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Steve Peckar, Mindy Levy Peckar, David Asarch, and Anna Asarch
Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) raised more than $450,000 at its fundraiser, Faces of JFS 2018 Winter Soirée, Dec. 12, when David Asarch and Mindy Levy Peckar were honored at the Hangar at Stanley Marketplace. Nearly 325 people attended this event, which celebrated the diversity of JFS clients while benefiting the life-transforming work of the agency.
Everyone enjoyed the festive party, complete with cocktails, passed hors-d’oeuvres, a photo opportunity from A Custom Look, and upbeat entertainment by Club Femme of Moments Notice. After an hour of mingling, guests took their seats for a brief program. Co-chairs Ben Lusher and Stephanie Zaitz welcomed everyone and thanked event sponsors and the committee. JFS president and CEO Shepard Nevel shared more about the agency, who it serves, and what is planned for 2018.
After mingling, guests took their seats for a seated dinner and brief program. Rabbi Rick Rheins, senior rabbi at Temple Sinai and JFS board member, provided a meaningful d’var Torah. Associate director of development Bonni Raderman served as event emcee as she welcomed everyone and thanked event sponsors and the committee. Board chair Charlie Gwirtsman introduced incoming JFS president and CEO Linda Foster who shared thanks for the warm welcome to the JFS family she has received.
After an inspiring video showcasing the diversity of JFS clients, volunteers, and staff, the honorees’ spouses, Anna Asarch and Steve Peckar took to the stage to announce a matching opportunity by Elaine and Max Appel. David and Anna’s 10-year-old son, Sam, also made a heartfelt plea for people to support the work of JFS and to make his dad proud.
Board members Aaron Hyatt and Steve Kris presented Mindy Levy Peckar with the Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award and Asarch with the Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award. The honorees graciously received their awards to much applause and standing ovations as they were recognized for their outstanding work in the community on behalf of JFS.
Event committee included: Adam Agron, Adam and Olivia Asarch, Anna Asarch, Chad and K. Nicole Asarch, JJ and Brynn Asarch, Richard and Elaine Asarch, Brad Farber, Charlie Gwirtsman, Stuart and Judy Heller, Gareth Heyman and Betsy Mordecai Heyman, Aaron Hyatt, Hud and Carol Karshmer, Steve Kris, Steve Peckar, Eric Pollock, Michele Right, Dick Robinson, Jane E. Rosenbaum, Laurie Levy Sher, and Yana Vishnitsky.
Campus Middle School raised $6,893 ($1,000 more than this check represents) for The Denver Hospice. Pictured are Meagen Fox, NJHS sponsor; Samantha Thomas, NJHS member; Teresa Hitt clinical manager of The Denver Hospice; Hannah Simon, NJHS member; David Giordano, The Denver Hospice VP of development; Rohini Kompella, NJHS member; Ann Wills, The Denver Hospice Development Coordinator.
Campus Middle School students have created a virtual snowstorm inside their school. Thousands of paper snowflakes are hanging from the ceiling and covering some walls and windows. Each one represents a dollar donated by Campus students to The Denver Hospice to help families who are dealing with the terminal illness of a loved one.
“It’s really great to see the kids’ expressions when they turn in their money and know it’s going toward a good cause,” said eighth-grader Samantha Thomas, an officer with National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), which spearheaded the fundraiser. “They’re proud to be part of something and know that they’re helping other kids and families.”
For nearly 30 years, the campus community has raised funds for The Denver Hospice, an organization that provides comfort and support to patients with advanced illness and their families. The money raised will go into the Christopher’s Angels Fund, named in honor of Christopher Johnson, who died on Mother’s Day in 1988 when he was just 2 years old. His parents started the fund to help other families with basic needs.
David Giordano, vice president of development for The Denver Hospice, says many of the families they serve experience financial hardships because of medical bills and time away from work when caring for a loved one with a terminal illness.
“They’re not asking for the world, they’re asking for basic necessities,” Giordano explained. “They’re asking for heat in their homes because they don’t have money for that.”
He says the support of the students, staff and families at Campus Middle School makes a big difference.
“We fundraise one dollar at a time to be able to offer services,” Giordano said. “Every dollar counts, every little bit helps.”
“It just feels so good that one dollar can make such a big difference,” NJHS member Rohini Kompella said.
Retired CMS teacher Cathy Edam launched the fundraising project 29 years ago. Since then, students, parents, staff and other members of the campus community have contributed over $200,000 to help The Denver Hospice help families in their time of need. This year they raised $6,893, up from $6,645 last year. NJHS members are proud of how their classmates and school community stepped up.
“They really loved giving and they loved the snowflakes and they loved the competition,” said NJHS member Hannah Green.
Campus Middle School eighth-graders and National Junior Honor Society members Samantha Thomas, Rohini Kompella and Hannah Simon, show off some of the thousands of snowflakes donated during a fundraiser for The Denver Hospice.
Natura Obscura, an immersive arts experience featuring more than 30 Colorado-based artists and creatives, opens at the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, and runs through April 28. Tickets went on sale Nov. 24.
The installation, open to all ages, begs the question, “What’s your nature?” inviting the public to step into a self-guided exploration through a surrealist, dreamlike forest that combines art, sculpture and the latest in virtual, augmented and digital technologies.
MOA and Prismajic designed and produced the installation, collaborating with well-known Colorado artists and 10 intern emerging artists from MOA’s Design and Build education program. Natura Obscura features installations by local artists Chris Bagley, Nicole Banowetz, Tiffany Matheson, Travis Powell, Scott Soffa and Ian Wagner. In addition, Grammy award-winning recording engineer, Mickey Houlihan, along with MOA, produced a custom cloud chamber environment in MOA’s Sound Gallery as part of the immersive experience.
“For more than 35 years, MOA has curated a variety of immersive experiences. Natura Obscura is the most innovative indoor environment MOA has produced to date. We anticipate thousands of people will engage with our space in a unique way over the duration of the installation,” said Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA president. “We encourage people to wander among the surrealist forest where they will encounter fantastical woodland creatures and hopefully leave with a feeling of inspiration and excitement.”
The exhibition will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will be honored until one hour before the closing time to provide enough time to experience the installation.
Tickets range in price from $10 to $20 based on day of the week and time of purchase. To purchase online tickets, please visit naturaobscura.org. Free SCFD days will take place on the first Tuesday of February, March and April.
Joseph Roos, Founder and Executive Director of Hide in Plain Sight, with Melissa Maldonado, Chief Executive Officer of SMDRA, and members of the association’s Community Involvement and Charities Committee.
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The South Metro Denver REALTOR Association (SMDRA) recently presented a check to representatives of Purple Heart Homes, a charitable organization that helps disabled veterans by adapting, modifying or building on to existing homes to ensure greater mobility and comfort. The check was presented by members of SMDRA’s Charities and Community Involvement Committee (CCIC) during the association’s weekly Metro Market Pulse Meeting Nov. 9, at SMDRA’s Littleton headquarters. Marcel Savoie, chairman of the Board and the Charities Committee, presented a $600 check to Monte and Diana Flemings, representatives of Purple Heart Homes.
“Purple Heart Homes is dedicated to helping our disabled heroes in a variety of ways and we are proud to help such a worthwhile endeavor,” said Savoie. “From building a ramp for a veteran of World War II, to providing home ownership opportunities to younger veterans, the charity’s programs are designed out of necessity to fulfill specific needs. I urge our members and the general public to support Purple Heart Homes.”
Purple Heart Homes, a nonprofit public charity, was founded in 2008 by John Gallina and Dale Beatty, two wounded combat veterans. After serving their country and suffering injuries in Iraq in 2004, Gallina and Beatty returned to their community and received a warm welcome and grateful appreciation for their service. The veterans are on a mission to care for other service-connected disabled veterans by providing homes that are substantial in function, design, and quality fit for the men and women who served America in conflicts overseas.
Purple Heart Homes was also honored at SMDRA’s Veterans Luncheon later in the day. Monte Fleming, a representative of Purple Heart Homes, gave an overview of the charity’s history and the services it provides, including a veterans Aging-in-Place program, a homeownership program, community awareness, and other programs designed to fit the specific needs of disabled veterans. Purple Heart Homes will also be the beneficiary of SMDRA’s Diamond Circle Silent Auction held in conjunction with the association’s annual Diamond Circle Awards celebration, SMDRA’s biggest event of the year with more than 600 realtors and affiliates attending the April event.
For more information on Purple Heart Homes and to make a donation, visit online at purplehearthomesusa.org.
Fashion Show Chair Antonette DeLauro Smith, FAF President Mary McNicholas and FAF Debutante Ball Chair Stephanie Whittelsey
Fine Arts Foundation (FAF) debutantes donned finery from The Bridal Collection and Apricot Lane for the runway show held at a different venue this year – History Colorado Center. Tiara mistresses were more than ready to strike a pose in complete ensembles from Hollyhocks Children’s Boutique. Also new this year were pop up boutiques for shopping before the luncheon catered by Rendezvous Cafe. Vendors included Apricot Lane, Trend Boutique and Rooted Boutique. Debutantes joined their families and friends for dessert after the fabulous and fun show.
Caroline Simpson, Citizen of the Arts Jubilee Chair Suzy Nelson and Kathy Roberts
FAF President-elect Steve Edmonds, Christine Harff – Trend Boutique, Sarah Bearss – Rooted Boutique and Payton Bess – Apricot Lane
Legacy Debutante Victoria Long who was a A mistress in 2011
Legacy Debutante Brianna Newberry surrounded by her mom Dayla Newberry and grandmother Pat McCabe
Tiara Mistresses – Carolyn Corrigan, Lily Taylor, Madilynn Geller and Annabelle Rudden
Legacy Debutante Abigail Perobek
Debutante Peyton James
From now until Dec. 14, Swedish Medical Center nurses, physicians, families and friends will be collecting hygiene kit supplies to give to students in need—and they’re asking for the publics help also.
“The holidays represent time to relax and enjoy family and friends. For some of our homeless and at-risk families, this is unfortunately not a reality,” said Becky Manning, Englewood Schools homeless liaison. “We like to be able to help in ways that allow families to spend more time on things that are important to them. Basic needs may be a struggle, and resources such as hygiene kits are always appreciated.”
With a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians, Swedish Medical Center hopes they can gather enough supplies to help many families within the community. “I know it seems small, but we hope our effort to provide these items will help our students and families have a warmer holiday season this year,” said Theresa Lelong, assistant director of Employee Health and Wellness at Swedish Medical Center.
Items will be collected in the main lobby of Swedish Medical Center and distributed to Englewood Schools at the end of December.
Items can be dropped off at the main lobby at 501 East Hampden Ave. in Englewood through Dec. 14
Small/travel size items needed:
• Body wash/soap
• Band aids
• Hair brush/comb
• Wash cloth
• Small packages of laundry detergent pods
Additional items needed:
• Student sized backpacks in solid colors
Linda P. Foster
Linda P. Foster was selected as Jewish Family Service of Colorado’s (JFS) new president and CEO and will join the agency Nov. 28. JFS’s Board Search Committee conducted a wide-ranging national search for the agency’s new leader and came to a unanimous choice, which was ratified by the full JFS board of directors Nov. 13.
Foster is relocating to Denver from the Chicago area, where she served as head of school at Solomon Schechter Day School for the past nine years. She has deep Colorado connections and owns a home in Steamboat.
She has an impressive background as a leader of both nonprofit and for-profit organizations and business units in a variety of industries, ensuring mission fulfillment and sound financial viability.
Before her tenure at the Solomon Schechter Day School, Foster was the owner of RCLA, a successful residential property development company in Highland Park, Illinois. Before launching her own company, she was president of TJW Residential, a privately held commercial real estate finance company, also in Highland Park. Linda earned a BA degree from Wellesley College and has participated in the Kellogg School of Management Center for nonprofit Management at Northwestern University.
Linda is passionate about JFS and its mission. “I am truly honored and humbled to lead this incredible and impactful organization and to have the opportunity to work with all the talented people invested in it,” she says. “JFS’s mission and core values bring together so much of what is important to me, both personally and professionally. I look forward to meeting JFS’s supporters, volunteers, and partners to build and strengthen relationships and the agency’s impact in the greater Denver community.”
Linda is married to Bill and they have three grown children.
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