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The Global Down Syndrome Foundation Be Beautiful Be Yourself Hollywood Ball, Gold & Glam is June 12 and features dinner and dancing at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver Cottonwood Ballroom.
With barely the ink dry on this year’s mega-successful Mizel Institute Dinner, circle the date for the 2016 dinner, Wednesday, May 26. What they’re not telling us yet is who they’re honoring. You’ll know when we know.
New music director
Opera Colorado has for the first time appointed a music director Ari Pelto. As other traditional arts programs continue to bring their performances to the people outside the traditional performance venues, Opera Colorado is also packing up the traditional stage and moving it to sites in the greater Denver metro area, as Pelto said, “To increase and diversify its programming and repertory, build the national scope of its Young Artists program and further extend the Company’s reach through engagements in venues outside of the traditional opera house.”
For more info on this move, visit www.operacolorado.org or call Marketing Director Rachel Perez at 303-698-2334.
Golf 4 A Precious Child, June 15
Golfers are invited to tee off on behalf of Colorado’s disadvantaged children at the Seventh Annual Golf 4 A Precious Child Charity Tournament.
The tournament is June 15 at the Omni Interlocken Resort Golf Club in Broomfield. The tournament is a foursome scramble format and will feature contests throughout the course.
The day will include 18 holes of golf, an appearance by the Broncos Cheerleaders, a cookout style lunch and silent and live auctions.
A Precious Child is a local nonprofit that provides basic essentials, such as clothing, coats and school supplies to children living in homeless shelters, foster homes or who are without access to basic needs.
Last year alone they served 31,204 children.
Individual golf spots, foursomes and sponsorships are available at www.bit.ly/golf4apc. For more information, visit www.APreciousChild.org or call Lisandra Gonzales at 303-466.4272.
In a separate announcement Most Precious Child noted they received 1,000 pairs of Crocs from the local shoe firm.
Denver Academy Scholarship Fund
The Denver Academy families and others in the metro Denver area gathered recently to support the Denver Academy Scholarship Fund at the DCPA Seawell Ballroom. Deb Woodward and daughter Jessica Woodward chaired the benefit that focused on the formidable obstacles diverse learners face in their academic and career paths. The umbrella nonprofit focuses on dyslexia, ADHD and other learning challenges to help such clients find the best way to learn. Among those at the event were Donald Seawell, Gayle and Steve Mooney, Tim and Sallie O’Connor.
The gala proceeds went for the DA’s financial aid efforts. For information, visit www.denveracademy.org.
2015 Denver Metro Women of Distinction
The Girl Scouts of Colorado released the names of 2015 Denver Metro Women of Distinction for the Oct. 20 Thin Mint Dinner. These women are selected as “shining examples of corporate, civic and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for the Scouts female leaders of tomorrow.”
In the past 17 years of this dinner, they have honored 417 local women and raised more than $2 million.
Luella Chavez D’Angelo, 2005 Woman of Distinction, and Donna Lynne, Kaiser Foundation president are heading the event effort.
The following is the roster of incoming honorees. Shirley Amore, Kim Binestefer, Laura J. Davis, Cheryl Haggstrom, M.L. Hanson, Djuana Harvell, Tisha L. Jones, Loretta P. Martinez, Vicki Scott and Debbie Trujillo.
For details on these honorees, visit www.gscolorado.org or call Heidi Books, 303-607-4833.
VOA Guild Girlfriend’s Raiser, June 17
Susan Kiely opens her condo to the Volunteers of America Guild Girlfriend’s Raiser, June 17, wording the pretty lime and pink invitation to “Bring your daughter, your niece, your neighbor, or that young girl you met at the coffee shop. The Guild needs some new girl friends!”
For this special event only, the Guild will be accepting new Young Professional Memberships for $25 per year. All guests are encouraged to bring new household items to help those the Volunteers of America Housing Stabilization Project helps to outfit their new homes. Suggested donations include kitchen utensils, laundry items, dishes, silverware, and baking dishes.”
RSVP to Yolanda Martinez, 303-297-0408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations, parents: you raised the kids well. You got them into kindergarten with weepy eyes and waving goodbye as a big yellow school bus drove away. You met their prom dates and approved of them. You helped them write their college application essays.
They made it through the halls of higher education without much of a hitch, marshalling them toward their own first jobs.
Then you met their respective spouses. That went fairly well, as no one dialed 911 at the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception and now, parents, here comes your biggest challenge in parenting: “First came love; then came marriage,” and you open the card that shows you an ultrasound of their first child. You hit your head on the dining room chandelier as you exploded in happiness.
So far so good, but now you’re about to be a grandparent, a journey as challenging as parenting, but with more players in this upcoming play of your life.
Having been a daughter-in-law myself, I know what I liked about my own mother-in-law. She was gracious to me, a huggie-type of woman who’d raised five children. So here we go, starting with the Golden Rule, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” Don’t give unsolicited advice and stay out of disagreements between the newlyweds because when they reconcile one of them is not going to like you. And these words will have even more meaning when the first grandchild enters the picture.
An article found in the March edition of the magazine, The Rotarian, is a good place to start with etiquette advice: “The part that grandparents play in their families varies according to geography, individual temperament, cultural traditional, and economics…but baby boomers, who make up about 60 percent of the 70 million grandparents in the United States, seem to be tackling the role more purposely.”
A grandmother herself, Barbara Graham is quoted in the magazine. The published writer lists seven guidelines for grandparents and here are some of them that really hit home at this etiquette desk. Despite your urge to correct the in-law adult child, stay out of it, and “seal your lips,” Graham advises. She also includes ideas from another published essayist Anne Roiphe, who is an editor of Eye of the Heart, a collection of essays on the grand parenting topic notes that “silence on certain issues is not just golden; it is essential,” unless it’s a case of child neglect or harm, of course. “When you become a grandparent, you are not in the starting lineup; you are on the bench.” If you must vent, do it with your fellow millennials.
More on this subject is coming and if you personally are a grandparent and want to weigh in on the topic, please do so, be it grandfather or grandmother.
Magic Johnson is a regular guy, friendly, approachable and friend of Jewish Family Service. Johnson was the featured speaker at the May 7 Jewish Family Service Executive Luncheon.
The basketball whiz is now proud to tell fans, “I want to be out raising money in the community like I am today,” instead of running for public office as one guest asked during a Q and A.
He’s known now also as a financial success, considered a successful businessman.
Nearly 1,000 JFS supporters showed up at the luncheon that seems to grow its own fans as the guest list keeps exceeding its previous year’s popularity. It’s also grown in financial commitment as donors gave $64,000 alone just at the luncheon itself. Talk about raising money, Magic is well named.
Another star performer at the luncheon was Christy Morris, a JFS supporter until she started struggling with alcohol abuse, job losses and hunger that forced her to become a JFS client, getting help to take her life back and proudly telling the audience that she’s now back to being a donor once again.
“I’m on the path to success and it feels good,” she said.
Major JFS donors included several family foundations as well as individuals Brent and Julie Morse, Elaine and Max Appel, Sam and Stephanie Zaitz, Jonathan and Erin Marsico and forever loyal to JFS, Joyce Zeff.
Alan, Peggy and Braden Mayer. Photos courtesy of Jewish Family Service
Denver Academy gala raises $290,000+
Denver Academy families and members of the greater-Denver community gathered April 25 to support the Denver Academy Scholarship Fund at the 2015 Gala held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex.
Against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, this year’s theme, Mission Possible: Transformation and Triumph, reminded everyone of the formidable obstacles diverse learners face in their academic and career paths. From those with dyslexia to others with ADHD, Denver Academy empowers and supports students to find the way they learn best.
Event chair Deb Woodward and her daughter Jessica Woodward spent the evening chatting with guests and supporters of the school, including Donald Seawell, Gayle and Steve Mooney, Tim O’Connor, President of the J.K. Mullen Foundation, and his wife Sallie O’ Connor. Guests also enjoyed entertainment from the alumni band 1892.
More than 30 percent of Denver Academy students are recipients of need-based financial aid. All proceeds from the gala – more than $290,000 – benefit the Denver Academy Scholarship Fund.
Reach them at www.denver
12th Annual Hammersmith Golf Classic
Hammersmith Management’s signature philanthropic event of the year, the 12th Annual Hammersmith Golf Classic, is June 12, at Arrowhead Golf Course in Littleton. All proceeds from the day will benefit the Denver Scholarship Foundation.
The schedule includes fun on the course as board members will participate in games, win prizes, and visit with vendors.
Following the tournament, there’s lunch, an awards ceremony and a silent auction containing sports memorabilia, trips and restaurant gift cards.
DSF inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools’ students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success.
SaddleUp! Bentley Denver Charity Polo
The inaugural SaddleUp! Bentley Denver Charity Polo Series begins June 5, an event fostering polo and philanthropy. This is slated to be an elegant charity polo event, providing integrated equine therapy, activities, and educational programs for individuals with special needs as well as their families and caregivers. It is a 2015 season opener and will be held at the Denver Polo Club. General Admission tickets and VIP Tailgate Cabanas good for two ticket holders are on sale now. Contact them at DivotStomp@bentleydenverpolo.com or call 303-730-7340.
Jim Wolfe and Yana Vishnitsky
Eric Pollack and Meyer Saltzman
Barbara Ferguson, Joanna Sender, Anne McGonagle and Susan Rawley
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” said the U.S. Post Office and it’s a fitting phrase for the May 7 Central City Opera Guild’s Spring Membership Party, held at the Cherry Hills Village home of Debbie and John Raeder.
The fun gathering attracted 120 people despite the dreadful weather Denver forecasters warned about for days, and sadly it was accurate. But this guild’s members are used to inclement weather as their L’Esprit de Noel is also often held on snowy nights preceding Christmas every year.
And so the Raeders opened their doors to the group to savor appetizers from Bliss Caterers. There were also non-food appetizers of another kind, as guild guests and members were treated to highlights of the upcoming 2015 Summer Opera Festival. Also on the agenda were the Central City Opera Ensemble Singers, who performed several excerpts from La Traviata.
Among the guild throng at the party were guild President Margaret Baker, event chairs Sandy Wischmeyer and Suzanne Pacetti, Christina Dinegar, Bill and Louise Atkinson, Dave and Bette Poppers, Nancy Parker, Susan Stiff, Jan Hammond and Carol McDermott.
Debbie and John Raeder and Marnie King
Hattitude raises $60,000
We have an update on the DCPA’s most fashionable Hattitude Luncheon that netted $60,000 for the Women’s Voices Fund. The hat parade featured a bevy of beautiful and clever hats, some embellished by the people wearing them.
Hats were judged in six categories. The Fabulously Floral winner was worn by Lorraine Salazar; the High Society winning hat was worn by Herminia Vigil; the Wildly Whimsical winner was Diane Vanderbilt’s. Equilla McKnight won the Sunday Best hat; Kristie Henehan won Most Creative Cap and Gretchen Rosenberg won the Exquisitely Elegant award. To learn more about the Women’s Voices Fund visit dcpa.org.
Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame recently opened a new office in Greenwood Village, at 5340 S. Quebec.
They annually honor Historic and Contemporary Women at their benefits and they also have a traveling exhibit and the Hall is already planning for the 2015-16 year. They welcome schools and organizations to contact them to schedule these presentations.
Among Hall of Fame winners are diplomat and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Linda Alvaredo, Sue Anschutz Rogers, Linda Alvaredo, Lena Lovato Archuleta, 1958 Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur Atler, Denver Symphony Orchestra founder Helen Marie Black, Helen Bonfils, Ellie Greenberg, Merle Chambers and others. To see the complete list of honorees, visit www.cogreatwomen.org.
A traveling exhibit, “Celebrating Colorado Women,” is opening this coming March at the main Denver Public Library.
Nominations are now open for the 2016 induction to the Hall of Fame are now open.
CCO performers Christy Conover, Travis Yamamoto and Senhica Klee. Photos courtesy of Kathy Wells
All kinds of things pop up in written media sent by email, Twitter or Facebook friends where correspondents vent (or brag) about their anguishing moments. But what is written down anywhere innocently can come back to haunt you for years. We have some suggestions to keep you from becoming victimized by a few angry words uttered long ago, and do realize that what is current today will become long ago eventually, be it us commoners or a British prince and live in cyberspace – as he embarrassingly found out.
Rule one: before typing anything remember the Golden Rule or as the Etiquette for Dummies notes, “Make sure you never appear rude, intrusive, crass, arrogant, uneducated or lazy.” Humbug, there goes all the fun in venting. But instead of typing, hit the health club and literally work it out, do yoga and use visualization to concentrate on a positive experience, photo or situation.
Let it brew, but try not to stew over it.
Never send photos taken on your trip while you’re still away as that’s a green light to people with sticky fingers.
Next, consider who’s going to read this stuff and ask yourself another form of The Golden Rule, that is, how would you like to receive this message?
You may automatically think that whoever gets your post would certainly agree with you, but do consider who else your “friend” knows and their friends know. Step back from the keyboard and go back to the text later – perhaps much later. You may then want to hit the delete button rather than the send button.
Don’t send suggestive messages over the airwaves as the ripples can reach across oceans thanks to those satellites orbiting the globe. Could this mess come back to bite you when you’re in another relationship later on? Parents, your offspring taking selfies of private parts can land up on a college entrance staffer’s desk. Think security risk too if an employer considers you for a top-secret government or private business position.
Another rule of the airwaves is to avoid writing anything you wouldn’t have the nerve to say to another person.
Bessie’s Hope brings youths and adults to nursing homes, giving each age group social interaction. For the patients, many who get one or even no visitors a year, just consider how much connectivity is important to each of us.
Yes, we connect with social media and printed publications like The Villager but close your eyes and put yourself in their situations.
Bessie’s Hope has its Two-Wheel Fantasy, Poker Run and more on May 30 at the Platte River Bar and Grill, a favorite of local bikers. For this event, it’s the starting point that winds through two elder care facilities. The finish line, so to speak, is at MorningStar in Littleton. This is an assisted living community and when Bessie’s Hope participants get to take a spin, both visitors and residents have a memorable time. Of course, we need to tell readers that waivers are signed prior to the spinning. You can see it in their eyes, the sheer glee, the exhilaration of, borrowing the words from the movie, Madagascar, “I like to move it, move it, move it.”
This phrase had become a motto for exercisers in health clubs, on bike paths winding through High Line Canal trails and a directive from parents to kids and physical education staff.
Committee members include Donna Franklin, Celeste Caccione, Jim Medford, Slosser, Denise Shugarts, Patrick Drobot and Adrienne Coffey.
Bessie’s Hope cofounder Linda Holloway quotes a 16-year-old girl as saying, “The elders are my inspiration. They tell me to stay in school. They really care about what I do with my life.”
That, considered essential to all of us, is in and of itself a potentially life changing statement.
At the other end of the lifespan comes from a 96-year-old woman who told Holloway, “Bringing the youth and the old together like this is not just a pleasure, it’s a necessity.”
For those of you facing perhaps for the first time, an empty nest, Bessie’s Hope could use your time to connect with these two such people and open your world for others.
For information, call Holloway at 303-830-9037.
Denver Center Alliance
Whether you covet comedy or drama, you will enjoy connecting with others by getting involved in the Denver Center Alliance.
This Spring Membership Luncheon is May 21 at Cherry Creek Country Club. This nonprofit raises funds for the DCPA through special events and theater experiences. They are an upbeat cadre of activists who have a love for the stage.
They are installing their 2015-16 slate of officers headed by Keri Christiansen. On her board will be Lois Paul, Claudia Miller, Pam Sletten, Lorraine Salazar, Susan Stiff, Robin Heppler, Trisha Hood, Kelly Kiefer and Lynn Wong.
To join this happy throng, visit www.dencercenter.org/alliance or call Chelly Canales at 303-446-4815.
There With Care
There With Care has its Care Cup Challenge May 18 at Cherry Creek Country Club. This nonprofit’s mission is to reach families with health crisis by taking care of the little things that otherwise can be ignored. They focus on providing things such as groceries, getting the family to and from their child’s treatments, supporting the siblings and even bringing them baby items that such a family finds challenging to have time to get.
Let’s face it, a seriously ill child commands attention and grabs loved ones by the heart. Illnesses that in the past were considered terminal are now treatable. There With Care tells the story of patient Jeziah, who endured 10-12 chemotherapies as physicians figured out which would work best to combat his leukemia. The parents rush to the hospital for hugs, treatment updates and “snuggle time,” his mother pointed out one day to the nonprofit. Then along with the treatments come financial struggles for parents who have to take time off from their jobs, face growing stacks of bills for electricity, gas for the car, and you can fill in the blanks from here, readers.
To find out more and attend the dinner, visit www.therewithcare.org. This is a Denver area agency and they are growing and are opening a new Community Space to enable them to accept donations, volunteers to sort the times, meeting space for their teams, volunteer training and involving people and businesses to provide those needed emergency needs.
There With Care has its golf benefit June 9 at Omni Interlocken Golf Club in Broomfield.
Television comedies fill their weekly scripts with stories of the trials and tribulations of a couple getting engaged and meeting each other’s families. One hilarious movie was titled Meet the Parents and its story lines were hilarious, in fact so hilarious the 2004 original was followed by several sequels, elevating Ben Stiller’s acting career to a new height.
But when the real thing is coming up there may be little room for hilarity, a minefield if ever there was one.
When it’s time to gather the bride’s and groom’s parents together for the first time, the groom’s parents should arrange it. With the list of responsibilities growing, it can become in reality the job of whichever parents have the time, outgoing personalities and know how.
Out of personal naivety upon meeting my fiancé’s mother at his home I merely asked, “What should I call you.”
I already had a mother and two more diverse women could not be found on this earth. But when the hostess replied, she said, “Call me mom.” I did and there started a friendship between the families, one that has remained mutually warm and bonding.
So the suggestion here is, just ask the parents what they’d like to be called and for the most part, it is their first name if they aren’t formal but if they are, call them Mr. and Mrs. If the groom really did ask the bride-to-be for permission to marry his daughter, the name concern is already settled. If you know of any bride’s father who said no to the question of permission, a plot worthy of Shakespeare can unfold.
A Skype meeting works well if the parents live far apart but face-to-face is today’s suggestion. They can exchange email addresses to enable them to help plan the ceremony. If parents are divorced, the engaged couple needs to decide how to tell them but if the groom has already asked for his daughter’s hand, of course, telling his mother is a foregone conclusion. Coming home for Christmas can be the time the couple would formally announce their engagement, often with the bride-to-be showing off an engagement ring.
An engagement party is a fun affair with champagne toasts to the couple and engagement gifts are probably expected. If you are invited decide on your budget for this event and the wedding itself before getting into a higher expense than you can afford.
If you have a story on this topic to share, tell us about it.
Kepler PorterfieldPhoto courtesy of Porterfield family
Kepler Porterfield is not quite 3, has a smile that would melt the polar ice cap, a face in general that shows the promise of a bright future.
So who would even guess he has to fight cystic fibrosis every time he eats? Also due to this lung illness he has to get breathing treatments twice a day. Kepler is among those who may be diagnosed with CF even before they are born and this blond, curly haired cutie underwent surgery at one day old to remove a mucus blockage in his bowel. Today he has regular visits at the local cystic fibrosis clinic. His physicians, dieticians and social workers meet with his parents Amanda and Dr. Harry Porterfield, as they get help adjusting Harry’s medical treatment, which he will need his entire life.
The CF 5K Walk, Great Strides will be May 16 at Sloan’s Lake, with registration starting at 8 a.m. Great Strides is also held annually at other American locales, seeking to raise funds for drug research and make us civilians in this struggle, become more aware of CF. And their walks are improving the life expectancy of kids like Kepler who can hope to live a normal life span. Just knowing that eases his grandmother Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons’ fears and readers can help by getting to Sloan’s Lake next week to subsidize the CF care that can include lung transplants.
To get more information on this walk, call Adrienne at 303-791-8488 or Ellen Penrod at the local CF Foundation office at 303-296-6610.
Town Hall’s production of Young Frankenstein opens May 15 and runs through June 14. This is the last production in Town Hall Arts Center’s 2014-2015 production year. The book that generated this play was by none other than Mel Brooks. The play is directed and choreographed by Nick Sugar, recently at Town Hall directing the 2015 production of Next to Normal.
For seats call the Town Hall Arts Center box office, 303-794-2787 ext. 5 or online at www.townhallartscenter.org/young-frankenstein.
Improving Lives, Transforming Minds
Mental Health America of Colorado has its “Improving Lives, Transforming Minds” benefit June 11 at Green Spaces in Lodo. Whitney Stone and Carrie Varela are chairwomen. This is intended to be a fun evening fundraiser “celebrating” MHAC’s education, prevention and outreach programs and the agenda includes art and poetry from Check Your Head students reflecting on the agency’s impact they benefit from.
MHAC’s other missions include a school-based effort to encourage self-identity, conflict resolution, recovery and tolerance through the arts. Their Brain Trust & Speaker Spotlight series provides free presentations on mental health topics that promote wellness and more, available online at www.mhacolorado.org.
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are being served.
For event inquiries you can also call Beth Danilson, 720-208-2243 or email her at email@example.com.
Western Fantasy, Oct. 10
The Volunteers of America, VOA, has its Western Fantasy, Oct. 10, its 22nd year. The 2015 edition is being chaired by Faye and Dr. Reggie Washington. Faye’s been on the WF steering committee for 11 years so she’s hitting the dirt running, as the saying goes, not needing much mentoring to do her best.
She also has a generous history on the local philanthropy circuit, having been active with Central City Opera and the Denver Center Alliance, Junior League of America, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Faye also is a past chairwoman of its annual benefit. She’s chaired the American Heart Association’s Grand Prix Gala.
Reggie is the chief medical officer of the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and is past president of its medical staff.
Dr. Washington is past chairman of the DCPA, the Helen Bonfils Foundation, Temple Buell Foundation and is now chairman of the National Advisory Council for the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, a past board member of the Colorado Trust and the Colorado Children’s Campaign. He was voted as one of the best pediatric cardiologist by 5280 magazine for the past 11 years. He’s also been listed as among the Best Doctors in America, American’s Top Pediatrician by the Consumer Research Council and the Denver Business Journal’s Champions in Health Care. And if that’s not enough, he was a finalist for Surgeon General of the U.S. in 2006, a time we all recall with pride, drawing attention to the area’s medical coming of age, so to speak.
Western Fantasy has drawn supporters by the thousands since its inception, spurring sales of elegant western wear in a jeans and diamonds style endemic to Denver’s western image.
The popularity of renewing wedding vows grows every year as couples live longer and remain friends with those who may have been at a couple’s original wedding. Many are celebrating decade anniversaries and not waiting for the 50th to have a renewal of vows.
What to wear: today wearing a white outfit but not gown is popular sans the veil, of course, and the bride’s bouquet can be whatever she and her spouse decide on, either updating the theme or reminiscing over the original one.
That walk down the aisle of perhaps a local hotel, sanctuary or backyard can be on the arm of one of the couple’s grown children and accompanied by grandchildren if they choose. We’ve seen it and watched a heartwarming feeling envelope guests, now snapping phone videos with sound and shots but hiring a professional with about 20 pounds of equipment, not competing with the cluster of iPhones but with a well staged look.
A reception can be as big or small as the family wants but be careful to update your guest list to include those who have come to be among closest business, personal or extended family. A formal dinner can follow the nuptials or be just a tender gathering of few, including an orchestra, DJ or compilation of tunes cherished or currently favored by the couple and run by their kids or cousins.
Cancer League of Colorado is poised to raise $1 million this fiscal year, clear and free.
They accomplish this because they have no staff or offices and also because the League’s 2015 Hope Ball, May 9, is not just sold out, it’s doubly sold out with several corporate level tables donated back and sold the second time, pushing attendance to more than 700 people, as many as the DTC Hyatt Regency ballroom can hold – to the very back walls.
The ball’s Patron Party, held several weeks ahead of the ball itself, drew dozens of upper level supporters, attracted none other than Dr. Dan Theodorescu, director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Theodorescu underscored CLC’s goals and his detailed bio could fill a whole page.
Dr. Dan TheodorescuFile photo
The 2015 CLC Scientific Advisory Board is headed by Dr. John Tentler and supported by a number of fellow scientists.
Barb and Gary Reece are on tap to be the ball’s Champions of Hope Award winners, dutifully earned by their consistent and ongoing CLC leadership.
Lorraine Salazar chaired the Patron Party, enlisting Footers Catering to provide a hot and cold buffet at the home of a Cherry Hills Village family. Arlene Mohler Johnson was co-chair.
Community Support Services 25 years
Community Support Services is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the formal May 1 Celebration at Palazzo Verde. This agency serves South Metro area families and adults with developmental disabilities.
Jayne Tschirhart-Short is president, executive director and founder. Their program motto: “Supporting and teaching people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” with an array of services including a residential apartment program, host home program, family caregiver option, supported living services and day services.
This event is not open to the public but info is available at 303-618-4748.
Send your info
Charity golf tournaments are springing up like the tulips right now and if your nonprofit has one during these warm months it’s time to send us your golf info by requesting our PR Form by email to address below.
Dare to Ride July 18-20
Among upcoming sports events is the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Dare to Ride/Courage Classic, July 18-20 at Copper Mountain. Price per adult is $120 and $60 for kids. Kids aren’t often included in such benefits so this could be fun for the whole family. So slather on the SPF, grab a floppy hat and sunglasses and go raise funds. Connor Long is team leader and also participating in the effort is researcher, Joaquin Espinosa.
For info, call Tobie Orr, 720-209-6556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CNI ride, June 7
The Colorado Neurological Institute is again holding the Charlie Wolf Legacy Ride as part of the Elephant Rock Cycling Festival at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, June 7. Charlie Wolf was a CNI patient and his family continues to ride in his memory and also in support of others who continue battling neurological conditions.
In all, there are five scenic and challenging courses, including a 100-, 62- and 40-mile course. Additionally, there is a 27-mile gravel grinder course and an 8-mile, family type course.
If you’re not interested in participating, but want to support CNI they would welcome donations. Contact Genevieve Laca, development manager, at email@example.com or call 720-974-4094.
For information on riding, contact Lorre Gibson at 303-806-7420 to ride with the CNI team.
InnovAge Moonlight Classic, July 18
InnovAge is a nonprofit helping seniors and caregivers with individual and evolving needs. They aim to keep loved ones as independent and “vibrant” as long as possible in their own homes.
Their InnovAge Moonlight Classic is a late night 10-mile cycling fundraiser through Denver’s historic neighborhoods, July 18, 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event is guided by the Denver Police Department, starting and ending in front of the State Capitol but it kicks off with a pre-ride pajama party on the grass along East Colfax, between Lincoln Street and Broadway. There is a yearly costume contest and prizes will be awarded for the best costume for each of the rider categories.
Registration closes shortly at moonlight-classic.com. For information, call 720-378-0943.
Walk of Dreams Gala
Further down the road is the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation Walk of Dreams Gala, Oct. 3. Go to www.operationwalkdenver.org.
“Live From the Rainbow Room, the National Repertory Orchestra benefit,” is June 26 at the Seawell Ballroom. Pamela Adams was aglow with the details this week, noting she’s chairing the gala with Jeanne Saunders.
Wedding showers can run the gamut from elegant to casual, depending on the style and formality of the couple themselves. If their lives are mostly casual and their attire jeans, the shower can reflect that, considering what they will actually use. If their idea of a party means cute paper goods and backyard burgers and bratwurst, they would probably appreciate cookbooks for the grill. If the word “china” means a country, not type of dishes, skip the porcelain unless they let you know they’d love to have their favorite pattern.
Kitchen showers can mean bring cooking utensils from tongs to a garlic press and before you think it’s a bit too downscale, note that upscale kitchen stores in the mall carry $40 garlic presses. Smoothies have brought back the blender from mom’s basement or upper kitchen shelf. A whole new generation of blenders are out and they are more powerful and in some cases, pricy. If the couple will be hosting dinner parties an electric knife is a good idea. But keep to your budget and gather some basic items at your favorite discount store. Sturdy kitchen aprons are simple to sew or buy and one for the groom and one for the bride in very different patterns get lots of attention at a shower. Stick a wooden spoon or fork in the pocket.
Alcohol can run the gamut and there are stock-the-bar showers with guests bringing a good brandy or wine or just the utensils needed for a bar, such as bottle openers, wine bottle stoppers that create an air lock to keep wine from going bad for a short time or nuts and cheese and other snacks or for those guests who don’t drink alcoholic beverages, a case of Perrier or other premium waters, margarita mix or other cocktail assortments, champagne glasses, etc. The local liquor store will likely have anything the new couple would just love to have.
Wings of Hope for Pancreatic Cancer Research is relatively new to the crowded world of nonprofit organizations, but is already making an impact in its commitment to raising awareness and funding for the pancreatic cancer research that is taking place locally at the University of Colorado Cancer Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
Maureen Shul, who led the effort to incorporate the City of Castle Pines and became its first mayor, founded Wings of Hope in 2012 after losing her brother and mother to pancreatic cancer within months of one another.
Like most people, Shul had no idea what pancreatic cancer meant when her brother, Victor, was diagnosed. The learning curve turned dismal when she found out there are no early diagnostic methods for this particular cancer. By the time a patient is diagnosed, they are usually in advanced stages, often rendering treatment ineffective.
Worse, pancreatic cancer is one of the least recognized and least funded of all cancers. As we reported in November, in terms of scientific research, pancreatic cancer is where breast cancer was in the 1930s.
A few months after losing her brother, Shul’s mother was also diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, dying three months later in early 2010.
Coming from a tight-knit family and shattered by the loss of her brother and mother within months of one another, Shul readily admits it was a devastating and dark time.
“There came a point I had to go where the grief took me,” Shul said. “There is no wrong or right way to grieve, and for me, I knew I had to make sense of it in order to get through it, and establishing Wings of Hope was my way of fighting what took them, and making a difference not for how they died, but in honor of how they lived.”
The University of Colorado Cancer Center entered into a formal partnership with Wings of Hope in 2013, raising awareness and funding for CU Cancer Center pancreatic cancer research.
Wings of Hope was the first nonprofit to establish an endowment at the CU Cancer Center specifically for pancreatic cancer research.
To aid its research funding efforts, Wings of Hope is presenting the SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane Chronicles, May 28, at The Lone Tree Arts Center. The evening includes hors d’oeuvres before the presentation and program.
For tickets and more info, visit www.wingsofhopepcr.org or call Shul at 720-733-0491.
VOA 20th Anniversary Dinner
Jenne Fromm is an adventurer and a powerful storyteller. She is featured speaker at the May 14 Volunteers of America 20th Anniversary Dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton off I-25 at Orchard Road in Greenwood Village.
Fromm is considered a motivation expert, focusing on taking challenges and making big changes in one’s life. Fromm took on her first triathlon at age 40 and climbed the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Visit www.voacolorado.org or call Michael James at 720-264-3322.
HOOPS & Hoopla raises $135K
More than 400 basketball fans raised $135,000 at the National Jewish HOOPS & Hoopla event, April 4. Proceeds from the event went to the on-campus Morgridge Academy for chronically ill children. The sports-inspired fundraiser also included a buffet and open bar, basketball pop-a-shot, golf driving cage, arcade games and silent auction.
Students at Morgridge Academy have illnesses such as severe asthma and allergies, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, eczema, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, lung diseases, cystic fibrosis, and muscular disorders.
Several committee members served as “Coaches” for this year’s HOOPS & Hoopla. They included Denise Cito, Peter Fox, William Gregor, Jerry Laflen, Ashley Lyon, Ward Mahanke, Tom Tarver and Ryan Wilson.
Wedding showers and gifts are cherished but they can also provoke problems that can be easily avoided.
From a personal view, I feel every gift should be acknowledged in writing, no matter its value or whether it’s in the couple’s taste or not. A wedding and shower registry makes gift selection easy, but a selected alternative shows you took time to be clever.
There’s no question that thank you notes must be snail mailed out in writing. If either celebrant has a decipherable handwriting by all means use it. We also stand firm on using script writing and not just what we consider first grade printing, knowing full well that many young adults were never taught script in school. Parents, take the time to teach your children script writing if it’s not taught in elementary school. A simple trip to a teacher’s supply store can help and most likely there are computer programs that take you step by step.
Next up, always name the gift given and not just a “thank you for the (unnamed) gift.” A lot of people have gotten these and thought why did they bother to even send us this note if it’s not worth the time to mention what it was?
If it’s money per se, no need to mention the exact amount but the word “generous” will suffice. And before the bride and groom shuffle off to their honeymoon, they should be sure each gift is logged in using any means they find easy. Excel should work if the names and addresses are already in the database used to invite each person.
Be considerate of those with limited means who may be able to afford only a small item. You’ll likely get anything from a kitchen towel to the couple’s chosen crystal and/or china pattern. When in doubt select an innocuous pattern of placemats and matching cloth napkins that can survive a washing machine and dryer multiple times.
We invite your feedback and alternate thoughts on this topic via email.
Jamie Angelich, Victoria Gartolos, Jeanie Curley and Amber HumanPhotos courtesy of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation has its international base in Greenwood Village and had its Celebration of Champions Gala recently, and considered it a major success.
Held at DTC Hyatt Regency, the theme was “Through the Decades.” Jay Finesilver, CFO and director of Business Affairs at the Comedy Works, chaired the benefit.
The SPD Foundation provides hope and help for children with sensory processing issues. The neurological disorder disrupts the way a person processes sensations that can lead to problem behaviors. These problems can affect the way sights, sounds, smells, taste, touch and movement. For example, they may not be able to feel extreme heat or cold, cry due to any overstimulation from sound, bright lights or touch and it can be hard to diagnose with parents just feeling something’s not right. This disorder is more often found in boys than girls.
There are more than four million children in the nation with this disorder.
Carol Stock Kranowitz
Selected as a Champion of Inspiration, author Carol Stock Kranowitz has written a series of books including The Out-of-Sync Child. She writes about the experiences parents and teachers can provide for children with SPD and she also speaks about this sensory-motor and perceptual-motor around the world.
The Champion of Partnership Award went to the Littleton Law Offices of Miller and Steiert, active with SPD for more than 30 years, providing professional services to many businesses and people, from commitment, experience and caring to trust. That’s quite a remarkable and inspirational effort for a local law firm.
Jenny LeRoux and Lindsey Gilmartin received the Champions of Passion Award for their volunteering efforts coordinating a family fundraising event, Playground Rock at the Sensory Therapies and Research Center’s Sensory Playground.
The Junior Champion of Hope award went to Tommy G., a child considered an inspiration to others, coping with challenges as they come.
Sheryl Benjamin is SPD executive director and Tom Hoyman is president.
For information, visit www.spdfoundation.net or you can also call their voicemail line at 303-794-1182.
Michael Miller, Dr. Lucy Jane Millerand Bob Steier
Brass Ring Luncheon and Fashion Show
The 37th Brass Ring Luncheon and Fashion Show, Nov. 13 for The Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation will feature BCBGMAXAZRIA.
BCBGMAXAZRIA is in the closets of icons such as Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama.
Tickets and sponsorship packages for the 2015 Brass Ring Luncheon are available already and the event will sell out soon, if history holds true. Tables that line the fashion ramp go first and fast. For more information, contact Susie Hummell at 303-628-5109 or Susie@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org or visit www.ChildrensDiabetesFoundation.org.
An Evening With Helen Thorpe
“An Evening With Helen Thorpe:” Local author Helen Thorpe is speaking to the University of Denver Library Association, April 30, at Glenmoor Country Club.
This is an evening benefit with a buffet reception before Ms. Thorpe is slated to speak. Her latest book, Soldier Girls will be offered for sale and of course, autographing. Contact Mimi Yen, 303-757-6059 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sandee Walling is also involved and Karen Saliman is chairing the reception.
Staying on the topic of wedding etiquette, local author Rachel Kodanaz helped us suggest a way to handle a sensitive issue: how to acknowledge a recently lost loved one without darkening the mood of the celebration?
“Life has its own beat.” People are born and pass on and “we wish for our loved one to be physically joining us,” Kodanaz said.”
She goes on to look to the future as she did in her own case as she dealt with the untimely and surprising death of her young husband, like who’s going to walk her now very young, daughter down the aisle some day.
No matter how we handle it, we need some connection. Among Kodanaz’s suggestions: at the wedding reception “create a special table of pictures of those who have passed on” or maybe the couple could wear an object such as a watch, cufflinks or other accessory to include in their look at the ceremony. Certainly, if the bride has a treasured wedding gown that’s been passed on through the family, consider wearing it. This is a time-honored and treasured way of remembering someone so central to the extended family.
At the reception the video could include a few photos of the remembered family member, or if there’s a treasured family recipe passed on from generation to generation that can be included in the menu and so noted in the wedding program.
Also, from Rachel is the thought of lighting a candle in their honor at the ceremony and mentioning the lost one’s name. Also, a sensitive way of handling this is to save an empty chair at the reception and place a flower on it.
Rachel also has a new Grief in the Workplace Management Handbook that your office may find helpful to those who’d worked with a newly deceased worker. This situation can impose an emotional environment and be awkward to deal with. In a large business where you have a personnel or HR office, this handbook would be an excellent addition to their office bookshelf so it’s on hand when the immediate situation occurs.
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