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Denver International Festival of Arts and Technology (DIFAT) will present three components at the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus July 25-July 31. For authorized admission tickets: newmantix.com or 303-871-7720.
The festival is sponsored and presented by the Joseph & Loretta Law Institute of Arts & Technology (founded by their son Dennis Law, MD). The first component is the world premiere of Ms Butterfly – a combination of ballet and opera with costumes on super steroids. Full rehearsals began on July 15. Instead of a 65-piece orchestra, because of technology – there will be six musicians. Instead of a chorus, there will be 24 dancers. The cast of dancers is from Wonderbound, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company and members of Law Brothers Chinese Performing Arts International. The second component is The Finals for the Denny Award International Competitions for Electronic Music in three categories. The third component is a Festival Symposium on Arts & Technology on July 31 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission to this symposium is free to the first 250 respondents by contacting Grace Tian (617-816-4850) or e-mail: gtian@
Dr. Larry Chan coordinated a three-course dinner at University Club to feature Dr. Dennis Law’s discussion of his upcoming futuristic adaptation and production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. “It’s a fresh showcase to appeal to broader audiences including young people,” said Dr. Law, a retired surgeon who never lacks for passion and creativity and who is also chairman of the Denver International Festival of Arts and Technology.
Ever since it began in 1978, The Carousel Ball has been THE Ball to attend. Thanks to Barbara and the late Marvin Davis, it was always glamorous, always exciting and always raised tremendous awareness and funds for diabetes.
The momentum for the September 19, 2019 event is no exception. Attendees will be dazzled by the intimate performance of multi-media entertainment mogul Reba McEntire. In addition, dedicated Dr. Richard Abrams and community leaders Lisa and Tom Corley will be honored. Brenda King opened her opulent Cherry Hills Village home for the kickoff catered by Epicurean and complimented by spectacular floral arrangements in Children’s Diabetes Foundation’s signature color – blue.
One in three babies born today will have diabetes during his or her lifetime. Proceeds from The Carousel Ball benefit the Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF), the fundraising arm of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and focuses on patient support, awareness, and diabetes research. Sponsorship, advertising, auction and seating information: www.ChildrensDiabetesFoundation.org or 303-863-1200.
Jimmy Sengenberger plays harmonica and brought a collection. He grabbed the harmonica in the key of A, but played in the key of E. “I thought I’d confuse you about music before confusing you about millennials,” he said. “This generation is going to be the leaders of America and we need to shape the leaders. There’s a great opportunity to capture millennials,” said Sengenberger to the captive Cherry Creek Republican Women (CCRW) audience. “55% of millennials call themselves politically marginal which means winnable and persuadable. Don’t write them off. I believe millennials are natural born conservatives”, he continued. Sengenberger himself was an Arapahoe County Republican since age 13. The 2011 college grad was in middle school when 9/11 happened and in college during the financial collapse. Students were taught that the financial crisis was due to capitalism. He noted that to reach them, we need to communicate via social media. “AOC is great at social media. She is emblematic of millennials and even conservative millennial women admire her personally. I’m optimistic about my generation.
Millennials are age 22-38, born from 1981-1997. They are more entrepreneurial and innovative than any other generation today. The stereotype is true – they expect instant gratification. But, we need to acknowledge the burden of their student loan debts and that there are more single moms in this generation and more poverty while they saw banks being bailed out.”
One of the dozens of “Art Pairings” for a glimpse into the lives well lived. “Blossoms at Night” by professional artist Madeline O’Connell was inspired by Donna Lamar’s “Birds”
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
“The timing of it all! The 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. – Alzheimer’s disease took the life of beloved owner of the Denver Broncos Pat Bowlen just a few days before Father’s Day and just a few days after Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter held its annual fundraiser in the fieldhouse bearing his name. June is also Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. An estimated 600 guests attended this annual event coordinated by staff member Lisa Steffen with food stations by Epicurean. 73,000 Coloradoans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and an estimated 250,000 others serve as unpaid caregivers for their loved ones. Proceeds from the auction support education, programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association at no charge to all Colorado families. Proceeds also support research for a cure for the only leading disease without a known prevention, treatment or cure.
Charles Mains and wife Annabel Bowlen, daughter of Annabel and Pat Bowlen
We know other stories in our community – renowned photographer John Fielder lost his wife to Alzheimer’s. Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons lost her dad to Alzheimer’s and Elaine Strauch (major sponsor of this event) lost her husband to Alzheimer’s. And, so many more! Annabel and Pat Bowlen’s daughter Annabel (Little Belle) sent a powerful message to the audience about what a toll it takes on the family and the patient and keeping hope alive. “Both my mom and my dad are here in our hearts,” she said. Both her parents had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in recent years.“Pat’s dad and my mother were brother and sister. He was one of my coolest cousins, an amazing man and won’t be forgotten,” said Ann Altbrandt.
Board Chair Tom O’Donnell, Holland & Hart, LLP and board members: Kristin Beatty, Hitachi Vantara; Amelia Schafer, executive director Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter; Bill Johnson, WC Johnson, LLC; J. Ryann Peyton, The Peyton Group; Jamison Miller, Comfort Dental; Karla Rikansrud, Frasier Meadows
Pat Bowlen had a winning spirit and record seasons to prove it attested Reggie Rivers. Pat (Mr. B.) declared one Super Bowl win as “This one’s for John” (Elway) and in turn, John declared the last one for Pat. Maybe a cure can be declared for Pat and Annabel and all the patients suffering very soon. Besides the U.S. and Chinese governments, Alzheimer’s Association is the #1 funder for global and local research, taking care of existing patients and promoting brain health. “The Colorado Chapter is amongst the best in the nation,” said Board Chair Tom O’Donnell. Seven studies on four continents are being conducted and another half million dollars has been allocated for research – the creation of a 3-D brain and looking at the nerve/cell connection for starters.
From sponsoring Balfour Senior Living: Co-founder Susan Juroe, Naomi Loebl-executive director Balfour at Riverfront Park, Kristin LeBlanc- executive director of Balfour at Cherrywood Village in Louisville, CO and is Balfour’s star expert on Alzheimer’s running one of the most popular programs in Boulder County; Jeanette Allen – VP Care & Wellness at Balfour Senior Living, Ann LaForte –Leasing counselor Balfour at Littleton, Kassidy Rauch – life enrichment manager for Balfour
In a statement released last Friday: The Alzheimer’s Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Mr. Bowlen has been a legendary leader, not only in the world of sports, but in the philanthropic community of Colorado through his generous support of the Denver Broncos Charities. The Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has been privileged to partner with the Bowlen family and the Denver Broncos over the course of the last five years since Mr. Bowlen’s diagnosis was announced. His courage in making his diagnosis public-which was matched by the announcement four years later of his wife Annabel’s own Alzheimer’s diagnosis – has served as inspiration for Coloradans and people across the country who have lived silently with this tragic and relentless disease. And his passing is a reminder that we cannot relent in the search for a prevention, treatment and cure for Alzheimer’s. We offer a Mile High Salute in honor of Pat Bowlen for his legacy of excellence, fortitude and generosity.
Alzheimer’s Association Senior Director of Marketing & Communications Jim Herlihy and Denver Bronco linebacker Alexander (A.J.) Johnson who gave a touching story of his grandmother and Alzheimer’s
Several of the professional artists were at the event including Drew Litton (note the artistic tie) and Ellen Reynolds
Hostess Arlene Mohler Johnson, Shining Stars Founder Kathy Gingery with Gala Co-chairs Michael Ditchfield and Delinda Fatianow
Arlene Mohler Johnson hosted a poolside kickoff for Shining Stars Foundation featuring a feast of hors d’oeuvres from Jing and Indulge. Shining Stars Foundation’s tagline is “Bringing Hope to Children with Cancer and Other Life threatening Diseases.” Its fundraiser – a red carpet Old Hollywood Gala will “star” Honorary Chair Richard Dreyfus on August 10 at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex beginning at 6:00 p.m. An exciting part of the Silent Auction includes “Restaurant Walk of Fame” packages from premier eateries in the Denver area. For further information, sponsorships and tickets, visit: www.ShiningStarsFoundation.org or call Jan Blankennagel at 303-947.5209.
Jack Fitzgibbons and Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons poolside at the kickoff. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The panel: Kirk Monroe, Sr. Vice President Vectra Bank; Dan Lane, Global Business & Economic Development Manager , State of Colorado; Earl Wright, Co-founder and Chairman, AMG National Trust Bank with Opportunity Coalition Founder Brian Watson, Founder and CEO Northstar Commercial partners. Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Quarterly expert panel events are now being held by Opportunity Coalition to encourage and enlighten. The goal is to provide attendees with the rare opportunity to glean wisdom and insights from Colorado’s most influential and accomplished business, legal, academic, entrepreneurial and political leaders.
The second quarter panelists focused on discussion of economic slowdown or recession predictions, as well as pearls of wisdom for entrepreneurs and what Colorado needs now and to thrive in the future.
Earl Wright, AMG National Trust Bank, gave crisp answers to questions posed by moderator Brian Watson. He feels we are in a good position right now whether we have a recession or not or whether the Feds screw up. He feels we will have a slowdown, not a recession and a soft landing and doesn’t feel inflation will raise its ugly head. “We know too much about what’s not going right, not to do something,” he said. About real estate concerns, he said: “So much money chasing something is not sensible. Survivors have capitol”
Vectra Bank’s Sr. VP Kirk Monroe said economic indicators are that a recession is coming, that people are jumpy because of the last catastrophe and that our number one concern is hiring labor. “We need to educate our own population and have homegrown talent instead of importing employees,” he said. “Banking is a tech business now.”
About which sectors will be affected, Dan Lane who is Global Business & Economic Development Manager for Colorado (and who lived in China) sees a softening in contracting and manufacturing companies. He also says affordable housing has not reached a plateau and that there needs to be a balance between traditional and renewable energy. Hacking financial institution systems is a major concern and companies actually pay consultants to try according to Earl Wright. $10 million was stolen in the title business and the National Security system is located in Colorado Springs. A few other Golden Nuggets included: As China goes, so goes the world. Big enough to count, small enough to care. It’s all about perspective. Work at and create a company of integrity. Keep your options open. People who have the most trouble in hard times have the most debt.
Keni Thomas – songwriter, singer, author, motivational speaker, teacher, U.S. Army Rangers veteran of “Black Hawk Down” mission, pilot and dad. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
First book and another in the works – stories of vets giving through sharing their amazing combat experiences.
“As a renowned and sought-after motivational speaker, Keni Thomas absolutely wowed the crowd at the Arapahoe County Lincoln Day Dinner with a thrilling description of his Benghazi rescue, and how he was able to support and motivate the others who went in with him,” said Lynne Cottrell, who is event director of the annual TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) fundraiser on Saturday evening June 15 at the Grove Family Ranch.
And, he will be back! The humble Thomas is glad to be coming back to Colorado. ”There’s something about TAPS,” he said. “I love that show. It generally catches some magic. There’s unity and common cause. All the branches of the military – it’s Team America! Those are our players. We’re doing something.”
Even though he’s extremely busy with multiple careers, he rarely says no. He’s been singing all his life – having solos in grade school, church and always had a band – even in the army and opened for big acts including Toby Keith. His first show was at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. That got him to Nashville – as he says “the must-be- present- to- win town.” Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry helped him in the industry. He has written many songs with Billy Montana, who will also be back for the Grammy and CMA award-winning songwriters show saluting our fallen heroes, and who introduced Keni to Lynne and Bo Cottrell. Danny Wells and Jimmy Nichols will also be on stage.
One of Keni’s favorite songs that will be performed is Circle on the Cross. He teaches an impactful leadership school in Wyoming and has recently moved from Nashville to Canton, Ohio with Heidi, her daughter Scarlett and their two-month-old son Jett Isaiah who will accompany the couple to Colorado. For sponsorship, tickets and information: 303-696-0450 or www.TAPS.org/colorado.
Glenmoor Country Club completing resort-style renovation
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
As if Glenmoor Country Club doesn’t already offer every conceivable, thoughtful amenity, including a kid’s play room, the friendly private club is undergoing an extensive multi-million dollar patio and pool renovation. It will be a vacation-like experience upon completion.
Founded in 1984, the private country club is located in the heart of Cherry Hills Village with a Pete Dye championship 18-hole golf course, superb dining, tennis, fitness, swimming and events. It has long reflected the casual and inviting charm of Colorado making it an exceptional place that member families can truly call home away from home.
The Design Team and General Contractor Team for the Glenmoor Country Club Patio and Pool Renovation Project are left to right: Tyler Lynch, Glenmoor Country Club chief engineer; Bob McDonald, OLC Architects senior principal/CEO; Dan Simmons, Arrow J Landscape & Design project manager; Robert Morgan, ACS Pools principal; John Birkey, Norris Design principal; Ryan Norris, Glenmoor Country Club assistant general manager; Garth Walker, Glenmoor Country Club general manager/COO
With the club’s pool facility at the end of its useful life and a significant amount of work needed simply to keep the pool operational, the club began a renovation project last fall that also included redesigning the dining patio, adding a new outdoor bar and updating the look and style of the pool. Early June is the projected date of completion – not only to update the existing facility, but to provide members and guests with a resort-style outdoor dining and pool atmosphere, so popular in Colorado. “The project is moving along well, despite the winter Denver has had,” said General Manager/Chief Operating Officer Garth Walker. “We may be finishing up some details last minute, but fully expect to have the pools and patio open in early June for the summer season. We believe the updated and improved facilities will enhance the club’s reputation as a premier family-oriented private club in Colorado.”
Rendering of completed patio bar
This is the first major renovation Glenmoor Country Club has undertaken since 2008 when the clubhouse was remodeled. That renovation included a display-style kitchen, new locker rooms, fitness room, massage rooms, kid’s activity room and a special banquet level for hosting events of all sizes. Since 2008, there have been several capital improvement projects such as adding a poolside cabana bar and grill, expansion of the kids’ activity room, new post tension surface tennis courts, addition of the Grand Event Lawn, and many more improvements to meet and exceed the expectation of membership.
Under construction view from the clubhouse looking south. Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The dozens of improvements and additions in this latest renovation include: new spill water feature from upper pool to lower pool, new waterfall feature from pool area to patio area, new permanent hard-wired cabanas, new pool furniture with chaise lounges, tables and conversation pit seating; new shaded trellis covered seating around the bar and concession, new outdoor bar on the east end of patio to allow al fresco bar service throughout the warm weather season and a new pergola for performances and awards ceremonies.
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