Cocktails for a Cause has its first co-ed benefit, Wish for Wheels, Sept. 10, 6-10 p.m. at the XJet Terminal at Centennial Airport.
Last year, Wish for Wheels attracted more than 450 people to build 115 bikes for students at Holly Ridge Elementary School, partnered with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation.
This nonprofit is 11 years old, and serves kids in Denver metro schools. Selected children are from low-income families that may not be able to provide new bikes and helmets on their own dollars. Bruce Bendell is Wish for Wheels CEO.
The event includes a buffet, drinks and dancing, silent auction and of course, bike assembly and bike decorating. Advance reservations are required.
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Past Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame inductees
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame recently moved its headquarters to Greenwood Village so naturally, we wanted to focus on the past inductees who live in our villages. Joy Burns is an icon of culture and real estate acumen and is known for the Burnsley Hotel. She’s considered a major force behind the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and is a founding member of Luxury Hotels of the World. She founded the Women’s Bank, now called the Colorado Business Bank, and she is a past president of the University of Denver Pioneer Sportswomen.
Burns rarely misses University of Denver benefits and the Joy Burns Arena at DU is named for her.
Merle Chambers, who along with Hugh Grant, was just honored at the Fine Arts Foundation Debutante Ball as a Citizen of the Arts. She received the Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award by the Graduate School of International Studies at DU and is a well known local philanthropist and president of the Chambers Family Fund.
The late Virginia Fraser was a Littleton resident was a co-founding member of the Littleton Council on Human Relations. Known as a advocate for rights of the elderly, she served on the Arapahoe Community College Council, and helped found the Metro Denver Fair Housing Center.
Ellie Greenberg, Ph.D., co-authored A Time of Our Own, a book celebrating women older than age 60, as they finally concentrate on their own talents and interests. A speech pathologist, she is the founding director of the University Without Walls and she co-founded the Littleton Council for Human Relations, and worked for fair housing legislation in the state. Her other accolades fill pages.
Carlotta Walls LeNier lives in Cherry Hills Village. She was a member of the Little Rock Nine and among those given the Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and remains a well respected civil rights advocate. She is now a real estate broker.
Jill Tietjen is a nationally respected professional engineer and a past national president of the Society of Women Engineers. She was the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and was also its first female president.
Much of the information on these women comes from the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
Coming Up Down the Road
The 2015 Kappa Book & Author Dinner for the Craig Hospital Scholarship Fundis is Oct. 22 at the Hyatt Regency DTC.Signed up to speak are Kevin Guilfolle, Keith McCafferty and Judy Young.
Funds also support Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Backyard grills get sky high hot in summer, drawing in neighbors who haven’t touched base since they’d compared whose house got hit the hardest in last fall’s hailstorm.
The casual outdoor party doesn’t mean abandoning table manners and for neophytes new to the scene it can be downright confusing.
Start off hosting the red, white and blue theme by deciding how many people you are inviting. Decide on how formal or informal you want to go: a seated buffet, served by caterers or some hybrid combination of both, with hired staff circulating with drinks or the reliably long lines for alcohol and food, pre-plated salad and/or dessert.
No matter what, you can plan on some awkwardness regarding attire but that can also make your gathering lots of fun.
Festive and casual yard parties are the favorite for local ranchers or city slickers. Places such as Party City or Michael’s stock Old Glory theme centered table settings with centerpieces featuring a lot of tableware choices.
The more disposable goods, the easier for hosts as you simply trash it all. You can indicate the formality or informality by the types of plastic ware you select. It’s also inexpensive if you purchase party themed goods right after patriotic parties are over so you should plan your party details ahead. After this informal gathering is over, just gather paper and plastic items to the center of the disposable tablecloth and recycle items and maybe save centerpieces for a future use such as a Labor Day soiree.
Potuck style celebrations seem to be going the way of the horse and buggy as we’re all just too busy to worry about providing a list of ingredients for each dish we bring lest we set off a party-ending food emergency, due to allergies. Also, now you have to be aware of those who wish to shun other gluten, sugar or high fructose corn syrup or cultural dictates.
When hiring a caterer be specific about your budget and consider several choices to save money or get as festive as your personality dictates or do it all yourself.
Regardless of the time of day decide whether you want to have children at the party and if so, consider some kid-friendly entertainment and be sure to offer foods they like whether they’re your own favorites or not. We’ve seen many a man dive into mac and cheese, chicken fingers and tater tots! Sidestep the peanut allergy explosion by offering another food such as grapes, sliced apples or tiny carrots.
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