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Attendees Karen Rosen, director of Development – Excelsior Youth Center; Kay Watson, director – Littleton Public Schools Foundation; Sarah McCarthy, director – Excelsior Youth Center Foundation; Mary McGlone, president – Littleton Public Schools Foundation and Lois Rappaport Paul, president/chairman – Excelsior Youth Foundation Board
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
2013 scholarship winners Laura Sporrer and Sara Szynskie shared their remarkable achievements before announcing the 2014 winnersPhotos byScottie Taylor Iverson
The mantra of “Set your path. Complete the journey,” the DU female Chancellor’s support, and the lovely Fritz Knoebel Event Center, tucked away on the University of Denver campus, (Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management) were the perfect ingredients for the second annual Project Aspire Scholarship Luncheon. Chef Daniel Asher from Root Down and Linger donated the ingredients and his time helping the students assemble the salad course for the delectable meal.
According to Aspire’s President/Founder Marney Andes, “The venue was set in an environment that embodies learning.”
Andes also announced the establishment of The Project Aspire Endowment Fund to benefit Colorado Women’s College. Aspire’s VP Victoria Gartelos introduced Lynn Gangone as an accomplished woman who has made the mission of CWC to educate women to boldly lead in the communities where they live, work and engage.
“Lynn Gangone is committed to building women’s educational environments that strengthen self confidence, enhance leadership capacity and empower girls and women to develop strong peer relationships. She urges women not only to break the ice, but shatter the ice. She is truly a woman who inspires other women,” Gartelos said.
For more information, visit www.myprojecraspire.org.
Keynote speaker Dr. Cile Chavez, Chavez Consulting, an International “thought leader,” titled her presentation “An Invitation to a Compelling Call.” Her book SPIRIT MOVERS Attributes for Transforming Leadership was a favor at the luncheon. She is pictured at center with Marney Andes, Founder/President Project Aspire Scholarship Foundation and Giovanna Carriero-Contreras, secretary/treasurer Project Aspire Scholarship Foundation and newly appointed Honorary Consul to Italy
Aspire to Inspire Honoree Dr. Lynn Gangone, dean – Colorado Women’s College, was presented the award by Victoria Gartelos, vice president, Project Aspire Scholarship Foundation, herself an entrepreneur now in the process of completing her degree and refers to Dr. Gangone as HER Dean.
Dr. Lynn Gangone introduced one of the 2014 scholarship winners – Amanda Montoya, a senior business administration major with aspirations for law school. The other scholarship recipient who could not be present was Amber Dawson – IT major, business minor
Models strut SOL Lingerie fashions at the Cherry Creek North Celebrate Fashion.
This year the weather cooperated beautifully and hundreds gathered outdoors at Fillmore Plaza for the much anticipated annual “Celebrate Fashion” extravaganza in the heart of Cherry Creek North – a 16-block, 27-acre mecca for shopping, dining, living and fun.
From the dozens of boutiques located in CCN, a select few were chosen to have models strut the world-class catwalk on their behalf. The young fashionista children’s show kicked off the night with Heloise followed by Nora’s Retro, Alicia The Boutique, INSPYRE Boutique, SOL Lingerie, Eccentricity, GARBARINI, ML Furs, Calypso St. Barth and Mariel. Accessories were from John Atencio and Europtics. Makeup for all the models was provided by Simply Moore. From an abundance of hair salons in the district, these were featured: Antoine du Chez Salon & Spa, Planet Laboratories, Salon Utopia and SoCo Salon & Spa.
Prior to the show, in-store promotions dotted the area and generated enthusiasm. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were presented by culinary favorites – Patxi’s Pizza, So Perfect Eats, Bombay Clay Oven, Second Home Kitchen + Bar, Harman’s Eat + Drink, Whole Foods Market, Enstrom, Stella Artois and Hawaiian Spring Natural Artisan Water complemented by floral accents from The Twisted Tulip. In attendance was Julie Underdahl, CEO of Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District, established in 1989 as the first business improvement district in Colorado.
Child models, such as these representing the new store Heloise, always steal the show.
Paula Herzmark (third from right) CEO of Denver Health Foundation, the charity of choice for the evening, applauds from a ramp side seat.
Eccentricity presented fall fashion
The INSPYRE Boutique finale featured the latest trends.
Anna Burns Welker and her husband Denver Broncos player Wes Welker.
Linda and Bob Claussen Photos by Evan Semon
Top Guns:a Managing Partner/Founder of Cuvée Ventures Larry Mueller and new Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver President/CEO John Barry whose impressive resume includes USAF combat missions (retired as two-star major general) and a stint with Aurora Public Schools, has a continuing commitment to inspire and educate youth. Photo courtesy of Noir Concepts
What an evening of multi-faceted events within the event! With a goal of raising $1 million and $500,000 of that raised before the event…With the emcee Vic Lombardi arriving in a red Ferrari 458 Spider driven by Mark Dismuke, GM of Ferrari of Denver….With the presenter Cuvée Ventures’ Larry Mueller and Denver Boys & Girls Club President/CEO John Barry starring in a Top Gun video and showing up onstage in flight suits, with delectable cuisine from Denver area’s premier restaurants and fabulous creations from Aspen Art Gallery, with flight attendants lighting the way on the red carpet from the Signature Flight Support Hangar to XJet Hangar for phase two of the party …With an acrobat serving champagne upside down, Karen Sorbo, a female auctioneer touting spectacular worldwide getaways, with Occasions Catering rewarding sponsor tables with divine nosh plates – how could the guests not be impressed and willing to give support? Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, located in high risk neighborhoods, serve 2.000 children age 6-18 daily giving them hope, direction, safety and a consistent place for life-changing opportunity.
Mary Kay and her husband Cuvée’s Larry Mueller
A graceful entertainer on stilts wowed the crowd while sponsors were acknowledged on screen.
Ultimat Vodka had a presence as flight attendants served welcoming cocktails
The kids in Denver’s Boys & Girls Club – touted to be the best in the country by Larry Mueller, take the stage and remind the audience of the event’s importance. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
One of the finale gowns representing Lisa Elstun’s LRE Couture inside the Fashion Design Center of Denver
Fashion show producer Cynthia Petrus with an ensemble from Goldyn, a stunning jacket from ML Furs and William Whatley of TeaZe Salon who did the models’ hair
A stunning Bentley from Bentley Denver was one of the backdrops this spectacular evening
Models sport fall fashion from Alicia The Boutique and Andrisen Morton
Monica and Frances Owens with Jeannie and Tally Ritter at The Carriage House
The Carriage House at the Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion was the site of a unique evening for women. Hors d’oeuvres and libations were served in The Gardens of the Carriage House followed by a VIP tour of the mansion. A heartwarming and informative presentation by two former first families gave insight as to how they lived, the joys and challenges of being in office, the spotlight and the mansion.
The early evening fundraiser benefitted Easter Seals of Colorado Rehabilitation and Stroke Day Program. Easter Seals of Colorado provides rehabilitation, therapy, vocational, recreational and support services for people with disabilities in Colorado with a myriad of programs including services for military/veterans and senior citizens.
Lynn Robinson – CEO/president, Easter Seals of Colorado; Susan Goodman – Dry Creek Sertoma, and Lynn Miller – Scottish Broker (sponsor) and also a member of Dry Creek Sertoma
Brig. Gen. Carl W. Reddel, USAF (Ret.), executive director – Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission
Ike is still liked and revered. In 1999, Congress authorized a national memorial to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower and his unique achievements in service to America. Eisenhower was one of the true greats of the mid 20th century. His leadership, integrity and love for democracy endeared him to the world. His influence even today is profound.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell evaluated Ike’s career in these words: “As supreme commander of allied forces in World War II, as chief of staff of the U.S. Army, as president of Columbia University, as the military commander of NATO forces and as president of the United States, Dwight David Eisenhower established a legacy of great service to American society and its democratic principles…and as the last American president born in the 19th century, he was able to provide this nation with a transitional guiding vision for the last half of the 20th century, a vision that is still compelling today.”
With a preeminent four-acre site across Independence Avenue from the National Air and Space Museum, the Commission is dedicated to creating a memorial that is inviting challenging and inspiring. The site has a direct view of the U.S. Capitol across from the National Mall. It is surrounded by institutions directly linked to Ike’s policies and programs. The outstanding site, one of the top 10 for any memorial or museum in D.C., was approved in 2006.
Brig. Gen. Carl Reddel began work with the Eisenhower Memorial Commission in 2001, while he was a Public Service Fellow in the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. From 1999-2000, he was president/CEO of the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Institute, he was professor and head of the Department of History at the United States Air Force Academy.
While conducting the Legacy Study, completed in 2003, the Commission reviewed 26 alternative sites with the assistance of the global architectural firm Gensler that also has offices in Denver.
Buzz Koelbel, whose brother Bob is member of Denver Southeast Rotary, shared stories and memorabilia from the days Eisenhower visited their grandfather Carl Norgren’s ranch in Granby.
The Pre-Design Program to secure a designer for the Eisenhower Memorial was completed in 2007, leading to the selection of Frank Gehry as the memorial designer in 2009. The Commission is now working with Local Projects, a New York City award-winning design firm on President Eisenhower’s electronic memorialization, the “E-Memorial.”
Eisenhower was a complex man from Kansas where he was a Rotarian. He was modest and never allowed his ego to get in the way of doing the right thing as general or president. He often wore fatigues to lead rather than call attention to himself with all his medals and badges. During his presidency, the highway system was established as well as the FAA, St. Lawrence Seaway and NASA to name a few. The pragmatist always gauged his decisions on what was best for America. He balanced freedom and security, was supremely confident in this country and had a deep love of the United States. Eisenhower also loved Colorado, fishing, painting and golfing. Another reason for his love of Colorado was, of course, he married Mamie Doud in 1916 at the home of his bride’s parents on Lafayette Street in Denver.
Before his health began to fail, he played his last 27 holes of golf at Cherry Hills Country Club and there is a majestic library/meeting room there named in his honor. Denver Southeast Rotary Club holds its weekly breakfast meetings at Cherry Hills Country Club.
Jan and Kenn Top surround grandson Colton and daughter Kenndra who were visiting from California at their Little Free Library built along Kenndra’s former path to school. Kenn, who is talented in construction, and Jan, also a Rotarian and who has a gift for design take delight in decorating their library for the season or the holiday. The current summer plaque reads: “Beware of giggling children.” Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Little Free Libraries are popping up everywhere. I pass two along my jogging route and was curious as to what these adorable dollhouse-looking structures were. A Rotary Club member named Todd Bol from Hudson, Wis., developed the concept in 2009 and built a red school house on a post in honor of his mom, a former teacher and avid reader. The plaque on these book trading posts or community book exchanges also say, “Take a Book, Leave a Book” – all on the honor system. Bol’s mantra was act locally, think globally and build good neighbors.
Little Public Libraries are now in 50 states and 55 countries. From 2010-2013, more than 1.65 million books were donated and borrowed and there are plans for 1,000 more pop-up libraries in Africa. A homespun idea has turned in to an international phenomenon. The mission: To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and building a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. For more information: www.littlefreelibrary.org.
Centennial Councilwoman Stephanie Piko recently opened her home for a Jack Tate rally. Tate, who is running for Colorado HD 37, is married to a physician wife and has three children. He is heavily endorsed by many local citizens and elected officials. As a businessman and engineer, he agrees with the traditional conservative approach to politics. His dedication is to the success of Colorado and Centennial. For more information: www.jacktate.org.
Centennial City Councilwoman Stephanie Piko, who hosted the event, with Jack Tate, Republican candidate for Colorado House District 37Photos by Andi Allott
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Republican candidate for Colorado governor Bob Beauprez and his wife Claudia at the home of Laurie Leprino and George Feeney. Photo courtesy of Monica Owens
Rounding out a full schedule of fundraisers and appearances in August, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez brought in the popular governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez. In 2010, Martinez was elected as New Mexico’s first female governor and the first Hispanic female elected governor in United States history. She has testimonies from Democrats remarking about how she has successfully worked across the aisle to get things done and move New Mexico Forward (her slogan) even within her first few months of office.
“As governor of New Mexico, I see our citizens face many of the same challenges faced in Colorado. Like you, we want better career opportunities, better education outcomes and the confidence of living in safe neighborhoods. We’ve made tough decisions and worked across party lines to create solutions to these challenges. That’s why I’m supporting Bob Beauprez for governor. He has served Colorado and he’s ready to lead,” said Martinez.
For more information: 303-500-6868 or www.bobbeauprez.com.
Bob and Claudia Beauprez celebrate opening of the campaign offices with Colorado Republican Party Chair Ryan Call and Roberto Weeden-Sang, an intern who is a student at Oxford University at the new Bob Beauprez for a Stronger Colorado headquarters at 4201 E. Yale Ave. Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson
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