Bonnie McCay, Kimberly Behounek, Gianna Orr and Jean Moore
Rene Harding’s Cocktails for a Cause is on a roll, with so many more women coming to the 5:30-7:30 p.m. events each quarter that it’s outgrown the Cable Center at the University of Denver and moved the June 17 party to Wings Over the Rockies.
These women-only gatherings benefit a different local nonprofit each time. The benefitting agency gives Harding a list of what they need most and attendees bring one of those items.
Meeting guests each time is a truck large enough to hold the donated items that are driven right to the benefiting agency at the end of each event. Harding makes sure to drive this fact home.
Tennyson Center for Children got the goods this time and their CEO Ron Witte was just about the only man allowed into Wings for the presentation.
We all learned that on average, the children at the Tennyson Center had already been to six or seven other placements. Many abused or traumatized children arrive hungry, unclean and in need of immediate attention.
“Really Great Families Can Have Kids with Big Troubles” is the headline of the center’s Spring 2015 newsletter. “Some are great families yet face mental health and developmental issues,” they note.
By the time one of the affected children is in elementary school, they could have many anger problems. One example is of a child who needed an emergency hospital stay, having made suicide threats.
The Tennyson Center has many such cases to cite.
Cocktails has a following that keeps growing and the next Cocktails for a Cause is Sept. 10, at the XJet Terminal at Centennial Airport, supporting Wish for Wheels. This fall affair will feature food, dancing and silent auction shopping. For the handyman or woman, each participant can build a new bike for a needy child, aided by experts. No walk-ins are allowed and RSVPs are required. Visit www.cocktailsforacauseco.org.
Tennyson Center CEO Rod Witte, Rene Harding and Jessica KimakPhotos by Glory Weisberg
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Marilyn Manning, Karen Hill and Susan Baker
The 16th annual Donor Dash, a 5K run/walk honor the lives of organ and tissue donors, celebrating the lives of organ and tissue recipients and recognizing those who continue to wait for a lifesaving transplant.
The event is July 19 at Washington Park.
The Donor Dash is the largest donation awareness event in Colorado. Last year, more than 5,000 people participated in the event.
This Dash promotes fact-based education, contributing to the strong donation rates in our state, with nearly 68 percent of Coloradans having already joined the state donor registry.
There are currently more than 2,500 people in Colorado waiting for an organ transplant and people can help alleviate this public health crisis by designating their decision to be donors on state donor registries.
There are no age or health restrictions to becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor. In fact the average age of donors in Colorado in 2014 was 65 and the oldest donor was 99 years young. Even those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hepatitis can save the lives of others afflicted by the same type of illness through donation.
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