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...
Send charity and society fundraising event listings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mental Health America Of...
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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The Women’s Foundation of Colorado is now accepting applications for its 2013 Girls’ Leadership Council, which is expanded this year to include 20 participants. Sophomore high school girls from across Colorado may apply for a weeklong leadership program to be held at the University of Denver in late July.
Girls’ Leadership Council, a program created by The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, is partnering with Girls Inc. of Metro Denver this year. Applications are available online at www.wfco.org/GLC and due Friday, March 29, 2013 at 5 p.m.
Wells Fargo invests $4.3M
Wells Fargo notes it “invested” $4.3 million to in-state nonprofits last year. Among charities listed are The Boys & Girls Clubs, Children’s Health Foundation, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition and Food Bank of the Rockies. For a full list, visit www.wellsfargo.com/about/csr.
Nominations for Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for women who made lasting contributions to their business fields and inspired others, among other qualities they are looking for. Visit www.cogreatwomen.org/nominate2013. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 13.
Coming Up Down the Road
The Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust has its Party Peeps & Poker June 14. The Central City Opera Guild Music & Martinis is June 13; The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is July 5, 6 and 7. The Denver Health Foundation Hot Rocks Griller Challenge is June 12 and the usual charity supporting chefs include Brandon Biederman of Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben’s. The National Repertory Orchestra “Fifty Shades of Fabulous!” gala is June 21. The Sept. 20 Arapahoe House Luncheon stars Meredith Baxter, best known as a sitcom fixture. She is also sober for 23 years and has a book out. For event info visit www.arapahoehouse.org.
According to a Facebook poll from a few months back, the most common reason friends de-friend someone are postings regarding politics. Such postings assume that every friend feels the same as you do about your political leanings and that assumption is made without sufficient personal knowledge of this sensitivity. Even within political parties there are deep chasms from one extreme to the other and lots in between. Those who do post political leanings on Facebook reveal more about themselves than their friends ever knew.
Some also assume that members of a same ethnic or religious group share their political party loyalty. Not so fast! Preaching about politics from a pulpit can reduce church/synagogue membership as fast as a member can go from being seated to diving for the door. We personally became offended when this happened to us. Their replacement knows better. America is still a melting pot and to avoid a meltdown among your social groups, avoid politics.
The same caution applies even among close family members. Raised in one political party, offspring often distance themselves from their elders by switching party. If you remember the 1970s, remember too the drastic societal norms changes. Send your kid off to college around Labor Day of freshman year and in walks someone entirely different for Thanksgiving.
One other political etiquette problem is with a rude reporter. We’ve all known John Hickenlooper for a long time and he’s a friendly guy, ducking the slings and arrows that have brought down other politicians. But Gov. Hick, as we call him, had answered one reporter’s question regarding an alleged killer’s father and the guv’s friendship with him. He replied that he would never give special attention to a friend just because he was a friend. When asked the same question again, nagging for the kind of reply the reporter still wasn’t satisfied with, the guv let loose.
I agree with his reaction, hinting that perhaps the reporter and his local TV channel’s access to him could be affected. There is a risk to being a nagging pest.
The Denver Lyric Opera Guild Preliminary Competition has three Arapahoe County finalists, Thomas Kittle and Meredith “Maggie” Sczekan from Centennial and Nadya Hill from Littleton, joining 12 others from around the metro Denver area. They are singing again for the DLOG’s Final Competition, March 16. These singers will compete for to win more than $34,000 worth of prizes.
The judges are mezzo-soprano Dr. Linda DiFiore, from the University of North Texas, soprano Dr. Lynn Eustis, a native of Long Island, N.Y., and conductor and pianist Mark Morash, director of Musical Studies for the San Francisco Opera Center.
Among donors supporting the competition are the Fine Arts Foundation, Marlis and Shirley Smith and the Galen and Ada Belle Spencer Foundation. One other foundation prefers not to be listed publicly so you can tell the DLOG is well known and respected, bringing forward into the professional limelight in Colorado the budding opera singers whose names we may see in coming years. The guild members will be saying, “I was there when this person was first recognized.” This year the combined total of awards will be well over $1,000,000, according to Jane Gibson.
Bill Maclay chairs the competition committee with help from Mary Bahde, Linda Young and Zoraide Scordo. The competition is free and open to the public. Call 303-680-8190 for information.
Jewish people celebrate Passover beginning sundown, March 25. Most formal seders are the first or second night. Palm Sunday is March 24 and Easter is March 31.
The recent Excelsior Youth Center Triumphant Faces Gala netted $290,000.
We now have a page where readers can do a fun birthday, baby, anniversary, etc. announcement at no charge.
We got a lot of comments on the first “Celebrations” page with the Goldy anniversary story. Let us know if a couple or person is having a milestone birthday or special anniversary. Send info to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Villager office at 303-773-8313.
The Women’s Bean Project sent us information that Walmart.com will connect shoppers with small women-owned businesses around the world. Empowering Women Together will offer shoppers more than 200 items from 19 businesses in nine countries. Empowering Women Together will be part of Store for Good.
In the words of Joy Ndungutse, an entrepreneur in Rwanda, “From a humble beginning under a tree in a remote village in Rwanda, my sister and I founded Gahaya Links after the devastating 1994 Rwanda Genocide that left over 1 million dead. We organized about 20 women with a vision of empowering them to enhance their weaving skills, to be able to earn an income, and live adequately by community standards. Today we are a growing network of over 4,000 women, the majority of whom are genocide survivors and are organized in cooperatives throughout Rwanda. Through our partnership with Full Circle Exchange and opportunities such as Empowering Women Together, this platform gives hope to many families in Rwanda and we are so grateful.”
In addition to merchandise from Gahaya Links and the Women’s Bean Project, the inaugural Empowering Women Together collection also includes jewelry from Peru, Rwanda, Kenya and the U.S.; home accessories from Rwanda and Haiti; paper mache from Haiti, apparel and accessories from Rwanda; iPad and laptop cases from Cambodia and Nepal; coffee and tea sets sourced globally and made in America; and specialty foods made in America and Canada.
The full collection can be viewed online at www.walmart.com/empoweringwomentogether.
Let’s talk about wedding gift registries. With many of Denver’s population coming from other parts of the country, couples today have a gift themselves: the Internet. Online registries enable guests to access and select items without leaving their laptop, smartphone or other gizmo. We suggest the couple register at more than one store and at a varying price range of stores. From Target to Bed, Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Nordstrom, the selections enable you decide on your budget and be sure you are giving the couple what they’ve selected at each retailer. But don’t leave out the locally owned store, please. We love Compleat Gourmet, lose track of time in there and the bride and groom would have a ball meandering through the aisles there. Also consider the other strip mall shops that appreciate your business.
We see few gifts being brought to weddings today. Why lug it there when you can order and pay for shipping and free the couple from having to rent a U-Haul truck to take it home, especially if the couple’s flying off on their honeymoon directly after the ceremony and celebration? Have the gift sent to the bride’s home or wherever the registry says.
Another gift is the monetary one and it’s fun to see the bride getting money at the reception tucked into the garter but don’t make that the sole gift unless that’s the couple’s culture to do so. Put a check in an envelope with a card denoting the name of the giver, of course and perhaps even put it in a nice gift box.
If you decide to ignore the registries make the gift one an average couple would actually use such as kitchen gear, linen napkins, napkin rings and place mats or neutral color tablecloth.
Hardbound cookbooks still line the shelves of brick and mortar book stores and other shops but keep them practical and don’t assume the couple with full-time jobs has time to perform complicated tasks.
No matter how desperate you are as a marrying couple to get specifically needed gifts such as that one above, consider the obvious budget of the asking guest or their ability to either use the Web or have access to stores on your registry.
Next up: thanking wedding gift givers, especially in this rapidly growing Internet, texting, emailing society.
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