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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.
“Rev the Runway” Chairs Libby Weaver, Streeter McClure and Molly Fortune
BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
For the second year at the same venue Neiman Marcus staged an elegant runway show at Mercedes-Benz of Denver to benefit National Jewish Health (NJH). The audience expanded greatly in one short year and there were certainly enough extremely well dressed men and women in the audience to compete with the models. So much so that Neiman Marcus awarded a $1,000 shopping prize to the best dressed male and female. “Denver is hot!” said co-chair Molly Fortune.
There were three chairs of the event – Libby Weaver, Streeter McClure and Molly Fortune. There were also three honorary chairs –Robin Chotin, Bonnie Mandarich and Abby Perlmutter Miller.
Guests enjoyed an extended cocktail hour with cuisine stations from restaurant partners: Ash’Kara & Senor Bear, Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Dos Santos, Narrative at The Jacquard Hotel, Shanahan’s and Uchi. Bonnie Mandarich, one of the honorary chairs, shared a video and heartfelt thanks for thriving after two cancerous lung surgeries (second was just last April) discovered via NJH.
Founded in 1899, National Jewish was a nonprofit hospital never turning anyone away and has a history of free treatment with $44 million worth of covered care. It is ranked as the #1 Respiratory Hospital in the nation.
Honorary Chair Bonnie Mandarich and hubby David Mandarich
Honorary Chair Abby Perlmutter Miller and hubby Johnny Miller with Pete Williams and his fiancée Zoe Perlmutter.
Mercedes-Benz of Denver Manager Matt Marr with the popular G Wagon.
Model wearing exquisite ensemble from Neiman Marcus.
NJH’s Dr. Meghan Garcia and her husband master of ceremoniesDominic Garcia of CBS4
Jim Nicholson was honored with the 2018 President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement by Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. The black tie dinner gala and awards ceremony was held in Washington D.C. Nov. 14. He is a former resident of Cherry Hills Village,
The Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of Nicholson’s sustained support of our nation’s veterans and military families. As U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and significantly, as secretary of Veterans Affairs, both in the George W. Bush administration, Nicholson has always been keenly aware of the hardships and sacrifices made by America’s service members and their families and is committed to helping them.
The Hiring Our Heroes program, which he co-founded, facilitates the hiring of veterans and military spouses by private industry. The program has helped more than 30,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs.
“The best thing the private sector can do for veterans is to hire them,” said Nicholson. “There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to take care of yourself and your family. And, it’s a great opportunity for employers: young veterans are all volunteers who are self-disciplined, mission-focused, have an excellent esprit de corps, and offer many valuable tangible and intangible skills.”
“I’m proud to be a part of this effort,” he noted.
A graduate of the U.S. Academy at West Point, and an Airborne Ranger and paratrooper, Nicholson led troops in combat during the Vietnam War. After eight years of active duty, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 22 more years, retiring with the rank of colonel.
Nicholson is senior counsel with the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a fellow of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Board of Visitors at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
IDA co-founders Sherri and Wayne Connell with IDA Ambassador Mrs. Colorado Kimberly Reece
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
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