Jewish Family Service Real Hope Gala Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Adam J. Agron will r...
Heart of Hearts Gala Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., Wings Over the Rockies. Presented by Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthc...
Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation gala Nov. 5, 5:30 p.m. the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation will honor Ch...
Global Down Syndrome Foundation Fashion Show Oct. 24, 5 p.m., Colorado Convention Center – Four Seasons...
Children’s Gala Benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado Oct. 17, Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Conventi...
Red Wagon Ball Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Ave., Denver. 5:30 p.m. Ben...
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Girls & Guys Night Out Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Tech Center. Girls Inc. of Metro Denver 29th final...
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Denver Lyric Opera Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration
Sept. 12 at Lakewood Country Club, 6800 W. 10th Ave., Lakewood. 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. dinner. Musical program by two of their past top winners in their Opera competition: Thomas Kittle, baritone and Teresa Castillo, soprano. Chaired by Jean Krusemark. Blacktie optional. Reservations required. Questions? 303-693-8053.
Arapahoe House annual Luncheon
Sept. 15. Professional golfer turned TV personality David Feherty will deliver the keynote address at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets and tables on sale at ArapahoeHouse.org.
Fine Arts Foundation annual meeting and membership luncheon
Sept. 16, Pinehurst Country Club 6255 W. Quincy, Denver. For membership forms, call Dananne at 720-482-0737 or visit http://www.ltlhefinearats
foundation.org/ and click the “Get Involved” tab.
Volunteers of America Guild Membership Brunch
Sept 16, Volunteers of America Guild annual meeting and election of officers’ membership brunch. Home of Sharon Magness Blake in Cherry Hills Village, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 9. Info: 303-663-8024 or 720-264-3322.
The Gathering Place Gala
Sept. 25, The Gathering Place 2015 Gala at Wings Over the Rockies, 7-10: p.m. Honoree: Leslie Foster, celebrating 25 years of inspiration and dedication to The Gathering Place community. Info: Brenda Roush, 303-996-9027.
Aspire to Inspire
Sept. 25, a scholarship luncheon at Fritz Knoebel Event Center – University of Denver, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jaime Angelich, community leader and philanthropist, is the honoree. Ashley Haliko, director of Development at DU is honoree chair. Visit www.myprojectaspire.org.
Sept. 30, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Rocky Mountain Chapter. The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd. 6 – 9 p.m. Cocktail attire. Dick & Dorothy Campbell to receive the John S. Sabel Lifetime Achievement Award. Matthew Nichols, M.D. to receive the Excellence in Healthcare award. Info: 303-639-9163.
CNI Annual Gala
Oct. 3, Colorado Neurological Institute Annual Gala, “Home Sweet Home.” Doubletree Stapleton North, 4040 Quebec St., Denver, 6 – 10 p.m. Honorary chairs, Dr. Michael and Courtney Perlman. Honoring Don and Arlene Mohler Johnson with the CNI Community Championship award. Live music by Rocky Mountain String Band. Reservations: 720-974-4094.
Susan G. Komen Pink Tie Affair
Nov. 7, Colorado, Hyatt Regency Denver. Chairs: Saundra & Maracus Robinson. To purchase tickets visit www.komencolorado.org.
Rims to Ruins
Nov. 7, art exhibition reception & sale of small works to benefit Mesa Verde National Park. 6 p.m. at Kent Denver School, 4000 E. Quincy Ave., Cherry Hills Village. Chaired by Mary Willis and Judy Grant and the Mesa Verde Foundation.
14th Annual Beacon Celebration
Nov. 13, benefitting Sewall Child Development Center. Inverness Hotel, 200 Inverness Dr. West, Englewood 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. program. Featuring Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, six-time gold medal Olympic champion. Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer, Reggie Rivers. Tickets, contact Paige Heagle at 303-399-1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christina, Larry and Lori Finch. Photos courtesy of Children’s Diabetes Foundation
The Children’s Diabetes Foundation kicked off its Brass Ring Luncheon last week, lassoing CDF Guild members and other guests to the rush hour party.
Supporters met Eva Schoonmaker, who is chairing the Nov. 13 luncheon that will be back at the Marriott City Center. Shelley Lucas, Guild president, is working with fashion show provider, BCBG and Eva Schoonmaker is chairing Brass Ring. Sharon Whiton Gelt chaired the kickoff.
In case you’ve never known what the acronym BCBG stand for, it’s Bon Chic, Bon Genre, or good style, good attitude.
Get your rampside tables right away, readers as these tables sell out quickly. Call 303-628-5109.
Liver Life Walk Denver on Aug. 2
The American Liver Foundation Rocky Mountain Division is hosting hundreds of Colorado and Wyoming residents for its annual Liver Life Walk Denver on Aug. 2. Walk participants are stepping up in support of local residents and families currently affected by liver disease. This year’s walk includes patients, liver donors and recipients, along with family members and friends.
The Liver Life Walk is held annually across the U.S. in Denver. AbbVie is the National Presenting Sponsor of Liver Life Walk and University of Colorado Hospital is the Local Presenting Sponsor. The walk is free and open to the public. Visit www.LiverFoundation.org/WalkDenver.
Don and Debbie Frei
LTAC gala Sept. 26
The Lone Tree Arts Center Guild will host a new event this Sept. 26, an Opening Night Gala.
Marking the opening of the fifth season of LTAC, the gala takes place in conjunction with the first performance of the year, Motown 2 Jersey. Prior to the performance, attendees will enjoy cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Guests will then take in the show, which highlights music of the 1960s with Denver favorites The Motones and The Jerseys. After the performance, guests will dance the night away, complete with dessert and champagne.
“We are so excited to offer this fun evening for friends of the Arts Center,” said Guild President Cathy Brunnick. “It will be a great way to kick-off the season and celebrate the gem that is the Lone Tree Arts Center.” Gayle Spelts is Gala chair.
“We have had both The Motones and The Jerseys on our stages in the past and each one sold out,” said LTAC Executive Director Lisa Rigsby Peterson. “Our patrons let us know that these concerts were so great, they wanted to see them again. Having the Motones and the Jerseys together on the same stage will be double the fun!”
For information email email@example.com, visit www.lonetreartscenter.org or call 720-509-1000.
Julie and Betsy Sklar
Eva Schoonmaker and Sharon Whiton Gelt
Emma, Andrea and Hannah Fey
Families First has its Country Fair, July 26.
Gather your extended family this Sunday and head over to Hudson Gardens for a Country Fair benefiting Families First.
The fun begins at 4 p.m. with a barbecue, live music, a photo booth, bag toss/corn hole tournament, pie eating contest, kids corral, silent auction and more than we have space here to tell you about. Family Four Packs, two adults and two children, can come together for a discounted price. No charge for smallfry age 4 or less.
One of the most favored parts of this annual party is the Pigs on Pedestals, designed by local artists who decorate ceramic piggy banks, and some get pretty gussied up and even become other animals! The whole pig-centered effort raises funds for the Families First Community $Change$, with already adopted pigs brought to check-in to be weighed and emptied with the money earmarked for the nonprofit’s services.
Melissa Jacob and Denise Shore are chairing this annual pig fest. (You don’t have to consume real pork if you don’t want to, as there are lots of other foods on the buffet.)
For more info, visit www.familiesfirstcolorado.org or call 303-745-0327. If time is short, you can certainly drive over and pay at the entryway table.
Sue Miller Day of Caring
Sue Miller is still involved with her Sue Miller Day of Caring and remains a vital proponent of the Day’s board of directors. We already have the 2016 date for the Annual Day of Caring, April 9.
The former fashion model stills looks runway ready and is a source of inspiration to other women who, like her, were diagnosed with breast cancer. With her extensive fashion sense the fashion show itself warrants attention, something that started more than 30 years ago when it started packing the Marriott DTC convention hall.
As a survivor, she realized the need for a community support group for women who had been diagnosed. Sue’s vision with the Day of Caring includes a fashion show with other breast cancer survivors, garnering wild applause with each step.
Today we have an update on Sue’s medical challenges. Two years ago, Sue had a heart valve transplant; a surgery that gave her a new contract with life. She’s turned 90 but as the Caring newsletter details, the result “was not what we all had hoped.”
Regardless of being on oxygen, and other medications, Sue remains our champion, determined to fight and see the Day of Caring into 2020 and beyond.
“Sue would love to hear from all of you. The cards and emails that many of you have sent are her highlights. To reach Sue please send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to all of you for your continued prayers and thoughts. It means more than you know to Sue and her family,” which now includes not just grandchildren but also has one great grandchild.
Sue and her husband, Harold Cohen, continue to enjoy dining at Little Ollie’s in Cherry Creek North.
Be Beautiful, Be Yourself
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation kicks off its Be Beautiful, Be Yourself extravaganza Aug. 12, which is free and being held at a residence in Cherry Hills Village. It goes without saying that the audience at each of these annual galas should patronize the retailers providing the outfits, which can range in size from smallfry to spry. This is what our community does best and its research results now affect those with dementia as well. Those curious about how Anna Sie is faring, she is in cancer remission. Daughter, Michelle Sie Whitton, runs the nonprofit funding the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the U.S. committed to research and medical care for people with the condition, and the Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado. For a clearer and more extensive vision of what they do, visit GlobalDownSyndrome.org. Now’s the time to organize your dinner table efforts.
Global organizes and funds many programs and conferences, including the Dare to Play Football Camp with Ed McCaffrey, Global’s Denver Broncos Cheerleaders Dare to Cheer Camp, the Global Down Syndrome Educational Series, and the Dare to Play Soccer Camp.
Airline etiquette is adapting to increased security and for many adults and children it’s become a challenge to navigate. Before heading to DIA, check online to see if your flight is on time, especially if inclement weather is forecast, approaching or already here. You may also be able to find out how long the security line is at the terminals. Days before even getting to the day of travel, have a list of items you will need and know TSA requirements for liquids. Containers designed just to meet these standards are readily available and discount stores and be sure the sizes you select are no bigger than those allowed, often 3 oz.
Read up on what items are and are not allowed on commercial flights. Bringing prohibited items to the security area can force you to miss your flight. For liquid medications there can be allowances made, but do get the details well in advance of your travel. Consider whether you may need your physician’s office to help you plan for your trip and perhaps get scripts designed for travel. Be sure to plan ahead and have enough doses of medications already on hand for all members of your family and also consider having an extra amount just in case your trip encounters delays. One suggestion here is to ask your physician if you can have a written script for refills to take with you just in case. If medications require refrigeration while in transit or at each destination, look into how this can be accommodated.
If you have insight on special travel needs, we’d love to hear from you.
Graland Country Day School Alumni, Charlie DesJardin, Lacey Rifkin, Abby Ritkin, Graland Country Day School, Head of School, Principal Ronni McCaffery, (unidentified), Madi Rifkin, Louisa Benson, Martha Baker and Lawson Baker. Photos by Stefan Krusze
BY GLORY WEISBERG
Central City Opera is officially open for the summer season. With a blast of gunpowder, the traditional Opening Night Yellow Rose Ball got underway with flower girls, their parents and escorts in tuxedoes. The wonderful pageantry gave way to an evening of dining and dancing. This elegant tradition is in stark contrast to onlookers who come to gamble the evening away.
Central City began in 1859 and quickly became known as the “Richest Square Mile on Earth” with miners descending on the city after hearing that it was indeed lush with gold. With all that expectation and money-making, mere saloons were turned into glittering nightspots with the Teller House built to entertain everyone with classical opera throughout the summer season.
When gold panned out, the town went dark, but was revived as a historic site and the Teller House reopened to entertain residents and tourists. Flower girls are the center of the pageantry, curtsying to society, those invested in and supporting the opera season each summer.
2015 Flower Girl, Taylor Coors with her escort Stacie Reed
Karin Woolley was Yellow Rose Ball chair and Kathy Tyree was chair-elect, on course to chair the 2016 Opening Night Gala. On their committee were Kyle Ferrell, Nancy Hemming, Betsy Welty, Ann Sparks, Vicki Owens, Edie Bell, Tara Ham, Kimberly Neckers, George Ann Victor, Katie Wilkins, Julie Egan, Ann Clark, Ericka McDaniel, Christina Dinegar, Karen Hansen, Dianne Ripley, Kristin Seby, Carole O’Hagan, Susan McCann, Meg DeLine, Kim Morss Dehncke, Suzanne Goderstad, Michelle Hanley and Lauren Abernathy.
The following is the roster of 2015 Flower Girls and the names of their parents, many tracing their Colorado roots back generations.
Martha Dickinson Baker, daughter of Kristin and Barry Baker; Louisa Louise Benson, daughter of Lauren and David Benson; Madeline Louise Bragg, daughter of Trish and Tully Bragg; Taylor McIntosh Coors, daughter of Holly Coors; Maryanna Elizabeth DeLine, daughter of Katie and David DeLine; Jennifer Lynn Groene, daughter of Cathy and Gregory Groene; Nicole Christine Honnen, daughter of Katherine and Mark Honnen; Alexis Caroline Hutchison, Daughter of Jeannine and Heath Hutchison.
Ariana Byrne Kemp, daughter of Ana and Russell Kemp; Elise Evelyn Korneffel, daughter of Laurie and Peter Korneffel; Katherine Cordelia LaMair, daughter of Harriet and Michael LaMair; Phoebe Fischer MacKenzie, daughter of Suzanne and Don MacKenzie. Triplets Abigail Anita Rifkin, Madison Meyers Rifkin and Lacey Hannah Rifkin, daughters of Kristin and Bruce Rifkin; and Molly Kathleen Wulf, daughter of Maureen and Doug Wulf.
For information on the 2015 Opening Night and the summer season’s opera schedule visit centralcity.org.
Barrett Baker, Mike Harms and John and Melinda Couzens.
Fred Dreibholz with June Singer Dreibholz and Susan Stiff with Jeff Wilkinson.
Flower Girl, Louisa Benson with her Father, David Benson, Father-Daughter first Waltz.
Central City Mayor, Ron Engles with Maureen Barker and Landis “Lanny” Martin and Nancy Parker.
Elsa Woolley and Steve Kick with 2015 Yellow Rose Ball Chair, Karin Woolley and Steve Turner.
Trygve and Victoria Myhren
Marcy and Bruce Benson
2015 Flower Girl, Louisa Benson with her escort, Beau Benson
Meg Deline with Julie Egan
Le Bal de Ballet Debutante Ball bell ringer, Don Oppilger rounded up ball goers last week to usher everyone into the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to start presentations. Photo by Glory Weisberg
Don Oppilger ushered everyone into the Ellie Calkins Opera House for the Denver Ballet Guild Le Bal de Ballet Debutante Ball for an evening of formal presentations, including the Grand March, elegant dinner and dancing at the Denver Sheraton Hotel. Oppilger is a Denver Ballet Guild supporter and was happy to play bell ringer.
JFS doubles profit
Alaina Green, associate director of marketing and communications for Jewish Family Service of Colorado, said, “This year we grossed $815,000 and netted $550,000. For comparison, last year’s numbers were $425,000 gross and $276,000 net, so we made almost twice as much this year!”
This was wonderful news for those who depend on this and other like services. If your nonprofit has similar great news to share, send it to me.
From Colorado Ballet we read that the Arts with Altitude Gala May 16 and the Dick Saunders Classic Golf Tournament May 18 netted $130K.
CNI Cochlear Kids Camp, Session
This message was in our inbox this week and we know how wonderful this is for this special population so here it is, very little edited for publication style:
“Do you know a family that would be interested in attending the July/August session of CNI Cochlear Kids Camp, Session Dates: July 30-Aug. 2?
“If you love camp and would like others to experience all it has to offer, forward this notice to a family who might like to attend.
“Launched in 2001, the CNI Cochlear Kids Camp creates opportunities for families to share the success of cochlear implant children, from 3 year-olds through high school seniors. Be a part of the tradition and join families from all across the U.S. and other countries for four days and three nights of recreation, education and celebration.
“Our camp offers a wide range of activities, including parent and family workshops, children’s day camp sessions, family team building, arts and crafts, nature walks, a ropes course, climbing areas, swimming, archery, a barbecue cookout, games and more. If you have questions email email@example.com or call 303-357-5442.”
DiPasquale receives honorary degree
Greenwood Villager Larry DiPasquale, founder and chief executive officer of the Epicurean Group, received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Food Service Entrepreneurship from Johnson & Wales University, May 23, at The Bellco Theater at the Colorado Convention Center. JWU serves more than 1,300 students from all 50 states and eight countries; students prepping for careers in the food, travel and business markets. DiPasquale has served on JWU’s President’s Council for 10 years.
DiPasquale, along with Richard Sandoval of Richard Sandoval Restaurants, received the award at JWU’s graduation ceremony. DiPasquale’s wife Jill and daughter Christina were at the ceremony.
Celebration of Women Powering Change
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado has a Celebration of Women Powering Change event, July 9, 4-7 p.m. Ambassador Swanee Hunt will share her experiences of her globetrotting. She is now credited with being a catalyst for improving the lives of women here and around the world. The event is free but registration is required. The Foundation expects representatives from 100 organizations to attend.
Get further details at www.wfco.org.
Arrupe Jesuit High School
Eighty-five 2015 students who graduated from Arrupe Jesuit High School paint a picture of success and life changing goals as each of them was accepted to college, 44 percent are their family’s first generation high school graduates, 92 percent are first generation college attendees and a whopping 92 percent were accepted into four year colleges. More than $6 million was awarded to them in merit-based college scholarships. Awards came from Regis Arrupe Partnerships, six are Daniels Fund Scholars, four are Kathy Fortune Scholars and several graduates also got scholarships from other sources. Most will go to in-state colleges.
Arrupe would like to increase the number of other scholarships available so if you are interested in getting involved, visit www.Arrupejesuit.com.
If you belong to a health club you probably know that some fellow members need etiquette help. If it’s not the sweaty jock using club equipment, it’s someone using one piece of equipment for what seems like forever.
If you belong to Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, you may have few if ever etiquette issues and the reason may be their “studio etiquette” policies, written in black ink, a trifold each new member gets at signing.
Among the items, is to “please adhere to the provisions of the Mobile Electronic Device policy.” And don’t we wish other public places would adopt this policy?
We’ve all heard free weights hitting the club floor with a thud that reminded us of a possibly catastrophic thunderclap, sending you to a certified spot away from windows.
“Please use care when placing weights down to prevent damage to the hardwood floor,” and to that we add possible damage to our hearing. And also, those heavy weights can get grimy so be sure to keep your hands clean so the next member can use them.
And here comes that point, Greenwood’s No. 9: “Please remember personal hygiene and refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.” And on our soapbox, we’d like to add that if you bathe or shower daily you really don’t need this stuff that became popular in an era when bathing wasn’t always available. It is now and more people are becoming sensitive to these products and start coughing in elevators and other confining places. There is a reason cosmetics firms often offer an incentive, gift with purchase, to attract buyers not always offered them with other similarly priced cosmetics.
There are other great studio etiquette items we can think of regarding publicly shared facilities so let us know what you’d like to tell our other subscribers.
Kathy Wells, Marne King and Suzanne Pacetti
By Glory Weisberg
Five beautiful, upscale homes in the Glenmoor Country Club neighborhood were dolled up in holiday finery for the 38th annual L’Esprit de Noël Holiday Home Tour, which was a veritable holiday shoppers’ paradise.
The Holiday Home Tour began with the Patron Preview Party at the club itself.
Without a doubt, this venue was the best ever for the Central City Opera Guild, drawing in new supporters, many living nearby, mingling and being introduced to seasoned summer opera lovers. The club itself was the best in recent memory for the boutique, spread throughout the club main floor.
From elegant spring hats to silk and winter scarves, jewelry and items for the preschool set, roaming the selections was downright addictive. Right about now, you can just hope someone at that shopping paradise had your name on their gift list because it offered items for every taste and budget.
After finishing the early dinner it was time to hit the road to tour the five decorated homes exchanging places with those coming in from the tour. And talk of touring, three Tesla autos were parked in front of the club, available for test drives, smart cross-marketing as those at the patron party were potential buyers.
Tour homes and dining tables were decorated by Floral & Table Designer, City Floral, Swank Stems, Compleat Gourmet, Ruffly Rose, Twisted Tulip and T’Da. A home at 96 Glenmoor Lane also featured outdoor lighting by Blue Lotus Outdoors.
Sisters Kathy Wells and Suzanne Pacetti chaired this L’Esprit. Getting the royal tour with these two was a fun time, as they were quite happy with the turnout.
Those on the home tour committee included Pam Gatz, Shirley Joondeph, Marnie King, Anne McGonagle, Lorraine Salazar, Kathy Terry, Sandy Wischmeyer, Bernice Yost, Brooke Maloy, Denise Sanderson, Rio Gossweiler, Wanda Larson, Suzie Erzinger and Liz Clarke and lots of others.
Bernice Yost and Julie Kucera
Kim Walsh and Patti Hatfield show off their sweaters.
Pam Cress tries on hats.
D’Evelyn High School choir members added to the holiday spirit
Diane Sweat and Pam Gatz
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