Gretchen Gagel, Kim Haverly, Sonya Ulibarri and Linda BresnehanPhotos by Glory Weisberg
By Glory Weisberg
Girls Inc. member Donaji helps sell beads during cocktail hour.
Bright shiny white beads were selling at a fast clip at the Girls Inc. Girls & Guys Night Out party, with not only girls, i.e., women, buying them, but their guys getting them on as well.
And it was for a good cause: helping inner city schoolgirls become strong, smart and bold, to climb out of their inner city environs and aim for college.
It’s hard to break habits handed down from one generation to another and this agency is doing it. For example, Ashley Gilson is a Girls Inc. graduate, and now in her senior year at Bethany College, she’s set her sights on a criminal justice career.
“I’m a Golden Girl and I always will be,” she said.
This edition of Girls & Guys Night out was co-chaired by Linda Brisnehan, a Lockheed Martin Space Systems retiree; Chrisanta Duran, a member of the Colorado House of Representatives; and Elaine Torres, a CBS4 community affairs director. What strong examples of empowering, these three leaders give the Girls Inc. Girls, each a sort of current day Wonder Woman! Emphasizing that theme, in the foyer before dinner, lots of grown girls posed with a cutout of Wonder Woman, eliciting lots of laughter that rippled through the Hyatt DTC.
And speaking of laughter, if you watched this season’s America’s Got Talent TV show, you know who Wendy Liebman is. She got to the semi-finals with her comic routine, which she brought to the GNO stage.
“My mother said you should never go to bed mad (at your spouse). She didn’t sleep for 24 years,” she said.
Visit www.girlsincdenver.org for more details on this nonprofit.
Emcee, Gloria Neal and her husband Amani Ali and Elaine Torres
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