKE KUBIE
As a fourth-generation Coloradan, Rob Kaufmann knows the importance of Denver Zoo to the community and has witnessed firsthand how much it has evolved and improved since he started coming here with his family as a kid.
“I’ve been a fan of the zoo for many years and consider the experiences I’ve had learning about and interacting with the animals very formative,” said Kaufmann, who is a partner with Brownstein Farber Hyatt Shreck, LLP and a Cherry Hills resident. “Our four children have grown up going to the zoo and have taken part in various educational programs that have been important in their development.”
Now, as chair-elect of Denver Zoo’s Board of Governors, he is part of the leadership that will ensure the zoo remains a world-class cultural institution for many years to come. To Kaufmann that means guaranteeing that future generations have access to the same opportunities that have been so significant to him and his family.
“In my opinion, the most important thing the zoo does is provide educational programming to children throughout Colorado,” said Kaufmann. “Education is the key to our mission of securing a better world for animals through human understanding, and the zoo does a fabulous job of reaching children with learning experiences at the zoo and beyond through outreach programs.”
This year, Kaufmann—along with his wife, Jen Gilbert-Kaufmann—is also co-chair of Denver Zoo’s largest annual fundraiser, Do At The Zoo presented by Anadarko, which has raised more than $13 million for the zoo in its 28-year history. On Thursday, June 21, during the evening, guests will have the opportunity to graze on savory sample dishes from 60 of Denver’s best restaurants, enjoy live music from local bands and get up-close to some of the zoo’s furry, feathered and scaly residents. Proceeds from Do At The Zoo benefit the zoo’s many initiatives, including providing exceptional care and enrichment for its animals, bringing science education to life for more than 225,000 schoolchildren, and continuing its critical conservation work.
“Do At The Zoo brings the community together and lets us show off the zoo in a way that most people don’t usually get to see,” said Gilbert-Kaufmann. “It’s such a fun and unique event, but also serves a very important purpose for the zoo—supporting all of its priorities from animal welfare within our gates and the protection of wildlife and wild places globally, to educational programming and guest experience.”
Tickets for Do At the Zoo are $175 per person and include open bar and unlimited sample dishes from restaurants like D Bar Denver, duo Restaurant, Luca, Postino LoHi, STK and Ultreia, just to name a few. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. All guests must be at least 21 years of age. For more information about Do At The Zoo and to purchase tickets, visit DenverZoo.org/DoAtTheZoo or call 720-337-1400.
Together For Vets team at their inaugural meeting.
Together For Vets founder Katie Brown
Together For Vets is a nonprofit organization started by real estate agent Katie Brown. A group of professionals is teaming up, and by utilizing their various skill sets, they are addressing a major housing issue. Their primary goal is to provide affordable housing solutions for Veterans.
By the end of 2018, they are hoping to host six educational events to teach Veterans about their benefits and how to use them.
Colorado is fortunate to see more affordable housing buildings in development plans; however, they are not built fast enough for the demand. Brown’s team is looking to change that. They would love to see a percentage of the upcoming affordable buildings dedicated to housing Veterans. Together For Vets loves working in Colorado because of the growth and opportunity.
According to Brown, “I created Together for Vets because I saw a huge need in our real estate community and an opportunity to serve those who serve us.”
For more information and to get involved, please visit their website at togetherforvets.org.
The Denver Undy RunWalk marks 10 years with a special focus on young people at risk from colorectal cancer, the nation’s second biggest cancer killer.
The Denver Undy RunWalk has become a popular fundraising fixture in the Colorado running calendar since the first ‘superheroes’ donned capes and oversized underwear – worn outside their pants of course – to break the 5K tape in June 2009.
This year’s event, which will be held in Denver City Park June 23, promises to be a special celebration, not just of 10 years of undies as they are affectionately known, but of the stunning medical progress being made in the cause which unites all undy runners — to defeat colorectal cancer in our lifetime. Just ask the 17,000 colorectal cancer survivors living in Colorado.
Affecting more than 135,000 Americans annually, colorectal cancers (CRCs) are among the most preventable forms of cancer with a 90 percent survival rate when diagnosed at an early stage. Among Americans 50 and older, CRC cases have dropped by a third, largely due to screening which is triggered automatically at the age of 50 (45 for African-American) by most insurance providers, earlier if you have a family history, and mortality rates have improved by 17 percent. But still this largely preventable disease remains the nation’s second largest cancer killer of men and women.
Perhaps the starkest trend to emerge during a decade of Denver Undy RunWalks is the growing risk of young-onset colorectal cancer, which has risen over 20 percent among under 50s. A report released last year by the American Cancer Society (ACS) found that a typical millennial, born in 1990, is now twice as likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer as someone born in 1950, and four times as likely to be diagnosed with rectal cancer.
Additionally, younger patients are far less likely to get a colonoscopy that catches a polyp in time, or before a malignant mass spreads elsewhere. As a result, the ACS study found, their cancers are 58 percent more likely to be diagnosed late-stage after spreading beyond the colon or rectum compared with patients over 50.
The underlying cause of the rise in CRC diagnoses in under 50s remains unknown, and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance has pledged $3 million to young, onset colorectal cancer. The national nonprofit whose mission is to end colorectal cancer provides support services, awareness of preventive measures, and funding critical research is also behind the Undy RunWalks, which are held in 22 cities across the U.S.
On-site registration begins at 7 a.m., and the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit undyrunwalk.org, and click on Denver. The 2018 Denver Undy RunWalk is sponsored in part by Taiho Oncology.
Registration fees are $35 advance/$40 race day for all races (children 5 and younger are free). There is the 5K for adults, 5K youth (6-13); and a one-mile fun run for all ages.
Transworld Business Advisors – Rocky Mountain announced its fourth annual Charity Ascent. The Charity Ascent is an original fundraising event developed by, Jessica and Al Fialkovich, the founders of Transworld – Rocky Mountain. For 2018, the Charity Ascent has made some changes to better align with its mission of supporting small business and to encourage participation.
The biggest change for this year, is the partnership with two new partners that are highly involved in propagating entrepreneurship and educating small-business owners – the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute (RMMFI) and the Commons on Champa (COC). RMMFI is a community creating economic and social mobility through entrepreneurship. They help curious people transform into serious entrepreneurs through personal, business, and financial investments.
COC is a public hub for entrepreneurship and is a first-of-its-kind public, private, and nonprofit partnership that is a catalyst for economic development in Denver. It is built on three key elements – space, programming and community – to accelerate Downtown Denver’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
The second change is the move from a fourteener hike to a 6.5 mile hike at Herman Gulch just past Idaho Springs. In an effort to make the hike more accessible to our community, we chose a hike that is just less than an hour outside the city and will accommodate a broader range of hiking skill levels.
The hike will take place Aug. 10, starting at 8 a.m. and will conclude at Tommyknockers for cheers to a mission accomplished. The event date happens to coincide with RMMFI’s 10-year anniversary of serving the community as well as COC’s almost three-year anniversary. Transworld is beyond excited to support these two organizations, who have already made a big impact on the small business community in Colorado.
All donations include event entrances, T-short and the after-party. Ticket prices and donations:
Register at charityascent.org.
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