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Linda Navarro

Charity Events Columnist

Linda has been a Gazette journalist for nearly 50 years. She has been a writer and editor and has covered beats including police, courts, television and features. She has also been a news researcher and for several years wrote a column answering readers' questions, "Did You Ever Wonder?" Since 2006 she has been both writer and photographer for "Around Town" events, many of them charity fundraisers raising millions of dollars for many of this area's 2,000 nonprofits.

Pikes Peak United Way Community Celebration: Pam and Dave Keller. Pam was recipient of the S. Jerrard Smith Award, the top community award.
060618 Photo by Linda Navarro
Pikes Peak United Way Community Celebration: Pam and Dave Keller. Pam was recipient of the S. Jerrard Smith Award, the top community award. 060618 Photo by Linda Navarro
Fashion Show and Handbag Auction: Emcee Heather Skold, right, and her mother Alice celebrated Alice's birthday weekend at the brunch event at The Broadmoor.051218 Photo by Linda Navarro
Fashion Show and Handbag Auction: Emcee Heather Skold, right, and her mother Alice celebrated Alice's birthday weekend at the brunch event at The Broadmoor. 051218 Photo by Linda Navarro
Dave and Diana Tohlen, left, of Colorado Springs, lead their friends Pat King, second from right, and Mary Anne Johnson, right, from Mesa, Ariz., through the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, and past the photos in local photographer Aaron Anderson’s Periphery show picturing homeless residents of the Springs Rescue Mission. The Fine Arts Center and Colorado College announced an alliance between the two institutions on Thursday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Dave and Diana Tohlen, left, of Colorado Springs, lead their friends Pat King, second from right, and Mary Anne Johnson, right, from Mesa, Ariz., through the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, and past the photos in local photographer Aaron Anderson’s Periphery show picturing homeless residents of the Springs Rescue Mission. The Fine Arts Center and Colorado College announced an alliance between the two institutions on Thursday. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jeannie Robbins (right), Jestina Axum, Alex Robbins and Corbin Zebarth watch the Colorado Springs PrideFest Parade head down Colorado Avenue Sunday, July 9, 2017, downtown. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette
A portion of Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, Colorado, is seen on Friday, June 10, 2016. The park is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Photo by Ryan Jones, The Gazette.
Broadmoor 100th Anniversary Gala: Char Anneler learns a little juggling action from a stilt walker, one of the entertainers. 
060218 Photo by Linda Navarro
Broadmoor 100th Anniversary Gala: Char Anneler learns a little juggling action from a stilt walker, one of the entertainers. 060218 Photo by Linda Navarro
A runner hits the mud head first at the bottom of the Super Dog Slide Saturday, June 3, 2017, during the Big Dog Brag mud run in Colorado Springs. The next run is in Pueblo June 24 and for more information visit bigdogbrag.com. See Gazette.com for a photo gallery from Saturday's event. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)