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Everyone is invited to join in the fun Tuesday, Sept. 18, for a night to remember as OpenWorld Learning celebrates its students and all they have accomplished.
The 13th Annual Write the Code for Success Gala is OWL’s annual fundraiser – proceeds allows it to ignite a love of learning in students across Metro Denver. The mission is to teach students the skills they need to succeed in school through technology-based curricula.
For 17 years the organization has created opportunities for children after school. The technology programs give students a chance to learn, grow, discover and create. Since 2001, it has served nearly 10,000 students.
Come learn more about OWL and how everyone can help make a difference in the life of a student. No one will want to miss this inspiring special event.
To purchase tickets, visit wedoauctions.net/owl/tickets or for more information call 303-832-0066 or visit open worldlearning.org.
What if someone could score a fun evening, make new friends, drink nice wine and do a good deed, all for $50? Well, it’s possible at the 2nd Annual Fall Harvest Wine-tasting of the Rotary Club of Englewood Friday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. at The Guild in Englewood.
“We had a blast last year, and we want to spread the word about how much fun we can make fund-raising,” said Englewood Rotary president Ed Koerperich.
The fun is tasting and comparing award-winning One Hope wines and voting for the best. Voting will be done by dropping a ballot-cork in the bowl.
There will also be the opportunity to chat with wine experts about what makes a good wine, starting with climate, soil and winemaker.
The event benefits the Englewood Rotary Foundation, a nonprofit organization. One major project helps military and veteran families around the holidays and at other times of financial crisis. The foundation also gives $10,000 a year in college and trade school scholarships to Englewood graduates — over $100,000 so far. This Rotary club has been helping its community since its founding in 1937.
“A highlight of the Fall Festival event will be an auction,” Koerperich said. Featured will be a two-week stay in a villa in Provence, France. It’s a beautiful home between Nice and Aix, a 20-minute drive to the French Riviera. The home has three bedrooms, a private garden and a community pool.
Also, in the auction lineup are a ride in a biplane, a Winter Park ski season stay, and a stay in a Santa Barbara. Calif., condo, within blocks of the beach.
To register for the wine-tasting fun, go to RotaryClubOfEnglewood.org. Or contact Koerperich at email@example.com or 303-319-8174. The cost is $50 per person.
Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) will honor David Asarch and Mindy Levy Peckar at Faces of JFS 2018 Winter Soirée, on Wednesday, December 12, 6 p.m. at the Hangar at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street #135 in Aurora. This event will celebrate the diversity of JFS clients while benefiting the life-transformative work of the agency. Community members are invited to pay tribute to Asarch, who will receive the Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award, and Peckar, who will be honored with the Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award.
The evening will include cocktails, international-themed food stations, entertainment, and a short program with award ceremony.
Sponsorship packages start at $2,000 and are available now. Tickets are $250 and go on sale Oct. 15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jewishfamilyservice.org/Faces or contact Kate Shephard, special events manager, at 720.248.4633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award
David Asarch is the chief investment officer and a partner of Monroe Group Ltd. and its development partner Steele Properties LLC. Asarch oversees the underwriting, acquisition, development, and legal teams related to the affordable property management and development activities of each company. He received his BA from Middlebury College and his JD from Stanford Law School.
Asarch has been involved with JFS for almost 10 years. He currently serves on the executive committee of the board of directors and has also been an active member of the budget and finance and development committees and has co-chaired the JFS executive luncheon.
“I am honored to be receiving the Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award,” says Asarch. “Yana’s life-long commitment to community service is an inspiration to me. She is the reason I became involved with JFS. It is such an appealing agency to me because it is guided by Jewish values and serves all people in need, regardless of race, religion or national origin.”
Mindy Levy Peckar
Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award
After years of experience in commercial banking and commercial real estate appraising, Pecker joined J&B Building Company in 1995 in the accounting department. Today she is vice president and office manager and directs the company’s accounting operations. In addition, she manages several shopping centers, developed and constructed a 668-unit mini-storage facility, and oversees the company’s sophisticated property management database system. Pecker earned her MBA from University of Denver in Real Estate and Construction Management.
Pecker has been a weekly volunteer in the Weinberg Food pantry for the past seven years and has logged in more than 900 hours of service. She currently serves on the JFS board of directors and has been active on the JFS executive luncheon and Reel Hope committees.
“I love what JFS stands for and what it does for our community,” says Pecker. “Volunteering and helping people though JFS is an honor and a privilege. I love the pantry and helping all the people who come from so many countries to be able to eat and sustain their families.”
Vickie Dow, Denise Snyder, Mistine Varela and Arlene Mohler Johnson
BY BOB SWEENEY
Saturday evening the Mad Hatter’s Garden Party at the historic world class Denver Botanic Gardens at 1007 York St. was held. This facility has grown astronomically under the leadership of Brian Vogt, one of the founding fathers of Centennial.
The charity event benefited the Shining Stars Foundation. Doug Tisdale volunteered to be the auctioneer for the live auction portion of the evening and did his masterful magic of raising thousands of dollars for auction packages. “It’s for charity,” he would remind the 500 guests and would “schuss” for quiet, as they enjoyed the flowing beverages and sampling of gourmet dishes from the Denver’s area’s top local restaurants. McDonald Automotive Group in Littleton was the title sponsor for the evening event.
The well-attended event was held in a huge tent in the center of the gardens raising funds for The Shining Stars Foundation that brings hope, healing and strength to children and their families battling pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Dr. Tom Smith, pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital stated, “What this program does for kids mentally is far more important than what it does physically. I can honestly say that every patient I’ve been lucky enough to send to Shining Stars has come back a changed person.”
A special memorial tribute to Noel Cunningham was made by event co-chair Michael Ditchfield, longtime friend of the popular Strings restaurant owner and philanthropist Noel Cunningham.
“Lawn Doctor” Brendt Harl and Christine Heath
Dr. Tom Smith
The beautiful Botanic Garden in full bloom.
Doug Tisdale works his magic as auctioneer
Current President & CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver Jim Hiner has announced plans to retire in September. Beginning his work with the YMCA in 1971, Hiner took on the leadership role in Denver in 2006 and has since led the organization through 12 years of expansion and increased community impact.
After over 40 years with the YMCA in various capacities, Hiner reflected on his time with the YMCA of Metro Denver, saying, “It was simply an honor to be a part of each new program, partnership and facility improvement we’ve introduced over the years. I look forward to working with our board of trustees to create a seamless transition for the Denver YMCA’s 15th president.”
The YMCA board of trustees will coordinate a national search for the next CEO. The hiring process is expected to take approximately six months. While the board of trustees focuses on the search process, Hiner will continue in his role as president and CEO, with a primary emphasis on continuing to foster the Y’s culture and core values.
Hiner’s rich history with the YMCA began in 1971 at the age of 16 when he was hired as a counselor and game room attendant at the Sioux Falls YMCA in South Dakota. During his tenure in Colorado, he progressed to different roles within the YMCA, including program director in Jefferson County, Branch Executive in Boulder County and President and CEO in Longmont. During the nearly 25 years that followed, Hiner served as the president and CEO for the YMCA of Arlington, Texas before returning to the YMCA of Metro Denver to serve as president and CEO.
“Whether on a waterfront Y camp in northern South Dakota or driving an after-school bus in Sioux Falls, or teaching fitness classes at the Jeffco Y, or running campaigns and constructing buildings from Longmont to Arlington, Texas, to Denver, my heart and working life have always been with the YMCA,” Hiner said.
In his many years with the YMCA, Hiner has left a major impact. In less than five years with the Longmont YMCA, he doubled the budget and increased memberships from 1,000 to 5,000. In Arlington, Hiner increased the annual operating budget, membership revenue, community support and financial aid given to needy children. He was also instrumental in the expansion of the YMCA to three new branches and a youth sports center complex in Arlington.
During Hiner’s tenure as president and CEO of the YMCA of Metro Denver, some of his greatest accomplishments include championing several branch remodels, expanding the YMCA to new locations and partnerships and increasing staff to over 1,350 in 2017, the largest number of employed personnel in the Denver Y’s history. Hiner led the Y toward a broader community impact and involvement, from addressing summer learning loss to teen leadership and mentoring programs to chronic disease prevention initiatives such as diabetes prevention, Livestrong and autism respite.
YMCA of Metro Denver chairman of the board Jarrod Lassen also reflected on Hiner’s time with the YMCA, stating, “Jim’s impact on the YMCA will never be forgotten. He has spent the last 12 years in Denver, and most of his life, believing in the Y’s mission to create a place where all people can enhance their lives through fitness, friendships, community and healthy living.”
Hiner’s deep belief in the YMCA was heartily expressed in his retirement letter to staff. He said, “I think about the hundreds of community volunteers I have met and the fellow employees I’ve worked with, but most of all, I think about the people of all ages whose lives were changed for the better because they found the YMCA. This is a special place, filled with special people doing extraordinary things. It’s been an honor to serve not only this institution, but all of you as well.”
The national search for the next YMCA of Metro Denver president and CEO has commenced.
SMDRA Charities and Community Involvement Committee members Holly Duckworth, Heather Hankins, Coey Howe, Jamie Smith, Mary Ann Hinrichsen, Jennifer Gerdes, and Cindy Bonick with other SMDRA volunteers at the Paint-a-Thon project in Littleton.
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Realtors and affiliate members of the South Metro Denver Realtor Association (SMDRA) gathered Aug. 8, to help prep and paint a Littleton home in support of Brothers Redevelopment Inc. the Denver-based nonprofit organization’s Paint-a-Thon project. Brothers Redevelopment provides housing and a variety of housing-related services to the region’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.
SMDRA’s Charities and Community Involvement Committee had 40 volunteers, REALTORS and affiliates help paint a resident’s Littleton home. The caring group scraped, prepped and painted the home in an effort that clearly shows a desire to help those in need. Along with the Brothers Redevelopment staff, the job was completed in fine fashion, providing an attractive exterior that the residents would be proud of.
“We are very proud of our members and affiliates, in addition to the amazing job that our Charities and Community Involvement Committee does throughout the year,” said Todd Schuster, SMDRA’s chairman of the board. “Our members are not only dedicated to fulfilling the home buying and selling needs of their clients, but they genuinely care about the community and are committed to helping the less fortunate.”
The Paint-a-Thon project entails a group of volunteer teams to paint a pre-determined home for a senior or disabled homeowner who needs a fresh coat of paint but cannot afford a commercial painting company. Brothers Redevelopment also provides a variety of services to those in need, including community housing, educational programs and resources for low-income, elderly and disabled residents. To fulfill this mission, Brothers Redevelopment works to grow sustainable revenue streams, develop advantageous alliances, and create a compassionate organization.
The Morgan Adams Foundation has announced that Joseph H. (“Joe”) Thibodeau has agreed to serve as the honorary chair of its 16th Annual Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance to be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at Centennial Airport
Thibodeau, a prominent Denver tax and aviation attorney, is in his 52nd year of practice. An avid aviator for the past 45 years, he was the silver (2002 and 2007) and bronze (2004) unlimited category champion at the Reno National Championship Air Races; has served on the State of Colorado Aeronautical Board (2008-2014; chairman, 2012-2014); and, in 2008, was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2017, he became the first aviator to be inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame.
In 2013, Thibodeau was honored by both the State of Colorado (The James E. Bye Lifetime Achievement Award for “dedication to the practice of taxation”) and American Bar Association Tax Sections (The Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award for “outstanding dedication, achievements, and integrity in the field of civil and criminal tax controversies”) for his accomplishments in, and contributions to, the practice of tax law.
“Joe has been a supporter of The Morgan Adams Foundation and has been intimately involved with our Concours event since its inception in 2003,” says Joan Slaughter, executive director of The Morgan Adams Foundation. “His love of aviation, passion for helping others, and deep commitment to the Denver community make him the perfect chairperson for our event.”
The gala-style event takes place on the tarmac and in the TAC Air and CenturyLink hangars at Centennial Airport, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Rockies. More than 1,500 guests are expected to attend and admire the extraordinary collection of aircraft, automobiles, and motorcycles from some of the most elite private collectors in the country. This is a unique opportunity to view historically significant airplanes, one-of-a-kind cars, vintage motorcycles, and many rare and collectible vehicles.
The event features cocktails, delicious food, and desserts from top area restaurants, live and silent auctions of travel and luxury goods, and more to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.
It is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8 between 6 and 10 p.m. at the Centennial Airport, TAC Air and CenturyLink Hangars, 7425 S. Peoria Circle in Englewood. Tickets are$250 and can be purchased at morganadamsconcours.org.
Join the Young Professional Group of Make-A-Wish Colorado for their 14th Annual Kickball Tournament presented by Digicomm International Inc. On Sept. 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, hundreds of Make-A-Wish supporters will kick it for wishes. Groups of 11-15 players will get together for a fun competitive game of kickball while raising money to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. There will be food, prizes, and of course a trophy for the kickball tournament winner. Bring your “A” game, and let’s have some fun! To learn more and register your team, visit kickballwish.org. To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Colorado Young Professionals Group, contact Drew Callahan, Chair, at email@example.com.
For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit colorado.wish.org.
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