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MAX Fashion Show 2013 co-chairs Bridget Grier, Scott Seale, Max Martinez, Virginia Reiman and Carol SolichPhotos by www.HayesFoto.com
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
The annual MAX Fashion Show always draws a crowd and cash. By the year 2015, the boutique that bears the name of its owner hopes to have raised $1 million. Before the models, representing multiple designers this year, began their walk, Max Martinez expressed that love is the most important thing in life and that there is certainly family love (and generosity) at MAX.
A statement from Celine and RASK Fine Jewelry
Stunning black from Lanvin and RASK Fine Jewelry
Suit by Maria Cornejos complemented by RASK Fine Jewelry
Institute for Life and Care co-founders LaFawn Biddle and Nancy Markham Bugbee, guest speaker Sgt. Eric W. Kellogg and co-host Rhonda Moore Hertel
John Zabawa, CEO – Seniors’ Resource Center, Andrew Bugbee, ILC Director of Marketing and ILC’s COO Peter Bugbee
When LaFawn Biddle and Nancy Markham Bugbee founded the Institute for Life & Care their vision was clear and compelling. ILC is the premier community-focused, nationally recognized organization offering one-of-a-kind, life changing programs and experiences that strengthen not only the helping professionals (nurses, doctors, leaders, social workers, counselors, first responders, teachers, clergy and veterans) but also the family caregivers to become their best to give their best.
For a cleverly-themed event “On the Way Home,” the co-founders invited guests to Cherry Hills Country Club right after business hours to enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres at cocktail hour to learn about “strengthening those who serve others,” the mantra of Institute for Life & Care. After a brief video, directors and faculty of the institute were on hand to echo the mission that creates win-win-win situations according to Nancy Markham Bugbee. “The problems of fatigue and burnout of caregiving have been studied for 20 years – much talk about it – little done about it. There is the stress of compassion and caring too much,” said Bugbee. “The mental health counselors, law enforcement officers and first responders often take the agonizing images of helplessness home with them and that sometimes has a numbing affect. The heroes often don’t ask for help. ILC integrates the body, mind, heart and soul. We have our own hero, Sgt. Eric Kellogg, speaking as a police officer, SWAT Team member and sharing his experiences.”
After serving in the military, Kellogg has been in law enforcement for 19 years and experienced the rubber band-affect of having to suppress the emotions of every day experiences.
“There are 100 different ways an officer can die,” said Kellogg.
Unfortunately, one of those is suicide and he related a story of one such tragic incident. As a sergeant he is responsible for training others. He joined the Journey Group with ILC and implemented some of the materials while sharing with others whom he supervises. They, in turn, have become leaders and role models. Kellogg thanked ILC for helping the 400,000 “helpers” – medical, clergy, law enforcement and first responders who are burned out or becoming disengaged and commended its goal to help individuals and organizations.
“We are a place and a process,” said Nancy Markham Bugbee.
The Life & Care Institute campus is located in Greenwood Village at 7935 E. Prentice Avenue. For further information: 720-506-4215 or www.lifeandcare.org.
Colorado State Rep. Amy Stephens, who is running for governor, with keynote speaker Floyd Ciruli, Ciruli Associates and former Colorado Sen. Nancy Spence, CCRW Program co-chairPhotos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Financial Credit Examiner Jennifer Kim, Department of Regulatory Agencies and Cynthia Coffman, Colorado’s Chief Deputy Attorney General
Glenmoor Country Club was overflowing when Cherry Creek Republican Women hosted guest speaker Floyd Ciruli, pollster and political analyst.
Ciruli holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and earned his law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The Pueblo native is a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and is the past president of AAPOR’s Pacific Chapter. He is also a board member of the Social Science Foundation of the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Georgetown Law Alumni Board and past president of the Denver Athletic Club.
CCRW Program co-chair Nancy Spence described the sought-after, insightful speaker as Colorado’s most prestigious political analyst. His topics included wrap-ups on the local battle between unions and reformers on school boards, dysfunctions in Washington and Obamacare. Ciruli feels there is a new narrative being written in our state. The recall in Pueblo was larger than the one in Colorado Springs. The succession effort in Colorado is legitimate with those proponents expressing: “We are angry and discriminated against.”
The governor’s approval rating was at 60 percent until Obamacare helped lower his numbers from mid to low 40s. According to Ciruli, Governor Hickenlooper has been hurt by the turmoil of this past year and is vulnerable creating challenges and opportunity for Republicans. New voters in Colorado do not necessarily equal liberal voters as evidenced by the latest election. Coloradoans are not stingy with supporting education, but the voters did not feel Amendment 66 would improve schools.
Colorado is the most sought after battleground. Republicans are responsible for their “brand” and Obamacare stories may keep on giving to the GOP. Republicans need six seats in the Senate to put Colorado back in the purple from the blue column. Ciruli senses a new cycle. In the 70s, we had the Dems controlling the moment with the likes of Dick Lamm and Gary Hart until about 1992. In 1998, there was Governor Bill Owens. In 2004 another shift began with the Salazar brothers. In 2006 with the war, the run was escalated with 2012 being the apex of Democratic power. Now, with 2014 elections, the shift could be back to Republican power.
Cynthia Skari and Cindy Webb enjoy the humor, spirit and insight of speaker Floyd Ciruli.
Melissa Reed sold $5 quilt tickets for the drawing with proceeds going to education/scholarship programs.
The RISING STAR 2013 – Boulder’s Carol Ann Wachter, Carol Ann Wachter Designs, with artist Bruce MacMullan, who sculpted the awardPhotos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
From children’s wear to floral design and retail experience, from men’s wear to accessories and kitchen lingerie, 14 Colorado businesses in 10 categories were the finalists that competed in a two-tier judging process. Each was a star on the runway with a star trophy while models displayed their creations, products and concepts.
RISING STAR co-chairs Tommy Collier, award-winning creative director-advertising and promotion at 9NEWS, and entrepreneur/stylist Nathalia Faribault
Jeremy and Melissa Oster, Oster Jewelers – a category winner for Retail Experience – with Ergün Tercan, owner of the official salon sponsor that styled the models’ hair and makeup
Emcee Denise Plante on stage with FGI Denver Regional Director Carol Engel-Enright and Dress for Success Denver Executive Director Donna Deteau
Jason and Deedee Vicory, owners of D’Lola Couture – the category winner for bridal – with Gino Velardi, a former RISING STAR winner whose own fashion show is coming up this fall.
Don and Arlene Johnson (front) enjoy the VIP lounge with Linda Fankboner, Karen Allen and Jan Top
Dora Enright, Nathalia Faribault and her helpful hubby Jack Morris with RISING STAR Sponsor Chair Linda Bowen Scott, who received a bouquet and recognition for outstanding contributions to the event, and designer/committee member Stephanie Ohnmacht
Gown by Deedee Vicory, D’Lola Couture. The company also earned a spot in the New York Bridal Show.
Children’s wear model sports a dress from Pixie Girl by Vicki Sigg of Berthoud
The Men’s Wear category model reveals a pink jacket lining complementing the suit from MetroBoom designer Jung Parks.
These models show botanical splendor by Arthur Williams Design at Babylon Floral.
CSU fashion design students Sarah Esparza and Paresa Kouhestani sold star pendants, created by Linda Bowen Scott, to generate revenue for fashion student scholarships.
The Jet Linx Denver Team. Photo by Andrew Kowalyshyn
In an age when corporate boards are sensitive about owning an airplane, Jet Linx has a solution. The company manages and maintains the planes and hires the pilots. The team brings in members to utilize hours on jets and manage costs. It’s simple for members and great for owners. It’s fun and has a club feel. (The company partners with ClubCorp and YPO.)
The economics of filling seven to eight seats and the convenience makes sense for business or recreation flights. But, it’s not always a function of money. Time is critical for a competitive edge in business and the possibility of visiting three cities in a day or having precious time with family. Educating the traveler is the key to understanding cost effectiveness.
Membership is private and kept very quiet. Successful women enjoy this elite experience as well. Even when a husband and wife join, each spouse receives a membership card with identical privileges, including a thoughtfully and beautifully appointed lounge, conference area, conference room with Wi-Fi capability, full bar and specialty coffees. Boarding a plane is such a comfortable, familiar and pleasant experience here.
The company’s tagline is “Your Personal Jet Company” and lives up to that promise. A high level of concierge service is emphasized every step of the way with the model being flexibility and an aircraft available when the member requests. The hallmark of the company is local – local base, local clients, local client services, local facilities and local presence. The “mother ship” is in Omaha with additional bases besides Denver in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, San Antonio, St. Louis and Scottsdale.
With all the company perks, safety is Priority One. Jet Linx is a leader in the industry for safety having earned the Platinum Level by ARG/US industry standards company, ranking them in the Top 2 percent in the world. All its pilots are CAE SimuFlite or FlightSafety International trained.
Nancy, who sometimes accompanies the Prayer One flights, and Jeff Puckett. Photo by Richard Godin
His staff refers to Jeff Puckett as its secret weapon –well known and respected in the community, which helps with the expansion of the base.
“We are most proud of keeping people happy,” said Puckett. “We are also proud of our business and life philosophy – Do The Unexpected.”
He founded Jet Linx Denver at the end of 2010 and became its managing partner and CEO. He also founded USAERO in 1998, specializing in new aircraft sales and reseller of Mooney, Aviat, Diamond, Waco and Extra Aircraft products serving pilots and aircraft owners in six states. In addition to being a jet-rated airplane and helicopter pilot, he is a competitive and award-winning aerobatic pilot. His goals of perfection have earned him an induction into the “Living Legends of Aviation” “It’s like the Academy Awards of our industry,” said Puckett about the annual meeting in Beverly Hills joining the likes of John Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kurt Russell and Morgan Freeman. He also won the first Harrison Ford Legacy of Aviation Award presented in 2011. In addition, he is chair of the board of Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum and was on the Craig Hospital board.
The Prayer One helicopter. Photo by Kathy Hartzler
Faith-based flights – Prayer One ministries
A believer of paying his blessings forward, Puckett established Prayer One ministry in 2005 using his Bell 407 helicopter as the messenger. The yellow craft has buzzed over Denver on Monday mornings carrying over 5,000 people – at-risk youth, leaders to see the city without boundaries and encouraging interfaith work and bonding. (He has flown Cripps and Bloods gang members together in the same ‘copter.) With Puckett as a volunteer pilot, more than 135 groups have been flown in the last year including SWAT and reconnaissance missions for the Sheriff’s Department. And yes, there is a prayer on board, before each lift off. And yes, his only request of his passengers – is to pay it forward.
Jet Linx is a Diamond Sponsor for the Fourth Annual Flight To Luxury, a red carpet hangar
party staged by Presenting Sponsor Cuvée Ventures on Friday, Sept. 20 beginning at 6 p.m. The gala will benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.
For more information about Jet Linx located on the south side of Centennial Airport, visit www.jetlinx.com or call 303-762-1033.
Prayer One helicopter ride with 7-year-old student Paul Deferse from Sun Valley Youth Center. The tutoring, mentoring and support system with a mission of “Empowering youth to reach their God-given potential” has seen astonishing transformations during its 12 years of serving Denver’s at-risk youth. Photo by Kathy Hartzler
The well-appointed lounge in the 5,100 square foot private terminal. Photo by Dana Miller
Evening view from the Jet Linx deck. Photo by Dana Miller
Jet Linx Denver President and CEO Jeff Puckett at his special aviator desk in front of livng, moving art the 600-gallon aquarium he named “My Sushi”. Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson
The Pucketts’ son Chase just received his rotocraft private pilot check – now two helicopter pilots are in the family. Photo by Dennis Pierce
Jan Top and Susanna Cohen, broker associates with Your Castle Real Estate’s new Premier Division located in southeast DenverPhoto by Tommy Collier
Jan Top and Susanna Cohen recently earned their Accredited Luxury Home Specialist designations. Luxury Home Specialist agents are members of an elite group of exceptional real estate professionals dedicated to their professionalism. These high caliber agents subscribe to the Luxury Home Council’s strict guidelines that demonstrate the agent’s expertise in this highly demanding segment of the marketplace.
Both Top and Cohen are broker associates with Your Castle Real Estate, members of the National Association of Realtors and South Metro Denver Realtors Association. Top was voted a Five Star Real Estate Professional by 5280 Magazine. Cohen has her GRI designation and has been marketing custom homes since 2001. The recent Denver Business Journal ranking of the largest realty firms in the Denver area ranked Your Castle as No. 3 among non-franchises for transaction volume.
For more information, visit www.DenverGolfHomes.com or www.TopAndCohen.com or Jan: 720-341-9896 or Susanna: 303-880-4700.
Aysum Tekin, Regina Serna and Meltem Yilmazturk of Coquette Boutique in Cherry Creek North during the auction party. Photos courtesy of Coquette Boutique
Breast cancer touched Coquette Boutique owner Meltem Yilmazturk recently and she wanted to help. Her best friend was diagnosed earlier this year and one of her employees was a survivor. Coquette Boutique established The Bra Project to boost awareness and generate funds donated to Sense of Security and the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.
Inspired by The Mask Project, Meltem gathered 12 survivors who each decorated a bra that best fit her personality with an attached story about she overcame her battle with cancer. The bras were then available for bidding and 100 percent of the proceeds went to the two charities.
“The project was a huge success, the works of art were amazing and we couldn’t have asked for a better outcome our first year,” said Meltem. “Our artists included Sue Miller, Keri Christiansen, Anne Fanganello, Jobe Koren and others.”
Coquette Boutique is located at 3003 East Third Avenue in Cherry Creek.
Breast cancer survivor Keri Christiansen selected the CU Buffalos as her theme.
The black “BRA-leasque” created by breast cancer survivor Anne Fanganello, owner/president of AnnaFesta women’s clothing
The award-winning Fashion Group International of Denver revealed its RISING STAR preliminary winners in 10 categories.
They are: Bridal Evening – Deedee and Jason Vicory, D’Lola Couture; Women’s Ready-To-Wear – Anne Fanganello, Anna Festa; Carol Ann Wachter, Carol Ann Wachter Designs and Rachel Marie Hurst, Rae Marie; Men’s Ready To Wear – Jung Park, MetroBoom; Active/Outdoor Wear – Jan Erickson, Janska; Children’s Wear – Vicki Sigg, Pixie Girl; Accessories – Susan Dillon, Kitty Mae Millinery and Ashlee Coln, Cheeky aprons; Floral/Fragrance – Arthur Williams, Arthur Williams Design at Babylon Floral; Contemporary Jewelry – Sarah Gregori, Dear Margot; Retail Experience – Vanessa Barcus, Goldyn and Melissa and Jeremy Oster, Oster Jewelers; Interior Design – Pam Kelker, Castles Home Décor.
THE RISING STAR 2013 will be chosen by a panel of industry professional judges and announced at the RISING STAR runway gala at McNichols Civic Center on Sept. 8. For more information, visit ww.RisingStarDenver.org.
In front and center – Vanessa Barcus, middle row: Sarah Gregori, Deedee Vicory, Jan Erickson and Susan Dillon, back row: Melissa Oster, Pam Kelker, Ashlee Coln and Carol Ann Wachter (Those not pictured mentioned below.)
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