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By Scottie Taylor Iverson
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.
Dr. Lory Moore with keynote speaker Dr. Robert J. Wicks, whom she introduced, LaFawn Biddle – ILC co-founder and board chair; Nancy Markham Bugbee – ILC co-founder and CEO with silver sponsor Rhonda Moore Hertel
The new term for caregiver burnout is “compassionate fatigue.” At a recent sold-out learning luncheon and symposium presented by the Institute of Life & Care, the audience was extremely receptive to the opening remarks delivered by Dr. Lory Miller – consultant, attorney, marketer and author/speaker.
“When the weight of the world is on your shoulders,” said Moore, “I reference Mister Rogers: When you are afraid, turn to others for help…those who care and give us hope to carry on.”
She introduced keynote speaker, the world-renowned psychologist, Dr. Robert Wicks, whose mission was to make sense of why more than 75 percent of Americans have high levels of stress and translate it for the audience.
“He will share how to dance in the rain. It’s a sample from a five-course meal. It’s all inside you and the No. 5 is peace.”
Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale, former Colorado first lady Frances Owens and Littleton Mayor Phil Cernanec
He knows wherein he speaks. Wicks is on the faculty of Loyola University Maryland and has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology and social work. He has published more than 50 books for both professionals and the general public. His words of wisdom and psychological debriefing have spanned Rwanda’s civil war, Capitol Hill to Mayo clinic, countries around the world, helping with 9-11 as well as Iraqi and Afghanistan casualties to name a few. Wicks introduced a heavy dose of humor into the serious business of his major areas of expertise: resilience, self-care and the prevention of secondary stress (the pressure encountered in reaching out to others.) His prescription was perspective taken from his latest book. It teaches us to see ourselves more completely and inspire us to become the calm within the storm, better able to enjoy our experiences, maintain balance in our professional and personal lives, and reach out to others without being pulled down in the process. For generations, classic wisdom (and clinical psychology following suit) has taught that a healthy perspective can replenish our thirst for a meaningful and rewarding life.
“Perspective is fleeting, seek not to change others, but change yourself,” he said and shared many quotes including: “If you have money for two loaves, buy one and flowers.” He emphasized that respect is transformative – opening a space for people is not easy. They may forget what you said but will remember how they felt with you. It’s not the amount of darkness that matters, but how you stand in the darkness. The self-care goal is mindfulness. You can’t share what you don’t have. Lean back from taking yourself so seriously and remember courage comes and goes, hang on for the next supply. Love is the heart of care giving and life.
The Institute for Life & Care, the only organization of its kind in the world, has a campus located in Greenwood Village, Colorado. It was formed in 2007 as a community-focused, nationally recognized 501 c 3 educational organization offering one-of-a-kind, life changing educational, development, renewal and guidance programs and offerings. The organization has served hospitals and various first responder and caregiver organizations as well as individuals in weeklong, day-long or one hour programs. With a faculty of eight, board of directors, Cornerstone Partners, sponsors, three interns from DU, ILC adds joy and light to the world. For further in formation: 720-506-4210 or www.lifeandcare.org.
Community leader Linda Bowen Scott, ILC board member Barb Butler and ILC faculty member Mary Ann Buskirk
Kate Hoffman, ILC faculty member, holds an autographed copy of Dr. Wicks’ book Perspecitive: The Calm Within The Storm, a gift to attendees with one of the original ILC supporters Gene Koelbel (Cornerstone Partner)
Leslie Franklin, Membership VP for Kappa Alpha Theta Denver Alumnae Chapter, Hearts & Heels for Denver Metro CASA organizations co-chairs Linda Bartels and Sarah Harrison with Jenny Koch – Fundraising VP
What is CASA? It stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
What does CASA do? According to event co-chair Sarah Harrison, it provides direct, personal support to kids in the foster care/protective services system who need help; assists kids who are troubled, abused, confused and lets kids know they are a priority for someone – their CASA is that someone. This personal service helps kids in the worst times of their life as the personal attention turns kids around and prevents them from going to the foster care system or criminal justice system.
Judges, attorneys and case workers all say: “If only every kid in the system had a CASA because they see the difference a CASA makes bringing compassion, personal connection and stability.” Support for and contributions for CASA translates into helping recruit and highly train more than 250 new CASA volunteers annually and places and continues to train more than 1,000 CASA volunteers annually, matches CASA volunteers to youth in Colorado. The CASA is also rewarded.
Gary Scott, a professor in the department of anthropology at Metropolitan State College, gave a report of praise for Sarah, a 16-year-old, who has turned her life around from what many would have deemed impossible and expressed how she has enriched his life as a mentor. Sarah, who has the skills of a public speaker, revealed her success story and lofty goals for the future that include helping others. CASA organizations are located according to judicial districts in Colorado and unfortunately, more are needed.
Leah Varnell, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Jefferson-Gilpin counties, with Gary Scott, CASA volunteer and Metropolitan State College, Department of Anthropology, and his client Sarah who is excelling not only academically, but in life and is actually taking some college courses.
Attendees Karen Allen and Don Fogal were active bidders at the silent auction.
Jessica Hutchins, Arapahoe High School, strikes a pose in the outfit she chose from Banana Republic. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
For a full day, 25 high school senior girls, who thrive under the banner of Denver Ballet Guild, were pampered and prepped for a debut on the catwalk. These accomplished young women will pursue college and careers ranging from communications to medicine. They expressed their fashion sense and personalities by choosing ensembles to model from Banana Republic in Park Meadows Retail Resort where the event was staged. They were escorted on the runway by 14 entertaining and witty members of the University of Denver Swim & Dive Team, which has become a tradition. Pam Baukus chaired the event with tremendous help from Amy Barlock, Katrina Benes, Holly Price, Gayle Teleznick and host of committee members, sponsors and community teamwork.
The senior girls who were acknowledged, and in many cases expressed warm and emotional appreciation to family via the emcee, were Ragan Anthony, Joy Barber, Brooke Barlock, Alessandra Beown, Makenzie Burnett, Danielle Clayton, Katherine Cortesy, Katherine Englert, Hannah Feehan, Haslam Ford, Rhodes Ford, Isabella Fredericks, Kayla Sue Hamilton, Rachael Hanley, Jessica Hutchins, Kaitlyn Kotelko, Rachel Manning, Allison May, Kate Melberg, Gia Pizzinchini, Hanna Reedy, McKenzie Reininger, Madison Weisiger, Nikki Welty and Keil Young.
Young men from DU’s Swim & Dive Team who escorted numerous models were Scott Bergstrom, Dylan Bunch, Alex Canadi, Connor Corrigan, Tim Cottam, Patrick Guillory, Matt Hulstine, Danny Kay, Seamus Lucero-Dixon, Kyle Robrock, Ben Severino, Aaron Sexton, Andrew Torres and Luke Williams.
Les Demoiselles is a high school youth membership program of the Denver Ballet Guild where the young ladies attend cultural events and participate in community service programs. Kathy Konopka is Denver Ballet Guild president.
Attendees included Grace Wilkins, a junior at Cherry Creek, whose sister Sarah (now a junior at Baylor) was on the runway in 2011, with her mom Katie, Kirsten Rainey and her daughter Lauren, who is also a junior at Cherry Creek.
Madison Weisiger, Regis Jesuit High School, was first on the runway and received a touching tribute from her mom Judy, who was ramp side.
Connor Corrigan and Scott Bergstrom, members of the University of Denver Swim & Dive Team, pause while their fashion partners complete the catwalk.
Nikki Welty from Colorado Academy with DU freshman Danny Kay, a sprint freestyler
Marlo Wagner and Tracey Gau, Les Demoiselles co-chairs
Kate Englert from Arapahoe High School with Alex Canadi, freshman diver at the University of Denver
Alessandra (Ace) Brown, Colorado Academy, with Patrick (Clarence Patrick Guillory III), a Southern gentleman from deep in the heart of Texas, who also plays multiple musical instruments in addition to swimming.
Alpha Omicron Pi alumnae members Cher Serhal, Deborah Tam (a Woman of the Year nominee and DAP delegate), Lauren Villapando, Clara Tomsula (former DAP president and Woman of the Year) and Enid Wood (DAP delegate)
Cherry Hills Country Club was the venue when alumnae women from 25 member sororities gathered to honor their own and celebrate 106 years of sisterhood with shared goals of Greek affiliation for a lifetime. Denver Area Panhellenic President Lea Ann Reitzig, Sigma Kappa, presided. Reitzig’s board members who go through the chairs in an established rotation are: Vice President Gina Moore, Delta Delta Delta; Treasurer Emily Donahue, Kappa Delta; Secretary Courtney Ellis, Alpha Chi Omega; and Delegate-At-Large Jenny Hock, Kappa Alpha Theta. Reitzig shared a few highlights of DAP under her leadership: among them a cutting- edge website, expanded social media, the fall school drive, Mother-Daughter Tea in May and supporting Newborns in Need with donations to Denver Health Medical Center. The comprehensive newsletter was printed in color this year. She also complimented the growth of outstanding and inspirational alumnae women.
Incoming President Gina Moore, whose mother was also a member of Delta Delta Delta, shared memories and that she, of course, knew all the Tri Delta songs before even pledging. She recalled the purpose of Greek life during college or as alumnae is not all social. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised for scholarships, millions of hours and dollars are given to philanthropy and that makes a tremendous impact on numerous causes. Typically Greek collegians have higher GPAs. The four pillars of Greek Life are: scholarship, leadership, service and friendship. She appealed to the members to be ambassadors for the Greek system and continue to be involved.
Two $2,500 scholarships based on leadership were awarded to two amazing young women. Caroline Stern, Gamma Phi Beta at the University of Denver graduated Cum Laude in May 2013 with a BA in Spanish and pre-dentistry while maintaining a GPA of 3.76. She has held numerous offices and won awards in her college chapter. This fall, she will attend the University of Colorado’s School of Dental Medicine to become a doctor of dental surgery. She will use her DAP scholarship toward required materials for graduate school. Stern has wanted to be a dentist since she was 13 years old and plans to open her own practice for English and Spanish speaking patients and work in underserved areas. Stern was unable to attend the luncheon.
Taylor Sutcliffe, also a Gamma Phi Beta at DU, graduated in May 2013 with a BS in biology and psychology, had a cumulative GPA of 3.96, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received a DU Pioneer Award. In addition, she held various offices in her sorority and has been accepted to medical schools at Northwestern, NYU and Dartmouth. She is devoted to impacting the lives of others on the level she believes to be the most fundamental – physical health. She feels the DAP scholarship will help her build a strong foundation for an extensive and successful career in medicine.
DAP President Lea Ann Reitzig with her Sigma Kappa sisters/ luncheon co-chairs Ellengail Beuthel and Laura ElHaje
Since 1992, DAP has presented an Alumnae Achievement Award. This year’s winner was over achiever Dr. Fernie Baca Hayes, Alpha Sigma Alpha. Accepting on her behalf, the president of her alumnae chapter relayed that Hayes felt she was in the best of the Panhellenic community with extraordinary achievers and it was an honor in itself to be nominated. Baca Hayes received her BA in secondary education from University of Northern Colorado. She taught in Denver Public Schools and was instrumental in the development and initiation of many programs. Her passion for excellence in bilingual education became her life’s work. She received her MA and later her Ph.D. in guidance and counseling from CU-Boulder. In 1979, she was elected to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. Her impressive career of 40 years included a tenured professorship in the school of education at UCD where she served as dean of the graduate school and associate vice chancellor for research/creative activities. Her accomplishments are vast, including an appointment to the Colorado Committee for the 1970 White House Conference on Children and Youth, Colorado Commission on Children and their Families, bilingual advisory board for Children’s Television Workshop. Her list of honors and accolades would fill pages and include the 2013 Latinas First Foundation Trailblazer Award, UNC’s 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award for courage and the 1999 Girls Scouts Women of Distinction Award.
Since 1971, DAP has honored a Woman of the Year for her service to sorority, DAP, career and community. Floy-Louise Senior, Alpha Xi Delta, who has been a DAP president as well as delegate and won the Spirit Award in 2003, is this year’s winner. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in speech and drama. She later earned an MA in education guidance and counseling from CU. She served Littleton Public Schools for 19 years as the district counseling department chair. Senior has been active in her alumnae chapter as well as Panhellenic and lobbied to raise the college scholarship amounts. While serving as photographer and historian for DAP, she wrote a history of the Denver chapter. In addition to raising four children, she was active with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, taught Sunday school and directed the children’s choir. She was a member of her church choir for 30 years and served as president of the Evergreen Episcopal Church’s lay religious order for nine years. She is a longtime member of the Colorado Symphony Guild, volunteered for Junior Chamber of Commerce, Visiting Nurses Association and Rocky Mountain PBS and served in leadership roles for many others. She is currently president of the Metro Denver Mortar Board Association and is dedicated to serving AARP in several capacities with emphasis on driver safety programs. She even pitched the crowd on safety reminders.
Denver Area Panhellenic is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference and has been honored six times winning First Place twice as the Outstanding Alumnae Panhellenic. For more information about programs of DAP, alumnae chapters and the college sorority recruitment process, visit www.denverareapanhellenic.org.
DAP delegate Andrea Dutton-Frieson, Alpha Phi and her adorable mom Jo Dutton, an honorary Alpha Phi
Scholarship winner and future physician Taylor Sutcliffe, Gamma Phi Beta (DU) with frat boyfriend Joe St. Amour (Beta Theta Pi – DU)
Winner of DAP’s Woman of the Year award Floy-Louise Senior, Alpha Xi Delta, with her gold medal.Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Incoming DAP President Gina Moore, Delta Delta Delta, with newest board member and incoming secretary Renee Verspoor, Alpha Phi
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