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  • AROUND TOWN: Women's Resource Agency helps women find their hopes and dreams

    Women who had struggled as single mothers seeking new lives told their stories at the WRA annual breakfast fundraiser. They were successful because of agencies like WRA.

  • AROUND TOWN: Bill Medley of Righteous Brothers, WWII vets honored by USO

    Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers crooned "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to an appreciative audience of honorees at front tables at the recent USO Freedom Dinner. Then Medley bent down and personally thanked those smiling World War II veterans.

  • AROUND TOWN: Educational Big Brothers Big Sisters Bruncheon

    It's becoming a tradition. When the children head back to school after Labor Day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado - Pikes Peak volunteers and board members play host to a Back to School Bruncheon. During an upscale social gathering in a private home, the work of BBBS is explained and the need for more one-to-one mentor relationships...

  • AROUND TOWN: They're the leaders: United Way's LIG (Leaders in Giving)

    they're leaders in the community. Many are leaders in business, others lead in churches and schools. Many have had leadership roles for years, even decades. Within Pikes Peak United Way, they're the elite LIG, the Leaders in Giving. On Sept. 17, more than 245 of these philanthropists were at the Garden of the Gods Club to celebrate a banner...

  • AROUND TOWN: 50 years and growing, REACHing for success to stop poverty

    What better way to celebrate a 50-year milestone than to rename and rebrand for the next half century or longer?

  • AROUND TOWN: Women see red to save their own lives

    One Friday each September retains its red luster. It has much to do with the fact of life pointed out by organizers of Go Red for Women that 1 in 3 women who die each year will die of heart disease. That stunner drew more than 300 women to the Antlers Hilton on Sept. 19 for screenings involving cholesterol, body mass, blood pressure,...

  • Marking a 50-year-old mission

    Its history is traced to President John F. Kennedy, whose family was involved with making the world better for those with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses such as JFK's sister Rosemary. The goal: No longer would the norm be institutionalization. What is now The Resource Exchange was formed in 1964 to serve those local citizens....

  • AROUND TOWN: New Fine Arts Center President Dahlin moves and grooves to a Colorado Springs beat

    Well hello, Colorado Springs. New Fine Arts Center President/Executive Director David Dahlin has arrived with a song, dance moves, a GQ tux and a never-ending smile. He set the ebullient tone for the center's 2015 season-opening black-tie gala Sept. 13 when "A Knight at the FAC" welcomed several hundred guests to a reception with jesters and...

  • AROUND TOWN: Girl Scouts honor 2014 Women of Distinction

    The stage was filled with powerful local women who, in the words of keynote speaker Amelia Rose Earhart, "exceed expectations." Former TV reporter Earhart, namesake of but no relation to the famous aviatrix, blew away all expectations in June by becoming the youngest female pilot to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine plane. She flew...

  • AROUND TOWN: A Family afFaire at the Donner spread

    Call it the ultimate church picnic, a block party to beat all block parties or a kid's dream school carnival. A Family afFaire, founded 10 years ago by Heather and John Fitzgerald and friends, is all of those rolled into one under a giant yellow and white striped tent. But it goes beyond fun. A Family afFaire has grossed more than $1 million...

  • AROUND TOWN: Street Breakfast benefits community groups

    On June 18, more than 3,000 folks of all ages wore their Western duds, sat on hay bales downtown, ate a pancake breakfast prepared by Fort Carson troops and cheered the 172 Pikes Peak Range Riders heading out on the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo publicity ride. It was all part of a 54-year tradition with the Rodeo Street Breakfast kicking off rodeo...

  • AROUND TOWN: Pioneers Museum helps people discover their stories

    Judy Casey found a way to share her passion with her friends. The über community volunteer and consummate board member with a love of history, especially that involving the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, invited 60 buddies to the fourth annual Gift of History Breakfast, where more than $40,000 was raised to support the grand 1903 facility....

  • AROUND TOWN: Team Springs tennis launched

    Karen Brandner, director of tennis at The Broadmoor, has worried for years that her sport is "aging" as she watched the number of junior tennis players drop. She was convinced there are tweens and teens in our area who are serious about the sport but are without the means or without a team, beyond a smattering of high school teams. Enter Team...

  • AROUND TOWN: Rockin' the '60s for Silver Key Seniors

    A Fonzie was there, vinyl go-go boots were everywhere and no one seemed to remember that polyester came in quite that many gaudy neon colors. Oh, and hello there Mr. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, the fellow dancing the night away in bright colors, jeans, hippie necklace and a headband, flashing the peace sign as wife Janet twinkled...

  • AROUND TOWN: Fundraising for Colorado Springs domestic violence victims

    For 22 years TESSA's Pasta in the Park has teamed an evening of raucous pasta-
cooking competition revelry with an underlying focus of supporting victims of domestic violence. The Aug. 23 fundraiser on the Myron Stratton Campus broke all records, but no one could have foreseen that just two weeks later the issue of domestic violence would...