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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.
Ebony Keys, Lesa Butler and Val Lunka. Photos by Glory Weisberg
By Glory Weisberg
Clothes to Kids of Denver had its Reading, Writing and a Wardrobe Luncheon at the Wellshire Inn Event Center and it attracted 150 supporters, who were eager to learn more about this nonprofit, and were encouraged to “Say Yes” to “Clothe a Child-Change a Life.”
Kids who head off to school face challenges, and for the 73 percent of kids in the Denver Public Schools who are from homes where their families live at or below the poverty level or are in crisis, just jumping off the school bus can be fraught with insecurity.
Kids need to have the confidence to focus on learning, wearing outfits that actually fit, are in good condition and resemble what the others are wearing. Clothes to Kids outfitted 559 such kids this year so far and in their five years since opening their doors they’ve provided 18,000 wardrobes.
The agency started in Florida and spread to Denver. Gail Cerny, Joyce Meyers, Lesa Butler and Mary Overington are local founders.
An emotionally charged testimonial came from client Ebony Keys who has three boys and one girl, each at different schools. One child is blind in one eye and another has severe attention deficit disorder, ADHD. The four children got needed outfits with the help of local staffer, Val Lunka, whom Keys said, “is wonderful!”
The luncheon was free but, of course, costs money to put on and each guest was urged to donate an amount equal to the average retail cost of five outfits per student, about $300. Clothes to Kids needs just $35 a child to outfit a student. Then there’s the store’s rent, cost of four part-time and one full-time staffer and the Say Yes Campaign.
Katie Jones Jadwin is executive director, Val Lunka is development director, Robin Rose is program manager and Doria Barajas is program associate. BMW of Denver Motorcycles sponsored the luncheon.
Among those at the luncheon were Annie Achee, Jessica Bachus, Lou Bluestein, Cathy Bowman, Brian Brinkerhoff, Nikki Gordon, Beverly Hachmeister, Helen Hayes, Michele Hobbs, Heidi Hoyt, Mari Anne Imhoff, Lisa Kitsmiller, Sabra Knauf, Peggy Lehmann, Amy Leonard, Randi Lewis, Heather Quiroga, Sam Robinson, Nik Stoffel and Victoria Vernon, among others.
Joyce Meyers and Anne Row
Katie Jadwin, committee advisor, and Eileen Robinson, Slavens School parent volunteer
Jim Goddard, 9Health Fair, has been elected president of The Rotary Club of Denver for the 2014-15 Rotary year. Other officers include: Andre Van Hall, public speaker and consultant, president-elect; Pam Adams, ISU Insurance, first vice president; Mike O’Connell, Trieres, LLC, second vice president; Kristi Shaffer, Junior Achievement Colorado, secretary; Sandy Purcell, Wells Fargo, treasurer; Will Snider, ANB Bank, sergeant-at-arms, and Alison Clark-Hardesty, UMB Bank, immediate past president (ex-officio).
The Denver Rotary Club Foundation also elected new officers for 2014-15 : Alice Bullwinkle, Bullwinkle Capital, president; John Klug, Invention Services & Technology, vice president/president-elect; Tucker Trautman, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP, secretary; Peter Tedstrom, Brown & Tedstrom, Inc., treasurer, and Lucius Ashby, Jackson, Ashby, Goldstine, P.C., immediate past president (ex officio).
The Rotary Club of Denver was founded 103 years ago in December 1911. The Denver Rotary Club Foundation is the charitable arm of the club, overseeing a corpus of over
$3 million, and granting as much as $250,000 annually to local, regional and international projects.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.
The Scleroderma Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted a tennis charity mixer at Gates Tennis Center on Saturday, Aug. 9. This event raised $1,600 for scleroderma, and featured Sunday Night SportsZone’s Andy Zodin and his wife, Sarah, who challenged the participants in a tie-break. Andy and Sarah swept the tie-breaks to walk off the court undefeated at the end of the evening.
“This was our first tennis fundraiser and we appreciate all the assistance we received from Chris Croxton and Gates Tennis Center,” said Executive Director Cyndy Besselievre commented on the success of this event. “We also extend our thanks to Andy Zodin and Sunday Night SportsZone for helping to promote this event to the local tennis community and Andy and Sarah for being a part of it. Not only are we always looking for different ways to raise money for our cause, but events such as this also help us promote awareness of scleroderma to a new and unique group of individuals.”
Scleroderma, literally meaning “hard skin”, is a chronic, often progressive autoimmune disease in which one’s immune system attacks the body’s healthy tissues. It is in the same family of rheumatoid diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Scleroderma primarily affects women, but men and children also suffer from the disease. Although medications can sometimes help ease the symptoms or slow the progression of the disease, there is no cure. Scleroderma affects about 300,000 individuals nationwide, about the same number as have multiple sclerosis
The Foundation’s Rocky Mountain Chapter has been in existence for more than 12 years and works to fulfill the Scleroderma Foundation’s mission of support, education, and research. Based in Denver, the Chapter has support groups in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction that meet regularly, and hosts educational and fundraising events each year. For more information about scleroderma and the work of the Rocky Mountain Chapter, visit www.scleroderma.org/colorado.
Willow Creek Elementary students got to toss whipped cream pies at their teachers and principal after raising more than $2,000 for the Quarters for Kids program. Photos courtesy of CCSD
Their goal was $1,100, but the students at Willow Creek Elementary collected nearly twice that with their “Quarters for Kids” campaign during the month of April. The students actually raised $2,040, which will provide more than 8,000 meals for homeless families staying at the Volunteers of America’s Brandon Center.
“I feel that it is important for our Willow Creek students to learn that even though they are young they are able to make a big difference in the lives of others,” said Carrie Hogan, “The Quarters for Kids program offered us the perfect opportunity to teach this to our students. Each quarter they raised during the month of April fed a homeless child living in the Volunteers of America Brandon Shelter in Denver. I couldn’t be more proud of our students.”
Helping other children in need was a big motivator for the students, but so was earning the chance to throw whipped cream pies at their teachers and principal. So on April 30, part of the gym was covered in plastic, Principal Michael Chipman and four teachers donned old clothes, raincoats or trash bags, and 12 lucky students lined up and took aim. The entire school cheered and clapped as pie after pie hit the targets. By the end, Chipman and teachers Jodi Ash, Michelle Alden, Terri Hageman and Ken Long, were covered in whipped cream. But they say it was worth it!
“One of Willow Creek’s foundational goals is reaching out to those in need in our community and around the world,” said Chipman. “The monies raised in the Quarters for Kids program will make a positive difference for Denver-area children and their families. Getting pied in the face was the least I could contribute to such a worthy cause. Willow Creek students and their families deserve all the credit. They are extremely thoughtful and caring.”
Willow Creek Elementary Principal Mike Chipman was all smiles after being hit with several whipped cream pies as part of the school’s Quarters for Kids celebration.
A pie in the face was a small price to pay for Willow Creek’s ‘Quarters for Kids’ success. From left: Jodi Ash, second grade teacher; Mike Chipman, principal; Michelle Alden, third grade teacher; Terri Hageman, fourth grade teacher and Ken Long,fifth grade teacher.
Members of the Bit of Class Arapahoe County 4-H Club recently learned from a professional horse communicator
By Molly Ramlet, 4-H Club Reporter
Equine Specialist Anna Twinney presented a workshop on horse communication to the Bit of Class 4-H club the last week of June. The club hosted Twinney, an internationally-recognized “horse whisperer,” at Sue Sarasin’s barn in Greenwood Village. More than 20 members and guests attended the clinic. Twinney came at the invitation of club member Emily Connaugthon.
“I am very interested in horse communication,” Connaugthon said. “I thought the topic would be good for one of our meetings. We were really lucky to have someone of Ms. Twinney’s stature give us a demonstration.”
Twinney demonstrated both horse whispering and animal communication. She worked with four horses — Faith, Fashion, Moonlight and Cherokee — in a round pen, one horse at a time. Working without a lunge line or lead rope, she first demonstrated horse whispering, establishing non-verbal communication with a horse to gentle and train it. Next, she talked to the club members about horse communication, which is the ability to telepathically connect with a being of another species, and literally communicate with them using images, feelings, thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, and even mentally projected words.
Bit Of Class is a registered Arapahoe County 4-H club that provides equine instruction and related activities to young people in this area, led since 1981 b Sue Sarasin.
Equine Specialist Anna Twinney
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