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Englewood resident and Ms. Colorado Senior America 2013 Gail Hamilton on stage with her precious companion therapy dog. This photo is used on the cover of her book. Photo by Ann Davis
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Gail Hamilton, who has been legally blind since childhood, has never let that disability cloud her vision for the future or stifle her contagious ambition and joy. The bright, beautiful, talented, and witty superstar is a motivational speaker, artist, singer with a myriad of ranges, pianist, teacher and now author. She lives in an immaculate home courtesy of Habitat for Humanity. In 2013, she won the title of Ms. Senior Colorado America when she was barely old enough to be eligible to compete. She went on to Atlantic City to go for the national title and placed in the Top Five – winning 4th Runner Up. She was the only contestant to receive a standing ovation for her talent – singing Puccini’s Nessum Dorma. The well-educated titleholder has also earned two Masters Degrees.
She has completed her autobiography, Soaring into Greatness: A Blind Woman’s Vision to Live Her Dreams and will be hosting a book signing at Wellshire Inn, 3333 South Colorado Blvd. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5 – 9 p.m. in The Windsor Room. The book sells for $20. In addition, there will be passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Contributions for this evening may be made by emailing email@example.com. For more information, visit www.spreadyourwingstofly.com.
The holiday season has already begun and through Dec. 24, Neiman Marcus in Cherry Creek Shopping Center will donate 10 percent of proceeds from its exclusive Holiday Gift Collection with a cap of $5,000 to DCPA Education. The announcement was made by Neiman Marcus Denver VP/General Manager Christel Dikeman and Kay Burke, Denver Center Alliance President at a recent cocktail reception at the store for DCPA supporters. Yours Truly Cupcakes featured an artistic theatre scene display and presented parting favors of cellophane –sleeved nutcracker and ballerina cookies on a stick. The Love To Give Collection is prominently displayed on the first level and includes pieces by Diana Vreeland, Parfums, John Derian, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Eddie Borgo, Rizzoli, YSL, Kiehl’s, Jonathan Adler, Simon Pearce, Bedhead and Nest.
DCPA Education connects inspired learning with the creative process for 67,000 youth and adults, 475 teachers and 260 schools statewide each year. From a child’s first exposure to the theatre at a student matinee to the high school playwriting competition, DCPA Education shares the creativity of the stage to instill a life-long love of learning and the theatre.
Part of the steering committee that served as hostesses for the coffeePhotos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The Harvard Women’s Studies in Religion Program Colorado Steering Committee welcomed members and guests at Cherry Hills Country Club to hear from David Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School. Members of the steering committee were: Elaine Asarch, Robin Beck, Nancy Benson, Kathy Borgen, Beth Wood, Marie Whiteside, Diane Mellish Stanbro, Nicole Elias Seawell, Lynda Goldstein, Jennifer Gilbert-Kaufmann, Martha Gart, Pamela Gagel, Susanna Foels, Suzanne Farver, Pat Cooper, Linda Bowen Scott, Arlene Hirschfeld, Julie Johnson, Susan Noble, Helayne Jones, Vicki Myhren, Ruth Silver, Andrea Shapiro, Barbara Bridges, Celeste Callahan, Trish Flynn Cheroutes and Mary Jo Myers.
Hempton’s talk charted the faith journeys of three founding figures of the American Women’s Movement, all of whom experienced evangelical conversions, but reached different resolutions to the conflict between commitment to women’s equality and the mandates of biblical patriarchy.
Included in his presentation was history of the colorful activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton who was critical of organized religion and Christianity’s relegation of the role of women. She is also known for publishing The Women’s Bible in 1895. As a suffragette, she later linked up with Susan B. Anthony.
Martha Gart and Dean David Hempton
Lynda Goldstein, Arlene Hirschfeld and steering committee chair Celeste Callahan
Jerre Stead (IHS executive chair), Jonathan Gear (IHS) and OWL’S CEO Piep van Heuven
Infinity Park Event Center was the site of the OpenWorld Learning Gala and Silent Auction. The event also honored the legacy of the late CEO Dean Abrams with the presentation of the award in his name to Kim Patmore. The award recognizes a member of the community who has provided exemplary leadership and guidance in igniting love of learning in today’s youth. OWL’s free after-school program has proudly taught advanced computer technology to more than 6,000 Title I students since 2000.
Student speakers Francisco and Emily from Edgewater Elementary
Brett (OWL board chair-elect) and Shana Wilhelm
Colorado’s Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia was keynote speakerPhotos courtesy of Melissa Kenyon
Kim Patmore (OWL 2014 Gala Honoree – recipient of the Dean Abrams Leadership Award) and husband Tom Haller
Freedom Service Dogs Board member Libby Ancona, Sunny Brownstein and Karen Morrow, event directorPhotos courtesy of Freedom Service Dogs
This clever multi-faceted red carpet event benefits our troops. Freedom Service Dogs raises funds to rescue and train shelter dogs to assist military veterans with disabilities. Mercedes Benz of Littleton was the venue and guests were treated to human food from Ivy at the Glenn, live music, a silent and live auction and plenty of creative opportunities to financially support the dogs and the organization. For more information, visit www.freedomservicedogs.org.
Handsome service dog Eden is currently in training
Client David and his service dog Summer visit with guests.
Tarrah Speer Lee, Rachel Strout and Amy Sally (with Integrated Plastic Surgery) enjoy champagne from the now famous diamond flutes that might hold a real diamond.
Fran, a Freedom Service Dog trainer, with service dog Coffee
Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale, who was Honorary Chair, with Sherri and Wayne Connell (he’s president and CEO of IDA that he founded in honor of his wife) who co-wrote the book But You LOOK Good and philanthropist Jamie Angelich, who was honored with the Volunteer Award
Tai Venuti, manager of Strategic Alliances, accepted the special award for Allsup’s five-year sponsorship with IDA executive board member Jeff Vankooten
“It’s Not A Laughing Matter” was the theme of Invisible Disabilities Association’s Awards Gala. But, laughter and humor can often be the best medicine for those afflicted. After a silent auction and cocktail reception, IDA honored nine heroes championing the cause to bring education and awareness to benefit those struggling with invisible disabilities. Even those closest to a person in pain and hidden afflictions cannot always understand the agony because the person might look fine on the outside.
Compassionate Volunteer Honoree Jamie Angelich cited two personal examples of suffering and Invisible Heroes Honoree Heather Ehle reminded the audience that 22 veterans commit suicide daily. Her Project Sanctuary has served more than 500 military families with zero suicides.
Corporate Honoree Heather Isely, EVP National Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and Perseverance Honoree Scott Parker, former Colorado Avalanche player and owner of Lucky 27 Social Club were presented their awards earlier in the year at the gala kickoff.
Adam Kevil garnered several thousand additional dollars via the spirited live auction and the media’s senior member (over 33 years) Ed Greene (CBS4) bought more humor with senior jokes about himself as the evening’s charming emcee. Comedian Ross Bennett, who dropped out of West Point to make audiences laugh, was the featured entertainment.
For more information, visit www.InvisibleDisabilities.org.
Healthy Humor Honoree Jill Knox, president – Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, Dr. Matt Iseman – the physician who is also an actor, comedian and TV Host and who accepted the Inspiration Award, with Impact Honoree Sally Spencer-Thomas, PsyD who is CEO / Founder of the Carson J. Spencer Foundation for prevention of suicide in honor of her brother
Invisible Heroes Honoree Heather Ehle, founder/CEO of Project Sanctuary that serves military families – truly bringing our heroes back home, and Dick Van Slyke, chief marketing officer – American Medical ID who, accepted the Founders Award
CereScan (sponsor) CEO John Kelley with “neurohumorist,” IDA Advisory Board Member and special guest Karyn Buxman, RN, MSN, CSP, CPAE, and Russ Laney, Brain Health Team’s president
IDA Ambassadors Pete Ohlin, songwriter/recording artist, and Hannah Andrusky, author, TV host, stylist
Healthcare Honoree Tami Lack – executive director Colorado Neurological Institute, with her guest Peter Sletten
The evening’s funny man Ross Bennett dropped out of West Point to pursue his dream of comedy.Photo courtesy of Chad Chisholm
Fashion Passion steering committee – Valerie Harding, Aroona Azeem Suleman, Rosemary Anna, Hannah Griffiths, Rebecca Earnest and Marla HealyPhotos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Women’s Development Association’s Fashion Passion IV benefits women and children in Pakistan
Fall trends from Ted’s Clothiers in Englewood, where Christos Vasilas has taken the reigns from his dad, Ted
A complete fall ensemble from Barbara & Company on Old South Gaylord and Pearl Street in Boulder
It was a full day when Women’s Development Association staged its fourth annual Fashion Passion that included the Hoopla Bazaar for beautiful and unique holiday gifts, Brad Bergford at the piano, a serenade by Honorary Chair Mary Louise Lee, music by DJ Randall Erkelens, volunteer models from the community, child models from Wilhelmina with hair and makeup by design team J Beverly Hills led by Ted Medina.
If that wasn’t enough – new this year was the opportunity to sponsor a woman of choice for a year at $150, whose progress report from the Life Impact Classes would be shared with the sponsor. Karen Overton and Hannah Griffiths of Greenwood Village founded WDA in 1997. What a difference a chance meeting can make. The two met Josna Azim at a Middle Eastern Prayer Seminar in Cypress. CWDA (Christian Women’s Development Association) was born. In 2000, CWDA and WDA founded the first literacy class for 25 women. WDA focuses on Pakistani women who are consistently the victims of physical and mental violence. The literacy rate among these women is as low as 12 percent. Josna reported that because of the outstanding relationship across the seas: 4,800 women have been educated in Life Impact Classes, 150 children have a new destination for their lives, 500 women have benefitted through the micro credit loans, 60 women have learned basic computer skills, 50 teachers have been trained for adult literacy, 12 teachers have been trained for primary education and there’s a new awareness on health issues (especially reproductive health) and human rights that has been accomplished. Josna is hands-on doing all the managing, recruiting and training for the classes.
Josna’s daughter Aroona (right – back row) with her family – husband, Shahrukh Suleman holding baby Arisha, (front row) Amacia, Elijah Azim (Asher and Sobia’s son) and Aniah
Josna expressed gratitude for all the support.
“It is through our mutual efforts that we can bring help and life to the Pakistani women. All these things the Pakistani women need most. Together, we will fulfill our duty of cherishing every human life. I wish to thank all of you, our sponsors and donors, for your fervent prayers, your heart and your help in this endeavor,” she said.
Women’s Development Association is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization. Its mission: To encourage, train and support women and children in developing nations in literacy and basic math, health education and economic empowerment. For further information, visit www.womensdevelopmentassociation.com.
Josna Azim from Lahore, Pakistan, director of CWDA and keynote speaker; Honorary Chair and singer Mary Louise Lee with Karen Overton, chairman/founder Women’s Development Association
Jenny Baker-Strasburg, who choreographed the fashion show with boutique owners whose fashions were on the runway – Allison Peterson of Heloise, a haute children’s boutique in Cherry Creek North, and Kathy King of Barbara & Company
Colorado philanthropist Libby Anschutz, the RAFT 2013 honoree, with Denver Mayor Michael HancockPhotos courtesy of RAFT
Resource Area for Teaching recently bestowed its highest honor to Colorado leaders Walter and Christie Isenberg who have demonstrated a commitment to teachers and an ability to unite educators, philanthropists, business and political leaders to improve education for children in Colorado. Colorado educator Lauren Lehmann also received the Mary Simon Award for Exceptional Teaching and Prologis.
Sage hospitality CEO Walter Isenberg and his wife Christie receive the 2014 Outstanding Impact on Education Award from Resource Area for Teaching Colorado at its annual UPCYCLE fundraiser.
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