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The red carpet was out at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel when dozens of Hollywood and local celebrities were on hand to help raise funds for Global Down Syndrome Foundation (Global). Be Beautiful Be Yourself (BBBY) is the largest fundraiser of its kind in the world. Stars Colin Farrell and Zack Gottsagen were recipients of the 2018 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award. 2018 Ambassador Sam Levin and Sophia Whitten, daughter of Tom and Michelle Sie Whitten was on the runway with Colin Farrell. Von Miller caused a stir when he offered his patterned custom suit for the live auction and Case Keenum bid $25,000 and proceeded to wear the jacket onstage. Emcees were Kim Christiansen and Tom Green from 9NEWS. Global Down Syndrome Foundation is at the forefront of research, medical care, education and advocacy dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome. Global supports the research of hundreds of scientists around the world through its advocates, partners and affiliates including the Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome and the Anna and John Sie Center for Down Syndrome.
Jamie Foxx, Academy and Emmy-winning actor/singer. Photos by Scottie Iverson
Broncos Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and Global Ambassador DeOndra Dixon
Broncos kicker Brandon McManus applauds models Markus Sikora and Destiny Weldon
Alexandra Shankle and Miss Colorado Ellery Jones
Global’s president and CEO Michelle Sie Whitten. Photo by Jensen Sutta
Global founders John and Anna Sie
Major League soccer player Sam Cronin with Jaidison Saignaphone. His niece Quinn Cronin, further on the runway, has Down syndrome.
BBBY chairs Kacey Bingham and Brittany Bowlen. Photo by Jensen Sutta
Jamie Van Leeuwen, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld
Auxiliary president Alyson Graves, her daughter, former Sugarplum Audrey Graves and emcee Denise Sanderson. Photos by Scottie Iverson
The Colorado Ballet Auxiliary and Colorado Ballet, under the direction of Ball Chairs Erin Dollarhide and Kelly Rosenberg, launched the Sugarplum Ball and Rose Presentation signaling the 58th Nutcracker season beginning the following evening. The popular performance concludes on Christmas Eve.
The evening is always festive, loaded with activities including a lobby cocktail reception and dinner in the hotel, and is so sweet, literally. And, there are always heartwarming stories. Cherry Hills Villager Pam Duke was part of the original planning when Anna Bates developed the Sugarplum concept decades ago. Her granddaughter Scarlett (daughter of son Brian and Leah Duke) wanted to be what she called a “red flower girl” when she looked at the sugarplum photo album of her aunt Sara Duke Matthew. She got her wish in the class of 2018. It was a red and green flurry when the classes of Sugarplums and Sugarplum Alums were proudly presented by dads on stage in the ballroom with nutcrackers standing guard and ballerina Christine Wiggins as Sugarplum Fairy.
CiCi Corrigan presented by her dad Peter Corrigan
“Plum Alum” Zoey Kelin presented by her dad Shebon Kelin
Lila Kozlowski presented by her dad Dan Kozlowski
Artistic director Gil Boggs and his wife Ballet Mistress Sandra Brown with their “Plum Alum” Emma
Silvia and Adam Sexton (development director) and “Plum Alum” Annalisa
Pam Duke, her granddaughter Scarlett who wanted to be a Sugarplum like her aunt Sara Duke Matthew
“Plum Alum” Camille Fedorowicz and her brother Bennett
Ball Program Chair Chrissy and Dr. Andrew Fedorowicz
Bidding frenzy at the center display
Women with a mission literally took over Valley Country Club to bid on an array of purses, totes, fancy cosmetic bags and jewelry, for good measure, in order to raise funds. The clever bidding allowed some to be winners of multiple bags. The packed ballroom was electric with contagious squeals of delight each time a winning name was drawn. Women love, love, love their purses and can never have too many. Additional tickets could be purchased to place in each mesh bidding bag. It’s one of the most fun events Flair has attended. “We keep growing and outgrowing our venue space,” said event leader T Murray. The club outdid itself with irresistible hors d’oeuvres and lots of wine followed by a sundae buffet.
Kaye Lynn Fote and CBS4’s anchor Karen Leigh
Winners of multiple purses included Krista Wright of Highlands Ranch
The Team- T Murray, Executive Director Ken Allen, Jennifer Dean, Kristy Cressman, Nora Derrick
Brig. Gen. Laura Clellen, Commander Ryan Frank, Dr. Matthew Roberts, General Charles Jacoby, Josiah Hatch, Esq., Capt. Frank J. Arduini, Col. Robert J. Walcott and Maj. Darrin Mitchell
BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
On the anniversary of the end of WWI, the venerable University Club in downtown Denver hosted a black-tie dinner of duck confit and unveiled a commemorative plaque to be cast in bronze. The large board, honoring members and staff who had served in WWI, consisted of 94 names – 87 who had served in the U.S. Army and seven who had served in the U.S. Navy. The club, incorporated in 1891, focused on education and literature in addition to socializing. Fittingly, those members were graduates of colleges ranging from Ivy League, various medical schools, military academies and other universities from coast to coast. The average age of those serving was 35 and the oldest was 75 years old – Maj. Gen. Frank D. Baldwin, U.S. Army Infantry who received two Medals of Honor. Also, of special note was 1st Lt. U.S Army Coast Artillery Temple Hoyne Buell, a descendent of the founding family of Chicago. He was the youngest to serve at age 22 and earned a Purple Heart. He graduated from Lake Forest College, University of Illinois in architecture and completed graduate studies at Columbia University. He moved to Denver for his final recuperation from critical war injuries. He re-entered his profession and founded T.H. Buell & Co. which became one of the largest and most prolific architectural firms in its 60-year history. One of his first commissions was to design the Collage Room at the University Club. He ultimately designed over 300 buildings and because of his charitable contributions, many buildings in Colorado were named for him.
Newspaper from November 8, 1918
How remarkable that University Club has saved the history of these patriots and will continue to preserve their memory with this tribute. The plaque reads: In Memory of the Members and Staff of the University Club of Denver who served their country in the Great War 1914-1918. And, at the bottom: –and those whose names and service are unknown to us – “Grant Me the Carving of My Name” Dedicated November 11, 2018. Dr. David J. Fitzpatrick, author and associate professor of history at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan gave us a lesson in history and highlights of World War One.
Col. Robert J. Walcott and immediate past president of University Club Dr. Larry Chan
Club President Karen Loeb, keynote speaker Capt. Rodney Mills, Bill Palmer (U.S. Navy), Inge Fox-Jones and Lester Johnson (U.S. Air Force)
Twenty-seven veterans are members of Rotary Club of Denver Southeast. Each veteran in attendance as well as each guest veteran was recognized with a brief description of service by Lester Johnson when the club held its special breakfast at Madden Museum of Art in Palazzo Verdi. Each veteran received a familiar gift of bar soap compliments of University Hills Ace Hardware and Duke Cannon Supply Company – official supplier of military soap. Capt. Rodney Mills who earlier this year completed a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy was the keynote speaker. He is currently pursuing a second career based on his expertise in leadership, management, engineering, budgeting and finance in the renewable energy or defense industry. His visual presentation took the audience aboard five different submarines. He earned a master’s degree from Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies and his bachelor’s degree at the U.S. Naval Academy in electrical engineering. His personal awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three times), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards) and Naval Achievement Medal (two awards.)
Guests Mini Camp (Ret. Colonel U.S. Air Force) and Gene Camp (Ret. U.S. Air Force Pilot –Vietnam War)
Each veteran received the familiar and official military soap bar
Faye and Dr. Reggie Washington and daughter Danielle LaCabe
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Dr. Reggie Washington, a prominent pediatric cardiologist, and wife Faye Washington have been involved in and provided leadership or support for numerous charities in the city and have attended countless galas and events spanning decades. They have been deservedly honored by several foundations and nonprofits. Their daughter Danielle and son Quinn often accompanied their parents and have taken the reins themselves. The family, a first-time honor since an individual is usually the recipient, was recently feted at Service with Style, the annual luncheon presented by Volunteers of America (VOA).
Also, in the audience were other families with outstanding contributions to our community and who are leaving a legacy included Edie Marks and her daughters Elise Marks-Gruitch and Lori Marks-Connors, Jo Dutton and her daughter Andrea Frieson and Frances Owens and her daughter Monica Owens Beauprez. In keeping with tradition, a fundraiser named “Service with Style” would naturally feature a fashion show. Women’s apparel was from Mariel and menswear was from ICON.
Volunteers of America and its Colorado Branch are dedicated to supporting and empowering America’s most vulnerable groups including the hungry, the frail elderly, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless individuals, women in need and veterans and their families.
Quinn Washington and his buddy from childhood Kyle Smith
ean Galloway and David Alexander
Monica Owens Beauprez and her mom Frances Owens
Model from the men’s unique store, ICON
Jo Dutton and her daughter Andrea Frieson
Models from Mariel pose after the finale. Photos by Scottie Iverson
Bronson, Denise Gliwa, Meghan, Gayle Ray
Denise Gliwa, organizer extraordinaire, executed a multiple-stop private party night to celebrate the success of Love Never Dies star Meghan Picerno. The evening began with a nine-course feast at Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro, a restaurant of the Law brothers located near the Denver Performing Arts Complex. A group comprised of dozens of fans then gathered at the Buell Theatre for the breathtaking performance by the entire cast. Meghan greeted her fans in the lobby afterward to cheers and photo ops. Bravo!
Private party fans gathered with Meghan at The Buell. Photos by Scottie Iverson
Bronson Norris Murphy (The Phantom) and Meghan Picerno (Christine)
Meghan with Alyssa Law from Uncle Joe’s Hong Kong Bistro
Edie Bell (center), past president of Central City Opera Guild presented the Belle Award to Nancy Hemming as Nancy’s former Flower Girl daughter Emily looks on.
An excited Nancy Hemming shared the news recently that she was the recipient of the Central City Opera (CCO) Belle Award given each year to an outstanding volunteer. She has been a longtime member of the Central City Opera Guild and served in many capacities. She was VP of Education on the CCO Guild Board and co-chaired the educational program – Take a Child to the Opera. She has also co-chaired Girlfriends Day at the Opera, has been on the Opera Teaser committee, the L’Esprit de Noel committee including chairing its patron party several times. Nancy also helped organize the Spring Guild Membership Party.
And if that’s not enough, she extended beyond the guild committees and board positions to chair the Yellow Rose Ball! That position led to her being the Flower Girl Committee Liaison on the CCO Board. In addition, her love for opera inspired her to encourage new premier donors to support the organization.
Love of the outdoors brought the East Coast native to Colorado ski country where she met her husband, also an avid skier. She has two children and daughter Emily was a Flower Girl presented at the prestigious Yellow Rose Ball. It was fitting since her family’s connection to Central City dates back several generations. Her grandmother was a wardrobe mistress for Broadway shows that traveled to Central City in the 1940s to stage their productions.
In addition to skiing and traveling, Nancy enjoys tennis and golf. She has also had an interesting career beginning with director of marketing for Breckenridge and Vail Resorts. She was director of external relations for the Women’s College at DU, and is currently the admissions and marketing director for Always Best Care where she helps families find comfort and care for elderly loved ones. Each facet of her journey has been rewarding.
The mission of Central City Opera House Association is the historic preservation and award-winning stewardship of the Central City Opera House and 27 other vintage properties in Central City.
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