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Reception and JPP supporters Lance and Lynn Johnson with special guest former Colorado Gov. Bill OwensPhotos courtesy of Jeffco Prosperity Project
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Popular and gracious hosts Brian and Patricia Watson opened their idyllic Greenwood Village estate for a reception benefiting the Jeffco Prosperity Project with special guest former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens. JPP is a collaboration of community, school, business and county partners working together to create opportunity and help Jefferson County families break the cycle of generational poverty. JPP assists young children and families in poverty in order to promote educational and family success.
Those on board in support of the fundraiser included Rep. Cheri Gerou, Rep. Libby Szabo, Patricia and Brian Watson, Rick O’Donnell, Matthew J. Knoedler, Kevin McCaskey, Katy Atkinson, Sheriff Red Mink, Mag Strittmatter, Lance and Lynn Johnson, and Dr. Mark Johnson.
Hal Straatmann visiting with Patricia Watson
Coquette Boutique is known as an irresistible destination with color, flair, warm hospitality and customer service.Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The very chic Meltem Yilmasturk, owner of Coquette BoutiquePhoto by Jeanine Thurston
Meltem Yilmasturk was born and raised in Turkey in a small city with a population of 60,000 – 70,000. Her father was the first college graduate in the family (construction engineer) and the family ran the family businesses that grew to four factories, apartment and office building construction and a hotel.
Meltem’s sense of fashion began when she was 6 years old. The family’s first business was a fabric shop. She had fun unfurling the yardage and playing with the patterns. She was influenced by her parents’ good taste. By the time she was in sixth grade, she was telling her parents what to buy and emphasizing quality over quantity. Her father traveled extensively and would bring home one “killer” outfit for her instead of multiples making the quality over quantity impression indelible.
She went to Istanbul for higher education and studied economics.
“My roommate and best college friend’s entire family were stylists and designers. I was in Heaven,” she said.
One of her roommate’s aunts was a designer who shopped the world. She brought back samples of Armani, Chanel and the likes that filled two rooms.
“We all wore the same size and same size shoes so we played and borrowed and talked fashion for three years,” Meltem said.
One of those family members is now in New York launching her own shoe label after a position as head designer for a large company.
Meltem met her husband, Haluk, during her last year of college. They had a long distance courtship for one year. She was the only person in her family to live outside Turkey. While living in London for seven months to learn English, she found the malls fascinating with their offerings compared to small shops in her own country. Although the selections were overwhelming, she shopped smartly.
Meltem (whose name means sea breeze – from mountain to sea) with her sister Dilek and well-dressed mom Gulseren at a family wedding in Turkey.Photo courtesy of Meltem Yilmasturk
Meltem was from the northern part of Turkey and Haluk was the south so there were numerous engagement celebrations. She returned to Istanbul and worked for a bank and traveled to her fiancé’s hometown for design adjustments and fitting of her gown. Her mother-in-law was into fashion and preferred everything custom created.
Haluk’s brother had been in Denver for 20 years and was Americanized. Haluk came to Denver to earn his masters in Marketing Management at University of Colorado-Denver. Meltem had wanted to settle in New York, but they landed in Denver. Two years after their wedding in Turkey, Meltem was helping her friend, who in 1998 opened Coquette, a boutique in Cherry Creek North. She and Haluk returned to Turkey where they both had corporate jobs – hers with Xerox. After the devastating earthquake that killed 50,000 people, the aftershocks and economic crisis, the couple moved back to Denver. Meltem landed a job the first day and spent six years in retail. When her friend who owned Coquette decided to move, Meltem insisted on purchasing the store.
“My goal is to find the lines that have European flair – classy and elegant. Coquette carries the largest inventory of Joseph Ribkoff in Denver. I chose this line based in Canada because the fabrics are very high quality and the pieces are timeless. I call it updated classic with a European flair,” said Meltem.
She has also carried Komarov for 13 years because the European designer who lives in Los Angeles is an Emmy winner offering very special and distinctive crinkle fabric. Currently, Meltem is focusing on dresses for which Coquette is known.
Lines such as Elena Kattan (European designer whose fabric is from Europe, but cut in Miami where she lives), Desigual, a designer from Spain who features fun, print dresses, skirts and tops. Others include three dots, red23, Tart, level99, Nally and Millie, and Petit Poi.
Meltem gracefully balances business and family and looks chic herself – the best representation of her industry. Her son, who is now in fourth grade, is named Peren, which means North Star and her daughter Lara is 2 years old.
Coquette is located at 3003 E. 3rd Ave. in Cherry Creek North. For more information, call 303-355-7770 or email email@example.com or follow the store Facebook.
Meltem on her wedding day in her custom gownPhoto courtesy of Meltem Yilmasturk
Pageant celebrates ‘Age of Elegance’
You have to be at least 60 years old to apply for the Ms. Colorado Senior America competition. Many could hardly wait until the remarkable Gail Hamilton of Englewood would be eligible.
After winning the Colorado title, Hamilton competed in the National Ms. Senior America pageant held in Atlantic City. She placed in the Top 5. In addition to the talent portion and a five-minute interview with judges, each contestant stated her “Philosophy of life” (developed from a soul searching experience) during the evening gown competition. She enjoys touching people by telling her story. Her objective is to encourage seniors and others to take responsibility for their lives and live a life of love and joy.
“You have a choice in how you live your life. You can be victimized and paralyzed by your circumstances or empowered by them. I choose empowerment. I challenge you to become the creator of your destiny, the composer of your symphony, fly on your wings and live a life of greatness,” she said.
Hamilton is not only talented – artist, author, a powerful vocalist (with wide versatility of styles) and musician, piano and auto harp, teacher, sought-after speaker and counselor – but is well educated by earning two master’s degrees.
She sang an aria from Puccini’s Nessum Dorma and received two standing ovations at Nationals. As 4th Runner Up, she said, “Although I didn’t get the big crown, I got the ovations and had more congratulations and photos taken of me than the National Queen.”
She likes to say, she won the popular vote.
The clever Hamilton’s velocity is high. Upon her return to Colorado, she quickly established her Queen’s Round Table assembling an action-oriented awesome team to help with marketing, speaking engagements and special appearance scheduling, plus book signings and any other details such as wardrobe and salon services required for the remainder of her reign. She has already flown aboard the Prayer One helicopter, been showcased on Channel 9, had numerous articles written about her, ridden in parades, sung for various senior centers, spoken for numerous organizations and inspired countless individuals. One of her wishes is to sing The Star Spangled Banner at a Broncos or Rockies game.
She has wings to fly. She has the desire to soar to greater heights and doesn’t let disabilities hold her back.
“I am the voice of hope and inspiration who has come to earth to empower others to spread their wings and fly,” Hamilton said.
Even though she is blind, she is a visionary.
For more information, visit www.spreadyourwingstofly.com.
Brad Lee Schroeder gave a live concert after gathering kids for Christmas caroling.
In the heart of downtown Golden, Colorado media personality/author/motivational speaker Mark McIntosh and Colorado native/country music artist Brad Lee Schroeder staged a “Tunes for Toys” inspirational concert at Buffalo Rose Bar & Grill. Schroeder’s tour bus was parked right outside on Washington Avenue making donations and new toys easy to deposit for Kempe Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado. After he and his band led Christmas carols with the children in attendance, the rising star in the national country music industry gave a live concert for the fans. Schroeder also gave away T-shirts and CDs including an advance preview of “The Nashville Session.”
McIntosh gave an animated presentation (and of course, related stories) of “How to Soar in One Four (2014)” by sticking your neck out, keeping the faith and fighting to the finish. He believes a sweat a day keeps the doctor away and that there is a potential jock in all of us. J –joyful, O-optimistic, C-courageous, K-put it all together and kick ass. He has a Daily Dose of Inspiration prescribed every day at 7:45 a.m. For further information, visit www.seekvictory.com.
The tour bus for Brad Lee Schroeder was prominently displayed on Washington Avenue.
Some of the special toys collected by Keller Williams real estate “ambassadors” who served coffee and hot chocolate while encouraging donations for Children’s Hospital Colorado and Kempe Foundation. Photos By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Mark McIntosh gave an inspirational pep talk for the holiday season and 2014.
In addition to serenading as a group, members of Girls’ 21 from Cherry Creek High School closed the performance by surrounding the luncheon tables holding hands with attendees. At this table are CCRW members Virginia Grimsley and Natli VanDerWerken.
Angelic voices belonging to the members of Cherry Creek High School’s Girls’ 21 choir were delivered by chartered coach to Glenmoor Country Club for its traditional Cherry Creek Republican Women holiday serenade. Members and guests were treated to American favorites as well as German, Latin and African renditions. The audition choir that devotes dozens of hours of rehearsal each week has established itself as one of the top high school choirs in the country. Under the banner of Creek’s distinguished fine arts department, the choir now numbers 45 girls and has performed at American Choral Director’s Association conferences numerous times. The high school’s entire music department was selected as a semi-finalist for the GRAMMY Foundation GRAMMY Signature Schools Community Award.
Director of Girls’ 21 Adam Cave said, “Our relationship with Cherry Creek Republican Women means a lot and one of the highlights of the choir’s spring performance schedule is a tour in March to San Francisco.”
Cherry Creek School Board member Karen Fisher, who introduced Girls’ 21, paused at the annual “Mitten Tree” CCRW’s holiday philanthropy filled with hats, mittens and gloves donated to children assisted by Doctors Care for Kids.
Rita Hyland, who was one of the three Educational Quilt Raffle winners, with the contemporary quilt made and presented by CCRW treasurer Allison Arnett
Mark McIntosh, media personality, author and motivational speaker, with country music artist Brad Lee Schroeder. Both will perform on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Buffalo Rose Bar & Grill in Golden with hopes of guests filling Brad’s tour bus with toys and donations to benefit Kempe Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Mark McIntosh knows how to encourage others to achieve goals and overcome challenges. His spiritual journey began at age 16 comprehending that one could be a Christian as well as an athlete. In high school he was a three-sport All American headed to the University of Missouri. A freak accident crushed those dreams when a defensive basketball player poked him in the eye resulting in a fall, concussion, and middle ear bone and rotator cuff damage. If he couldn’t be the best athlete, he would be the best college partier.
However, he attracted Christian mentors along the way. Later in Texas, where he worked for Frito Lay, he reconnected with Vance Morris who gave Mark his Bible from the Christian Huddle Group. He read it cover to cover. A friend introduced him to Colorado and he, with his degree in journalism from Mizzou, decided he’d like to be like Ron Zappolo – a sportscaster. And, he was.
Mark met Bill McCartney who further inspired him. He enjoyed an award-winning media career for 25 years and founded a company 10 years ago called Seek Victory of which he is CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer). He has dozens of stories of how he has been challenged and has been repaid over the years for acts of kindness and is able to relate them in a theatrical way. He currently leads worship for the Denver Rescue Mission and shares those stories.
He is the author of four books with intriguing titles. As a successful product of Raytown, Mo., (suburb of Kansas City), he was one of six inducted in 2013 to the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. And, he is a romantic having proposed to fiancée Kathy Gans on a bended knee in Paris this summer.
These are challenging times. With the Bible as his guide, fitness buff McIntosh developed what he calls Laboring for Jesus – “A Spiritual Six Pack.” Those six messages from Scripture include Jeremiah 29:11, Galatians 6:9, Colossians 3:13, 1 Corinthians 14:8, 1 Peter 3:15 and Galatians 5:22 and 23. He consults with and focuses on nonprofits, faith-based groups, school districts and athletic departments to help them raise money, awareness and morale.
Alan and Jamie Angelich, hosts of Mark McIntosh’s inspirational message for the season, with Paul Dunne who is VP for Development – The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, one of the beneficiaries of the “Tunes For Toys” event, and his wife Julieanne
Birds of a feather…
Maybe by fate, probably by faith and divine intervention, McIntosh was introduced to country music artist Brad Lee Schroeder through their mutual website designer /friend Erik Jeffries.
When he is not on the road, Schroeder is heavily involved in his church as a deacon and part of the music worship team. The Colorado native and veteran of the U.S. Navy, is a giver. He and wife Tracy have two young children, and know firsthand how essential it is to have help from Children’s Hospital Colorado. He knows what it’s like to be away from family over the holidays. He gives back to children as well as our troops by performing several shows each year for Children’s Hospital, American Cancer Society, Operation Troop Aid and others.
He is steadily becoming a rising star in the national country music arena. Today’s Country Magazine calls Schroeder “an artist you need to keep your eye on.” With his debut single “EASY” reaching the Top 40s on Country Radio charts and his spirited live performances, Schroeder continues to gain popularity and new fans across the country.
Soon after signing with independent record label Stray Bullet Records, Schroeder was nominated for an Independent Music Award for Best Country Song, as well as the People’s Voice Awards Nominee for Best Country Artist. He has performed with some of the current top names in country music. Brad celebrates this balance of family and fun in his music growing up with several different influences in his life mixed in his songs. There’s country, gospel, blues and good old down home rock ‘n’ roll – something for everyone.
McIntosh and Schroeder have teamed up to host inspirational concerts. The first will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Buffalo Rose Bar & Grill, 1119 Washington Ave. in Golden. Schroeder’s tour bus sponsored by Camping World of Colorado will be parked there beginning at 1 p.m. and the pair hopes to have it filled with new, unwrapped toys and donations benefiting Kempe Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado by 7 p.m.
This fun-filled day, that families would also enjoy, includes an inspirational message by Mark McIntosh at 2:30 p.m. plus signing of his latest book available for purchase. Schroeder will perform concerts at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lip ‘em and Rip ‘em Fishing Show host Shannon “Lefty” Larsen will be there during the entire event giving fishing tips and signing autographs. Schroeder will be giving away T-shirts and CDs. A host of others including sponsor Big City Burrito, Keller Williams Real Estate and Stray Bullet Records will be giving away coupons, gifts, refreshments and more.
For further information, visit www.seekvictory.com or www.BradLeeSchroeder.com.
Elizabeth and Terry Fitzpatrick at Jamie’s opulent table
Popular cosmetic surgeon Dr. Brent Smith and wife Linda, who led a beautiful prayer
Ellen Morris, Alpha Sigma Alpha – past DAP president 1985-86 and past Woman of the Year; Jenn Marshall, Alpha Sigma Tau – DAP newsletter editor; Suzanne Zorichak, Alpha Sigma Alpha – DAP Woman of the Year 2008 and Kathleen Jeffries, Delta Zeta – Boulder Area Alumnae Panhellenic president Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The award-winning Denver Area Panhellenic, comprised of alumnae from 26 women’s fraternities, celebrated the organization’s annual holiday luncheon at Maggiano’s. Philanthropy is a big part of Greek life on campus and for the alumnae. Service projects included for the luncheon were school supplies for Bansbacjh Academy at The Denver Children’s Home and donations for Newborns in Need at Denver Health.
Delta Delta Delta sorority sisters – Gina Moore, current DAP vice president who was in charge of the event; Annichen Kassel – past DAP president, 1995-96 and Joan Beindorff – past DAP president, 1973-74
Revered Kappa Kappa Gamma alum Phyllis Brinton Pryor who was honored as DAP Woman of the Year in 1971 and has attended every holiday luncheon since, with DAP President Lea Ann Reitzig, Sigma Kappa
A representation of Linda’s Bijoux Prive Collection – each with an intriguing story.
For decades, many remember Linda Bowen Scott’s generous and gracious hospitality and community leadership. She has chosen meaningful volunteer work having a big heart especially for women’s and children’s issues as well as education. Linda frequently opened her beautiful home and grounds in Cherry Hills Village, that she impeccably decorated herself, for meetings and memorable special events. Her guidance and expertise has touched nearly every nonprofit in town. She has served as president of many and has chaired, co-chaired, created or co-created dozens of high profile events and concepts and is a mentor to many in the philanthropic world. In addition, she has been honored by several organizations and publications for her exceptional contributions. Among her most rewarding achievements, she counts her association with Harvard Women’s Studies Religion Program (fundraising for Harvard Divinity School), American Heart Association, Junior League of Denver and founder/president of ALL (Advocates for Learning and Literacy).
Her background is fascinating and her remarkable adventures contribute to her trove of treasures, talent and resourcefulness. She grew up in Philadelphia, learned silversmithing in high school, was an art major in college, ran crew for a car racing team – travelling for 10 years, lived in Aspen for a bit, and was even a Vista volunteer.
Linda admits to having the soul of an artist that comes out in fashion, interior design, her freelance writing for an East Coast company called Uber Media, special event planning and consulting and, of course, her latest venture – jewelry designing – a hobby turned into a profession. Her son Russ and daughter Katrina both share an interest in art and have been instrumental in her launch.
Her collection called Bijoux Prive includes pieces she has brought from travels all over the world (each with a story) and re-designed after life-altering situations including a dissolved marriage, health challenges and two near-death experiences.
“You know there are women who have jewelry that is outdated and no longer worn that I can re-work making it not only wearable, but exciting. Jewelry is meant to be worn, not forgotten,” she said.
Linda Bowen Scott at John Fielder’s Colorado Denver Photo Art Gallery with her unique jewelry that includes rings, bangles, cuffs, earrings, treasures from around the world and plenty of bling in various sizes and lengths.
Her line features gorgeous artisanal, repurposed and vintage designs using natural stones and Swarovski crystals. They are truly works of art. Pieces sell from as low as $30, but most are from $100 – $500 and higher, of course, for custom designs. For more information, visit www.bijouxprive
collection.com. Linda will be at John Fielder’s Colorado Gallery in the heart of the Art District, 833 Santa Fe Drive in Denver on Friday, Dec. 6 and every Saturday until Christmas, noon – 4 p.m.
Linda and John Fielder’s paths crossed when she was working on the Junior League Cookbook Colorado Collage and he was doing the scenic photography for the book.
Fielder first visited Colorado at age 14 during a field trip from North Carolina.
“In all my life I have not forgotten my first sight of the Rockies rising up before me over the plains. I was simply smitten by this wall of snowcapped peaks above a treeless plain. And the word C-O-L-O-R-A-D-O, it was the most poetic name for a place I had ever heard. I realized at that moment that someone or something had guided me to this place, and that I belonged here for the rest of my life,” he said.
He planted his roots and started his family in Colorado as a department store executive, ultimately turning his avocation into a career. In addition to enjoying hiking, skiing and travelling Colorado, he is the photographer of more than 39 exhibit format and guide books. Fielder might be best known for creating Colorado’s best selling book ever, Colorado 1870-2000.
That love affair with Colorado is demonstrated through his tireless work to promote the protection of Colorado’s open space and wildlands. His photography has influenced people and legislation earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and the Aldo Leopold Award Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. He was an original governor-appointed member of the lottery-related Board of Great Outdoors Colorado and speaks to thousands of people each year to rally support for timely land use and environmental issues. His latest Colorado project involves photographing parks, open space, wildlife habitat, ranches and more – the work of Great Outdoors Colorado for its 20th anniversary in 2012.
Perfect holiday gifts are available at the serene art gallery including signed books, Fielder fine art prints or 2014 John Fielder Photo Workshops. For more information, visit www.johnfielder.com or call 303-744-7979.
John Fielder, nationally renowned landscape photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
This acrylic sculptured “Memory Tree” by Matt Bliss sells for $850 with a portion of proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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