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Event information sent to us doesn’t always give the information needed to publicize an upcoming event, so we...
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Traveling exhibits are at the core of our local culture, drawing crowds from the region and perhaps farther away. They are family friendly and a No. 1 on the list of must see experiences.
At the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Poison exhibit is a stunning example and its nearby Mythology exhibit is a natural connection.
For small kids who usually get easily spooked, prepare them by noting that the giant forest life, complete with gigantic and small snakes and a unicorn, are just models. The museum’s staff and volunteers offer live demonstrations and a chance to sit down and maybe participate and help with the presentation. What’s not to love here?
The Denver Zoo now has “Nature Connects Art, With LEGO Bricks,” brought to the zoo by the Goddard Schools. This marks the zoo’s first traveling exhibit, which opened Aug. 7 and runs through Nov. 1.
This is not your ordinary LEGO setup, as it features 38 life-size, and even larger, animal and plant sculptures located all over the zoo and there’s no added cost to enjoy it.
Denver is now drawing such special exhibits regularly, putting us on a par with other large cities’ special experiences.
The zoo paid $200,000 to lease the LEGO exhibit, which took seven months to build!
And as an extra special, pre-Halloween treat, it will include bats and a “giant” spider. On Halloween, Oct. 31, there’s the traditional Boo at the Zoo.
From bison to a bumblebee, there’s a size for everyone to gawk at.
After dark, there’s a Block City Beer Garden for adults, including two of the zoo’s restaurants.
When lining up to get into the zoo a few years back, one little girl, in line asked, “Where’s your little child? You can’t go to the zoo without a child.” Replying to this adorable questioner we asked her if we could borrow her. She declined.
Visit www.denverzoo.org for more information on the LEGO exhibit and other details.
HOOTenanny Owl & Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 26
The Audubon Society of Greater Denver has its HOOTenanny Owl & Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 26, at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield. This owl-centered gathering explores the “secret life of owls through live owl encounters, crafts, educational activities and informational displays presented by local nonprofits and government organizations.” It is designed for families of all ages, involving guests in crafts, custom face painting, lots of gifts for kids to nag their parents to buy them just as they do at other such facilities.
I could not have made this up: “Delicious local eats will be available for purchase from the Chibby Wibbitz food truck.” This is a daytime event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.
For more details, visit www.denveraudubon.org or call 303-973-9530.
RMPAT added to Families First
Rocky Mountain Parents as Teachers was added to the Families First community. RMPAT, as it’s often referred to in print, is a home visitation program serving the seven-county metro area in English and Spanish. The RMPAT Home Visitors effort is now part of Families First and the match is already going well for both. For more interesting details, visit www.familiesfirstcolorado.org or call 303-745-0327.
Project Bully Buster
While visiting San Diego recently, we picked up a “Visitor’s Guide, Ocean Beach,” which has a website, www.oceanbeachsandiego.com. One page has information on Project Bully Buster of San Diego. Its mission is to “End Public Acceptance of Bullying.”
It goes on interestingly to state, “The future we are committed to is one where bullying is no longer viewed as acceptable or legal. The future we see is one where young people attend school free from fear and anxiety knowing they are supported by the institutions and people they trust most.”
Quite an ambition. They have a list of eight things to do about it. The page was purchased by a local real estate broker, Ronald Fineman.
Those already fighting the bullying problem here in Colorado may want to get in contact with this anti-bullying effort. To reach them, call 858-333-6480 email email@example.com or visit facebook.com/projectbullybuster.
While on vacation, we eat out a lot and one etiquette problem comes up often, that of how to eat pasta. Especially troubling is how to get long spaghetti strands from the plate to the mouth and no, it’s not OK to dive into the dish, letting strands wiggle in the air. One acceptable way to eat such long noodles is to use your fork to just reach the edge of the plate in a small cluster that neatly gets to the mouth.
But there is another way to eat long pasta. If the restaurant doesn’t provide a fork and large spoon ask for one. Use the fork to scoop up a reasonable amount and twist it, using the opposite hand with the spoon to keep the strands together and organized. Yet another acceptable way of eating such pasta is to use the knife and fork to cut a small portion of the dish as you do when eating other foods.
It’s easiest to show a young child to manage mac and cheese when they first begin eating it by themselves. Teach them to hold the spoon as they would a crayon or pencil, not with a closed fist. Of course, this is also the time to address the habit of chewing with the mouth open. That is to be avoided at any age and of course, readers, no one should talk with a mouth full of food.
Hudson Gardens hosted the Families First Country Fair last Sunday, attracting families to enjoy a catered barbecue buffet, bag toss and corn hole tournament, silent auction, music, piggybank weigh-in, bake sale, pie eating contest and Kids Corral.
What more could anyone wish for on a day that topped out at 94 degrees?
This time-honored annual benefit was chaired by Friends for Families First President Melissa Jacob and Denise Shore.
The Crazy Merchant continues its ongoing sponsorship for this party. That translates to a secure support for efforts to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect. The Family Center is home to up to 10 children at a time, offering nurturing treatment for families in a homelike setting.
About those piggybanks: ceramic piggybanks are decorated and offered free of charge as part of the Community $Change$ program. At the annual Country Fair adopted piggybanks are weighed and contents emptied. For many people these ceramic pets become part of their own family and kept for decades while other guests exchange the piggybanks they brought for other adoptable pigs. Unlike other piggybanks that kids have, they cannot empty the contents and spend the coins on whatever they choose, so children learn to pay it forward at an early age.
Pigs on Pedestals are larger piggybanks, decorated professionally or by “civilians” for silent auctions and what an eclectic adorned army they are, some so well dressed they seem to become other animals, country cousins and party animals included!
Among sponsors were Julia and Peter Ruston Porterfield, Newberry Brothers, RE/MAX Professionals, Jack and Lois Bradbury, The South Restaurant, The Pippin Family and others.
Po Higgins and Diana Larson
Joan Rivers style, “Can we talk?” This time it’s about those silent auctions at charity events. Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons was at one family-centered one recently and as an announcement was made that the silent auction closed she saw a bidder strike out the name of the last bidder and enter his/her own.
“I think people have to remember the auction is for charity, the item can usually be purchased by yourself at a store, and mostly, what example are we showings our grandkids…winning at all costs!” Adrienne said.
Point well taken, as this was a family-centered affair. It’s happened many other times and we’ve all noticed it one time or other. So what’s the problem? What leads an otherwise civilized nonprofit supporter to get what a relative once called the Filene’s Basement behavior, where women lined up outside the popular department store, getting in place to grab drastically reduced merchandise such as bridal gowns? But these silent auction items aren’t such one-of-a-kind bargains.
What amazes us is some people seem to forget that other supporters are watching, cellphone media at fingertips, perhaps forwarding the scene via social media to everyone in the world.
Unless willing to relocate immediately to a “banana belt” rain forest, it’s best to adhere to what’s generally considered good etiquette.
Melissa Jacob, and Griffin, Nick and Ingrid Burke
Heather and Emma Eagen, volunteers. Photo by Ron White
Adam Robe and Toni Tucker. Photos by Glory Weisberg
Denise and Daniel Shore and Jeremy Jacob.
“Swine Miller”, sponsored by Linx, created by Meredith Hotz Olson & Susie HotzPhoto by Ron White
Event information sent to us doesn’t always give the information needed to publicize an upcoming event, so we now have our own press release form, as it is the easiest way to cover the bases, giving us the information we need to put your charity “in print,” so to speak, but it’s also the quickest and most informative way to get your event to the most readers.
Sometimes we get only an invitation or Evite that is absolutely clever in design but some details are innocently left out. So start the invitation with five items – who, what, when, where and how, which we were taught in school.
At this desk, we’ve seen the most awesome, feathery and adorable invitations with the very name of the nonprofit missing.
The name of the event, the what, is where creativity reigns, likely the hook that gets that all important first look. For example, Diamonds and Denim was a popular event in the 1980s and it’s coming back, in part, because those with a variety of financial abilities want to attend. The simple reason is that we live in the American West where jeans are likely the most worn item. But wear what you will, it’s fun to put together an outfit for each country-western. Jeans and black tie tuxs are often worn together and why not? Guests like diamond-like faux jewelry that gussy up the lowly jean, and it’s wearable for just about everyone. For those wanting a more personalized look, it’s easy to embellish.
Weeknight black tie events can be tricky for the average wage earner who may have to trade the business suit for the tux or gown in the office restroom.
The when, the date and time, not always explicit, are closely watched as guests gather around the all important silent auction tables for 90 minutes before the dinner bell literally tolls. Hungry people get cranky.
The where is crucial with committee members and marketing staff. Local hotels land the most event contracts, but depending where they’re coming from it can be a challenge.
At this desk I have informally suggested that they should get out a map of the area, use an old fashioned compass and stick pins or its digital twin, looking at the area with the members’ addresses and try to find a place nearest the cluster. Many of our subscribers live in an 801– ZIP code. But we continue putting events at downtown hotels because they often have the best ballrooms, and although valet prices aren’t always considered by event organizers, the seasoned soiree guest may well consider it.
The how is where the invitation/Evite gets to be fun but challenging as well and nonprofit events can cause a struggle to deliver the mission statement in order to draw in the reader.
By the way, we love getting follow-up information after the fundraiser. When we get information that an event raised X-number of dollars and it’s in the six digits, we should inquire as to what amount cleared after all the bills were paid.
With all that to consider, the bottom line is this press release form gives us the bare bones we need to encourage readers to come and spend their time and money. This form should be in the folder of all those planning a fundraiser.
The why is obvious, because your mission is to raise money and often, in an exciting and clever way.
To obtain this PR form, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denver Ballet Guild applications
The Denver Ballet Guild is taking membership applications for its Les Cygnettes group for girls in grades 6-8 and for Les Demoiselles, for girls in grades 9-12. For information visit www.denverballetguild.org.
Fun fundraising facts
Cocktails for a Cause has quarterly events to bring attention to and to ask guests to bring items for a different charity each time. The latest one was for the Tennyson Center, which had a great list of items they needed. Included in the take: 27,604 donated items valued at $22,304. Never a dull party this event was held at Wings Over the Rockies. The next event is Sept. 10 benefiting Wish For Wheels, a really unique gathering that for the first time includes men as well as women.
We look forward to the autumn onslaught of activity because we like you, our readers, and want to be part of your party.
Almost universally, men gobble up their dinners like they were driving a turbo-infused car driven by the likes of Mario Andretti. Fostering this etiquette problem are the wait staff who place each course down and within what seems like five minutes want to grab it back, circling the table like their lives depend on getting your dinner plate back to the kitchen like now.
Wolfing is bad for the offending eater’s body in several ways we won’t go into. To hold off the server, keep your fork just above the plate and keep your hand on it until you are ready to get on with what comes next.
Gumby, Barbie and Slinky are just a few of the characters at the History Colorado Center “Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s” exhibit now showing through Oct. 4.
We remember with warmth the toys we played with as they invoke other warm memories of childhood, a place we now and then wish we could return to. In a recent Wall Street Journal “Friday Mansions” section, they focused on the place you called home as a kid, your own bedroom, a shrine to those innocent years. But try to go home again and you’ll see the folks redecorated your room that now houses dad’s man cave and where mom now works from home on days she doesn’t go to the business office.
Today’s Mr. Potato Head is different, made of a different goop.
So you can meander through those days of yore at the History Colorado, pause and reflect and tell your own kids and spouse about how you played with the toys on display there.
The display also has hundreds of toys with multimedia, as they call it, and Maureen McCormick of “The Brady Bunch” TV show, and you can go along in the play zone and show your own kids what that innocent era was like.
Toys Take Over is part of the History Colorado, beginning 11:30 a.m. when visitors can drop in and play with favorite toys up close. So you remember Match Box Cars? The Center has the cars that visitors set up on that huge Colorado map that’s part of the museum.
My now middle-age son still covets Legos, and we remember Lincoln Logs, and the whole family can have a ball here all summer. Big Wheel is not just a memory, it’s a real tricycle.
Log onto to the site and see a whole summer full of special days at www.historycolorado.org or call 303-HISTORY (447-8679.)
Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk
The Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association has Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, Sept. 27, at Denver City Park’s The Meadows. Registration opened July for walkers and teams.
The walk “promotes acceptance of all people with Down syndrome and helps raise funds for RMDSA, which supports people with Down syndrome, their families, and caregivers across the Rocky Mountain Region,” so their mission statement reads.
The walk includes continental breakfast, face painting, games, entertainment, resource fair and a performance by local band, Flip Side.
For further details contact Jan Blankennagel at 303-947-5209 or visit www.stepupdenver.org.
Galloway receives Legacy Award
Jean Galloway was honored in the Denver Business Journal as a 2015 Legacy Award winner. We learned that from the Galloway Group Quarterly, which arrived via email last week.
Here come the bride and groom – again. Different bride or different groom, this topic is apparently a hot button for readers who have more to say about this and love reading about it. None want names revealed, but here’s a synopsis of their input.
Several said they agreed about having their children participate in the wedding, but then there goes the small wedding the couple wanted this time around. The most emotional are the widows and widowers, thinking that having each other’s children in the wedding would help them heal their sad wounds and point them toward a new, happier future. How can anyone say no to that? Have the kids and/or grandkids walk the couple down the aisle separately.
Some of these children want their surviving or divorced parents to come. Quite a sticky wicket? Put the biological parent and new spouse as far in the back of the place as possible. Then hope and pray when the toasts come at the reception none of them raises a champagne glass to say something sarcastic. My advice is don’t invite them to the reception if there is a serious concern. One spouse threatened the remarrying partner with his/her life when told of the coming nuptials over the phone!
Then you’re off to wedded bliss, but here come more obstacles when they combine their own households. Each having different tastes and not wanting to give up the stuff they went through a lot just getting to keep in the divorce. This is also a minefield where one person is widowed and clings to a cherished item or roomful. Get this situation worked out at the time of the engagement and if you can’t think twice about marrying this person as this may be a factor in other “want to keep” stuff. With couples marrying later in life for even the first time, try to just compromise.
Then there’s the topic of who likes to eat what. Maybe tone down the strong spices and include long loved foods of both in many menus. If both marrying partners work fulltime take turns in the kitchen. Find recipes combining some tastes, and we love “Cooking Light,” using lots of sticky notes in each issue, a fun experience shared by each loved one.
Raising our kids, I’d always said that the cook doesn’t clean the mess made in preparing the meal.
Take turns also with carpools and most all other responsibilities, part of “Getting to know you, getting to know more about you,” from The King and I, now being reprised on Broadway.
Don’t like the other person’s best friend(s)? This can be a serious situation and for one couple it was one of the main reasons for the divorce to begin with. A song from 1956 included words, “Two different worlds, we come from two different worlds.” Those different worlds are mostly exciting, interesting and even better than expected, we’ve been told.
For most remarrying couples, this becomes the best decision they’d ever made, and personally, it certainly is and their shared happiness envelops their families, and wedded bliss is so deep it’s spiritual, often holding hands at religious services.
And a word about gay marriages that are gaining acceptance and popularity. It is like lifting a boulder off their shoulders, the end of covering up what they can’t change and the two become not one, but two happy, fulfilled promises.
Now about the other person’s tastes in clothes: not going there, readers, not here where one grew up with Dapper Dan and Dressy Betsy dolls, they still invoke warm memories from long ago. L’chaim!
Cocktails for a Cause has its first co-ed benefit, Wish for Wheels, Sept. 10, 6-10 p.m. at the XJet Terminal at Centennial Airport.
Last year, Wish for Wheels attracted more than 450 people to build 115 bikes for students at Holly Ridge Elementary School, partnered with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation.
This nonprofit is 11 years old, and serves kids in Denver metro schools. Selected children are from low-income families that may not be able to provide new bikes and helmets on their own dollars. Bruce Bendell is Wish for Wheels CEO.
The event includes a buffet, drinks and dancing, silent auction and of course, bike assembly and bike decorating. Advance reservations are required.
For tickets, email email@example.com.
Past Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame inductees
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame recently moved its headquarters to Greenwood Village so naturally, we wanted to focus on the past inductees who live in our villages. Joy Burns is an icon of culture and real estate acumen and is known for the Burnsley Hotel. She’s considered a major force behind the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and is a founding member of Luxury Hotels of the World. She founded the Women’s Bank, now called the Colorado Business Bank, and she is a past president of the University of Denver Pioneer Sportswomen.
Burns rarely misses University of Denver benefits and the Joy Burns Arena at DU is named for her.
Merle Chambers, who along with Hugh Grant, was just honored at the Fine Arts Foundation Debutante Ball as a Citizen of the Arts. She received the Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award by the Graduate School of International Studies at DU and is a well known local philanthropist and president of the Chambers Family Fund.
The late Virginia Fraser was a Littleton resident was a co-founding member of the Littleton Council on Human Relations. Known as a advocate for rights of the elderly, she served on the Arapahoe Community College Council, and helped found the Metro Denver Fair Housing Center.
Ellie Greenberg, Ph.D., co-authored A Time of Our Own, a book celebrating women older than age 60, as they finally concentrate on their own talents and interests. A speech pathologist, she is the founding director of the University Without Walls and she co-founded the Littleton Council for Human Relations, and worked for fair housing legislation in the state. Her other accolades fill pages.
Carlotta Walls LeNier lives in Cherry Hills Village. She was a member of the Little Rock Nine and among those given the Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and remains a well respected civil rights advocate. She is now a real estate broker.
Jill Tietjen is a nationally respected professional engineer and a past national president of the Society of Women Engineers. She was the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and was also its first female president.
Much of the information on these women comes from the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
Coming Up Down the Road
The 2015 Kappa Book & Author Dinner for the Craig Hospital Scholarship Fundis is Oct. 22 at the Hyatt Regency DTC.Signed up to speak are Kevin Guilfolle, Keith McCafferty and Judy Young.
Funds also support Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Backyard grills get sky high hot in summer, drawing in neighbors who haven’t touched base since they’d compared whose house got hit the hardest in last fall’s hailstorm.
The casual outdoor party doesn’t mean abandoning table manners and for neophytes new to the scene it can be downright confusing.
Start off hosting the red, white and blue theme by deciding how many people you are inviting. Decide on how formal or informal you want to go: a seated buffet, served by caterers or some hybrid combination of both, with hired staff circulating with drinks or the reliably long lines for alcohol and food, pre-plated salad and/or dessert.
No matter what, you can plan on some awkwardness regarding attire but that can also make your gathering lots of fun.
Festive and casual yard parties are the favorite for local ranchers or city slickers. Places such as Party City or Michael’s stock Old Glory theme centered table settings with centerpieces featuring a lot of tableware choices.
The more disposable goods, the easier for hosts as you simply trash it all. You can indicate the formality or informality by the types of plastic ware you select. It’s also inexpensive if you purchase party themed goods right after patriotic parties are over so you should plan your party details ahead. After this informal gathering is over, just gather paper and plastic items to the center of the disposable tablecloth and recycle items and maybe save centerpieces for a future use such as a Labor Day soiree.
Potuck style celebrations seem to be going the way of the horse and buggy as we’re all just too busy to worry about providing a list of ingredients for each dish we bring lest we set off a party-ending food emergency, due to allergies. Also, now you have to be aware of those who wish to shun other gluten, sugar or high fructose corn syrup or cultural dictates.
When hiring a caterer be specific about your budget and consider several choices to save money or get as festive as your personality dictates or do it all yourself.
Regardless of the time of day decide whether you want to have children at the party and if so, consider some kid-friendly entertainment and be sure to offer foods they like whether they’re your own favorites or not. We’ve seen many a man dive into mac and cheese, chicken fingers and tater tots! Sidestep the peanut allergy explosion by offering another food such as grapes, sliced apples or tiny carrots.
Bonnie McCay, Kimberly Behounek, Gianna Orr and Jean Moore
Rene Harding’s Cocktails for a Cause is on a roll, with so many more women coming to the 5:30-7:30 p.m. events each quarter that it’s outgrown the Cable Center at the University of Denver and moved the June 17 party to Wings Over the Rockies.
These women-only gatherings benefit a different local nonprofit each time. The benefitting agency gives Harding a list of what they need most and attendees bring one of those items.
Meeting guests each time is a truck large enough to hold the donated items that are driven right to the benefiting agency at the end of each event. Harding makes sure to drive this fact home.
Tennyson Center for Children got the goods this time and their CEO Ron Witte was just about the only man allowed into Wings for the presentation.
We all learned that on average, the children at the Tennyson Center had already been to six or seven other placements. Many abused or traumatized children arrive hungry, unclean and in need of immediate attention.
“Really Great Families Can Have Kids with Big Troubles” is the headline of the center’s Spring 2015 newsletter. “Some are great families yet face mental health and developmental issues,” they note.
By the time one of the affected children is in elementary school, they could have many anger problems. One example is of a child who needed an emergency hospital stay, having made suicide threats.
The Tennyson Center has many such cases to cite.
Cocktails has a following that keeps growing and the next Cocktails for a Cause is Sept. 10, at the XJet Terminal at Centennial Airport, supporting Wish for Wheels. This fall affair will feature food, dancing and silent auction shopping. For the handyman or woman, each participant can build a new bike for a needy child, aided by experts. No walk-ins are allowed and RSVPs are required. Visit www.cocktailsforacauseco.org.
Tennyson Center CEO Rod Witte, Rene Harding and Jessica KimakPhotos by Glory Weisberg
Anne Mason, Taryn Baughman, Donna Yocum and Margaret McDermott
Andrea Lauricella, Renee Minter and Staci Batterson
Marilyn Manning, Karen Hill and Susan Baker
The 16th annual Donor Dash, a 5K run/walk honor the lives of organ and tissue donors, celebrating the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognizing those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.
The event is July 19 at Washington Park.
The Donor Dash is the largest donation awareness event in Colorado. Last year, more than 5,000 people participated in the event.
This Dash promotes fact-based education, contributing to the strong donation rates in our state, with nearly 68 percent of Coloradans having already joined the state donor registry.
There are currently more than 2,500 people in Colorado waiting for an organ transplant and people can help alleviate this public health crisis by designating their decision to be donors on state donor registries.
There are no age or health restrictions to becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor. In fact the average age of donors in Colorado in 2014 was 65 and the oldest donor was 99 years young. Even those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hepatitis can save the lives of others afflicted by the same type of illness through donation.
Le Bal de Ballet Debutante Ball bell ringer, Don Oppilger rounded up ball goers last week to usher everyone into the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to start presentations. Photo by Glory Weisberg
Don Oppilger ushered everyone into the Ellie Calkins Opera House for the Denver Ballet Guild Le Bal de Ballet Debutante Ball for an evening of formal presentations, including the Grand March, elegant dinner and dancing at the Denver Sheraton Hotel. Oppilger is a Denver Ballet Guild supporter and was happy to play bell ringer.
JFS doubles profit
Alaina Green, associate director of marketing and communications for Jewish Family Service of Colorado, said, “This year we grossed $815,000 and netted $550,000. For comparison, last year’s numbers were $425,000 gross and $276,000 net, so we made almost twice as much this year!”
This was wonderful news for those who depend on this and other like services. If your nonprofit has similar great news to share, send it to me.
From Colorado Ballet we read that the Arts with Altitude Gala May 16 and the Dick Saunders Classic Golf Tournament May 18 netted $130K.
CNI Cochlear Kids Camp, Session
This message was in our inbox this week and we know how wonderful this is for this special population so here it is, very little edited for publication style:
“Do you know a family that would be interested in attending the July/August session of CNI Cochlear Kids Camp, Session Dates: July 30-Aug. 2?
“If you love camp and would like others to experience all it has to offer, forward this notice to a family who might like to attend.
“Launched in 2001, the CNI Cochlear Kids Camp creates opportunities for families to share the success of cochlear implant children, from 3 year-olds through high school seniors. Be a part of the tradition and join families from all across the U.S. and other countries for four days and three nights of recreation, education and celebration.
“Our camp offers a wide range of activities, including parent and family workshops, children’s day camp sessions, family team building, arts and crafts, nature walks, a ropes course, climbing areas, swimming, archery, a barbecue cookout, games and more. If you have questions email email@example.com or call 303-357-5442.”
DiPasquale receives honorary degree
Greenwood Villager Larry DiPasquale, founder and chief executive officer of the Epicurean Group, received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Food Service Entrepreneurship from Johnson & Wales University, May 23, at The Bellco Theater at the Colorado Convention Center. JWU serves more than 1,300 students from all 50 states and eight countries; students prepping for careers in the food, travel and business markets. DiPasquale has served on JWU’s President’s Council for 10 years.
DiPasquale, along with Richard Sandoval of Richard Sandoval Restaurants, received the award at JWU’s graduation ceremony. DiPasquale’s wife Jill and daughter Christina were at the ceremony.
Celebration of Women Powering Change
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado has a Celebration of Women Powering Change event, July 9, 4-7 p.m. Ambassador Swanee Hunt will share her experiences of her globetrotting. She is now credited with being a catalyst for improving the lives of women here and around the world. The event is free but registration is required. The Foundation expects representatives from 100 organizations to attend.
Get further details at www.wfco.org.
Arrupe Jesuit High School
Eighty-five 2015 students who graduated from Arrupe Jesuit High School paint a picture of success and life changing goals as each of them was accepted to college, 44 percent are their family’s first generation high school graduates, 92 percent are first generation college attendees and a whopping 92 percent were accepted into four year colleges. More than $6 million was awarded to them in merit-based college scholarships. Awards came from Regis Arrupe Partnerships, six are Daniels Fund Scholars, four are Kathy Fortune Scholars and several graduates also got scholarships from other sources. Most will go to in-state colleges.
Arrupe would like to increase the number of other scholarships available so if you are interested in getting involved, visit www.Arrupejesuit.com.
If you belong to a health club you probably know that some fellow members need etiquette help. If it’s not the sweaty jock using club equipment, it’s someone using one piece of equipment for what seems like forever.
If you belong to Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, you may have few if ever etiquette issues and the reason may be their “studio etiquette” policies, written in black ink, a trifold each new member gets at signing.
Among the items, is to “please adhere to the provisions of the Mobile Electronic Device policy.” And don’t we wish other public places would adopt this policy?
We’ve all heard free weights hitting the club floor with a thud that reminded us of a possibly catastrophic thunderclap, sending you to a certified spot away from windows.
“Please use care when placing weights down to prevent damage to the hardwood floor,” and to that we add possible damage to our hearing. And also, those heavy weights can get grimy so be sure to keep your hands clean so the next member can use them.
And here comes that point, Greenwood’s No. 9: “Please remember personal hygiene and refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.” And on our soapbox, we’d like to add that if you bathe or shower daily you really don’t need this stuff that became popular in an era when bathing wasn’t always available. It is now and more people are becoming sensitive to these products and start coughing in elevators and other confining places. There is a reason cosmetics firms often offer an incentive, gift with purchase, to attract buyers not always offered them with other similarly priced cosmetics.
There are other great studio etiquette items we can think of regarding publicly shared facilities so let us know what you’d like to tell our other subscribers.
Paige and John Elway
Paige and John Elway headed up the official 2015 Carousel Ball Kickoff held at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes in the Anschutz Medical Center Children’s Hospital Aurora campus.
Dana Davis and Shane Hendryson are chairing the ball itself. Davis’s parents are Barbara Davis and the late Marvin Davis. Davis is planning to fly in from California for the ball, Oct. 2. Davis is Honorary chairman. Daughter Nancy Davis Rikel and Ken Rickel are honorary co-chairs.
The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes is celebrating its 37th anniversary this year. Davis was diagnosed with the illness after Halloween trick or treating when she was a child.
Ongoing research is hoping to prevent diabetes, Dr. Marian Rewers told kickoff supporters. CDF, as it’s commonly known, “is dedicated to preventing, treating and curing diabetes, providing clinical and educational programs for children and adults.” This ball would be a wonderful way to support the Barbara Davis Center.
The Elways will be honored with the High Hopes Tribute Award for their local support of not just CDF but also to other humanitarian and philanthropic efforts as well.
Dr. Marian Rewers, Dr. Peter Chase and Charles and Christine FosterPhotos by Glory Weisberg
As you all know, John Elway is known as an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and now the Denver Broncos GM and EVP of football operations.
The ball got off to a rousing start with bids on two front row seats to the May 31 Neil Diamond concert held here in Denver. Those tickets sold for $1,100.
Fascinating details on the Barbara Davis Center are available and well worth obtaining at www.childrensdiabetes
foundation.org or 303-863-1200.
Among the numerous dinner committee chairs are Deidre and Shawn Hunter, whose son has been a CDF patient for years and now siblings have also been diagnosed with diabetes as well; live auctioneer and former Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale, Gina and Fadi Abou-Jaoude, Diane Huttner, Judy and Charlie McNeil, Carol and Larry Mizel, Lone Tree City Council member Susan Squyer and Paul Squyer, Drs. Robin and Robert Slover, Cathy and Peter Culshaw, Rollie Jordan, Drs. Georgeanna and William Klingensmith, Andrea and Alan Fey, and Stephen Edmonds.
Dana Davis and Jacquie Palisi
Start a Team for The Longest Day
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and raising Alzheimer’s awareness is as easy as wearing purple or starting a team for The Longest Day on June 21. Held annually on the summer solstice, the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers.
Start or join a team today at www.alz.org/tld.
The Denver Memories in the Making Art Auction is June 13 at 6 p.m. at the Denver Broncos Field House at Dove Valley. For this info visit Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado visit alz.org/co or phone 1-800-272-3900.
Many young children are out for summer vacation and getting special time with their parents and other loved ones who are taking advantage of this availability. Not only signed up for sports, they are also turning up at other places, some that don’t usually attract elementary or even pre-school children.
Before heading to a local spa or hair or manicure/pedicure treats, the adults with them should explain how to act in these places.
This came to mind for one woman who was in such a spot with a young girl who was getting a would-be fun experience but was continuing to ask the salon staff person to keep redoing her wet nails she’d smeared, forcing the staffer to keep applying the color as other customers began waiting longer and longer for their own appointments.
Bottom line: Before heading out, explain in detail what will be done for him/her and how to carefully keep an application from being damaged. Some kids are scared of having that all too well recorded first haircut, thinking that strangers wielding sharp scissors could hurt them and also worried that the hair itself would cause pain when cut.
Another situation occurred at a local playground with an adult who allowed their young child or an adult in their care to bully others repeatedly without reprimand or warning nicely not to behave this way.
Here again, there’s the Golden Rule that adults should consider: treat others, regardless of age, the way you’d want to be treated and talk to your young charge about this basic etiquette. If a youngster is doing something harmful to him/herself or others even with an adult there, call 911. But for lesser problems, adults should not allow a child at a restaurant or store to scream or misbehave again and again. Adults, this is flat out rude and many readers say they want this column to address this, saying they are hot and angry about this. Keep quiet toys such as art materials or children’s books in a nanny bag.
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