Author:

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.

Visitors to the 25th Annual Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., enjoy a wide array of Christmas lights and decorations throughout the park while they visit the animals on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Photo by Daniel Owen
Candace Datz, center, takes a lunch break to dance at Lunch Beat Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Ormao Dance Company. The event, which happens sporadically throughout the year at different location, promotes leaving the work behind to dance to a DJ for an hour during the work week. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Peak Vista Breakfast of Champions: Athlete and Paralympic medalist John Register with Mia Hamm.110916 Photo by Linda Navarro
Peak Vista Breakfast of Champions: Athlete, Paralympic medalist and motivational speaker John Register with Mia Hamm. 110916 Photo by Linda Navarro
U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Breakfast with Champions: Rio medal winner Amanda Dennis, goalball.
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U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Breakfast with Champions: Rio medal winner Amanda Dennis, goalball. 110416 Photo by Linda Navarro
The William J. Palmer High School marching band performs during the Festival of Lights Parade on Saturday, December 5, 2015. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Jennifer Ryan, with daughter Anya, created this art from a resalvaged door for the Pikes Peak Habitat fundraiser.
  110316 Photo by Linda Navarro
Jennifer Ryan, with daughter Anya, created this art from a resalvaged door for the Pikes Peak Habitat fundraiser. 110316 Photo by Linda Navarro
Rob and Pam Alton were "kissing their brain" at the CPCD/Head Start breakfast.
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Rob and Pam Alton were "kissing their brain" at the CPCD/Head Start breakfast. 110216 Photo by Linda Navarro
Urban Turzi, who was stepping down as executive director of One Nation Walking Together, with 20-year volunteer Sally Pearce.110416 Photo by Linda Navarro
Urban Turzi, who was stepping down as executive director of One Nation Walking Together, with 20-year volunteer Sally Pearce. 110416 Photo by Linda Navarro