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Children from the Littleton Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help collect clothes, food and other items for flood victims. Photo courtesy of LDS Church
Submitted by LDS Church
On Oct. 1, 50 children from the Littleton Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a service project for victims in Boulder who lost everything they had in the recent flood.
The Southglenn Ward sponsored the project, in which children ages 4 to 12, including 14 Cub Scouts wearing Mormon Helping Hands vests, loaded a 26-foot Penske truck (provided by the company and a local church member) full of clothes, toys, furniture, household items, Halloween costumes and diapers. Along with the items collected, $500 was donated.
The children had eager hearts and willing spirits as they collected the items and then loaded the truck in just one hour so everything could be delivered the same evening. Comments heard from the children as the cars filed by with items for the drive were that it felt good doing something for someone else and, “It makes me happy and proud because this will make a difference in their lives.”
The overall sentiment of all involved was that they will never forget the feeling of joy they experienced using their little hands to help their community.
Elizabeth, a 14-year-old girl from Kentlands Ward in the Washington, D.C., area, heard about the flood victims in northern Colorado and wanted to help, so she and nine of her friends made 10 fleece blankets that went home with her grandma who flew to Colorado and gave them to the drive.
October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month and the Dumb Friends League is offering discounts of dogs 1 year and older. Courtesy photo
Submitted by Chris Gallegos, Dumb Friends League public relations manager
In the animal world, October is known as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month—a month dedicated to increasing awareness of the millions of shelter dogs looking for homes across the country.
Dogs like Tilly, a blind, 10-year-old Maltese mix, and Max, a 1-year-old, three-legged boxer, are given a second chance for happiness, along with thousands of other homeless dogs, at the Dumb Friends League. The League provides each dog, regardless of age or condition, with compassionate care and customized treatment at its two shelters.
Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month is also a time to debunk a number of misconceptions about shelter pets. For example, many people think that dogs are brought to shelters because they did something “wrong.” That typically isn’t true. A majority of the pets in our care are surrendered due to “people reasons,” like having to move, allergies, or a lack of time or money to care for a pet.
While behavior problems can occasionally be a reason that pets are surrendered, most issues can be resolved with proper training and extra time and attention from the pet’s owner. Many dog “problems” actually are common canine behaviors that were most likely not understood by the previous owner.
For dogs in our care that need a little extra TLC, the Dumb Friends League provides in-shelter training programs to help them become better candidates for adoption. For example, Head Start teaches good behavior to our more challenging young adult dogs, and Canine Courage is specifically geared toward helping timid and under-socialized canines. We also offer free behavior advice through our Pet Behavior Helpline to all dog owners—whether you have adopted from us or not—in order to curb undesirable behaviors and keep people and pets living happily together.
If you’re looking for your next best furry friend, we encourage you to choose the adoption option. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 25, we’ll take $50 off the adoption fee for all dogs 1 year and older. This adoption special is sponsored by Hill’s Science Diet. By adopting one of our homeless dogs, you will not only be providing a loving home to a grateful pet, but you will help open up space for another homeless pet in need at our shelters.
For more information on the Dumb Friends League, visit www.ddfl.org or call 303-751-5772.
Volunteers Briana Carey, Rochel Creenlaw, Abigail Frary, Morgan and Loren Parrish. Photos by Glory Weisberg
By Glory Weisberg
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is out to change the lives of millions of people with Down syndrome. In its brief few years it is already changing the way we look at this population and their challenges.
The massive effort is helping those with Down syndrome gain respect, longevity and a better quality of life. Many of these advances are supported by the local Linda Crnic Institute — the only one of its kind, that focuses on research and medical care. The foundation has raised $2.5 million with help from the annual Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show, a not-to-miss benefit attracting more than 1,000 people each year.
And it all started with foundation Executive Director, Michelle Sie Whitten, daughter of John and Anna Sie of Cherry Hills Village. Her daughter Sophie Whitten has Down syndrome and an enticing personality.
Ricki Rest chaired the Sept. 28 event, proudly showing off “her” Chase Perry, an adorable golden haired child who has Down syndrome. Working with Ricki were last year’s chairwoman, Nancy Sevo, as well as Debra McKenney, Kay Burke, Marilyn Spinner, Jay Mills, Tomago Collins, Quinn Washington, Elaine Walsh and Mary Tuten.
Among the local luminaries on the fashion ramp and in the audience were Larry and Carol Mizel, David and Bonnie Mandarich, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake and Sunny and Norm Brownstein.
Ricki Rest, Nancy Sevo and Sunny Brownstein
Local furniture mogul Jake Jabs was seen schmoozing with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and they were joined by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
There are 400,000 people in the U.S. with Down syndrome and with civilians, politicians and lobbyists in the Sheraton Hotel Denver ballroom you can bet this was the place to be. It’s also the place to be when another such benefit for this nonprofit is held in Washington, D.C. each year.
Or as our governor said, “Beauty starts from the inside and finally gets out. We need significantly more education and researchers. In Colorado we made the month of March Down Syndrome Month and March 21 Down Syndrome Day and we want to make it go nationally.”
In the spotlight were Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award winner and HLN news anchor, Kyra Phillips. Inaugural recipient, DeOndra Dixon presented the second Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award to Tim Harris. He was born in 1986 with Down syndrome and now has a degree in food service and is owner of the Albuquerque restaurant Tim’s Place. The gala was emceed by Channel 9 TV news anchor, Kim Christiansen.
Among guest models paired with Down syndrome models on the fashion runway, were Eric Dickerson, David Duval, Ken Faried, Beverly Johnson, Meg Kardos, Ellen Koski, Ty Lawson, Todd Park Mohr, Caitlin Quisenberry and John Roberts, also a nationally known TV anchor, married to Kyra Phillips.
For more information visit globaldownsyndrome.org.
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Brett, Casey and Chase Perry
Sophie Whitten, all dolled up for her fashion walk
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Jake Jabs
Larry Mizel, David Mandarich, Ernie Blake and Norm Brownstein
Glen Jones and Jeffery Reiss
Denver Nuggets basketball player Ken Faried
Michelle Whitten, John McGinley, Kyra Phillips and Anna and John Sie
Prostate cancer treatment and research in the U.S. is in the shadows of other more highly promoted cancer diseases such as breast cancer, according to sources at the University of Colorado Cancer Center sources.
The reason may be that prostate cancer is embarrassing to address and men shy away from the so-called gloved-hand exam.
But now it’s time to focus on the illness and draft women to nag their men to see a physician for a prostate cancer checkup. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in American men.
It can’t be prevented yet but if caught in stage one the five-year survival rate is about 90 percent, again according to University of Colorado Cancer Center figures.
Sue Goss, Sharon Magness Blake and Gail Johnson
So along comes Sharon Magness Blake, the lady who’s known for her western outlook and amazing philanthropy, galloping in to bring prostate cancer out of the shadows and she got the idea after reading Villager Publisher Bob Sweeney’s column one day.
Magness Blake founded the annual ladies-only Save the Males dinner several years ago and the Sept. 17 event was co-chaired by buddies Sue Ellen Goss and Lisa Haselden and assisted by Gail Johnson.
Fundraising focuses on bags, women’s bags of all types, prices and sizes up for silent auction bid and the Ritz Carleton second floor foyer was belly-to-belly as 250 potential purse buyers circled the auction tables and some bidding battles got pretty hot. Is this an event founder and chairmen’s dream or what?
Lannie Garrett in her Patsy DeCline act
Lannie Garrett did her hilarious and racy Patsy DeCline Show after dinner as we noticed again, that girls laugh more when they’re out with other girls sans their guys.
Funds help provide funding for a patient navigator to guide men through the prostate cancer treatment process at the University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado Cancer Center Prostate Cancer Clinic. Info is at www.uch.edu/conditions/cancer/prostate-cancer.
Among event committee members were Lisa Cook, Michele Falivene, Janice Fritsch, Barb Reece, Suzan Schlatter, Phyllis Chrisman, Claudia Beauprez, Paula Arnold, Maureen Cannon and others who bought tables and seats to this annual must attend money magnet.
Michele Falivene eyed a great Kate Spade bag
Kaye Music and Ellen Stewart
“Bag Ladies” Renee Duncan and Lisa Haselden chaired the silent auction.
Christel Dikeman was about to devour a mini-burger offered by Lucy Sanchez. Photos by Glory Weisberg
By Valerie LeVier
The second annual Fill A Plate for Hunger, held Sept. 18, benefitted the non-profit organization We Don’t Waste ,which stands by the belief “No one should go hungry.” The event raised more than $110,000 for the charity. It’s an innovative organization that resources surplus food from venues, events, caterers, restaurants and other major food providers and delivers the products (that would otherwise be cast off) to community-based non-profit agencies in the Denver area. It’s a win-win for the food providers and the organizations that reap the health and well-being benefits for their clients.
The sold-out event, presented by Denver Union Station, was held at the gorgeous Denver Botanic Gardens. The evening showcased small plates from restaurants on Larimer Square and other award-winning Denver restaurants, including Tamayo, Palm, Russell’s Smoke House, and Ocean Prime. Guests enjoyed gourmet prepared food, along with a variety of wine and spirits. A live auction led by Richard Sierens featured food and wine pairing dinners, a San Francisco trip, and Book of Mormon ticket package.
In August 2013, We Don’t Waste distributed 127,000 servings of food to local shelters and organizations. For more information, visit www.WeDontWaste.org
Bartenders preparing to serve attendees wine and spirits donated by Applejack Wine & Spirits.
Board of Directors member, Jessica Raile, with mom, Robyn Raile, enjoying a glass of champagne.
Live Auctioneer Roger Sierens and Executive Director Arlan Preblud pose during event kick-off.
Bistro Vendome team with Chef de Cuisine Ben Davison serving the chef’s special. Photos by Tim LeVier
David Mandarich, Bonnie Mandarich, Debra McKenney and Douglas D. Kerbs. Photo courtesy of Love.n.Joy Photography
Broker associate Douglas D. Kerbs and Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty helped to raise nearly $170,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the 6th Annual Under the August Moon Gala. More than 345 guests donned in Western chic attire arrived at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver.
“St. Jude is a charity near and dear to my heart,” said Kerbs, FSIR broker associate and chairman of the committee for the St. Jude Gala. “I couldn’t be more thrilled at the success of this year’s event, and the overwhelming amount of contributions made on behalf of the children of St. Jude.”
Letitia Frye, famed auctioneer and longtime supporter of St. Jude, auctioned off items that ranged from VIP passes to the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament, to a seven-day, six-night stay at Del Arco Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Deborah Takahara of Fox31 News served as emcee, while nationally acclaimed songwriters Brice Long, Dylan Altman and Phillip White serenaded the crowd. However, it was two young patients who stole the show – Ella, 10, diagnosed and living with adrenocortical carcinoma, and Colin, 7, diagnosed with ependymoma, a malignant brain tumor, currently in remission.
Not a dry eye in the house, these inspirational children and their parents shared heartfelt stories of the incredible impact St. Jude has made on their lives. Ella braved the stage cracking jokes, and sang lyrics from Matt Redman’s song, You Never Let Go to top off the magical night.
“This year’s event raised more money than any other year,” said Sarah Ford, ALSAC/ St. Jude. “The generosity of our guests goes a long way, as money raised goes directly to support the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The commitment of our chairman, Douglas D. Kerbs, impacted the event immensely as we were able to introduce the mission of St. Jude to new friends in Denver.”
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