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IDA co-founders Sherri and Wayne Connell with IDA Ambassador Mrs. Colorado Kimberly Reece
BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
Chicken St. Tropez was served at Denver Marriott South in Park Meadows when Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) held its annual gala – Be the Voice with Biff Gore from NBC’s The Voice as headliner. Vinyl albums served as placemats, working microphones (for sale) were centerpieces. Honorary chairs were Joe and Jill Womack of Title Sponsor Fireplace Warehouse Etc. Auction chair was Brittani Sievers and Young Professionals chair was Phoenix Jackson.
The fun evening flew by with “The Ambassador of Soul” Biff crooning between the program segments honoring six individuals and one corporation. S. Robert August, NAHB Senior Life director, founder/president of North Star Synergies had accepted his Founders Award at the gala kickoff. Philanthropist and volunteer Arlene Mohler Johnson accepted the Volunteer Award. Ben Utecht, Super Bowl champion, author and award-nominated singer received the Inspiration Award. The Healthy Living Award was presented to international eco-sensitive designer Jillian Pritchard Cooke, founder of Wellness Within Your Walls. President/co-founder of Environmental Working Group Ken Cook was presented the Impact Award. U.S. Army Special Forces (Ret.) Tom Spooner, co-founder of Warriors Heart Treatment Center received the Invisible Heroes Award. EVP and chief risk officer Chris Van Buren came in from New York Headquarters to accept the Corporate Award for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA). He is executive sponsor of the TIAAs Diverse Employee Resource Group to enable all TIAA employees with disabilities and caretakers to reach their potential and for TIAA to be employer of choice for people with diverse disabilities. Kellie Pokrifka, from Virginia, was 1stst Place Winner of the “I Am Invisible No More Video Contest.” Allsup was recognized as being a loyal sponsor for nine years. Each acceptance speech was powerful, educational and inspirational. IDA is based in Colorado but has a global impact. For more information: invisiblenomore.com, BeTheVoice.Live or InvisibleDisabilities.org.
Headliner Biff Gore – The Voice
Volunteer honoree Arlene Mohler Johnson and gala chair Stacy Ohlsson
Auctioneer Gary Corbett and master of ceremonies Denise Plante
Honorees Robert August and Tom Spooner with honorary chair Joe Womack
From major sponsor Triple B – LaFawn Biddle and daughter Barbara Galoob
Kellie Pokrifka, from Virginia and IDA president/CEO Wayne Connell
Healthy Living honoree Jillian Pritchard Cooke
Inspiration Award winner Ben Utecht
IDA’s VP operations Jess Stainbrook and Impact Award winner Ken Cook
Man of the Hour Dean Singleton surrounded by his wife Adrienne and sister Pat Robinson. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is the nation’s largest nonprofit theatre organization. The prestigious organization honored William Dean Singleton at its Director’s Society evening that launched the DCPA’s 40th anniversary season. Because of his generous signature contribution to DCPA’s first-ever public capital campaign, the Ricketson Theatre will be named The Singleton Theatre. Renovation is scheduled for completion in 2021. The festivities began with pre-show cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in Club Denver followed by the soulful and raw humor of Vietgone at Ricketson Theatre, of course. Guests were treated to dinner in The Seawell Ballroom by Epicurean with the cast and crew and honoring of Dean Singleton. Singleton, a lover of theatre, recalled in the last year of DCPA Founder Donald Seawell’s life, he had asked Dean to promise him that after he was gone, he would do his best to watch over DCPA. “Don Seawell and Helen Bonfils did the heavy lifting,” he said with his acceptance. The former Denver Post owner has served DCPA for nearly two decades, was former vice chair of the board and is currently secretary/treasurer.
DCPA trustee L. Roger Hutson, Denver Post editor Lee Ann Colacioppo and former Denver Post editor Greg Moore
DCPA chairman Martin Semple and DCPA president & CEO Janice Sinden present the award to Dean Singleton
Former DCPA president Lester Ward and wife Roz
DCPA president & CEO Janice Sinden, DCPA trustees Dan Richie, Joy Burns and Judi Wolf
DCPA theatre company artistic director Chris Coleman with the cast of Vietgone: Jordan De Leon, Melody Butiu, Glenn Morizio, Brian Lee Huynh and Lisa Helmi Johanson
On September 22, the Junior League of Denver (JLD) held its second annual L.U.V.S. (Leaders United in Volunteer Service) day of service in the Denver metro community. This year theme was “A Century of Progress” in honor of the League’s 100th Anniversary this year. More than 200 JLD members attended a kickoff event at the Pepsi Center before heading out to volunteer with ten community partners including Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation – Valdez Perry Branch, Florence Crittenton Services – Miles for Moms 5K, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Craig Hospital, SafeHouse Denver, The GrowHaus, Denver Botanic Gardens, The Gathering Place and CHARG Resource Center
Projects with these partners included helping with a Miles for Moms 5K race setup, registration and hosting a JLD booth where approximately 100 books were handed out to race participants. At Children’s Hospital Colorado, volunteers hosted a birthday party with 10 craft/game stations and about 100 books were given to patients and delivered to rooms. Additional projects include repairing a wheelchair ramp, hosting a fall festival, preparation for fall educational youth classes, aiding Girl Scouts Juniors to design miniature gardens and to support their exploration and appreciate of the natural world.
JLD volunteers assembled care kits for patients at Craig Hospital, helped to clean up and maintain project partner sites, assembled college care packages for girls away at college, organized 250 sack lunches for women and children at The Gathering Place and much more!
Isabel Sanchez, The GrowHaus program director, said, “Without volunteers, GrowHaus wouldn’t be able to run. What these women are doing would have taken our staff 60-70 hours.”
All in all, the day was a huge success, and the JLD looks forward to partnering with these wonderful organizations on an ongoing basis in the future!
Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) announced this week that it received a $135,000 grant award from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation in recognition of the organization’s support of underserved entrepreneurs through its Healthy Foods Fund, which was created to ensure that all Colorado communities – rural and urban – have access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food. Ceyl Prinster, president and CEO of CEF received the award at the Denver Startup Week’s kick-off breakfast, which was held at the Seawell Ballroom. This year’s $135,000 grant to CEF is more than double the $60,000 grant received by CEF from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation in 2017.
“We are very honored to receive this grant since it not only continues to expand our relationship with JPMorgan Chase but enables CEF to further serve Colorado entrepreneurs and businesses, ultimately, fostering a more vibrant local food economy,” says Ceyl Prinster, president and CEO of Colorado Enterprise Fund. “To date, CEF has been able to provide $3.5 million in loans through our Healthy Foods Fund and we will now be able to leverage this grant with other public and private sources of funding to maximize impact in our Colorado communities.”
The grant will help CEF scale its Healthy Foods Fund, which finances food production, small grocery retail, local food distribution, and innovative healthy food businesses throughout urban and rural parts of Colorado. CEF lends to all segments of the food system to improve access to fresh, healthy food for Colorado’s residents and to promote economic and health benefits for communities designated as “food deserts.” To date, the Healthy Foods Fund has made 53 loans to 48 Colorado businesses for $3.5 million, which has helped create or retain nearly 200 jobs.
Dogs, hiking and craft beer—they are all quintessentially Colorado. And so is the Dumb Friends League Wag `n Trail, an event that combines all three to help homeless pets at its Buddy Center location in Castle Rock.
The dog-friendly hike takes place Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at Glendale Farm Open Space in Douglas County. Hikers can enjoy the 1.6-mile hike with their pups, a beer garden sponsored by 38 State Brewing Company, silent auction, dozens of pet-related vendors, food trucks, music, adoptable dogs and access to a five-acre, off-leash dog park before or after the festivities. “It’s one of our favorite events of the year,” said Matt Levien, Dumb Friends League Buddy Center director. “It’s fun seeing Coloradans come together to enjoy a beautiful hike with their pups while supporting the Buddy Center and the services we provide to the pets and people of Douglas County.”
Registration is $50 and includes a downloadable event photo of you and your dog, a photo frame, a bag of Hill’s Science Diet treats, craft beer or root beer and delicious ice cream for both you and your pup. Participants who contribute an additional $25 above the registration fee will receive a Wag `n Trail event shirt and dog bandana. Children 12 years old and younger can participate for free with a paid adult registration and will receive complimentary ice cream and root beer. Hikers can register at wagntrail.org.
For those who can’t make the Sept. 22 event, or want to hike a different trail and still raise money for homeless pets, register as a “Virtual Hiker.” You can dedicate a hike of your choice to homeless pets any time before Oct. 22. Registration is $25 and includes a Wag `n Trail dog bandana. Participants can enter the virtual hiker photo contest by submitting a picture from their hike for a chance to win a doggie gift basket and a $100 gift card from PetSmart.
The Dumb Friends League Buddy Center is the only full-service animal shelter serving Douglas County and plays a vital role in reuniting owners with lost pets and finding loving homes for adoptable cats, dogs and small mammals. Proceeds from Wag `n Trail help provide shelter, medical care, behavior training, foster care and other services to homeless pets at the Buddy Center.
Kids with special needs to co-pilot aircraft at Centennial Airport
The Challenge Air for Kids and Friends “Denver Fly Day” offers more than 70 special needs children and youth the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight with free 30-minute airplane rides flown by 14 local volunteer pilots.
Flying in single-engine aircraft, the program focuses on the abilities of the special needs participants and the many possibilities available to them. Youth participating in the event will have the opportunity to take control of the aircraft, under the direct supervision of a licensed pilot, to build confidence, self-esteem and look beyond perceived limitations.
This year the event will be Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the XJet hangar facility, Centennial Airport: 8201 South InterPort Blvd. in Englewood.
The Challenge Air program empowers participants and their families with a fun-filled day of activity designed to eliminate perceived limitations and open doors to an unforgettable growing experience—allowing participants to see if they can fly a plane, they can do anything. The program consists of an educational ground school where participants learn about the forces of flight and learn how pilots with physical challenges fly specially equipped airplanes. The day includes an inspirational flight in the co-pilot seat, flying over Denver-area points of interest.
South Metro Fire Rescue fire trucks and the Colorado State Patrol’s Dodge Magnum will be on display, as well as other educational activities will be part of this special day of inspiration and flight.
Advocates for Children CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates agency serving Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, will be hosting their 22nd annual Red Wagon Ball Sept. 29. This gala is a local philanthropic tradition, raising the necessary funds and awareness that allow for Advocates for Children CASA to continue providing advocacy services to abused and neglected children. Emceed by Erica Cobb of Daily Blast Live, the Queen of Hearts themed Red Wagon Ball will be attended by nearly 500 guests and will include performances by the Soar! Youth & Adult Choir as well as the Wash Park Funk Band. Guests will also hear from CASA volunteers and the children themselves.
For more than 32 years, Advocates for Children CASA has served abused and neglected children in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District. CASA volunteers are trained to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect at the hands of those who are supposed to care for them. Each volunteer strives to ensure that every child dreams thrives and grows with a sense of belonging and empowerment in order to build a successful future. Through the incredible strength of these volunteers, Advocates for Children CASA advocated for the safety and well-being of nearly 900 children last year.
For more information on Advocates for Children CASA or the Red Wagon Ball, visit redwagonball.com or call 303-695-1882. Tickets are still available!
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