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Denver Academy (DA), hosted a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of its Campos EPC Smart Lab in the Elementary/6th Grade Building for students, faculty/staff, friends and family of the school on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. The event was by invitation only and celebrated the installation of the new lab which took place in the summer of 2019. The Campos EPC Smart Lab has been in use by DA students in Grades 5 and 6 since the 2019-20 school year kicked off in August.
At the ceremony remarks were given on the project and its importance by Denver Academy Headmaster Mark Twarogowski, as well as by Denver Academy Dean of Elementary School Jennifer Perry and Campos EPC Founder/Denver Academy parent Marco Campos.
Following the ceremony, DA students provided demonstrations of projects they have completed to date this school year using the Campos EPC Smart Lab. Teachers were also available to answer questions.
Denver Academy’s Elementary/6th Grade Building
DA reopened the school’s newly renovated Elementary/6th grade building, serving students in grades 1-6, in February 2019. The building was renovated in the summer and fall of 2018 as part of Phase One of DA’s two-phased Building on Excellence 50th Anniversary construction project and capital campaign currently underway. The building now provides right-sized classrooms, flexible learning spaces and state-of-the-art technology to help DA Faculty teach students in the way each student learns best, which is Denver Academy’s specialty. Find out more about the Elementary/6th Grade Building renovation and additional projects of DA’s Building on Excellence campaign.
Invisible No More. That’s the goal of Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) founded by Wayne and Sherri Connell, because of her invisible illness, to provide encouragement, education and connection to people touched by illness, pain and disability. Even though their appearance may not reveal their illness and pain, their battles are very real. Costumes and masks were de rigueur at IDA’s annual gala held at Marriott Denver South and featured a fast-moving, entertainment-filled evening with silent and live auctions, entertainment by Biff Gore of The Voice fame, intriguing slight-of-hand and elevated illusions by internationally recognized illusionist David Laflin with participants from the audience and awards to seven outstanding individuals. Not pictured in the coverage were first ever Media Impact Award winner Jennifer Brea and Inspiration Award winner John O’Leary whose message via video was “Live it Up and Live Inspired!” Young Professional Co-chairs were Amber Adams-Schul and Drew Barnes. Brittani Sievers was auction chair. IDA high school intern Rebecca Zickerman was a guest speaker.
She was on top of the world, sitting on a rainbow. Now she’s performing with the angels.
Instead of aqua dresses for the “Sisters, Sisters” number she and six other Ms. Senior Americas were to wear at the pageant when she crowned her successor in Atlantic City this month, the gowns are white. Instead of twirling an umbrella, she has donned her shimmering wings.
Gayle was born in San Antonio, Texas and was adopted by Royal and Frances English when she was two days old. The family relocated to Denver when she was five. Gayle graduated from Bear Creek High School, and attended Red Rocks Community College for two years.
Known as a worker bee, she had a special flair for excellence in the hospitality industry.
She met well-known restaurateur Ed Novak in 1996 at the Aurora Summit where he often dined with his friend, the owner and where Gayle was a hostess. They married on May 25, 2001 at Wellshire Presbyterian Church. Many years later and after many restaurants they operated together, Gayle was so proud to have secured the loan herself in a primarily male-dominated industry and become full owner of The Summit Steakhouse.
The philanthropist and fundraiser took her role seriously as a volunteer and helped bring in millions for local charities. Her special love for humanity and the arts led to being elected president of the Denver Center Alliance (DCA). Under her leadership, the fundraising arm of Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) flourished and she was asked to be president a second year. Gayle was also the recipient of the DCA’s prestigious Volunteer of the Year award. She also chaired the organization’s signature gala Saturday Night Alive bringing in Frankie Valli, a huge hit with the audience.
Among others, she chaired the Volunteers of America (VOA) Western Fantasy, Rocky Mountain MS Center Gala and Cancer League of Colorado’s Hope Ball. She had plans already underway to chair the annual gala for Bessie’s Hope 2020 for which she entertained and was co-emcee this year.
On the internet, she has more stories and coverage than rock stars. Most recently she was featured in the local magazine Avid Lifestyle. Over the year of her reign, she crowned 17 queens in different states with Ed by her side.
Her cherished friend and Ms. Senior America 2004 – Michelle Rahn said,”Gayle was the gift that kept on giving and persevering in a joyful, exuberant way that touched my soul. We met via the crown of Ms. Colorado Senior America and our sisterhood flourished as if we’d known each other for a lifetime.” Tony David of Tony David & WildFire has known Gayle for decades meeting her in the 90s when she was hostess at the acclaimed Aurora Summit with her glowing smile and outgoing personality. “I had the honor to emcee the Ms. Colorado Senior pageant in 2018, so you can imagine how proud I was to see my friend win her first crown. We all love her and we all grew from knowing her and she made a difference in all our lives as the world was a better place with her in it.”
Gayle was mom to six and grandmother to 13. She was preceded in death by her father, Royal English in 2017. She is survived by her mother Frances English of Englewood, her brother Gene English of Englewood and his daughter Angela of Colorado Springs, her devoted husband Ed Novak, her son Zane Anderson of Aurora, her daughter Danielle (Grant) Hicks of Centennial and their children Keely, Nolan and Briar. Also, Ed’s son Todd (Lorie) Novak of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and their children Joshua and Rachel; Ed’s daughter Julie (Steve) Curtin of Aurora and their children Coleton, Cooper, Kennedy and Carter; Ed’s daughter Tanya (Michael) Hsu of Vancouver, Canada and their children Mia, Calvin and Issac and Ed’s son Kier (Paige) Boyea of Canyon Creek, Montana and their son Christian.
Her philosophy of life, required for the Ms. Colorado Senior America judging in 2018 and heavily weighted, is a beautiful capsule of Gayle. “My philosophy of life is like a melody. There are high notes and low notes. Yet I have learned to persevere until the end of the song. I am thankful for the music, the tunes of knowledge and wisdom. The joys and the challenges that have sung out to me throughout life. And, I look forward to the rhapsodies yet to come.”
She was the jewel in her own crown. Her favorite color was purple (the regal color.) Her favorite indulgence was proper tea that she and Ed enjoyed all over the world.
A Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, October 30, 1:00 p.m. at South Suburban Christian Church located at 7275 South Broadway in Littleton.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome in honor of Gayle to a choice of three preferred organizations: Cancer League of Colorado ( PO Box 5373, Englewood 80155, www.cancerleague.org), Bessie’s Hope (PO Box 12675, Denver 80212, www.bessieshope.org) or Colorado Restaurant Association Education Fund ( c/o Mary Mino, 430 East 7th Avenue, Denver 80203).
After enjoying tremendous success in its original Stapleton location, Rare Finds Warehouse, hand-picked and custom-built home furnishings from around the world owners found their customer base consisted of many from the south suburbs. After an extensive search, they found the perfect location – a warehouse for their unique “warehouse” in Highlands Ranch. The word community was mentioned many times during the owners’ opening remarks at the official Grand Opening last week. And, community is what it’s all about. The owners became acquainted with the Home Builders Foundation (HBF) when both participated in the Shark Tank event presented by South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. It was a match. A portion of sales on Friday and Saturday went to the nonprofit whose mission is to build independence, provide opportunities and elevate lives for individuals and families with disabilities in our community. On hand was a recipient Zoe Grisez whose mom, Lorraine explained that the family sold its home in Colorado Springs to make Zoe’s dream come true. She is a freshman at DU majoring in English and creative writing. Thanks to HBF, her apartment was refurbished to accommodate her needs and the family can rest assured she is safe.
One year ago Gwenivere Snyder was so moved after attending an event for A Precious Child that she declared a Women’s Guild should be formed. And she did it! “I was busy, but made a site visit and met Carina Martin and it was all over,” she said. The Women’s Guild held a precious tea, for way more than two, recently at Cherry Hills Country Club – one of the best venues for tea and unique tea sandwiches. Client speaker Reine Wright gave a touching testimonial about the work of A Precious Child.
“Every time we go to A Precious Child, I feel supported and welcomed!”Attendees came laden with sports equipment in support of one of the organization’s many programs – giveSPORTS. A Precious Child provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. For further information: APreciousChild.org or 303-466-4272.
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