It's a back-to-school-time treat for the busy ladies, the annual Garden Bruncheon for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado - Pikes Peak. Friends and guests are invited to mix and mingle and sip champagne at the special home of a hostess where they gather for a catered meal in the garden or relax in comfy conversation spots inside the home.
This is a casual opportunity to learn about and donate to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program which provides one-to-one mentoring by adult volunteers for schoolchildren with the current goal of a mentor for every student needing one at Atlas Preparatory Academy on the city's southeast side. The crying need is for more male mentors for boys who are waiting, said Executive Director Danielle Summerville, and the goal is mentoring for a lifetime.
"There is a person for everyone," said Summerville.
Hostess for this fifth annual Bruncheon was Mari Sinton-Martinez , who shared her new Comito mountain-style home overlooking Garden of the Gods with guests. The spacious, inviting home, so new that the turf had just been laid and the landscaping completed, is the "forever home" she and husband Paul had dreamed of, she said. And there's plenty of room for "the girls," their beloved golden retrievers who were spending the day running around on friends' acreage in Black Forest while Mom Mari had guests.
Sinton-Martinez is a quietly effective philanthropist, supporting multiple nonprofits throughout the area. No surprise that there's room aplenty in the Colorado-style rock, glass and wood home for the couple's nonprofit endeavors.