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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
Denver Area Panhellenic President Gina Moore – Delta Delta Delta, with her sorority sisters President’s Tea hostess Sandy Olsson, whose home overlooks the golf course, and Tri Delta Denver Alumnae Chapter President Allison Lodovic
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
It is a long-standing tradition that the sorority of the incoming Denver Area Panhellenic President hosts the President’s Tea in her honor. Delta Delta Delta chose the Highlands Ranch Golf Club home of Sandy Olsson for this year’s event. Presidents of all 25 alumnae sororities who are members of Denver Area PanhellenicP) were invited as well as their delegates and alternates plus other special guests. Also in attendance was Gina’s Tri Delta mom, Eileen Swets.
The purpose of Alumnae Panhellenics is: To INFORM fraternity women of current trends, To PROMOTE the fraternity system, To IMPROVE the fraternity image, To STIMULATE a continuing interest in Panhellenic affairs. Denver Area Panhellenic is one of the strongest chapters in the National Panhellenic Conference in which there are 200 alumnae organizations in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. DAP won the Outstanding Alumnae Panhellenic Award twice and has been honored several other times. DAP represents thousands of Greek sorority members in the metro area.
Leigh Plue – Kappa Alpha Theta Panhellenic Delegate/Finance Review Chair, Laura Elhaje-Sigma Kappa Delegate/Awards Luncheon Chair and LeaAnn Reitzig – Sigma Kappa/ Panhellenic Delegate -At-Large
A group of Denver Alumnae Chapter Tri Deltas who attended the tea in honor of Gina Moore
Cynthia Coffman, chief deputy attorney general who is running for Colorado attorney general, U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, Joy Hoffman, Arapahoe County Republican Party Chair, Jim Hoffman and JulieMarie Shepherd, who is running for Colorado HD 40
An enclave of Greenwood Village was packed with supporters of U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman when more than 400 attendees, including entire families, searched for parking and a golf-cart ride to the outdoor venue of hosts Joy and Jim Hoffman. TIME has called him a standout legislator. His campaign slogan is: Listening. Leading. Part of the Solution. He has served the 6th Congressional District since 2009. Before his personal remarks, he graciously acknowledged numerous other elected officials in the audience.
The U.S. congressman, who is also know as the Veteran’s Veteran, Mike Coffman addresses throngs at the Hoffman residence.
Thomas Kim, Tessa Kim, Masayo Song, Michael Song and Sophie Song with Bill Fung stand in the barbecue buffet line.Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale is honorary gala chair for Invisible Disabilities Association’s 7th Annual Awards Gala honoring local champions, as well as national celebrities. The Marriott Denver South in Lone Tree is the venue for the Friday, Oct. 24, festivities with a reception and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner and entertainment by comedian Ross Bennett will commence at 7:15 p.m. followed by the awards presentation. Guest reservations are $80. Patron level reservations are $150 and Young Professionals (21-39) are $60. Corporate sponsorships are still available and cocktail attire is suggested. RSVP at www.ItsNotALaughingMatter.com, email@example.com or 303-947-5209.
IDA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by Wayne Connell in honor of his wife Sherrie Connell because of her debilitating condition.
“IDA’s mission revolves around care. We care by listening, believing, validating, encouraging, educating and connecting people touched by illness, pain and disability and telling the world that those people matter. The annual awards banquet is an opportunity to raise awareness and funds and honor those individuals and organizations making positive contributions toward understanding and treating invisible disabilities,” Connell said.
Volunteer AwardJamie AngelichPhilanthropist& Volunteer
‘But You Look Good’Inspiration AwardMatt Iseman, MDPhysician, Comedian,Actor & Television Host
‘Invisible No More’Perseverance AwardScott ParkerFormer ColoradoAvalanche PlayerOwner, Lucky 27 Social Club
Invisible Heroes AwardHeather Ehle, RNCEO & FounderProject Sanctuary
Impact AwardSally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.DCEO & FounderCarson J Spencer Foundation
Healthy Humor AwardJill KnoxPresident, Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor
Healthcare AwardTami LackExecutive DirectorColorado Neurological Institute
Founders AwardDirk Van SlykeChief Marketing Officer American Medical ID
Corporate AwardHeather IselyExecutive Vice President, Natural Grocers byVitamin Cottage
Richard “Dick” Franklin, regional director/co-founder of Clean Tech Open (and Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Missy Franklin’s dad) with entrepreneur Brian Watson, founder of the Opportunity Coalition and Founder/CEO Northstar Commercial Partners
The Opportunity Coalition was founded to create bridges of connection, understanding and collaboration between business, legal, nonprofit, environmental, entrepreneurial, academic and political concerns through our great state of Colorado. The group meets monthly for networking and gleaning valuable information from outstanding guest speakers. Many attended the July session when Richard Franklin spoke, not only curious about what the successful leader had to share about his 35 years of experience with titles of CEO, COO, CSO, SVP in such corporations as Reebok, Coors, Head Sports, Seven-Up, TCI and Nestle – to name a few, but what “Best Practices” his competitive (a good thing) family applied to the raising of Olympic gold medal swimming champion daughter Missy that would also apply to business.
He is regional director and co-founder of the Clean Tech Open, which has grown to become the largest clean tech accelerator in the world, has aided more than 865 companies who have collectively raised more than $1 billion and created thousands of jobs. He is also CEO/founder of Envirobrand, which helps companies embark on “Triple Bottom Line” strategies and social innovation in order to help maximize their organization-wide skills.
Attendees Doug Herman, Margy Malott and Jeff Hunt
Sound impressive? He has also won community awards and is proud to report that his remarkable daughter continues to excel. Now on a full scholarship at Berkeley, training six hours per day – she maintains a 3.8 GPA (worth the tuition at Regis Jesuit HS, where there were less distractions and less time getting ready for school in the morning). Throughout his presentation, Franklin emphasized focus and time and matching the heart with the brain.
“Today’s entrepreneurs are born global,” he said.
Missy was born in California when her parents were in their 40s and had already achieved and purchased the trappings of life. She was raised in Centennial as an ordinary kid. Her mother was a doctor from Nova Scotia, who didn’t swim, gave up a lucrative career as a doctor and was there for Missy every day for 15 years (focus and time). When Missy was a just a baby, she loved water and she didn’t cry while being in the pool like others, but rather smiled. When she was 5 years old, she created a piece of art with five rings (you know that symbol), with water below and a stick figure swimming.
“When the light goes on,” said Dick Franklin, “Do everything you can to foster that dream, don’t live your life vicariously through your children. Again, heart and brain applies to business. At 16, Missy was a size 11 foot, 6 foot 1 inches tall and three inches wider with her wingspan. I couldn’t have designed her better myself. We had a discussion about her interest in gymnastics at age 5, but we compared sports, math and dynamics.”
Continuing his “Best Practices” strategies, Franklin’s list included: managing resources, do the math, set goals early (Gretsky, Woods), abide by the 10,000 hours rule, recognize passion indicators, minimize distractions (focus), enable vs. motivate, set up for success (visualize), focus long term but take it day by day, acknowledge your limitations and pivot, keep it fun.
Missy’s coach was a genius.
Susan Kochevar, Republican candidate for HD 29, Antonette De Lauro Smith and Amber Freed Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Cynthia Coffman, chief deputy attorney general and Republican candidate for attorney general
Colorado Attorney General candidate Cynthia Coffman has worked for her term-limited boss, Attorney General John Suthers, for nine and a half years and now is campaigning to take his job. She explained that the role is like being a managing partner in a law firm. Coffman introduced some humor into her presentation while talking about the contrast between men and women’s fashion selections on the campaign trail. For U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman that means deciding to wear a blue shirt or white shirt and for her a bit more complicated – but the rule is wear nothing distracting.
“I love my husband and respect my boss, but I am my own woman,” she said.
At the recent Western Conservative Conference she was asked if she shared her husband’s opinions.
“We do not agree on everything. On social issues, I am a moderate,” Cynthia said.
“I respect John – he has not been political and held true to his charge. We have been in the news a lot lately and things are changing quickly on the judicial landscape. The hot topic now is same sex marriage and it’s no coincidence that the Dems love having this issue on the front burner. The job of the attorney general is to follow the Constitution of the state of Colorado and the United States, to follow the rule of law and enforce the statutes. Two disagree with me – the Democrat and Libertarian running against me. My dog knows what ‘stay’ means. The clerk in Boulder County does not. It is sad when someone who takes an oath to uphold the law is inconsistent and unpredictable. We are beaten up for defending the law – it’s not easy. There is still a battle by the AG’s over Obamacare and I want to join them.”
She finished by raising her hand, palm side out and said, “This still means something!”
Mary Dambman, president of the Lincoln Club of Colorado, with Candice Benge, Republican candidate for Colorado HD 3
On the trail for PsycheHike presented by local neighbor Audrey Boxwell, Ph.D., who will be at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort event this year.
In 2005, CampExperience Founder Betsy Wiersma and 15 friends collaborated. The brainstorming session pondered the possibility “what if we had a ‘summer camp’ for us…”
By 2006, there was a Camp. To date, the catalyst for positive personal and professional success has raised $247,000 for women’s empowerment charities, collected 30,000 pounds of donated goods for charity partners and touched the lives of a couple thousand women through its concept “Sisterhood by Choice” while having fun.
“I was inspired to have a ‘purpose built life’ around the parenting of our adopted baby girl (now 12 years old) and giving back to women. I needed a flexible career that used all my skills and talents for good. And I wanted women to ‘enjoy the ride’ and have fun on our journey,” Wiersma said.
The organization’s calendar is packed with events meeting at set venues, including Greenwood Village, twice per month to accommodate women living in various sectors of the metro area. The mission is to build lives, careers and connections while helping other women in need. The highlight of the year’s interactions is the CampExperience Annual Educational Retreat for Amazing Women. Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs is the location for the Friday-Saturday, Sept. 19-20, gathering of women to renew, recharge, relax, refresh, recognize and respond.
For further information, visit www.campexperience.com, email Betsy@CampExperience.com or call 303-994-1911.
Event sponsors Liz Wendling and Terri Starck
Anthony and April Lambatos, owners of Footers Catering, hosted one of Camp’s Interactive Experiences.Photos by Shawne Bustamante, courtesy of CampExperience
Mary K Lowe, new manager of the Camp Sisters with Elizabeth Moore, Cathy Hawk and CampExperience Founder Betsy WiersmaPhoto by ScottieTaylor Iverson
Campers from sponsor Mike’s Camera
Candice Benge with her family, dad Mike, mom Debra and sisters Rachael and Kathleen. Not pictured – brother Avery, a senior at CU Boulder.Photos 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
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