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Standing in the al fresco setting are Mariel owner Denise Snyder with Pam Kelker, owner of Castles Home Décor, Channel 9’s award-winning creative director Tommy Collier and Sydney Kelker, Castles Home Décor store manager
The exquisite hats came out when two high fashion, next-door neighbor boutiques combined forces for a good cause. Veteran retailer Denise Snyder, owner of Mariel, and Pam Kelker, interior designer/artist and owner of Castles Home Décor, celebrated the arrival of spring with a Derby Days party that extended onto the sidewalk in front of their upscale stores in Cherry Creek North. A percentage of proceeds were earmarked for the Volunteers of America Guild.
Sylvia Ignas, Kim Pennington and Nicole Gampp. Photos courtesy of Mariel
Author David Von Drehle autographs copies of Rise to Greatness.
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
David Von Drehle lives in Kansas City with his family, but he was raised in Aurora, attended Gateway High School and was the youngest sportswriter for The Denver Post at 17 years old. He graduated from the University of Denver with a double major in English and Philosophy. While at DU, he was editor of the Clarion student newspaper. He was the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship and spent two years at Oxford earning a master’s degree in Literature. He found journalism was a better fit in which to immerse himself.
Von Drehle wrote for the Miami Herald and received several distinguished journalism awards, including one for being in the youngest category – a Livingston Award. In 1991, Von Drehle became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post. In 2006, he became editor-at large for TIME and contributes to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. He has also written four books. Deadlock was a source book for the Emmy-award winning HBO movie Recount. His Triangle: The Fire That Changed America won several awards and was a New York Times Bestseller.
Donna Jackson, event chair, holds a stovepipe hat centerpiece with committee members Pat Fisher and Judy Steadman
He was back in town and appropriately at DU to share his latest – Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. The humble Von Drehle has carved a rise to greatness with his numerous acknowledgements and achievements. He thanked his mentor Bob Richardson in the English Department at DU and remarked about the astonishing transformation of the physical plant at the university.
“A faculty that cares about its students, however, is unchanged,” he said.
Von Drehle’s presentation to the Women’s Library Association shared a glimpse of the electrifying story month-by-month of Abraham Lincoln in 1862 – America’s most perilous year. It is rumored that Steven Spielberg wished he had consulted with Von Drehle and his book before his movie Lincoln and that Von Drehle actually attended the premiere.
Sid and Renae Levin
Lois Jones, president of Women’s Library Association and NancyAllen, dean and director of University Libraries
Empreinte Lingerie Sales Manager Kim Evan, Empreinte Owner Paolo Fabrizio with SOL owners Cindy Johnson and Jeanie Peterson
The Brest, France headquartered luxury lingerie company Empreinte, founded in 1946, launched a special unveiling at SOL in Cherry Creek with a champagne (of course) reception. Both SOL and Empreinte declare themselves selective and the high standards and clientele of each resulted in a perfect match. SOL is known for masterful fitting and Empreinte combines luxurious fabric molding techniques to fit for fuller-figured women with style and elegance – and personalization through the end of April.
Empreinte won the “2009 Designer of the Year” Award at the Salon International Trade Show in Paris. SOL carries the collection exclusively in the region.
Jill Pedicord Peterson, CSU Kappa Alpha Theta alum and Foundation Trustee with sister alums from Northwestern – Beth Carter, Ellie Sachs and Susan Miller Coyne
The Fourth Annual Hearts & Heels event featured cocktails, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction in support of the area Court Appointed Special Advocates organizations – giving voices to abused and neglected children in the court system through specially trained CASA volunteers. CASA’s 600 area volunteers support more than 2,700 children in need each year. CASA Advocates for Children.
Val Lunka, CASA Advocates for Children serving Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties; Hearts & Heels co-chairs Allison Radcliffe, former Denver Alumnae Chapter president, and Allison Klein; Leah Varnell, executive director CASA Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Other offices represented were Adams, Broomfield and Denver.
Elizabeth Metz, immediate past president Denver Alumnae Chapter, with new president Martha Doughtie and her daughter Chef Jil Doughtie, who donated a dinner package to the silent auction and former president and 2011 Inspirational Theta Shera Eddy
Theta alum Caren Stahmer, CASA volunteer, Denver Alumnae Chapter Woman of the Year 2012 and Hearts & Heels sponsor, with husband Albert
Featured speaker Jon Caldera, president of Independence Institute, Channel 12 television host of Devil’s Advocate and KHOW radio talk show host on Sunday evenings
Jon Caldera has been a long time favorite speaker for Cherry Creek Republican Women audiences. He has been president of the conservative think tank Independence Institute since 1988. In the 1980s when he was studying economics and business at CU Boulder, his free market philosophies gelled. His political career began in 1994 when he was elected to the RTD Board and became outspoken about wasteful reforms. In 1998 he became Chairman of the RTD Board.
Most of Caldera’s presentation focused on the hot topic of gun control.” When I was in high school,” he began, “I remember watching Reagan and Thatcher, I didn’t get it then. That moment in history. The world is a different place today. We may not know where we are in history. What happened to our country? What happened to our state? The state I grew up in? The last gun control scare was a long time ago and some Republicans signed on.”
He told his story as a kid being anti gun. His brother educated him about the mechanics and safety. It is a slow process to educate. The passing of a gun law in Colorado is like the turning of a ship.
“To the Liberals, Colorado is like Omaha Beach to win the West.”
Last year, the Independence Institute opened an event building in downtown Denver, a clubhouse to hash out strategies in private. Republicans worked together on the same page. All 62 sheriffs met in Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper actually called the Independence Institute before the gun-control bill signing and spoke to Dave Kopel, Research Director.
Candy Figa, Cherry Creek Republican Women president, with Greenwood Village City Councilwoman Denise Rose and Doris Truhlar, candidate for Centennial City Council
CCRW member Tracy Chapman and former Arapahoe County Commissioner Susan Beckman. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Avs Captain Gabriel Landeskog and Jordie from Littleton in fashions from Dillard’s
It’s a sentimental favorite each year. Colorado Avalanche Better Halves – wives and girlfriends – host the multi-faceted, family-friendly event that packs a crowd. A Sunday extravaganza featured sales of mystery hockey pucks for grand prizes, a silent auction of gigantic baskets filled with players and coaches “favorite things,” a reception, a buffet brunch with players and coaches actually serving and a Dillard’s fashion finale with a touching runway show spotlighting members of the team escorting young patients from Children’s Hospital Colorado.
The Avs have a soft heart for kids especially those treated at Children’s Hospital and proclaimed them the true heroes of today. Young patients from throughout the state ranged in ages 3 – 16, including three from Littleton, one from Centennial and three from Cherry Hills Village. Some had special props – soccer balls, boxing gloves and lots of sunglasses. Captain Gabriel Landeskog was asked to say a few words and he did. Keeping it brief, he stated the Avs’ focus is on kids, families and health.
Kroenke Sports Charities is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Colorado through the support of health, literacy, education and recreation programs. Proceeds from the Avalanche Charity Brunch help the Avalanche continue to give back to our community and most importantly make a difference in the lives of our children.
PA Parenteau and Jack
Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Lily
Representing Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation that received the proceeds: Jennie Dawe, philanthropy director; Anne Hanson, philanthropy director; Jacqueline Lindley, senior event manager; Molly Mills, philanthropy director and Jennifer Motz, event coordinator
Avs Better Halves included Kristin Giguere (Jean-Sebastien), Ziatuse Hejduk (Milan) and Tereza Hejda (Jan)Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Kroenke Sports and Entertainment Executives Tom Philand, Josh Kroenke, Greg Sherman and Jim Martin
Staff members Heather Garcia and Lesley Linscott surround Paul Stastny’s girlfriend Haley Fowler who owns the boutique Haley’s Hearts and packaged the players’ and coaches’ “favorite things” baskets for auction.
“Blue Line Buddies” Erik Johnson and Shane O’Brien were among all the players who were introduced donning their chef’s aprons ready to serve guests from the buffet stations.
Head Coach Joe Sacco and Assistant Coach Tim Army served brunch and modeled in the show.
Cody McLeod and Cole from Cherry Hills Village
Jewelry designer Cathy Marquis and her King Charles Cavalier, Austin Star, who were ambassadors for the event garnering guests and enthusiasm were also perfectly coordinated in Cathy’s signature color turquoise.
From A (Austin Star Marquis) to Z (Zeus Thunder-God Odak) fascinating dames and dudes presented haute dogs and designer duds on the runway to honor VRCC- Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado’s Animal Care Foundation. Diane Lessnau’s Soigneé Elegant Attire in Greenwood Village and Chris Vasilas’ Ted’s Men’s Clothiers in Englewood dressed the humans. Libby Miller’s Pet Outfitters in Greenwood Village readied the “Deb Dogs” and “Dogs of Distinction” for their debut. Shery McDonald-Galbreath’s SaddleUp! Foundation sponsored, Cynthia Telsey and Debra Boehm of Parties Extraordinaire decorated and Glenmoor Country Club. Executive Chef Penelope Wong received rave reviews for a show-stopping, best-ever luncheon menu. A new production company called madCAP created sensational hair, makeup, music and fashion photography.
Vickie Dow, model Stephanie Odak who carried her 16-year-old, blind Maltese Persephone Jewel and walked her majestic Doberman, Zeus, visit with Lorraine Salazar and June Singer-Dreibholz.
Entrepreneur Laura Slifer (owner of Luxe Lashes & Spa), who has been on best-dressed lists and won numerous beauty titles, with her beloved Bella, who was pretty in pink from Pet Outfitters.Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Jan Blankennagel, owner of JTB Events, in Yoana Boraschi pauses with Sophie, a black Teacup Poodle.
Cherry Hills Villager Jackie Rotole in multi-layered lace dress by Vintage Collection with her Jack Russell Terrier, Bogart, in tan/red turtleneck
Centennial Mayor Pro Tem Stephanie Piko in John Paul Ataker gown with her rescue Chihauhau, Oscar, in coordinating plaid Burberry sweater from Pet Outfitters.
Castles Home Décor owner Pam Kelker in exquisite Ataker gown exclusively at Soigneé poses with her friend’s Labradoodle, Luna, who donned a sequin evening sweater.
Ruby Lucero-Post, oncology technician with the VRCC cancer specialists, with her Chihauhau/Papillon, Sophia, peeking from the leopard print designer tote, a Pet Outfitters accessory
Dr. Thomas Gargan, cosmetic surgeon artist-turned fine artist specializing in oils, and his “loaned from a friend for the day” Springer Spaniel Gus in silk/wool sport coat by Baroni and walnut-hued shoes by Allen Edmunds from Ted’s
Emma McDonald-Galbreath, representing the sponsoring SaddleUp! Foundation, escorts Daisy, beloved companion of the late Linda Lee Goto and her own miniature Dachshund, Buddy
Fashion Group International of Denver was well represented as Jan Top, Cynthia Petrus (whose AIC students assisted backstage), Linda Fankboner and Nathalia Faribault show off the floral doggie face and fire hydrant décor by Parties Extraordinaire.
Greenwood Villager Jan Hammond had a cheering section and wowed the crowd in a sheer elegant gown with cut mirrored trim from Soigneé and Cuddles, a cuddly Bichon-Poo in Newman denim dress with rose & ribbon trim.
Runway ready Luis Tavel, owner of Essential Image, in Zegna-cloth suit by Jack Victor with Murphy and Ted’s Clothiers owner Chris Vasilas in the store’s formal wear with matching St. Patrick’s Day accessories for his yellow lab Hoss
Co-chair Linda Bowen Scott with Mariel owner Denise Snyder and Colleen Rabb who helped choreograph the fashion show
Idea person Linda Bowen Scott and her fellow co-chair attorney Judith Rosenblum produced a multi-faceted, fun-filled evening at the contemporary, yet cozy Chlóe Messe Lounge in LoDo. The club was filled even on a wet and snowy evening plagued with accidents and traffic jams. Fortunately, the committee had already planned for Uber limousine service in advance shuttling those who purchased Double Diva level tickets for the clever event.
The girls’ night out theme was enhanced by a silent auction, fashion from Mariel in Cherry Creek North and performances by award-winning dancers from Colorado Dancesport and entertainment from 3rd Law Dance/Theater. Denver Ballet Guild has funded 3rd Law for the past four years.
Divas for Dance hostesses included Melissa Danciger, Kim Manning, Pam Piro, Kay Savci, Lisa Stennes and Board Chair Susan Struns. LaFawn Biddle, Kat Wells, Laurie Glezen Gahm, Arlene Mohler Johnson and Kay Savci were Patron Level ticket holders.
The cornerstone partner of the evening, underwriting the food was GSR Fund, Inc., a fourth generation Colorado nonprofit providing generous support to worthy community endeavors in Colorado and throughout the United States.
Models for the fashion show included: Laura Harmon, Denise Nalen, who will chair the 2015 Bal de Ballet; Melissa Dancinger, Elaine Swomley, Michaela Kolberg, Halley Stennes, a 2013 Bal de Ballet honoree; Irene Zimmer, Gwen Phillips of 3rd Law Dance/Theater, Emma Rosenblum, also a 2013 Bal de Ballet honoree; Danielle Hendricks, Tracey Gau and Katrina Benes.
Funds raised will further Denver Ballet Guild’s mission in support of dance, including dance education and scholarship.
Co-chair Judi Rosenblum with her star daughter Emma, who is a senior at Colorado Academy and multiple award-winning dancer with partner, Mitchel Kiebel from Dancesport
Auction chair Gail Fritzinger with 3rd Law Dance/Theater artistic directors Jim LaVita and Katie Elliott
Irene Zimmer, owner of 3rd Avenue Salon, wore an ensemble from Mariel for the fashion show
Divas Lisa Daniel-Johnson, Jean Smooke, MaryBeth Minton and Vonnie Suter
Tracey Gau, incoming chair of Les Demoiselles, models striking white from Mariel
Jenny Baker-Strasburg, Patti Shyne and Arlene Mohler Johnson
Danielle Hendricks of 3rd Law prepares for her creative performance, including a balance on the typewriter.
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