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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.

BEAR RUN
The Bear Creek Nature Center hosted a 3K Bear Run along its nature trails in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Dozens of participants dressed in bear costumes ran the trails to raise funding for the Bear Creek Nature Center. Photo by Daniel Owen.
The young couple at the table of "Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet" were Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray and wife Jacklyn, animal lovers who support the adoption of rescue animals. They donated an auction Rockies basket to National Mill Dog Rescue's benefit gala.
101417 Photo courtesy Susan Rieger, National Mill Dog Rescue
The young couple at the table of "Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet" were Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray and wife Jacklyn, animal lovers who support the adoption of rescue animals. They donated an auction Rockies basket to National Mill Dog Rescue's benefit gala. 101417 Photo courtesy Susan Rieger, National Mill Dog Rescue
Desiree Terrell, with her husband Karl, was the 2017 honoree of Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region.
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Desiree Terrell, with her husband Karl, was the 2017 honoree of Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region. 100517 Photo by Linda Navarro
The artists, Eric McCue, left, John Martin and Nancy Neale, with their spectacular "Transformation - The Flight of the Phoenix" butterfly which sold for $5,100 at the Rotary Club Flight Gala, and was a People's Choice winner. Top bidder was Allen Gasper of The Gasper Law Group. 
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The artists, Eric McCue, left, John Martin and Nancy Neale, with their spectacular "Transformation - The Flight of the Phoenix" butterfly which sold for $5,100 at the Rotary Club Flight Gala, and was a People's Choice winner. Top bidder was Allen Gasper of The Gasper Law Group. 102117 Photo by Linda Navarro
Women's Resource Agency Hopes + Dreams: Executive Director Melissa Marts with  speaker Ocean Armstrong with the InterCept for Teens program.
   101117 Photo by Linda Navarro
Women's Resource Agency Hopes + Dreams: Executive Director Melissa Marts with speaker Ocean Armstrong with the InterCept for Teens program. 101117 Photo by Linda Navarro
COFFIN RACE
Hundreds of races and spectators crowded Historic Downtown Manitou Springs for the 2012 Emma Crawford Coffin Race Saturday, October 27, 2012. Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette
Waldo Waldo 5k Run KKN 20131027
Racers run past the Julie Penrose Fountain at America the Beautiful Park during the 2nd Annual Waldo Waldo 5k Run in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado on Sunday, October 27, 2013. An estimated 2,874 runners participated in the event, and proceeds will go to the restoration and maintenance of Waldo Canyon and other parks, trails and open spaces in Colorado Springs. (Kent Nishimura/The Gazette)
Max, left, gets a hug from Mika Henley, Inside Out Advisory Board co-chair, at the group's Ally Up breakfast
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Max, left, gets a hug from Mika Henley, Inside Out Advisory Board co-chair, at the group's Ally Up breakfast 100317 Photo by Linda Navarro
Harlem Globetrotter Thunder waves to the crowd while dunking the ball against the Allstars Friday, March 28, 2014, at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. Maddox graduated from Mesa Ridge High School in 2003. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)