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A few of the talented singers in Cherry Creek High School Girls’ 21 who performed at Glenmoor Country Club to the delight of CCRW
Cherry Creek Republican Women President Andi Allott
Cherry Creek High School and Cherry Creek Republican Women both celebrate 60th anniversaries this year. Cherry Creek School Board member and Cherry Creek Republican Women member Karen Fisher introduced Cherry Creek High School’s prestigious, award-winning, auditioned choir, Girls’ 21 to the members and guests of CCRW. For the last seven years, Director Adam Cave has led these approximately 45 dedicated young women – sophomores, juniors and seniors – who rehearse daily with extra evenings and Saturdays throughout the year. They even travel to other countries. During the holidays, they are in high demand with four performances on the day spent with CCRW.
“The relationship with Cherry Creek Republican Women for decades is one of our highlights,” Cave said.
This year’s tradition song was “White Christmas” and the finale was “Peace.”
Evie Ashmore, Joan Beninati, Karen Blilie and Tracy Chapman admire the quilts for which the raffle tickets were completely sold out to benefit the education fund
CCRW’s December philanthropy – “The Hat and Mitten Tree” to benefit Aurora Interfaith was enhanced by the knitted caps of Petra Walcher and help with the food drive by June Robinson and Julie Sheehan
Precinct Leader and proud dad of one the singers (Kayti), David Schlatter with Judy Barrow, Executive Director of Aurora Interfaith, CCRW member Julie Hayes and District Attorney George Brauchler
Sissie Miles, Ron Michel and Honor Bell Foundation’s Michelle Mallin
Arapahoe County Republican Chair Joy Hoffman with Centennial Council Member Kathy Turley
David Zupancic, DCPA Interim Director of Development, Denver Center Alliance President Kay Burke, hostess Arlene Mohler Johnson and Denise Snyder, whose Mariel boutique had a pop up fashion center at the party
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Don and Arlene Johnson opened their splendidly decorated home to showcase and celebrate the achievements of Denver Center Alliance, the fundraising arm of The Denver Center For The Performing Arts. Entertainment and a holiday buffet were highlights for the gathering. President Kay Burke welcomed the nearly 100 guests and introduced Saturday Night Alive 2015 Chair Susan Stiff, who gave a report of major event’s remarkable progress to date.
New Denver Center Alliance members Courtney Hershey Bress and Kate Emerich performed
It was great to see Ginny Messina recovered and out socializing with friend/escort Jamie Angelich
Keynote speaker, President and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse Jake Jabs, with Round Table participants Sue Bridgman, Opportunity Coalition Founder and CEO Brian Watson and U.S. Marine Staff Sargent David Fox Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The American Furniture Warehouse empire’s President and CEO Jake Jabs explained that it’s not just about money. To succeed, one must be willing to fail. Entrepreneurs don’t do it just for the money, but rather the passion. His philosophy and ingredients for success closely parallel those of Opportunity Coalition.
Jake Jabs was raised by immigrants from Russia and Poland who settled in Montana. He was the fourth of nine children and grew up in a music-loving family that didn’t know they were poor. He played music and as an early entrepreneur, taught guitar (and still plays with various groups). In college, he was in ROTC and became a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force.
“Little things make a difference,” said Jabs. “I filled out a form and secured Top Secret Clearance and travelled to 24 countries.”
The ambitious multi-talented Jabs, who said he learned business by the seat of his pants, sold his three music stores and retired at age 30. In the 1950s, he sold electronics. In 1968, he opened Mediterranean Galleries. In 1975, he started what is now American Furniture Warehouse and the rest is valuable history. This year, the company will do $500 million and has 2,400 employees, including a wildly successful expansion in Arizona. In 2013, he gave $10 million to University of Colorado – Denver to promote entrepreneurship and his 39 Keys to Business Success.
“People all over the world want to come to America,” he said. “My parents escaped communism.”
More Round Table participants include Derrick Wilburn, Dagny Van Der Jagt, Grant Van Der Jagt and Nicole Gampp
When asked what he thought was the greatest threat to our country today, he answered – regulations. The government wants to control our business and personal lives.
He believes in taking risks, putting money back in the business to improve the company and giving to the community to improve life and no debt.
He also provides incentives for his employees, yielding more productivity, and wants everything about the customer’s experience to be perfect. Another key to the success of AFW is the fact so many services and resources are in-house. It has its own service tech training school, five truck shops (over 500 vehicles), sign shop, video shop and believes in recycling. Its Artists of the West program made affordable art available and helped a canvas company in trouble. Jabs shared that it’s more efficient to build AFW’s own buildings. Since the company is privately held, it makes its own decisions and still does business with a handshake. Jabs wants to be remembered most for his gift to education (UCD).
“Giving to education goes on for generations. That’s how I can help many people the most,” he said.
The evening’s ticket costs and contributions were 100 percent donated to Toys For Tots and Gateway Battered Women’s Services.
A myriad of toys have been collected.Photos courtesyof Ben Gelt
The next Toys For Tots event for new toys will be coordinated by Northstar on Friday, Dec. 12, 5 – 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 – 11 a.m., at the donated space at 3840 S. Wadsworth in Lakewood. Boxes for toy donations can be found at Northstar properties throughout Denver through Dec. 23. For more information on the other communities//organizations that Northstar Commercial Partners help support please, visit www.northstarcommercialpartners.com.
“Together we can make a positive impact in our community and help make Christmas a little more merry for many children,” said Brian Watson, founder of Northstar.
Brian Watson, third from left in back row, is founder/CEO of Northstar Commercial Partners. Denver Nuggets players and Santa made an appearance at the toy collection headquarters located in Lakewood that serves the entire Denver community
Emily Donahue (Kappa Delta) graduated from CSU in Apparel and Merchandising and works for The Coleman Company in product merchandising. She is DAP vice president and planned the holiday luncheon. She is with Mila Gates – president Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter.Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Denver Area Panhellenic represents 25 national sororities equating to thousands of alumnae in the area who became members of Greek fraternities for women on a wide array of college campuses. In celebration and to share accomplishments of each group, the annual Holiday Luncheon was held at the exquisitely decorated Maggiano’s.
In addition to dozens of charity fundraisers by each sorority, philanthropic projects for DAP include contributions to Newborns in Need and collegiate scholarship funds. Plus, DAP holds its own drive for school supplies in January to be donated to a needy public school in the Denver area.
Denver Area Panhellenic is one of the oldest organizations in Denver has been celebrating sisterhood since 1908. Upcoming events include: A Winter Wonderland couples sorority formal open to all Greek sorority and fraternity members to be held at Comedy Works South in Landmark on Feb. 20, 2015. The Annual Awards Luncheon will be April 25, 2015, at Glenmoor Country Club.
An alumnae panhellenic is a community – based organization, affiliated with National Panhellenic Conference, whose membership is composed of representative alumnae from NPC member groups. There are more than 200 alumnae panhellenics in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Denver Area Panhellenic has been honored several times at the NPC biennium including winning top awards for 1997-1999 and 2005-2007. For more information about DAP, visit www.denverareapanhellenic.org.
Gina Moore, center, (Delta Delta Delta) is DAP president, has a law degree from DU and is president of Arapahoe and Douglas counties’ affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is with Tri-Delt sisters Allison Lodovic and Susan Rohde.
More DAP past presidents in attendance: Joan Cohen (Kappa Kappa Gamma), Barb Hofmockel (Alpha Sigma Alpha), Clara Tomsula (Alpha Delta Pi) and Leigh Ann Kudloff (Gamma Phi Beta)
Past DAP Presidents Jenny Hock (Kappa Alpha Theta), Mariann Lowrie (Delta Gamma), Gloria Andrus (Kappa Delta) and Lea Ann Reitzig (Sigma Kappa), DAP delegate-at-large, who studied electrical engineering at Purdue University, is managing director of Open World Learning and a Trustee at Trinity United Methodist Church among other community projects
Patricia Adams (Gamma Phi Beta), Carolyn Hunter (Kappa Kappa Gamma) and past DAP president, with Phyllis Pryor (Kappa Kappa Gamma), who hasn’t missed a DAP holiday luncheon in decades
Networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres preceded the big screen viewing of fashion trends from runways around the world at Epernay Lounge in the theatre district. New York, London, Milan and Paris were highlighted with clever commentary by FGI New York’s own Marylou Luther.
Essential Image consultant Luis Tavel, who was off to LA the next day, with Linda Fankboner and Worth’s Katie Rubano
Fashion Design Center’s Lisa Elstun and Carolyn Strauss
Fashion Group International of Denver Program Co-chairs Katie Van Horne and Jessica Montour
Authors Belina and Alan Fruitman, Sandy Ratajik, former director of Ms. Colorado Senior America, and photographer Ann Davis, who also helped with reviewing the book, enjoy the cocktail reception at Wellshire’s Windsor Room
LaFawn Biddle has her copy of Soaring into Greatness signed by author and Ms. Colorado Senior America 2013 Gail Hamilton Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Gail Hamilton, the first blind Ms. Colorado Senior America and fourth runner up at the national pageant, can now add author to her already impressive resume. The multi-range singer, musician, teacher and artist who helped build her own Habitat for Humanity home is unstoppable – making her dreams come true by a passion to live and soar against daunting odds. She set high goals for herself even as a youngster and her vision was clear.
“Vision is internal, not external, and is guided by my heart, not my eyes,” she expressed on the back cover of her recently published autobiography.
There was a steady stream of friends, fans and fellow authors at her recent Wellshire Event Center reception.
Krista Kafer – World Affairs Challenge launch emcee, media personality and professor at Colorado Christian University School of Humanities and Sciences; Sue Davis – World Affairs Challenge judge and Denver Rotary Club member with Greg Bolin – World Affairs Challenge Board Chair and Sr. VP Jeppesen (retired)Courtesy photo
Posner Center for International Development was the site of WAC’s preview reception introducing the 2015 competition and theme. “The Global Gender Gap” will continue developing tomorrow’s global leaders by challenging teams to select a country or region of the world, research multiple dimensions of the Gender Gap disparity and propose a solution for sustainable development that closes the gap. Middle and high school students from around Colorado will gather on the Regis University campus in March and April 2015 to present their team solutions.
With mentoring, education and competition, WAC facilitates middle school and high school passion and learning about world affairs. WAC engages youth to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems moving from awareness to action while learning to think critically, collaborate, communicate and grow human capacity.
The reception host committee included: Krista Kafer, Greg Bolin, Melinda Cain, Sarah Dean, Sue Davis, Suzanne Hammer, Steve Werner, Mary Sklar, Jan Mazotti, Nina Newcomb and Julia Patterson.
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