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Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, gave one of the most inspiring award acceptance speeches we’ve ever heard in person and she got to her current post by slogging through a bunch of challenges.
Brough got the Goodwill Industries Community Leader Award at the 19th annual Power of Work Award Luncheon. Her talk was tailor-made for those Goodwill helps, enabling them to overcome their own challenges.
About 900 business and professional men and women networked before media emcee Cheryl Preheim got the luncheon program started so guests could return to work in 90 minutes. Preheim and many others at the luncheon sported buttons showing their attire came from Goodwill stores, which also offer home furnishings.
“When I was young I was dressed by my mother. When I got married, I was dressed by my wife. Now I am dressed by Goodwill,” Stuart Davies, Goodwill Industries of Denver president and CEO, told everyone.
Goodwill board member Chrissy Winkler, Matt Benson, Lindsey Abdullah, and Tamika Pumphrey
He also said 23,000 Coloradans got help with career development, education and meaningful jobs last year alone. He drove home the concept that training people with various limitations helps reduce public assistance by empowering clients with a sense of dignity.
Members of the 2014-15 Goodwill Student Advisory Council got the Bright Future Award. They included a diverse group of high school students acting as leaders in the Goodwill Career Development Program. Members of this group include those overcoming extreme poverty, homelessness and perhaps also taking on the responsibility of caring for their own siblings.
The Power of Work Awards also went to Jackie Lopez, Tonya Johnson and Leo Melgosa.
Kelly Stangel Martin and Don Gallo
Goodwill’s Students Advisory Council members Claire Schlosse, Sua Flores Martinez and Brittany Trevins flank Goodwill Chief People Officer Joyce Schloss, wearing a lively lime outfit from Goodwill.
Stuart Davie and Goodwill supporter, Debbie WardPhotos by Glory Weisbergt
Kelly Brough, center with parents, Larry and Carol Broere
The Hantman Durham Group of Kentwood Real Estate organizes the event to kick off spring in The Preserve and provide residents with a resource to declutter as part of their Spring cleaning, and gives the garage sale enthusiast opportunity for some great finds. The second annual community garage sale is set for May 2.
Participants will be marked on location maps available at all entrances to The Preserve and available online at www.HantmanDurhamGroup.com. For alerts and up to date information on the event, like the Hantman Durham Group at www.Facebook.com/HantmanDurhamGroup.
Following the Garage Sale, Preserve residents will have access to the Dumpster Day at benefitting the Disabled American Veterans through donations, as well as electronic recycling to donate computers, televisions, stereos and other electronic devices for recycling and discard unused items.
“Last year’s event included more than 20 families who filled two trucks with items for Disabled American Veterans,” Ann Durham said. “We look forward to an even more successful Garage Sale and Dumpster Day this year, giving back to our community and our vets!”
For more information on the event, contact Ann Durham at 303-522-4161, email@example.com, or Linda Hantman at 720-298-1266, firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.HantmanDurhamGroup.com.
There With Care Development Director Jennifer Purdum. Photos by Glory Weisberg
By Glory Weisberg
In a quiet retail strip on busy Colorado Boulevard is an office for There With Care, a local nonprofit that helps families dealing with a child who has a critical illness, granting wishes and helping them pay important bills. Families are referred by local licensed social workers.
This local office is an arm of the nonprofit now serving a children’s hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., and on the horizon are sites in Los Angeles, Chicago and the Boston area.
It all began with Paula DuPre Pesmen whose husband, Curt, was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 2000. Paula was a Harry Potter film producer before Curt’s condition was revealed. Paula and Curt faced daily challenges, such as just getting groceries. Paula went back to work in London on the films, but on her first day back she got a call from a wish-granting agency that wanted to know if she could arrange for a pre-showing of the movie for a terminally ill child.
That wish granted, Paula left her film career in 2005 to start There With Care. TWC partners with local firms that donate their services and connects them with families needing help by getting financial support for the big and little things a family needs at this critical time. Maybe the car needs a repair or groceries the family hasn’t got the time to even go get to feed their other family members. TWC can drive a patient to treatments, even babysit siblings and prepare meals and take them to clients.
More than 1,400 families, about 5,600 people, have been served. Their services are provided to families with young children in low-income families. About 85 percent are living below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Single parents comprise 23 percent of these families.
There is now an Honorary Founder’s Fund supported by donors in honor of a loved one. There are nine arms of There With Care and entering their little office, we see a storeroom filled with children’s clothing and toys, strollers and quick-to-make meals that a family will really eat. There’s also local produce that volunteers come and pick up and prepare at their own homes and bring back to be frozen for future use. We saw boxed instant soups, as well as frozen, home cooked rice and a lot of other items they need more of.
Daphyne Reiff and Nancy Bernstein brought this agency to our attention. There are numerous contacts such as directors, program coordinators and associates you can find out about at their website or by phone.
There With Care’s “Care Cup Challenge” is May 18 at Cherry Creek Country Club. Begin putting together your foursome and direct potential players to the website www.therewithcare.org or by calling 303-756-CARE (2273).
TLC Meals on Wheels Executive Director Diane McClymonds, right, had just given last-minute instructions to Mayors Phil Cernanec (Littleton), Cathy Noon (Centennial), Ron Rakowsky (Greenwood Village) and Randy Penn (Englewood) as they left to deliver meals on March 17, the annual Mayors Deliver Meals Day. Photo courtesy of TLC Meals on Wheels
Joe and Margie Adams (co-chairs) with Kacy and Ed Adams (co-chairs
By Steven Weisberg
The 27th annual Fantasy Ball benefiting the Adoption Exchange took place at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The event began with a long cocktail period featuring many silent auction items, followed by a seated dinner.
The evening’s presentation began after 9 p.m. where they explained their service to connect foster care children with families who adopt, covers eight states. It takes about $5,000 per child, and the fundraising goal was set at $75,000. The organization has operated for 31 years.
Earlier in the evening, board chairman Brad McNealy noted he was recruited by Dave Zinger, himself a former chairman, board member for six years and involved with the exchange for nine years. Ray Nutt of Regal Entertainment Group, also a former chairman, spoke on stage repeatedly during the evening.
Among those spotted were Bonnie and Paul Zueger of Masters Gallery at The Landmark in Greenwood Village.
For more information, visit www.adoptex.org or call 303-755-4756.
Long-time supporters Sandra and Jim Padgett with Brittany Dille
Board Chairman Brad McNealy with board member Dave Zinger
Ron Abreu, Mark Shaner and Paul Zueger
Martin McCarter, Executive Director Lauren Arnold, and Suellyn and Ray Nutt
Brent Chicken, Exchange Counsel Janet Perlstein and Rebecca Chicken
Englewood Allstate agency owner Thomas Angone has received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others. With this award came a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, where Angone volunteers.
“Commitment to our communities is a natural extension of what we do every day – protecting people and making their lives more secure,” said Jeff Thompson, field senior vice president. “With support from the Allstate Foundation, Tom and the Muscular Dystrophy Association are making the community a better place to live.”
The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to nonprofit organizations across the country in honor of Allstate agency owners who give back. To be eligible for nomination, Allstate agency owners must mentor, lead or volunteer with a nonprofit of their choice.
To celebrate MOD Pizza’s 6th birthday and the Thanksgiving holiday, the restaurant is sponsoring an event titled “Spreading MODness.” Between Nov. 25 – 30, MOD Pizza will donate $1 from every MOD-size pizza sold to local food banks, meal programs, shelters and youth programs. These charities have been chosen by MOD Squads in each of the company’s 25 stores. The Centennial MOD Squad has chosen south metro Denver charity and Chamber member TLC Meals on Wheels to receive its “Spreading MODness” donation.
Last year the “Spreading MODness” campaign raised more than $20,000 and helped feed and shelter more than 100,000 people. This year the company plans to double donations by using the power of MOD Squads, combined with the power of giving, to embark on a campaign that not only feeds those in need in our communities but feeds the souls of all MODsters and hopefully inspires others.
In September MOD Pizza, the new fast-casual pizza spot, opened in Centennial at 8225 S. Chester St. The 2,400- square-foot store marked its first Denver-area location for the Seattle based company, which currently operates in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona.
At the Grand Opening MOD Pizza was able to donate $2,200 to TLC Meals on Wheels, an inspiring organization in the south metro Denver area. Their volunteers enrich the lives of seniors and others by delivering nutritious meals and services that promote dignity, well being and independence. They drive away hunger for the homebound.
For more information or to order online visit MOD Pizza at www.modpizza.com or call 720-214-5360. For more information regarding TLC Meals on Wheels or how to be involved, visit www.tlcmealsonwheels.org or call 303-798-7642.
Perry & Co.’s two-week coat drive in support of The Action Center resulted in more than 220 donated coats.Courtesy photo
Perry & Co.’s two-week coat drive in support of The Action Center resulted in more than 220 coats donated. They were delivered on Nov. 7, just in time for the cold weather. Andrew Castillo, donor cultivation coordinator, had the volunteers unload and begin processing the coats for immediate distribution.
“Thank you so much to Perry & Co. for doing this for us. The need is great and we will have these coats in the hands of people who need them by this afternoon,” Castillo said.
A Jefferson County human-service nonprofit since 1968, the Action Center’s mission is to provide an immediate response to basic human needs and promote pathways to self-sufficiency through intervention, prevention and connection program areas. Annually they provide assistance to more than 28,000 area residents and the homeless. Coats were collected at all three Perry & Co. offices.
“Thank you to our brokers, their clients, our staff and all the people who saw our posters and postcards, read the Facebook posts and emails and came by to deliver coats at each of our offices. The coat drive was a great way to start the holiday season and we were thrilled by the amazing response from everyone,” said Jennifer Schell, managing broker.
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