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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
Enjoy a great Colorado summer afternoon with beautiful cars, beautiful people, delicious food and drink and live must at the DTC|Greenwood Village Summerfest June 21. Courtesy photos
DTC|Greenwood Village Summerfest: If a Beach Boys song were to come to life, it would come to life as the DTC|Greenwood Village Summerfest – cool cars, great food, live music and fun, fun, fun, ‘til Daddy takes the T-bird away. Presented by Stevinson Automotive and American National, come enjoy one of the best outdoor cars shows this summer, featuring some of the best vintage and custom rides from across the metro area. Enjoy outstanding food and beverage from more than 30 local restaurants and live music on a sunny Colorado summer day, all to benefit the Rollin’ Dreams Foundation that helps kids fighting cancer.
The Summerfest is Saturday, June 21, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., at The Landmark, located at 5415 Landmark Place in Greenwood Village.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 14 and younger. For more information and tickets, visit www.dtcchamber.com.
Get up close and personal with more than 200 of the coolest vintage and custom cars from the Denver metro area that will be on display at the DTC|Greenwood Village Summerfest, June 21.
Justin Harned (sales & marketing executive Native Range, Inc.), Rebecca Slatman (affiliate faculty – Metropolitan State University of Denver), Piep van Hueven (CEO, OWL), Miguel Lovato (scholarship program officer, Daniels Fund) and Alecia Peabody (program director, CABPES )
OpenWorld Learning welcomed its new CEO at a recent reception in her honor. Piep van Hueven brings 25 years of leadership and public service in higher education and the nonprofit arena to OpenWorld Learning. She led BikeDenver, Denver’s bicycle advocacy organization, as its first staff member and executive director. Piep headed fundraising and marketing efforts and served as deputy director of development and communications for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado, she led and supervised collegiate athletic programs as a lacrosse and field hockey coach, assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator at the University of Maine. She succeeds the late Dean Abrams who died from pancreatic cancer in 2013.
Carolyn McGrath (senior recruiter, TriWorth), Annie Grenier (EVP business development, TriWorth) and Pixel (OWL’s mascot)
Piep van Hueven, OWL’s new chief executive officer. Photos courtesy of Paul Hartmann
Larry Mizel, Rachel Wolpo, Joe Rotole and William Hybl. Photos by Glory Weisberg
By Glory Weisberg
William J. Hybl is the 2014 Mizel Institute’s Community Enrichment Award winner and for good reasons. He accepted the award at the Mizel Institute’s 24th annual Dinner Gala at Wings Over the Rockies.
Hybl is chairman and CEO of the El Pomar Foundation. Larry Mizel, chairman of the Mizel Institute board, noted that Hybl was chosen for his “exceptional leadership spanning a broad range of local and international accomplishments.” Hybl’s been with the El Pomar Foundation for 40 years. Under his leadership, the foundation has given out more than $450 million. Also, Hybl serves as chairman and CEO of the U.S. Olympic Endowment and as president emeritus of the U.S. Olympic committee. U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and he was reappointed to that position by President Barack Obama. He was a representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations 2001-2002 and was a special counsel to President Ronald Reagan.
Sandy Stein and Diane Huttner
He is a grandfather of six, living in Colorado Springs with wife, Kathy.
This was quite an unusual Mizel Dinner, as it was immediately preceded by tornado warnings and two-inches of hail in parts of Denver. Many guests said they were hustled into tornado shelters at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora just a few hours before the dinner.
Larry and Carol Mizel’s daughter, Courtney, was on an airplane that was diverted to another airport due to the tornado warnings that forced cancelation and delays of many other flights due in and out of DIA.
But despite the severe weather, as many as 2,000 people did get to Wings Over the Rockies for the Mizel dinner, quite a hearty group of dinner devotees.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock were on the stage during the gala program, citing the importance of the CELL, a Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, dedicated to preventing terrorism through education, empowerment and engagement, located at the cultural center of Denver. The governor said he likes to bring visiting diplomats to the CELL, calling it “an internationally-recognized resource.”
When beginning his words to the audience, Larry Mizel pointed to a pin on his lapel, an emblem of an effort to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to Denver.
While accepting his award during the program, Hybl said, “I probably don’t deserve it but I’ll take it anyway.
“You and Carol have reached out” to the community. “This is a special award for me and my entire family. This is a great honor and I am humbled by it,” Hybl noted during his brief remarks.
Essie Perlmutter and Mizel Institute Executive Director Ellen Primack
Charlie McNeil and Ernie Blake
Evie Makovsky, Pegi Touff and Carol Mizel
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