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The CCU group in Washington, D.C. with the capitol in the background. (Courtesy of CCU)
The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University (CCU) works to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family and freedom. As part of this endeavor, the institute focuses its efforts on conducting research, analyzing public policy options and sponsoring seminars, conferences, and other activities that involve students, faculty, staff and outside experts. CCU sent a record number of 27 students to the January March for Life held at the nation’s capital. These students along with tens of thousands of others marched from the White House to the Supreme Court to support the sanctity of life and demand an overturning of Roe v. Wade. “These students represent the active, bright and intelligent who make up the student body at CCU,” said Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute. “They are taking a bold stand on behalf of the sanctity of human life. We are proud of them for putting the values they learn at CCU into action.”
AnnieLaurie Anton, student staff member at CCU
Antonette DeLauro Smith, marketing director at Centennial Institute/CCU Photo by Scottie Taylor Iverson
One of the students – AnnieLaurie Anton is a junior psychology major from Prescott, Ariz. and president of CCU for Life that holds events twice per month. The programs address various issues including abortion. She chose CCU because no others that she considered felt right and CCU did feel right. This was her third year of going to the March for Life. She felt compelled. Even in middle school, she wanted to become involved and was interested in the right to life team and wanted to impact students. “This year’s march was largely the same as in years past only many more people this year,” she commented. In addition to meeting various assistants and representatives of legislators, even with the government shutdown, the group visited the Holocaust Museum that made quite an horrific impression especially in light of the abortion issue. During the four days in D.C., there were exhibits with various Pro Life merchandise and the Rose Dinner Friday night after the March day. “I came away with a sense of hope that students developed there, while becoming more passionate and wanting to see justice.”
One of the six chaperones, Antonette DeLauro Smith said: “I was honored to attend the March for Life and meet such a diverse and loving group of people from around the country who want to provide more and better support for women and their babies.”
Bret Zingula and Andy Irvine with passionate leaders Barb Reece and Edie Marks
It was only January but Cancer League of Colorado (CLC), the all-volunteer, 100 percent Colorado nonprofit raising funds for innovative research and patient services had remarkable momentum at its kickoff hosted by Cherry Hills Villagers Tom and Lisa Corley. Dozens of table hosts and sponsors have already committed to fill the venue at Colorado Convention Center May 11. This 50th year, is slated to make an even bigger difference. Barb Reece and Edie Marks have enlisted an “army” to insure success. The renowned Makks are again donating a work of art entitled “A World Without Cancer.” Terri Fisher has booked The Radio Band for entertainment and Mike and Peggy Shanahan will open their opulent home for the patron party. Raffle ticket sales are being headed by Martha Jentz for the purple (are you reading, Linda Yip?) loaded 2019 Dodge Charger Sedan generously donated by Doug Moreland and The Moreland Family of Dealerships. (Not necessary to be present to win!)
Gayle and Ed Novak
Elise Marks-Gruitch, Rosalina Diecidue, Lori Marks-Connors
Kickoff chairs Jan Hammond and Lorraine Salazar
Martha Jentz selling raffle tix for the “Plum Crazy” car
Gracious kickoff hosts Tom and Lisa Corley
Lin McHaley, who chairs the Race for Research and compelling speaker Stephen Estrada, a cancer survivor
Terri Fisher, pianist Danny Showers and CLC President Gary Reece. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
University of Colorado Cancer Center director Dr. Richard Schulick, Cindy and Stew Larsen
Leslie Nissen receives “Inspirational Theta” award from Alissa Trumbull
The first Greek letter fraternity for women, Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) was founded in January 1870 at Indiana Asbury College (now DePauw University). Its Denver Alumnae Chapter (DAC) was founded in 1909. Alums and collegians gathered at Wellshire Event Center to celebrate “Theta for a Lifetime.” DAC is one of the largest alumnae chapters and has won the highest award (Founders) at National Convention twice. CU-Boulder collegiate chapter won the Founders Award this past year and was Chapter of the Year on campus. The Colorado School of Mines chapter established in 2016 had 22 representatives at the brunch. Mary Ellen Fitzsimonds from Theta Foundation reported that over $757,000 has been awarded in scholarships and that over $278,000 was raised in 27 hours for “Gives Day.”
Karen Olson passes the president’s gavel to Missy Eliot.
Some of the officers installed – Jill Colbeck, Shannon Gross, Sarah Hittner, Missy Eliot, Leslie Franklin
Ginny Fuller, Jeri Loser, Jane Heath
Master of ceremonies Jill Pedicord Peterson, Mary Ellen Fitzsimonds
Valerie Lunka, 2018 Woman of the Year with 2019 winner Shera Eddy, her daughter Liz Garth and her Drake pledge sister Jane Smith
50-year Thetas Vivian Giese-Perry, Susan Kayler-Daley, Susie Dixon Oliver
50-year Theta Julie Smith Bowen, Anne Clark, Linda Houston
Officers installed – Kathleen Markey, Linda Buckley, Ericka McDaniel, Carolyn Ferriera
Staci Helseth and legacy daughter Courtney from University of Nebraska
Two couples will chair the event—Steve and Shelley Lucas, Barb and Neil Oberfeld. Photo by Scottie Iverson
It’s official! Children’s Diabetes Foundation (CDF) has confirmed that the esteemed Rebecca Minkoff will have her creations on the runway when the Spring Brass Ring is held in spring (remember it used to be fall) on April 4. Spring Brass Ring has a nice ring to it! The multi-faceted fundraiser set records last year, especially for a daytime event, and begins with morning festivities, silent auction, live auction, Jewels for Hope and of course the luncheon and show.
Co-chairs this year are couples – Shelley and Steve Lucas and Barb and Neil Oberfeld. Shelley and Barb are seasoned veterans of serving with CDF and both have been past presidents of The Guild, the volunteer group for Children’s Diabetes Foundation. Both Steve and Neil are business leaders and philanthropists in the Denver community, so it’s a strong lineup. “We are beyond excited to have the inspirational Rebecca Minkoff present her collection on the runway and are looking forward to an incredible event,” said Guild Program Administrator Sara Santacruz. “The Spring Brass Ring is one of our favorite ways to bring the Denver community together to honor our Type 1 heroes as we reach for our ‘brass ring’ the cure for Type 1 diabetes.”
Minkoff has had a rapid rise in the world of fashion design and is an industry leader in the luxury handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel categories. Her playful and edgy designs are spotted around the world on young women as well as celebrities. She developed an affinity for design while in the production department in high school. She moved to New York City at age 18 to pursue her dream of being a fashion designer. In 2001, she designed a version of the “I Love New York” (part of a five-piece capsule collection) shirt that appeared on The Tonight Show and became an overnight sensation. In 2005, she designed her first handbag dubbed The Morning After Bag (M.A.B.). Her career was further enhanced by the support of her brother, the company’s CEO and co-founder. Uri Minkoff ushered in and pioneered the company’s industry-leading social media efforts.
After five years of designing her statement-making handbags and accessories with her trademark leathers, studs and hardware, she returned to her roots of apparel design and introduced her first ready-to-wear collection in 2009. Today, she is a global brand and there’s even a men’s accessory line under the label Uri Minkoff. In 2017, Rebecca Minkoff Watches was launched.
In 2011, she was recognized by the industry by being given the “Breakthrough Designer Award” from the Accessories Council. As a philanthropist, in 2017 she was announced as a member of the first-ever New York State Council on Women and Girls, in the company of other female industry leaders dedicated to bringing women together for positive change. In 2018, she established the Female Founder Collective, a network of businesses led by women that invest in women’s financial power across the socio-economic spectrum by enabling and powering female-owned businesses.
Keynote speaker Floyd Ciruli, Bob Sweeney, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons
Political analyst Floyd Ciruli was the keynote speaker when METRO CLUB held its “power lunch” to gain insight into the election results of 2018. Cleverly named “Exhale!,” the meeting gave attendees a chance to see graphics of the specific election results and a glimpse of future possibilities and challenges. The buffet was catered by Mangia Bevi Café. METRO CLUB is being organized to reinvent the former revered Metropolitan Club in Greenwood Village.
Dave Simonson, Dr. Larry Chan, Andy Markusfeld
Master of Ceremonies Channel 2 Anchor Ernie Bjorkman
Diane and David Oppenheim, Alfred Gilchrist, Patrice Hauptman, Edward Dauer, Russ Luna
Bellco Credit Union filled a table.
Arlene Mohler Johnson surrounded by sons Seth Mohler and Mark Johnson.
Vickie Dow, Beverlee Henry Fullerton, Marlene Siegel
LaFawn Biddle and Deb Hayes visit before the luncheon.
e Tijuana Project, Diane Hutcheson (wife of UpLift founder Kent Hutcheson), luncheon chairs Carleen Haselden and Jennifer Myers, Guild President Margie Hunter. Photos by Trung Nguyen
Glenmoor Country Club was the site of the annual fashion show with fashions from EveyK Mobile Boutique modeled by UpLift’s Advanced Leadership Students. Among the exciting programs reported at the annual luncheon were the Tijuana Trip, Book Project and the Guild Boutique set up from a broad spectrum of donated items so students can shop for family gifts. The Tijuana Trip is remarkable because students actually travel to Mexico to help build homes for those without shelter there. Instead of being considered victims, these young people are taught skills themselves and help others in need.
Colorado UpLift CEO Dr. Joe Sanders
Pam Thomas, who headed the boutique for students, and Carmel Hanson. Courtesy of Colorado UpLift Guild
Ross and Karyn Chotin, Steven and Robin Chotin, Chad and Whitney Wolz, Cintra Pollak
Looking back at 2018, one of the most unique events was the Studio 5280 event held on the rooftop of DaVita Headquarters in downtown Denver with a spectacular view. The baton is being passed to younger leadership in the community. Brian Parks, Daniel Finer and Ross Chotin chaired the fun and clever fundraiser at sunset for National Jewish Health (NJH). They and their team garnered over $100,000 to support Morgridge Academy at NJH.
Karly and Brad Farber
Unidentified young couple enjoying the view.
Studio 5280 chairs Brian Parks, Daniel Finer and Ross Chotin
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, one of the honorary chairs, addresses the large audience. Photo by Steve Peterson
Denver Art Museum (DAM) Collector’s Choice is the annual and elegant, black-tie event that raises funds for the museum’s exhibits and cutting-edge programs. In addition, it celebrates leaders in the community who have demonstrated exceptional vision and passion for the arts. Collector’s Choice 38 paid tribute to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, an honorary trustee who was honorary chair of five previous Collectors Choice galas. He served on the board of trustees beginning in 1997 and became an honorary member after being elected Denver Mayor in 2003.
A major piece of his legacy at DAM is being on the founding board of CultureHaus, the museum’s young philanthropist organization inspiring and cultivating the next generation of arts patrons. In addition to his continued service and support of DAM, he has helped drive the success of numerous initiatives and institutions in the arts community.
Honoree Gov. John Hickenlooper, Ellen Robinson, DAM trustee Dick Robinson. Photos by Scottie Iverson
Honorary chairs were Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and First Lady Mary Louise Lee, Jane Hamilton, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, Sharon and Lanny Martin, Jan Mayer, Anna and John J. Sie – last year’s honorees. Gala Chairs were Ellen Bruss and Mark Falcone, Cathey and Richard Finlon, Sarah and Christopher Hunt with a committee of over four dozen members.
As a final surprise, entertainment by His Honor’s favorite band, the Avett Brothers, was brought in by AEG and Chuck Morris.
Favors were hand-painted works of art from Hyde Park Jewelers. Inscribed on the gift box was a quote from Hickenlooper: “Colorado has always been a good place to find what you are made of.”
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado President and CEO Lauren Casteel and VP Development Renee Ferrufino
Instead of Champagne, the toast was beer – Artillery Imperial Brown from Wynkoop Brewery, Denver’s first craft brewery that Gov. Hickenlooper co-founded in the late 80s
Marilyn and Pete Coors
Cathey McClain Finlon, DAM trustee and former Collector’s Choice honoree and husband Dick served on the committee
Denver Art Museum Director Christoph Heinrich and wife Kira
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