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Hear no evil, Speak no evil, See no evil – Gavin McGee, Erin Cromwell and Patrick Groters
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Denver Ballet Guild presented its traditional “sending off of the senior girls” from its Les Demoiselles program at landmark Cableland, former residence of Bill Daniels and official residence of the Mayor of Denver. Encore Catering & Culinary Services created outstanding hors d’oeuvres stations while proud moms settled in to watch their soon-to-graduate daughters on the runway escorted by members of University of Denver’s Swim and Dive Team. Annalee Reavis is a senior at Cherry Creek High School and will be off to CU Boulder. Louisa Wingert is a senior at Ralston Valley High School who has chosen Miami of Ohio. Erin Cromwell is also from Ralston Valley High School and will attend the University of Kansas. Swim and Dive Team escorts were Blayse Jessen, Harrison Fudge, Gavin McGee and Patrick Groters. Active arts patron Julie Sachs was chair of the event. MAX provided the chic casual and dressy casual clothing.
All the models in their own formal attire: Blayze Jessen, Annalee Reavis, Harrison Fudge, Louisa Wingert, Gavin McGee, Erin Cromwell, Patrick Groters
Katrina Benes, chair Julie Sachs and JoAnn Cole
One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need. Alex Tooke & Derek Weber along with the entire Peak Properties Group have launched a shoe drive to collect 5,000 pairs of new or gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
Between April 1 and Dec. 31, bring new or gently-worn shoes of any kind to 2851 S. Parker Rd. Suite 100, Aurora. For more information, contact 720-515-7713 opt 0 or email@example.com
The donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.
“At Peak Properties it is our mission to support our local and global communities; however, we can,” said Alex Tooke, co-founder and employing broker at Peak Properties. “Our partnership with Soles4Souls is a unique way to help our global communities here at home while working with our clients and friends to collect unwanted shoes while they are moving or cleaning out their homes. Such a simple act can have such a huge impact.”
The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.
Revenue generated by Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise operations funds the organization’s free distribution programs. These distributions provide relief in many developing nations around the globe in times of disaster and help bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada.
To host a shoe drive or find out more information, go to www.GiveShoes.org/Get-Involved.
Keeping with its goal of service to the community, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) will host The Tank, its annual fundraiser for local nonprofits based on the popular television show “The Shark Tank.”
Six Colorado nonprofits will pitch a unique new program to a panel of “sharks,” comprising business leaders, lenders, investors and philanthropists. All nonprofits receive donations to help kick off new initiatives and a share of 40 percent of proceeds from ticket sales.
Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for participating nonprofits.
“These nonprofits provide services to people who often can’t find help anywhere else. This is a noncompetitive way to support them all,” said Tank Chair Barb Findlay. “The Tank fulfills our mission of going beyond helping businesses thrive and ‘raising all of the boats’ in our community.”
The Tank will be held at the Lone Tree Arts Center Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Cocktails will follow presentations, followed by an award ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Nonprofits scheduled to present are Courageous Faces Foundation, Zane Beadles Parade Foundation, Friends First Home Builders Foundation, ShesCHERIshed and Warrior Bonfire Program.
Six area nonprofits will also exhibit at the event to raise awareness and obtain funding for their work. Exhibiting nonprofits are Arapahoe Philharmonic, Crisis Center, Denver Audubon, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Tall Tales Ranch and Wings Over the Rockies
A $250 donation is required to register as a “shark.” Donations may be split among nonprofits or given entirely to one organization.
Tickets are $40. Tickets and spaces on the panel of sharks are available at www.bestchamber.com/the-tank.html or 303-795-0142.
For more information, contact Barb Findlay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-588-1766.
An amazing evening raised $15,000 for Milestones for Maxwell to help pay for gene replacement therapy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas for young Maxwell Freed.
As was reported recently in The Villager, $1 million is needed for the procedure to replace Maxwell’s DNA because he was born with such a rare disease it’s only known by the letters — SLC6A1, This is the gene that controls the gamma-aminobutyric acid that is the largest inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nervous system. It is also what is missing Maxwell’s genome.
Attending the Milestone for Maxwell event March 8 at Infinity Park Event Center, included members of the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, and Leah Block from The Bachelor, James Love, Canadian professional golfer, and NFL football player Justin Drescher.
Thus far, Milestone for Maxwell has raised approximately $300,000. For more information contact Amber Freed at Afreed@SLC6A1connect.org. Donations are accepted at milestonesformaxwell.org or at the GoFundMe pagegofundme.com/slc6a1-connect.
Maxwell’s parents Amber and Marc Freed.
Marc Moser, Colorado Avalanche announcer and master of ceremonies for the evening.
Life stops when a family is faced with the serious illness of a child.
However, the financial obligations don’t stop, expenses mount as the child requires treatments and care. But, thanks to the generous support of nearly 300 people, hope exists.
On Feb. 9, those individuals gathered to raise $470,000 at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation’s annual Kaleidoscope Gala to support of these children and their families. Kaleidoscope is the signature fundraiser for the foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for families, sick children and infants throughout our communities by providing support when and how they need it most.
Between the festivities, guests were treated to an exquisite menu crafted by Frank Bonanno, one of Denver’s favorite chefs. The meal included five courses, each specially paired with a fine wine.
Special guests included Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, and a few of the thousands of children who were positively impacted by the foundation during its ten-year history.
Kaleidoscope 2019 is the most successful event to date. Since the event’s inception, it has raised more than $2.6 million for the foundation and its four programs: Mothers’ Milk Bank, Patient and Family Assistance, The Stink Bug Project, and the Best Start Program.
“We are thrilled with the terrific response of our sponsors and guests,” said Luanne Williams, executive director of the foundation. “Without their dedication and support, we could not serve the thousands of families who look to us every year to provide direct assistance during some of their most difficult times.”
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