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By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Arapahoe County Republican chief Joy Hoffman and husband Jim opened their Greenwood Village home to raise funds for Candice Benge, who is the Republican candidate with her eye on Democrat Daniel Kagan’s seat.
“She’s a young, vibrant, new candidate,” said Joy Hoffman.
“This district is winnable,” said Benge. “There is much excitement and when I meet voters they also want to know my contact information for their sons and daughters to support a younger candidate. I am concerned about our state – businesses either leaving or not coming in. We need to do everything we can to bring business to Colorado and take care of our core area. This is where we should be serving – with limited government.”
Benge thanked her supporters that included many other candidates in attendance.
“I have a large family which is a built-in work force,” said the long-time resident of HD 3, who has several years experience in the construction industry.
The host committee included Andi Allott, Evie Ashmore, Karen Blilie, Candy Figa, The Hoffmans, Edie Marks, Rep. Libby Szabo, Carol Waller and Mary Wenke. Colorado’s House District 3 includes Cherry Hills Village, Greenwood Village, Englewood, Sheridan and parts of unincorporated Arapahoe County.
Venue hosts Arapahoe County Republican chair Joy Hoffman and husband Jim Hoffman with host committee member Edie Marks
J. Philip Jordan, managing director of TEMPUS Aircraft Sales & Service – The Suitcase Party’s presenting sponsor – with Jennifer Daurio and her husband Adam Dario, who is executive director of SaddleUp! FoundationPhotos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
In the heart of downtown in the heat of the summer, SaddleUp! Foundation made a splash with its poolside kickoff for the SaddleUp! and Pack Your Bags Suitcase Party to be held Friday, Aug. 8, 6 – 10 p.m., at the AeroColorado hangar at Centennial Airport. Peak Seven Vodka was featured in the cleverly named cocktails “The Fighter Pilot” and “Jet Fuel” for the Take Flight with SaddleUp! teaser. At the fundraiser, there will be food provided by some of the area’s finest restaurants, drinks, auctions and two lucky couples will have a chance to win an immediate luxury trip – thus, bring your bags packed for the suitcase party. First Class tickets are $175 and General Boarding is $135.
The SaddleUp! Foundation was founded by Shery “Bear” McDonald-Galbreath in Cherry Hills Village and is now located at a family-friendly ranch in Elizabeth. The Foundation provides equine facilitated activities as well as outpatient therapies for those with mental, emotional, and/or physical challenges. Currently, they average 175 therapies per week. For tickets and information, visit www.saddleupfoundation.org/SuitcaseParty2014 or 303-788-1666.
Steve Edmonds, Katie Caschette, Vince Abreu and Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale, who will be the evening’s auctioneer
Bradley Joseph, Tara King, Melissa Kuipers and Quinn Washington
Dandizette online magazine partners Tracy Bozarth, Jennifer McGlincy and Stephanie Richard, who produced the launch fashion show
Louise Richardson, Lee Bowen and Felicia Ingwers
Sandra Solin and Craig Crescas
A sample from several possibilities of modeled resort wear appropriate for the August fundraiser – “Matilda” white top and “Maui” print pant by Karina Grimaldi and “Isabella” tote in cobalt blue by Annabel Ingall all from Melrose & Madison on South Pearl
Christine Alfred andKeri Christiansen
Carissa Stiffer, Britni Jensen and Madeline Patinelle – Inspyre Boutique
Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District generated excitement for it’s world-class outdoor runway fashion show – Celebrate Fashion that will take place on Friday, Sept. 19. Plans are well underway and participating merchants were announced for this third-year event in the heart of Cherry Creek North on Fillmore Plaza. The multi-faceted fall fashion celebration will begin with in-store events and promotions as guests stroll the district from 4 – 6 p.m. followed by a children’s fashion show on the plaza at 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. the adult fashion show will feature men’s and women’s wear. Tickets are available now beginning at $60 each (including food and drinks) – http://bit.ly/1jQXaVt.
Children will model clothing from Heloise and Little Me’s. Accessories shown will be from Europtics and John Atencio. Men’s and Women’s day, evening, lingerie and outerwear will be featured from Alicia, The Boutique; Calypso St. Barth, Eccentricity, Garbarini, Inspyre Boutique, Mariel, Marks Lloyds Furs, Nora’s Retro Boutique and SOL…Store of Lingerie.
A percentage of proceeds from Celebrate Fashion will go the district’s charity partner – Denver Health Foundation with funds raised earmarked to support women’s health needs. For further information about Celebrate Fashion, call 303-394-2904.
Councilwoman Jeanne Robb and Tony Smith of Cherry Creek Arts FestivalPhotos courtesy of Stephanie Pennewill of 5280 Magazine
Candice Jones of Denver Health Foundation – Cherry Creek North’s charity partner
Emcee Andy Boian with major sponsor LaFawn Biddle and always dapper Doug Paris
What a fun and informative way to raise money – gathering leaders from the community to learn about presenting oneself in the most positive light. Clothier Doug Paris, (yes, that’s his real name – great name for being in the fashion industry), a Southern gentleman from Oklahoma, began his wardrobe management and design business for men and women in 1997. However, his sense of style began much earlier when he served in the U.S. Army and had his ill-fitting government issued fatigues tailored to his physique. He quickly realized how he presented himself made him distinctive and led to leadership positions and earned privileges. The common “thread,” if you will, of his clients is that they are centered and balanced with positive attitudes and making a difference. Paris enhances that with clothing.
The audience was captivated. The hors d’oeuvres and wine were superb and even the servers donated their tips to the charity of Doug’s choice – Judi’s House founded by former Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese in honor of his mom Judi who died of breast cancer when he was 12. Doug’s own daughter, Debra, died at 34 after a struggle with the disease leaving two grieving children. For information about Judi’s House, visit www.judishouse.org. To reach Doug Paris at his atelier on Larimer Square and learn about his new coffee table book STYLE: A Life’s Work, visit www.pariscutomclothiergroup.com.
L’Erin Stortz of Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare with Lilli Black of Bella Calla
Victoria Gartelos, Jamie Angelich and Kim Zeller – Doug’s assistant
Kelly Holtz, interns Sonia Torres and Lauren Sanders, Client Relations Manager for Freedom Service Dogs Jane Boone with Ripple, a lab mix who will graduate from service training in September
The Second Annual Pampering Event & Silent Auction featured the hilarious stage act by The Demented DIVAS, a group of drag queens who have accomplished careers and also perform at Lannie Garrett’s Clocktower Cabaret. Freedom Service Dogs of America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. For information: 303-922-6231.
Katie Squires and Jackie Piccone surround one of The Demented DIVAS – Marion McKuzins whose day job is a psychotherapist specializing in grief counseling
Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village President and GM Gregg Stone and attendee Melissa Hawtof
Dog lovers who foster and adopt – Sue Evanoff and Brittany Sever – display two of the dozens of handbags featured in the silent auction.
Freedom Service Dogs Executive Director Sharon Wilson and Casey Frey flank Sonny Brownstein
Handbags and Hounds Chair/Freedom Service Dogs Board member Libby Ancona with Jimmy Lambatos, owner of Ivy at the Glenn (SouthGlenn) who catered the event
The Hanks – Master Sgt. Henry “Hank” Cornellison, WWII vet – captured in the Philippines, a POW for 1,218 days, the last member of the 28th Bomb Squadron stationed at Clark Field in 1941, last Japanese POW in Colorado, with former U.S. Sen., 21st president of the University of Colorado, USN aviator, who was decorated for combat service in Vietnam, and known as “The Statesman” Hank Brown and Rotary Club of Denver Southeast President John Hughes (standing), whose dad was a WWII vet
The month of May is designated to honor and show gratitude for America’s veterans. Rotary Club of Denver Southeast produced a moving tribute to those servicemen and women who have and continue to make sacrifices to protect America’s freedom. The catered breakfast – free of charge to all veterans who registered – was appropriately held at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. There were veterans from the various wars spanning several decades and many attended who were in their 90s. The oldest was 99, and had no cane, walker or wheelchair and stood like a spry 79-year-old.
Not only were the veterans saluted, but recognition was given to the spouses and families for their sacrifices. Keynote speaker Gen. Jay Lindell began his presentation with saying how lucky he was to have his wife Dawn with him and her support of his more than 33 years of military service. He is a 1978 graduate of the Air Force Academy. Lindell’s operational experience includes more than 4,000 flying hours in the F-111 and F-16 aircraft. Major awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star Medal.
“It’s an honor to be in the company of heroes, with those that have served and dedicated much of their life in service to our great nation,” he said. “This morning we pause to reflect and give grateful appreciation to veterans, to those who have served and to remember those who died to preserve and protect our American way of life and the freedoms of choice. Let us never forget to give thanks to those who have defended America and support those now serving in 100 countries. These are the great generation of today. We are forever in their debt. Veterans understand the meaning of hardship. The enemy we fight simply will not go away. It’s the warrior, not the reporter that gives us freedom of the press.”
Roger Davis, who served in Desert Storm and two tours in Iraq, with his wife Jody
Col. USAF retired Mini Camp was so generous with her time and talent for the breakfast, Rotarians dubbed her an honorary member.
Rotary Club of Denver Southeast member Hilton Martin, who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Germany in the ‘70s with his wife Liz; Diane Oppenheim and her husband Capt. David S. Oppenheim who served almost 32 years in the Navy garnering several medals and ribbons
Bryan VanDriel, Veterans Advocate for U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, with his father-in-law Dave Monroney, World War II and Korean War veteranPhotos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Capt. USN (retired) Rotary Club of Denver Southeast Veterans Appreciation Event Chair Bill Palmer with U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, who was introduced as the Veterans’ Veteran with a member of Professional Bagpipers who played, “When the Caissons Go Rolling Along,” “Amazing Grace” and others.
Keynote speaker Maj. Gen. Jay Lindell, who is the Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, with his wife Dawn in front of one the types of planes he flew in the Air Force.
Claire Chrisman models during the Luncheon and Fashion Show.
By Glory Weisberg
The Denver Athletic Club was a great venue for the annual Fine Arts Foundation Debutante Fashion Show, chaired by Murri Bishop, a DAC member. Kathy Roberts was co-chairperson and there was work enough for both of them to do weeks before the luncheon.
Fashions came from Mariel and Little Me’s, A young People’s Boutique. The four tiara mistresses, Brianne Rose Engel and Nora Willow Engel, Ava Grace Mohler and Lindsey Megan Watt, were decked out in adorable dresses and were excited before the fashion parade, downing fries and chicken fingers while listening for word that they need to get changed into the outfits they would model after lunch.
Gowns modeled by debutantes were from Mariel in Cherry Creek North. The evening gowns had been flown in just for the fashion show, shop owner Denise Snyder said. The gowns were from fashion houses Haute and Scala. Wheel of Fortune co-anchor Vanna White has worn some of these gowns on the show, as have some Miss America pageant contestants as they competed for the coveted title.
The Fine Arts Foundation awards grants to a variety of different local cultural nonprofits. The Fine Arts Foundation Debutante Ball is June 21 on the campus of the University of Denver.
Debutantes Hadley Husted, Kaitlin Steiert and Makena Lowery
Jane Wiltshire, Rebecca Bruton and 2015 Debutante-to-be, Hannah Nufer
Kathy Roberts and Murri Bishop
Debs Vonda Westlake and Elle Malone flank Denise Snyder, Mariel owner. Photos by Glory Weisberg
Claudette Erek with Dr. Kimberly and Caroline Stone
Fine Arts Debutantes model evening gowns from Mariel.
Tiara Mistress, Ava Mohler, models fashions from Little Me’s.
Congressman Mike Coffman with attorneys Ann Allott and her husband Gordon Allott
When Mike Coffman speaks to Cherry Creek Republican Women, it’s always a sold out crowd. This time was no exception and the U.S. Congressman had many topics to address. He is the only veteran in the Colorado delegation and the only member of Congress to have served in both the first Gulf War and in the Iraq War. He represents the 6th Congressional District of Colorado and serves on the Armed Services Committee, the Veteran’s Affairs Committee where he is chairman for the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and on the House Committee on Small Business.
The Aurora native’s distinguished career includes serving in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve, the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserve and being a small business owner. In public service, he has been a Colorado state representative, Colorado state senator, state treasurer and secretary of state. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008.
Aurora Ogg – Colorado Republican Committee’s Asian Coalition Regional Director, who filled at least two tables at the luncheon with Bill Fung, Thomas Kim and Helen Newcomb.
On immigration, he shared with the audience that his mother was from Shanghai and very anti-Communism. She married his dad, an American soldier, and they moved back to the U.S.
About the Small Business Committee, he reported that small business owners across his district are telling him of the impact of Obamacare has had on business.
“We desperately need health care reform,” said Coffman, “but this is not the right path. It needs to be patient-centered. If parts need to be delayed, it was probably a bad policy. There were community clinics prior to Obamacare that took care of 10 percent of the population on a sliding scale. There’s a lot more we can do.
“The aerospace industry is very important in this district. The export of technology is very expensive and we need an international market. There is a resurgence of energy manufacturing in this country and we need a balance between the environment and the economy.”
On the Armed Services Committee he talked about the greatest threat to our security being debt and discipline is needed to balance the budget. He feels some Republicans have the same problems as Dems – it’s not how the money is spent so much as how much is spent such as waste in the Pentagon. Our allies need to do more. We need to be cognizant of NATO. The U.S. has a role but not all. Russia uses leverage and revenue of oil to support its military. Sanctions on Iran were relaxed too soon.
On the Veteran’s Committee, he expressed shock at the administration for mishandling and negligence of veterans’ needs.
Marly Dragoo, who emigrated to the U.S. and opened five businesses, with John Carson, who is running for CU Regent District 6; Jack Tate, an advocate for small business and energy, who is running for Colorado House District 37; and JulieMarie Shepherd, who is an at-large member of Aurora Public Schools Board of Education running for Colorado House of Representatives District 40
About the firestorm brewing, he said: “We will get to the bottom and heads will roll.”
On other topics: He is a strong proponent of voter ID that the states have bent over backwards to make easy. He is in favor of the Keystone Pipeline, citing it’s safer to move oil by pipeline than rail.
And finally, he said, “I think we owe some answers to the families of those lost in Benghazi.”
“This will be a tough race, as you know in a very challenging district. My opponent and I have two opposite views on where our country ought to go. He comes from a political family and is an Ivy League Liberal. We both served in the legislature, which is supposed to be part time. He went to law school and I went to business to create jobs. It’s tough, but we can win. Thanks for your support.”
For District Office information, call 720-748-7514.
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