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LaFawn Biddle and Jamie Angelich were at the Excelsior Holiday Tea.
Excelsior Youth Center Triumphant Women hosted a Holiday Tea at the center last week and everyone was serenaded by some of the residents, adorned in festive Santa hats. Guests brought warm slippers for the girls, many here from winterless southern California.
Along with the de rigeur tea were lots of festively decorated cookies. And speaking of food, the center’s culinary school is awaiting a financial shot in the arm and those of you considering end of the year donations, note that this would be one really great gift. The girls who would be getting this training would leave Excelsior with a ready-to-work trade. The center’s cosmetology school is active and the students completing this education are licensed cosmetologists. So when they return to their homes, and 84 percent do return to them, they are qualified to work in the hair care field. The center is also a licensed dog training facility and learning to love a pet and care for it has repeatedly been mentioned by these 11-18 year-old girls as helping them heal their emotional wounds. Having a usable education can make a huge difference in their ability to remain free of the depression, abuse and conduct disorders that got some of them into Excelsior.
Testimonials go a long way in getting potential donors to bond with a nonprofit and at this tea a girl we’ll name Jane, to conceal her true identity, stood up in front of tea guests and told her personal story. Jane’s been at Excelsior 16 months and is now sober with the help of individual and family therapy. She’s in the on campus high school choir and a gifted artist. This March she will enter a local art school. One of her paintings was auctioned off at the Excelsior Gala this past year.
Tours of Excelsior are available by pre-arrangement. Visit www.excelsioryc.org.
Citizens of the Arts honorees
The Fine Arts Foundation is announcing that Merle Chambers and Hugh Grant will be its 2015 Citizens of the Arts honorees.
The Jan. 30, 2015, Citizen of the Arts Jubilee will be at the Ritz Carleton Hotel.
Merle Chambers founded and operated an oil and gas production company in the Rocky Mountain region for more than 20 years and she is also president and chairman of the board of the Chambers Family Fund. The fund focuses on support for the early care and education of children, women’s economic self-sufficiency, arts and culture and other causes. She was a past Outstanding Philanthropist in Colorado award winner, inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and a University of Denver Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award winner.
Grant is the founding director and curator of the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, has served as a Friends of American Art board and has an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from University of Denver and has other honors as well.
Steve Edmonds is chairing the Fine Arts Foundation Jubilee celebration.
For information, call 303-478-3629.
Project C.U.R.E. ships to Papua New Guinea
Project C.U.R.E. notes that with the funds raised at the First Ladies Luncheon, they will be able to ship more than $1.6 million worth of medical supplies and equipment to Papua New Guinea. The impact that this medical relief will bring to the people of Papua New Guinea will be life changing. On Nov. 5, they delivered four 40-foot containers to Papua New Guinea.
Run the Rocks raises $105K
The American Lung Association of Colorado Run the Rocks raised a $105,000 net, which is an increase over last year.
The Oct. 12 event drew more than 1,800 runners and walkers and 20 exhibitors joined the scene at Red Rocks for a beautiful morning to further the mission of the American Lung Association.
“Although the participation was down from prior years, we raised more dollars in both registration and donation revenue,” said Curt Huber, executive director of the American Lung Association in Colorado.
The dedicated committee included board members Tim Troha and Joaquin Padilla, who were Run co-chairs; Jan Eyer, Nancy Peterson, Dan Wittenberg, Allison Colarossi, Mike West, Andy Tenorio, Scott Yenzer and Darren Lemieux.
Advocates for Children nets $212K
Advocates for Children made $212,000 net at the Oct. 18 Red Wagon Ball. The money raised is enough to serve more than 175 children who are victims of abuse and neglect.
Dr. Larry Koch, Dick Krugman and Lilly MarksPhotos courtesy of CU School of Medicine
Matt Iseman, Jamie Angelich and Marilyn Van Derber Atler
The Bow Tie Ball for the University of Colorado School of Medicine focused on a Special Tribute to Dr. Richard Krugman, who concluded his nearly 25 years as dean, celebrating the history of the CU School of Medicine.
Jamie Angelich chaired the ball that also put the spotlight on honorary chairs Marcy and Bruce Benson, Don Elliman, Lilly and Bruce Marks and in memoriam, Dr. E. Chester Ridgway. A large steering committee included Patty Imhoff, Gail Johnson, Mary Rossick Kern, Barbara Emery Mendel, Libby Printz, Lisa Taussig, Judith Hirsch Walker, Brie Aguila, Mary Krugman, Ph.D.; Nancy Thompson, Teri Blevins, Joy French and many others.
Krugman is former executive director of The Kempe Center and will now return to Kempe to continue his research beginning 2015. He will go to Belgium and the Netherlands to “study their health-based child welfare systems to learn more about the health problems associated with child abuse and neglect,” he said in an October issue of Kempe Chronicles.
Don Elliman and Mary Krugman
Salazar receives recognition
The Mental Health America of Colorado Gala Tribute to the Power of Hope recognized Colorado College and Colorado Insurance Commissioner, Marguerite Salazar.
Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO of Mental Health America, was a special guest at this year’s Tribute gala. Gionfriddo spoke about a national mental health awareness campaign that addresses the need for early detection of mental health challenges and disorders before they become chronic health issues.
Reggie Bicha, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, was also a special guest.
MHAC’s “Tribute to the Power of Hope” netted $450,000, which benefitted MHAC’s programs, including Pro Bono Counseling & Referral Service, Check Your Head, Mental Health First Aid and Brain Trust, as well as public policy advocacy initiatives at the state and federal levels.
Tribute 2014 co-chairs included Kay Greene, Gail and Dr. Stuart Kassan, Dr. Larry Spivack and Lisa Williams.
The Tribute Committee was co-chaired by Gwen Brewer, Monika Dewitt, Nancy Alterman, Ruth Mares and Diane Wheeler.
Also on the Tribute committee were Seth and Cody Belzley, Mary Beth Buescher, R.J. Ross, Arnold Salazar Geri Bader Saltzman, Meyer Saltzman and Jeanne Saunders, among others.
Parties are in full swing and many hosts choose to have their parties catered rather than opening the doors to their homes already exhausted from all the party prep, including the menu.
As an alternative, many of us like to show off our own culinary skills by preparing a time-honored recipe or two, then having the caterer do the rest. Be sure to get an itemized list of what they are doing before signing on the dotted line, so to speak. But here’s the rub – and we hear this day in and day out – Coloradans don’t RSVP, they just show up or RSVP at the last minute, after you’ve had to turn in your guest numbers to the caterer. The opposite problem and this is chronic too, they RSVP and don’t show up without contacting the hosts to tell them of a change in plans.
But here’s what we’ve also heard – the two tend to balance each other out. There are those who RSVP and don’t come and there are those who come and never RSVPd.
Here’s our reaction: do either or both of these more than once and you’re bumped from the hosts’ next party invitation list.
And while on the topic, don’t go if you’re sick, as no one wants to be exposed to your cold, flu or other contagious medical problem. Call the hosts and let them know.
Now about valet services. If you live in one of suburbia’s “leafy” villages and host a party there, you may be required to use valet services for your party. Clogging up some narrow residential paved and unpaved roads can be illegal, as can a covenant-covered item requiring parking on only one side of a street. So self-parking for a party can cost the homeowner more than the valet may be charging.
Be sure your chosen valet provider is bonded and understands the liability of returning a valeted auto with some of what I call creative auto body remodeling, also known as a damaged vehicle. So make sure you know who’s liable for damages.
And one more note, a valet firm may stipulate that if your auto is damaged while parked by valet staff on public streets, they may have an “out clause” stating they bear no legal responsibility for such damage and we speak from experience.
Also check the mileage before giving the valet your car keys and check it again when you get back in the car after the party.
Using volunteer, unpaid valet folks may result in unreimbursed damages if they are “acting in good faith” for a nonprofit. Our advice: don’t give your keys to uninsured valet drivers.
Of course tip the valet, no matter if they’ve been hired by a nonprofit or private party and figure the same percentage as a wait staff at a restaurant.
Colorado Gives Day is becoming a gold mine for local charities!
The annual online fundraising effort taking place throughout Colorado is set for Dec. 9.
This is the fifth year for Colorado Gives Day with the Community First Foundation and FirstBank working together, the former a community foundation in the metro Denver area and the latter, FirstBank, giving it the financial support it needs.
This is actually a year-round online giving website that includes more than 1,600 Colorado nonprofits, bringing together 501(c)3 agencies, many that have historically and individually sent out end-of-year donation requests and those that wish to continue to do so certainly can, but as we all know, the reach of the Internet makes it all so easy to do. Donations can be scheduled in advance this month.
Not only does this Dec. 9 activity collect donations, it also enables nonprofits to get their essential mission statements in front of new donors, giving do-good efforts a stage with an unlimited new audience. Participating groups have to update their profile registration annually to be included. Registration for participation for www.ColoradoGives.org is now closed for this year and will reopen, March 15, 2015, for next year’s event.
Participating nonprofits must be based in Colorado or provide services in the state, have at least $50,000 in annual revenue or $25,000 in net assets and must be registered with the Secretary of State. Excluded from the Dec. 9 effort are private foundations, places of worship and public safety organizations.
Anticipating the annual fundraising drive, donors are now planning ahead for what nonprofits they will give to and how much, instead of getting caught up in spur-of-the-moment requests. The marketing tools on that website have a Toolkit, and as many Gives members already have seen, nonprofits can even load up a short video to tell their story. If you’re a Facebook or Twitter user, you likely already know that organizations are urging members to reach them.
There’s a lot of fine print in the details, including info on the $1 million Incentive Fund, which has increased 300 percent, and is now one of the biggest incentive funds in the U.S.
To find a list of nonprofits on www.coloradogives.org, look for “Search for a Nonprofit or Fundraising Page.”
For those wishing to get in touch with Colorado Gives Day by phone, call 720-898-5900.
Molly Brown House fun
This is from the Molly Brown House and we just love this annual feast for the five senses. Girls (and boys) Just Wanna Have Holiday Fun. From frolicking flappers to Father Christmas, the holidays this year at the Molly Brown House Museum promise to be extra festive!
Kick off the holiday season as you Charleston the night away in their speakeasy, explore how Margaret Brown helped women finally rock the vote in America, and discover joyful holiday traditions while sipping tea and nibbling dainty delights. They suggest everyone take a super Santa selfie with their own Father Christmas.
The Molly Brown House also has details on their Thirsty Thursday, A Flapper Christmas, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m.
A historic twist on young professional events, Thirsty Thursday will dive into topics too taboo for conversations in daylight. They say this is “perfect for fashionistas and nerds alike!” See and hear what helped to make the 1920s roaring.
They also have a detailed schedule of Holiday High at www.mollybrown.org.
Free admission to Clyfford Still Museum
Whether you already know about the Clyfford Still Museum, or need to check it out, note that on the Museum’s third anniversary a new initiative builds on current free fourth-through-12th-grade programs with free admission for Denver Public Schools students. There are more than three weeks of free days, recognizing taxpayer support. Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, said the museum will present all its education and public programs free of charge in 2015. This effort includes keynote lectures from visiting scholars, gallery talks, readings, archival presentations, adult education courses and film screenings free at the museum.
At this desk we applaud added museum opportunities for school children, including those whose schedules emphasize core, STEM education. All children need to get cultural exposure outside the classroom.
This is another in our series on holiday home entertaining. Consider where you’re going to put food and also where guests will have to traipse to get to your main gathering spot. They should not be the same. Put food and drinks in areas that keep them away from the traffic flow. In a tight space, consider the basement for mingling with the bar in a corner but with food in the first floor dining room with chairs removed and placed in other rooms where guests are welcome to congregate and eat. If you don’t want guests in certain areas, close the doors there and perhaps even put a small card on the door noting “private.” Ditto for upper floors and we’ve seen ribbons across stairs to make it obvious guests shouldn’t take a tour.
Feel free to have a lovely floral centerpiece but don’t use anything with strong scents that compete with the aroma of food, and the same goes for scented candles. If you’re going to have music, keep the volume low so it doesn’t compete with conversations. If you’re using centerpieces at individual tables, keep them below eye level for seated guests, which is the same rule that is encouraged in ballrooms.
We promised a few words regarding pets during your house party and here it is: keep them away from guests, period. No roving Rover, Garfield the cat or other animal during a party. Arrange for a “babysitter” when first planning your party. Don’t just put pets in closed rooms where they are libel to bark, meow or otherwise be a distraction, as a guest may open the door and here comes trouble.
Children: If you have young kids, you can choose to have them present if they’ve been briefed on manners. Be clear on your invitation whether children are welcome or not by noting “adult party” or “children are welcome.”
Next week: the catered party and where to park/valet decisions.
Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain released the names of its 2015 Colorado Business Hall of Fame honorees, who will be feted at a reception, Jan. 29, 2015.
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, ski legend Klaus Obermeyer, Denver Art Museum trustee and Petrie Partners Chairman Tom Petrie, and Bob and Joanna Sakata are being recognized, as are the late H. Brown Cannon, Brown W. Cannon and George R. Cannon, who were community leaders. H. Brown Cannon founded Windsor Farm Dairy, Presbyterian Hospital and was a prominent civic leader. His sons, Brown W. and George R., went on to become local business leaders.
For more information, visit www.jacolorado.org.
Karen RitzFile photo
Ritz wins Belle Award
Karen Ritz is the new winner of the Central City Opera Guild Belle Award.
The Belle Award annually goes to a volunteer with a long-standing reputation for working in the trenches out of the spotlight. Ritz is a retired Denver Public Schools music teacher who helped produce opera projects at Samuels Elementary School in southeast Denver. She now mentors teachers in music, art, drama and dance in 29 different schools. Her résumé with Central City Opera is extensive, including staff support for the annual L’Esprit de Noel holiday Home Tour. She is incredibly qualified for and chairing the annual Apprentice Artists Auditions for CCO, interfacing with the students.
Not only has she a BA in music education, she also has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.
Heart Ball is March 14, 2015
The 2015 Denver Heart Ball is March 14. Randy and Dara Owen are ball chairs. The theme is “Glitz, Glamour & Saving Lives.”
Listen Foundation raises $40K
The Listen Foundation raised $40,000 at its inaugural Founder’s event last month, established to recognize Doreen Pollack and Marian Ernst, who pioneered listening and spoken language therapists for deaf and hard of hearing children. The net earned at the function went to help provide therapy scholarships for children all over Colorado where needed.
The Doreen Pollack Award was presented to Ms. Ernst by Doug Pollack and Naomi Cohen. On the event committee were Julie Barys, Frank Molina, Winnie Moss, Listen Foundation Executive Director Pat Greenway, Dr. Daniel Zweitler, Rhonda Sheya, Elise Vischi and Michelle Nikolayevsky.
For more information, visit www.listenfoundation.org.
The make-A-Wish Sporting Affair Celebrity Dinner is Feb. 26, 2015.
Many of us who had to take statistics in college considered it grunt work, glad to take it and get on with our undergraduate degrees in other areas. But when presented with the work of other statisticians, it has a magnetic quality.
UBS Investor Watch came out with “Doing well at doing good – why there’s more to giving than checkbook philanthropy.”
Among the topics redlined were figures indicating that only 1 in 5 millionaires rate their giving approach as “extremely” or “very” effective. So why give? Because these people think giving is very important. They give “haphazardly” and do respond to those requests as they come in. So now you know why all those end of year letters are arriving in your mailboxes by the pound. For some recipients these envelopes never make it into the house, being tossed into the recycle bin in the garage first.
But balancing that ineffectiveness feeling with hands on volunteering does lead to greater satisfaction, the UBS report stated. Just over half reported they donated and volunteered the past year, while 44 percent volunteered but didn’t donate. One reader’s extended family member said they donate, therefore they don’t need to volunteer. But maybe they’d be happier if they did. Just open any issue of Fleurish and see those gleaming smiles on the faces of those not only in ballrooms but on other pages, in nonprofit, unpaid work. Many of our readers drive into inner city agencies to mentor, help teachers and pack groceries for hungry households.
From this desk we see requests more for donations than for volunteers but that makes a lot of sense: Volunteers aren’t likely to discover a gene specific for a disease but we can ask for and provide the funds for others to continue the quest for such discoveries.
In another perspective, a UBS study showed that 67 percent of women volunteer for a charity, school or “other organization” in the past year, but only 57 percent of men do. And doesn’t that make sense, that hey, if it’s worth giving money to, isn’t it worth your time as well or does writing a check alleviate that guilty feeling for having more than others do? And are you volunteering when you’re sitting at a nonprofit board meeting or event-planning meeting?
Now about a generation gap. Those ages 68+, boomers ages 49-67, Gen X ages 37-48 and millennials ages 21-36, all rate “help the less fortunate” as the No. 1 philanthropic cause they donated to in the past year. The younger the respondent, the less they gave priority to giving to religious organizations, and just the opposite is true when rating “fight diseases,” as that is listed as fourth in importance for 68+ and rises to the second position by the time you rank it by millennials.
This is another segment on our series about holiday party hosting. This chapter is about alcohol. Many parties, especially those held during the day on weekends, invite the adults and their under-age children. If the invitation is addressed only to the adults, don’t automatically assume it’s OK to bring your children. Check with the hosts when in doubt. Among problems with kids at parties is the access to alcohol. It is illegal for anyone younger than 21 to consume them and the burden of this exposure, should there be problems, is on the host.
Some wines can cause allergic reactions, so the burden of this consumption I think is on the person with the allergies to ask before imbibing: does this beverage contain sulfites, etc.?
Always offer non-alcoholic beverages regardless of whom you invite and let guests know which are which, perhaps with small place cards by or hung over the neck of each beverage if there is no staff or host at the beverage bar.
There are 10 shapes of glassware for each of white wine, red wine, Champagne, sherry or port, cordials and brandy.
Wines should be uncorked in the kitchen about 30 minutes before being served to let them breathe, but Champagne should be served as soon as it’s opened to keep those bubbles intact, like it would be with soda pop. Ask the person who waited on you at the liquor store or aisle at what temperature each wine should be held and served at.
If there is sediment, keep the wine upright, according to Emily Post. Prevent drips by doing what the pros do, slightly twist the bottle as you pour it, and at parties we see the server using a napkin around the bottle neck as it’s poured.
Jacque Stevens and Kelly Kiefer were among those at the Cancer League Gala Kickoff.
Cancer League of Colorado kicked off its May 9, 2015, Hope Ball last week at the Greenwood Village home of David and Janet Cooper.
David Cooper designed the elegant home himself and it has dramatic vaulted ceilings, with a fireplace fit for a king and queen to hold court.
Gayle Rogers and Carol Hansen will chair the ball, emphasizing the theme, “Essence of Commitment.”
The gala kickoff was chaired by Jan Hammond and Marina Dagenais.
Known for its silent and live auctions, this ball will feature a painting by Eva Makk and will be perfect for your Arapahoe County abode or secluded Aspen compound.
Eva is part of the Makk family of artists Americo Makk, Sylvia Makk and A.B. Makk, each gifted, using warm hues and tender, inviting paintings. Their subjects range from profoundly Western to cityscape, spring to “First Frost.” The beauty of children is depicted with tenderness and love.
Dealin’ Doug Moreland is again giving Cancer League the outright donation of a current year auto from one of the Moreland family of dealerships. The car will be raffled off and the winner need not be present to win. Raffle ticket sales are a major spring effort each year, helping the League to support early stage cancer research at the Anschutz Cancer Center in Aurora.
Barb and Gary Reese will be honored as Champions of Hope at the ball for their dedication, which is amazing, considering that Gary is ongoing president, a generous, brilliant icon, a position members hope he maintains “until further notice,” as the saying goes. Barb is a past president, past gala chair and is involved in just about every support program, an icon of commitment to the CLC cause.
Among members also on the gala committee are Robbin Windhager, Edie Marks and daughters Elise Marks-Gruitch and Lori Marks-Connors, Corrie White, Cathrin Crampton, Martha Jentz, Kellee Jentz, Karen White and Kathleen Bennett.
The April 24, 2015, gala patron party is being chaired by Lorraine Salazar and Arlene M. Johnson.
For information, visit www.cancerleague.org.
Janet and David CooperPhotos by Glory Weisberg
The Gift of Hope
Families First needs volunteers and they also have a Gift Catalog for you readers to choose specific items needed. These opportunities are appropriate for individual as well as business giving to support children who have been abused and/or neglected. The catalog has a list of specific items they need for children’s groups and Family Support Services.
Start by calling staffer, Rachel Merkel at 303-745-0327 or through email to Rachel@FamiliesFirstColorado.org.
Families First is also among local nonprofits participating in Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 9.
This is the second installment in a series concerning holiday party hosting. This time of year, many residents put on holiday parties and invite more guests than can always be accommodated at just the dining room table. While we grunt at having to balance a plate of food on our laps and look around for a spot to put our beverages down, there is a middle road choice, serving guests at a somewhat buffet. That can mean all food offered at the dining room table with chairs removed to the room’s corners, if there’s space or just placed elsewhere around the house. That can include the finished basement. Avoid spilled red wine by putting it down in that basement as well as at the kitchen or family room.
Serving ware is usually placed at the dining room table with napkins rolled to hold silverware. While we eschew plastic ware, a line called Brilliant is silver in color and is substantial enough to enable us to cut meat easily. You can also opt to rent china and silverware but do it long before the party date.
Many hosts are turning to Evites. This saves paper on the invitation, envelopes and postage and it’s too popular now to outright declare it bad etiquette. I always print out invitations and enclosures such as RSVP cards when I open them in my email program but if you are good at being paperless, go for it.
The menu should include red meat and poultry, appetizers, salad and some form of dessert, including plain fruit. There’s a reason King Soopers puts frozen fruit in their dessert aisle. Fresh is best, of course.
Hors d’oeuvres-only is another option for holiday parties and works well on busy calendar dates when guests “make the rounds” of several festive homes on one evening or afternoon.
Gluten-free is all the rage lately with many adults avoiding outright starches containing wheat, so do offer oat or corn-based options and label those so guests know they are safe for them. And a word here, yes, oat flour and corn are gluten-free and are suitable substitutes or additions to the holiday buffet table.
If your own caloric intake is
limited to certain items, it is the responsibility of the host to note that either on the RSVP card or face of the invitation. You, the guest, must alert the host to your limits as soon as you decide to attend the party. Do not walk into a party and decline every option, telling the host right there about your allergies. It’s awkward and let’s face it, what can the host do about it with other guests commanding their attention and how would you feel if the tables were turned and you had to handle this without prior notice at your event?
Next time we explore the world of wines, the 10 kinds of glasses and pulling it off.
Brittany Pyle, Parr Widener Civic Leadership awardee Jamie Laurie, Swanee Hunt Individual Leader awardees Pam and Ricardo Martinez
For almost two decades, The Denver Foundation has presented the Swanee Hunt Leadership Awards to community members who make major contributions to improving life for people in metro Denver. Hunt, for whom the award is named, is a world-renowned philanthropist, author and the former U.S. ambassador to Austria. She now lives in Massachusetts, but offers these awards as one of the ways she keeps ties with the Denver community where her philanthropy began with The Hunt Alternatives Fund. This year, Hunt presented the awards in person at the recent Annual Community Leadership Celebration held at The Denver Foundation.
The 2014 Hunt Emerging Leader Award was given to Brittany Pyle. Pyle received her Bachelor of Science in human services and nonprofit organization administration from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While in college, she served as the Lead Student Coordinator in developing the Metro State Food Bank, service that garnered her multiple student involvement and leadership awards. Pyle also worked at The Denver Foundation through the Nonprofit Internship Program providing administrative support to the team and to the internship program itself. After college, Pyle served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Horizons for Homeless Children in Massachusetts; there she managed 235 people who volunteered to play with homeless children living in shelters around the northeast region. Since returning to Colorado she has worked for the National Stroke Association, and currently is at the American Heart Association where she is the executive assistant to the regional vice president
“Leadership is about empathy and creating community. That’s the kind of leader I want to be,” Pyle said.
Swanee HuntPhotos courtesy of The Denver Foundation
Pam and Ricardo Martinez received the Swanee Hunt Individual Leadership Award. The couple, who are the founding members of Padres Unidos, met on a picket line for the United Farm Workers almost 40 years ago. Since then, they have been an indomitable team fighting for educational equity, immigrant rights and student involvement in educational policy. Pam advanced educational reforms to ensure that college preparation is a right for all students attending Denver Public Schools. Ricardo recently guided students in rewriting the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Denver Public Schools and the Denver Police Department that contains language that clarifies and limits the role of police officers assigned to Denver schools. This new IGA has been recognized nationally as being one of the first to be initiated and negotiated by youth.
“Building a movement for justice and democracy means removing obstacles in front of young people as they work to succeed,” Ricardo said.
The Foundation presented the seventh annual John Parr and Sandy Widener Civic Leadership Award to Flobots singer and founder Jamie Laurie, known better by his stage name “Jonny 5.” The award was presented by Denver Foundation President David Miller, who had strong ties to both John Parr and Sandy Widener for whom the award is named. The couple died tragically in a car crash in 2007 while on vacation with daughters Chase and Katy. Only Katy survived.
“Their home was a hotbed of community activity and debate,” David said about his late friends. “This occasion is both bitter and sweet.”
Jamie, who was also presented with a proclamation from the Governor’s Office at the celebration, accepted his leadership award saying, “The only way for me to make sense of this is to recognize that it’s up to us to raise our voices to fill in where the loss exists, to create better communities.”
For more information, visit www.denverfoundation.org.
The FACES (Family Advocacy, Care, Education, Support) raised $91,000 net at its Sept. 19 Grapes Against Wrath event, chaired by Brandon Jundt. On that committee were Ashley Campbell, Desi Lopez, Joan Erickson, Kourtney Hughes and Rachel Benson. Learn more about this agency at www.facesonline.org.
Etiquette: It’s party time!
T’is the season for parties and if you plan to host a holiday event at your home, we have some tips, several from personal experience, good and well, not so good.
Having a party any time of year at your home is exciting! A familiar face at the door, the welcoming aromas, the privacy of conversations not being overheard by strangers, the chance to bond and get to know each other over a bowl of guacamole. Ole!
First off, consider the guest list. Make a first draft and count up the number on your must invite list. Wow, so you have more friends than you thought you had?
Seating: How many people can you realistically accommodate? One Brittany model Richmond house so popular in our Villager neighborhood can handle 24, turning a regular dining room table sideways to make room for a rectangular folding table and all those chairs.
Do you want to seat anyone in your kitchen? Maybe not as those stuck in there may feel slighted but if you do want to do so, have those in the kitchen for the main course switch tables for dessert. That lets everyone have conversation time with each other.
Do you want to put tables in other rooms such as the living room and family room?
OK, right here, I want to dump on making guests eat on their laps around the house. I don’t like it and it leads to bad manners and no, TV tables with seating on your couch aren’t much better. Either everyone sits at a table or just jettison the guest list and invite fewer friends. One reason: guests dressed up to come over and you stick them with balancing a plate on their lap and where to put crystal and bingo, the spilled food on the “Do not wash, do not dry-clean” duds are a disaster.
Menu: When deciding your menu, consider whether you want to prepare the entire dinner yourself. We know one hostess who just loves entertaining and her hubby makes a fantastic smoked turkey from scratch. Rely on a menu you’ve prepared before and your family loved. How many courses, the theme, paper or china, yours or rented, smoking or nonsmoking,
Total up the cost for the menu you’re planning to prepare. Maybe tenderloin is too steep and does your kitchen accommodate prepping so many servings and making them each the same temperature? It’s tricky and no matter how you try to hide it, overdone beef tenderloin is, well, fodder for sloppy Joes for a Broncos game on TV.
True story: When I was a young bride I put a tenderloin on the patio grill and it caught fire. The result: fantastic! Seared the outside, left the center a perfect pink.
Watch this space for upcoming chapters on home entertaining: the buffet, a well-balanced menu, hire a caterer? Pick up the meal at a restaurant, hire servers into your home, getting guests to say goodnight, can you bring your pooch to a host’s home, what to do with the kids, pairing wines and other alcohol issues, food allergies and other special food needs, etc.
If you want to chime in on this topic, go for it. We love emails from readers.
Among Families First supporters who dashed into the photo were Yolanda Rainold, Rene Harding, Anne Alton, Jody Hohensee, Lyn Schaffer, Barb Reece, Toni Tucker, Families First President and CEO Adam Robe, Catherin Crampton, Jane Diamond, Katie DeBord and Glory Weisberg
Rene Harding’s Cocktails for a Cause holds fundraisers at the University of Denver’s Cable Center quarterly and last week an overflow throng of women walked to the door, depositing items on Families First’s requested items.
“The gifts you bring tonight will be in the hands of those who need them tomorrow,” Harding said.
That holds true for each nonprofit event Cocktails for a Cause puts on. Growing in popularity, items had always been dropped off directly into a rented truck and for this edition a larger than usual truck was in front of the Cable Center’s door.
Serendipity had several hot food buffets set up on the first floor and nearby there was a silent auction. But the main attraction was pigs of two sizes. OK, they’re actually piggy banks. Large ones are decorated so beautifully they sell for $200 each. Smaller ones are given out free of charge. Both sizes are to be filled with spare change, then if not brought each summer to the nonprofit’s Country Fair, at least annually brought to Families First for emptying, weighing and the change donated to Families First. By the time the program wrapped up, about every large piggy bank was sold and almost every smaller pig given out.
Families First members who came to help out were in royal blue tops and black skirts or pants so guests could identify them and ask about the agency, a great idea that other Cocktails for a Cause events could duplicate, in any color.
“Families First envisions a community that empowers parents, nurtures children and strengthens families to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect.” An array of services and programs accomplish this goal and for more details visit familiesfirstcolorado.org.
The next Cocktails for a Cause is Feb. 17, 2015, and benefits the MaxFund Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. Reach them at www.maxfund.org.
Check-in registration volunteers Bev Johnson and mother-daughters, Karen and Carissa ClinePhotos by Glory Weisberg
Martha Jentz was selling and giving out Families First piggy banks.
Rosanne to attend Triumphant Faces Gala
Rosanne Barr is coming to town Feb. 20, 2015, for the Excelsior Youth Center’s Triumphant Faces Gala, a black-tie masquerade ball, honoring Barr as the 2015 Triumphant Woman.
This honor is bestowed annually on a woman who has overcome adversity.
Barr was only 16 when she was hit by a car that left her with a traumatic brain injury that changed her behavior, leading to her being institutionalized for eight months. When she was 18, she moved to Colorado to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian but faced discrimination for being a woman in a male dominated field.
Sandra Hagen-Solin is ball chairwoman and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy will be the entertainment. Part of the event proceeds will support victims of human trafficking and trauma. For more information, visit www.triumphantfaaces.org or call 303-693-1550, ext. 331.
‘Canstruction’ garners 40,000 cans
The recent “Canstruction” canned food event for the Gathering Place saw the highest number of teams in Denver history participate and ended up gathering over 40,000 cans of food for The Gathering Place.
Grapes Against Wrath raises $19,000
The FACES (Family Advocacy, Care, Education, Support) raised $19,000 net at its Sept. 19 Grapes Against Wrath event, chaired by Brandon Jundt. On that committee were Ashley Campbell, Desi Lopez, Joan Erickson, Kourtney Hughes and Rachel Benson. Learn more about this agency at www.facesonline.org.
Meals on Wheels needs volunteers
The Volunteers of America Meals on Wheels delivers lunchtime meals to homebound seniors throughout the Denver metro area. Routes are available Monday-Saturday, and take 1-2 hours to deliver. Their clients depend on compassionate volunteers to keep them healthy in their own homes.
Groups and families are welcome to volunteer, and substitutes are always needed, as well.
If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, contact: Brooke Eastman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-297-0408 ext. 13113.
Turkey Trot, Nov. 27
Jen Morris at Mile High United Way has a knack for headline writing. From her desk came the following: “Run Your Yams off at Mile High United Way’s 41st Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot,” Nov. 27. The Turkey Trot race is in Washington Park and it attracts 10,000 runners/walkers and how awesome is it that 10,000 more folks come to just witness it? The MHUW initiatives are School Readiness, Youth Success, and Adult Self-Sufficiency. On the Trot schedule are a beer garden, music and other fun stuff for families to do. Christine Benero is president and CEO of Mile High United Way and we note that there is a four mile course and a quarter mile fun run through the park. The race begins 10 a.m. and there are two fee levels. Email email@example.com.
2 The Denver Gorilla Run Migration at the Denver Zoo, www.denvergorillarun.com
5 ARCS Annual Scholar Recognition Luncheon, www.arcsfoundation.org
5 Mesa Verde Foundation Rims to Ruins Art Exhibition & Sale, www.shop.mesaverdefoundation.org
5 Project C.U.R.E. First Ladies Luncheon, 720-490-4022
6 Kappa Book & Author Dinner, www.denverkappa.org
6 Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation Brass Ring Luncheon, 303-628-5109
7 Denver Ballet Guild A Taste for Dance, 720-339-1411
7 Bright Beginning’s Goodnight Moon Gala, www.brightbeginningsusa.org, 303-433-6200
13 Central City Opera Guild L’Esprit de Noel Patron Party Preview, firstname.lastname@example.org
13 Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation Heart of Hearts Gala, 303-715-7600
14 Junior League of Denver Holiday Mart Private VIP Shopping, www.jld.org
14 VOA Service with Style Luncheon, www.voacolorado.org
14 15, 16: Cherry Creek Arts Festival Art-Denver, www.art-Denver.org
14 National Philanthropy Day Colorado Awards Luncheon, email@example.com, 303-394-6388
15 Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Spreading Wings Gala, firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Affair Colorado, 303-744-2088 x. 304
15 CU School of Medicine Bow Tie Ball, www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/bowtieball
16 Adam’s Camp Annual Dinner, email@example.com
16 Reel Recovery Be Well! Fish On! Fundraiser, www.reelrecovery.org
18 Colorado Children’s Campaign Luncheon, coloradokdis.org
18 Sewall Child Development Center 70th Anniversary Celebration, 303-399-1800
20 JEWISH Colorado Choices Luncheon, 303-316-6466
21 American Heart Association Go Red For Women Luncheon, www.goredforwomen.org
22 Adoption Exchange Fantasy Ball, www.adoptex.org/fantasyball
22 Mental Health America of Colorado Tribute to the Power of Hope Gala, 720-208-2243
22 Seeds of Hope Evening of Hope, 303-715-3186
27 Mile High United Way Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, 303-561-2259
Building Potentials is the theme for the Adam’s Camp Celebratory Dinner, Nov. 16, at Glenmoor Country Club.
Karel and Bob Horney started Adam’s Camp in 1985 when their son, Adam, was about to start school but needed to use a wheelchair, due to his special needs. Adam had the potential to walk, he just wasn’t there yet. And neither were other children who also had special needs.
Fast forward from 1985 to 2014, Adam’s Camp has served 12,000 children and youth and their family members in Colorado and even beyond our state to three other sites in the U.S.
While Adam’s Camp will continue its goal to “Realize potentials and develop strengths in young campers,” Executive Director Karel Horney is retiring and she is being honored for the success she spawned, including the effort to create a permanent site for Adam’s Camp at Snow Mountain Ranch, with partner, YMCA of the Rockies, where a new building will rise. Thus the theme of Building Potentials.
For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-563-8290, ext. 13.
Women Leading Change award
WorldDenver is seeking nominations of a Denver-area-based woman leader for its second annual International Women’s Day celebration luncheon on March 6, 2015.
Criteria for nomination include being Aligned with the WorldDenver mission: To strengthen and expand the community of engaged global citizens and organizations in Colorado; her work has a positive impact on women around the world, being a pioneer in her field or a role model and being Denver – based.
Last year’s Women Leading Change award recognized the leadership of Jacqueline Hinman, who had recently been appointed CEO of CH2M Hill.
Nominees can be from the public, nonprofit, or private sector; the leadership recognized can be either their full time job or their nonprofit passion. Ideally nominees will represent the diversity of the Denver community and a wide range of international involvement.
Nomination form and other information can be found on the WorldDenver website at www.worlddenver.org/event-1766325.
Nominations are due Dec. 7.
Contact Karen de Bartolomé at email@example.com call 303-446-4916.
Friends of Guéoul, (Sénégal) a Denver-based 501(c)3 nonprofit, needs someone with marketing, educational, grant writing and other skills. Whatever your skill, Executive Director Judy Beggs notes that “133 rag-wearing, sand-dusty girls need your help.
“Get more disadvantaged girls into school and maybe save a few from early marriage, or perhaps develop a community leader in Gueoul.
“Out there at the edge of the Sahara Desert, really poor girls are going to school rather than getting married at age 12. Help keep them in school in the future. Fall in bed at night, knowing you used all of you to give a girl the only chance she ever will have.”
Log onto www.gueoul.org and then contact Beggs, Friends of Guéoul, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 303-788-1716.
DCPA President Randy Weeks dies unexpectedly
We note with sadness the Oct. 9 passing of Denver Center for the Performing Arts President Randy Weeks. A Celebration of Life is set for Nov. 3. Weeks is widely accredited with bringing many Broadway productions to the Denver Center, taking over from fellow Broadway play enthusiast, Bob Garner, now also deceased. Weeks was 59 and died last week while in London.
He seemed to have an uncanny knack for knowing what local audiences would flock to see and the latest example was the national touring production of Book of Mormon, which sold out The Buell Theatre in its first trip to town last year and brought back this year to the larger Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
In the June 2013 Villager we noted the creation of the Bobby G Awards, in honor of Bob Garner, a program that honored outstanding achievements by students and educators for performance, design, direction, choreography, technical production and overall production excellence.
Donations to that program in Weeks’ memory may be addressed to the DCPA Development Office, 1101 13th Street, Denver, CO 80204.
Etiquette: Hand Shaking vs. The Fist Bump
Flu season is here and so is enterovirus-68 and perhaps, Ebola too.
While avoiding any “shoot from the hip” reactions to these medical cases, isn’t it time to once and for all, stop the habit of shaking hands with strangers you meet?
I think, yes, and word coming back to us already is also, yes. While we don’t think we need to start attaching facemasks to the back of our ears or head, simple avoidance of germ spread is logical. When the hand shaking practice began there wasn’t any widespread knowledge of how germs spread and indeed, perhaps no concept then of germs that came about after the use of microscopes led scientists to see these little devils.
So now we know to wash our hands when using public restrooms or other places, or dousing our hands in alcohol-based hand wipes or liquids. Even smallfry now know to sing the “Happy Birthday” song all the way through so they wash their hands long enough to eliminate most bacteria.
Then all of us return to our lives and habits that open us to flu and other illnesses.
Isn’t there a disconnect here?
Bob Dole, who sustained permanent disabling physical damage while in military service, keeps a pen in one hand and something in the other hand to prevent people from grabbing his hands. Then there are others who refrain from the hand shaking due to religious beliefs.
Let’s go on the offense and just say you don’t do that, while looking at the would-be hand shaker in the eye and with a nice smile.
Do you have other ideas on how you handle this situation and what do you think of hand shaking in general? Right now, an informal poll is 4 to 1 in favor of ditching handshakes. Fist bumps was mentioned by one event guest last week and one other reader offered another alternative, to have women return to wearing gloves but that leaves out about 90 percent of us women who only have winter gloves in the closet or to those who have or had a debutante who had to have long white gloves for her presentation. And what about you guys?
24 Invisible Disabilities 2014 Awards Gala, 303-947-5209
24 Five Points Business District 11th Anniversary Celebration of Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 303-880-3010
24 T. Kevin McNicholas Foundation Celebration, www.tkmfoundation.org
25 Bessie’s Hope Bowl-A-Thon, 303-830-9037
25 HighPointe Services Fall Banquet, email@example.com
25 Global Down Syndrome Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Girl Scouts Denver Metro-area Women of Distinction, www.gscolorado.org
30 Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation “Dream Big” Gala, 303-861-5005, x 102
30 Wings of Hope For Pancreatic Cancer Research, 720-733-0491
7 Bright Beginning’s Goodnight Moon Gala, brightbeginningsusa.org, 303-433-6200
14-16 Cherry Creek Arts Festival Art-Denver, www.art-Denver.org
15 Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Affair Colorado, 303-744-2088 ext. 304
18 Colorado Children’s Campaign Luncheon, www.coloradokdis.org
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