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Host Annabel Bowlen and Carlos Huber founder of ARQUISTE perfume – both have style and grace.
Fashion Group International Denver is an award-winning chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) founded in 1930, headquartered in NYC and comprised of professionals in the fashion industry including apparel, accessories, beauty and the home. When member Tom Handley relocated from New York, a new level of collaboration developed.
He brought his friend Carlos Huber and Annabel Bowlen together for a fascinating program at The Dylan in RiNO called “The Sweet Smell of Success.”
Co-Regional Directors Elect Debbie LaBrant-Hartung and Kaci Head, with Membership Chair Evonne Eiseman
So, what would Ms. Bowlen and Mr. Huber have in common? Huber is a high profile entrepreneur with a diverse, yet related, career path honoring history and embracing modernity. Bowlen comes from a high profile entrepreneur family with dad Pat being the renowned owner of the Denver Broncos and philanthropist mom, also named Annabel, leading and charting courses for a nonprofit focusing on the needs of children and other community organizations.
She embraces the history of her family, her hometown and looks forward to creating her own leather goods boutique after finishing a degree in business and communications at UCDenver. Both are beautiful people – inside and out.
Ms. Bowlen was the moderator and asked thoughtful questions of Mr. Huber during a comprehensive presentation that held the rapt attention of members and guests. Huber named his sought-after brand ARQUISTE because of his architecture degree and history background saying the name also rhymes with artiste. “Fragrance takes you someplace,” he began. Let’s start a campaign to bring at least one of his 13 creations to Denver!
Co-Regional Directors of Fashion Group International-Denver Kat Dudden and Gabriel Medina with former Regional Director Nathalia Faribault
Shelby Hellmer, Catherine Combe and Leigh Miller. Photo courtesy of Leigh Miller
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
While Denver Bronco Von Miller, known for his flamboyant wardrobe, was in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby interviewing other celebrities, members of Kappa Alpha Theta Denver Alumnae Chapter (Theta) donned their derby hats, sipped mint juleps and watched on a big screen at the Tavern DTC in Greenwood Village.
Guild founder Susan Squyer, her daughter Lisa Petrovich and granddaughters Zetana Behymer and Jaidyn Petrovich
The Lone Tree Arts Center Guild has, as its sole purpose, to raise funds and community awareness for Lone Tree Arts Center (LTAC). LTAC has a tremendous reach with its mostly sold-out performances and because of that reach that includes giving underprivileged children ability to experience live theater, LTAC received the Rex Morgan Award in 2018 from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
Master of ceremonies Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet, Guild President Lynn Pender with daughter Paris Marker and granddaughter Huntley
Sabrina Foutch from Belliston Academy of Ballet
At a Mother’s Day Brunch, “A Tribute to Women,” the guild recognized moms and awesome women. Many groups had three generations to share a table. There were plenty of proud men in the audience as well! Colorado Catering provided an exceptional and hearty buffet including an egg soufflé and delectable cupcake stands serving as centerpieces. In addition to a silent auction during the mimosa reception, guests were treated to various forms of entertainment and presentations. Eric and Amelia James, members of Lone Tree Symphony (who are for hire) greeted attendees in the lobby, Sabrina Foutch danced, Yoga instructor Renee Clemen told her story and emphasized permission to pause and interior designer Christine Thompson offered visual options for a peaceful corner in which to relax. From neighboring supporter Park Meadows Retail Resort, Jodi Korasick from bareMinerals gave makeup tips to enhance natural beauty and Brand Ambassador Elaine Kennedy presented summer accessories from Vera Bradley Goodie bags were loaded with products and coupons.
Drs. Larry and Cynthia Chan
Anne Bonelli and her mom Mary Kay Bonelli
Chair Camille Schroeder and husband Dr. Stephen Weber (major sponsor –Weber Facial Plastic Surgery)) with daughter Giselle. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Seated: Jan Top, Beverly Day, Vickie Dow. Standing: Mini Camp, Diane Bartlett, Scottie Iverson. Photo by Dr. Larry Chan
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The “December Gathering” of a group of innovative community leaders at Harvard Divinity School in 2016 (photographed from the screen presentation)
The Colorado Steering Committee of Harvard Women’s Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) that always brings inspirational, thought-provoking and fascinating speakers to its coffee meetings, consists of 26 members. Those on hand at Denver Country Club when Harvard Ministry Innovation Fellows Casper ter Kuile and Angie Thurston presented their How We Gather research, included Arlene Hirschfeld,
Susan Noble and Dr. Marie Whiteside.
Harvard Ministry Innovation Fellow Angie Thurston
In 2015, what began as a student-led exploration of how millennials (largest segment of our population) are finding and building a community of meaning and belonging morphed into a groundbreaking study of organizations that are effectively transforming the functions that historically were performed by traditional religious institutions. How We Gather has been called “the most important non-theological text being read in seminaries today” by one seminary president and has been praised by Bishops and the former CEO of Twitter. They map and convene the millennial leaders of spiritual communities at the forefront of religious change – from Crossfit to dinner churches, from Muslim small groups to make spaces, their work illustrates the rapidly changing generational patterns in American Life today. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Atlantic Magazine and the Boston Globe. For in-depth information: www.howwegather.org.
Animated Casper ter Kuile during his Soul Cycle presentation. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Committee members Suzanne Hickox, Brink Literacy Project CEO Dani Hedlund, Anna Suszynski and Jennifer Leong
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Brink Literacy Project’s (formerly Tethered by Letters) annual Novel Gala will be a Masquerade Ball at Brown Palace Hotel this year. On the evening of May 11, Linda Childears will be accepting the Novel Philanthropic Award on behalf of Daniels Fund. A kickoff for the event was held at the new Blanchard Family Wines in the alley of the trendy Dairy Block in LoDo.
Proprietor of Blanchard Family Wines James Blanchard with Project CURE’s Doug Jackson
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Hall of Famer Maria Del Carmen Guzman-Weese with former Rep. Mike Coffman
Republicans from over the state gathered at Hilton Denver Inverness for the Republican’s Centennial Dinner. On hand, of course, were former and current elected officials with a special shoutout to former Sen. Hank Brown. Party Chair Jeff Hays introduced Sen. Cory Gardner as a great draw for all the people of Colorado – genuine, with a big heart and calling him “Our man from Yuma.” Gardner related the story of a kind property owner who allowed him to also place a sign where Brown had one during his campaign. Later Gardner was introduced to another neighbor who referred to him as the man who covered Brown’s sign.
Hall of Fame inductee Marge Klein
Before introducing special guest Grover Norquist, Gardner extolled the accomplishments of President Trump including more tax cuts than in 30 years and the seating of Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch from Colorado to name a few. “We have bright opportunities ahead,” said Gardner. “We can do better [than the Dems]. I believe in the spirit of this country! The media will tell you Colorado turned blue. I talked with Trump this afternoon and he sends his greetings.”
Sen. Cory Gardner enjoying the reception
Political activist and strategist Norquist is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) that he created in 1985. ATR opposes all tax increases and advocates for simpler, flatter, more visible and lower taxes. “I am proud to be in the state that has the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) as a line of defense,” said Norquist. “The other line of defense is single rate tax.”
Throughout his presentation, he used the word “stupid” frequently to the delight of his captive audience. “Stupider than France, is not where we want to be. Alexandria Ortega-Cortez says we should have 70 percent tax. People from countries with higher tax rates move to America.” He told the group that branding works. “We need to brand the Republican Party as the party that will not raise taxes.”
He also pointed out that many young people think socialism is OK. However, a Rasmussen Poll said the young people interpret socialism to mean smaller government. Actually, they like freedom so we must educate them. Republicans=freedom. We just want to be left alone for home schooling, religion and Second Amendment Rights.” (One of his books is actually titled Leave Us Alone.)
“So, what do we do now?” he asked. “Judges, judges, judges – there are lots of vacancies! Deregulate. Deregulate. Deregulate! (That’s a focus of the Trump administration.) Take back the House. Take back the House! (This should be doable especially after the Mueller Report.) Hold the Senate. Hold the Senate. Hold the Senate! Hold the Courts! Another advantage our team has, is we can take an idea, pass it in one state and it works. We go state to state and then to Washington. The last election, Colorado voted down taxes – it’s not totally a blue state! Thank you for your leadership.”
Parting words from the outgoing state party chair Jeff Hays, who served as master of ceremonies for the evening: “Take care of your county party chairs. We heard from the experts Gardner and Norquist. The RNC (Republican National Committee) is in great shape, special thanks to chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, the state party is in great shape and that goes back to 1776! You have my eternal gratitude.”
Rep. Ken Buck, Hall of Fame inductee Kaye Ferry (Eagle County) and Sen. Cory Gardner
Republicans of the Year, Gary and Mary Margaret Wright known for their generosity and hospitality with Colorado GOP Chair Jeff Hays.
Candidate for Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman and former State Rep. Joe Nunez who was passionate about lowering taxes while in office.
Amy and Ron Stephens
Diane and Doug Robinson
Nosh Tarachand, founder of America’s House of Commons with newly engaged Tiffany Mai and Brian Watson. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
State Rep. Susan Beckman, Kim Monson (Americhicks) and Jane Chaney (Gunnison County chair)
State GOP Chair Jeff Hays, Anna Zane, Carrie Couey, Jeanne Dassel and John Henderson (Lafayette)
State GOP vice chair Sherrie Gibson, Marla Reichert – El Paso County
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