<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> around-town]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/around-town Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:55:24 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball: Gatsby goes Western]]> By Linda Navarro, The Gazette, linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-gatsby-goes-western/article/1547266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-heart-ball-gatsby-goes-western/article/1547266?custom_click=rss

It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night.

No oxymoron this.

The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Some of the fashionable gents wore dress cowboy boots with their tuxedoes while some of the women happily opted for custom boots beneath their long gowns instead of kill-your-feet-by-evening's -end stilettos.

The Western theme was throughout. Greeting arrivals on the blustery night were the Girl of the West Rachael Braaten and her Aide Allison Mitchell representing this summer's 75th anniversary



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It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night.

No oxymoron this.

The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Some of the fashionable gents wore dress cowboy boots with their tuxedoes while some of the women happily opted for custom boots beneath their long gowns instead of kill-your-feet-by-evening's -end stilettos.

The Western theme was throughout. Greeting arrivals on the blustery night were the Girl of the West Rachael Braaten and her Aide Allison Mitchell representing this summer's 75th anniversary

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:25:01 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-the-y-honors-volunteers-imagines-whats-to-come/article/1546874?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-the-y-honors-volunteers-imagines-whats-to-come/article/1546874?custom_click=rss

"Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region.

"Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton.

There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said, including a proposal by the city for transfer of the Senior Center to the Y. It's one of a number of community partnerships imagined or already underway. There are changes to come, Williams said.

"We will dare to be different," he told past and present board members, volunteers, staff and donors.

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"Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton.

There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said, including a proposal by the city for transfer of the Senior Center to the Y. It's one of a number of community partnerships imagined or already underway. There are changes to come, Williams said.

"We will dare to be different," he told past and present board members, volunteers, staff and donors.]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:30:39 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Wine Festival Grand Tasting benefits Conservatory]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-wine-festival-grand-tasting-benefits-conservatory/article/1546875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-wine-festival-grand-tasting-benefits-conservatory/article/1546875?custom_click=rss

Magnifico! A weekend with Paolo, Matteo, Mario, Jeanneth Angel and Antonio and the best wines from what's known as the top half of the boot: Piedmont and Tuscany.

The 24th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs on Feb. 19-21 went Italian in a big way, featuring winemakers Paolo Canclini, Matteo Molino, Mario Scanu, Jeanneth Angel Tonon, Matteo Toso and Antonio Zaccheo.

There were seminars and tastings, Italian delicacies and a Grand Tasting that drew more than 1,000 to The Broadmoor to swirl and sniff, chat with wine distributors and sample new favorites.

And the evening's glass raiser: "una buona serata e salute!"

Greeting guests was Linda Weise, founding CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, the festival's

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]]> Magnifico! A weekend with Paolo, Matteo, Mario, Jeanneth Angel and Antonio and the best wines from what's known as the top half of the boot: Piedmont and Tuscany.

The 24th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs on Feb. 19-21 went Italian in a big way, featuring winemakers Paolo Canclini, Matteo Molino, Mario Scanu, Jeanneth Angel Tonon, Matteo Toso and Antonio Zaccheo.

There were seminars and tastings, Italian delicacies and a Grand Tasting that drew more than 1,000 to The Broadmoor to swirl and sniff, chat with wine distributors and sample new favorites.

And the evening's glass raiser: "una buona serata e salute!"

Greeting guests was Linda Weise, founding CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory, the festival's]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:30:38 -0700 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Hundreds help Celebrate Youth in the Arts]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-hundreds-help-celebrate-youth-in-the-arts/article/1546522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-hundreds-help-celebrate-youth-in-the-arts/article/1546522?custom_click=rss

The lobby and ballroom of Hotel Eleganté were transformed into a Hall of the Arts on Feb. 12 as 460 guests went to breakfast to Celebrate Youth in the Arts, a benefit for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Colorado Springs Children's Chorale.

Sounds greeting those arriving as well as hotel guests were made by a combination of violins and cellos, children's voices, laughter and the Pikes Peak Bell Ringers.

Inside the breakfast event, the intergenerational Taiko Society added a get-yourselves-going pounding rhythm and a Velvet Hills Chorus quartet entertained.

It showed what the arts adds to lives, said speakers, and had a goal of $100,000.



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The lobby and ballroom of Hotel Eleganté were transformed into a Hall of the Arts on Feb. 12 as 460 guests went to breakfast to Celebrate Youth in the Arts, a benefit for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Colorado Springs Children's Chorale.

Sounds greeting those arriving as well as hotel guests were made by a combination of violins and cellos, children's voices, laughter and the Pikes Peak Bell Ringers.

Inside the breakfast event, the intergenerational Taiko Society added a get-yourselves-going pounding rhythm and a Velvet Hills Chorus quartet entertained.

It showed what the arts adds to lives, said speakers, and had a goal of $100,000.

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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:08:47 -0700
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Walmart gives half a million dollars to area nonprofits]]> By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/around-town-walmart-gives-half-a-million-dollars-to-area-nonprofits/article/1546523?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-walmart-gives-half-a-million-dollars-to-area-nonprofits/article/1546523?custom_click=rss

Local nonprofit representatives were treated to a dinner at Cheyenne Mountain Resort before receiving almost $500,000 in philanthropic grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation.

Recipients at the Feb. 6 event represented initiatives focusing on four core areas: hunger and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and career opportunity, said Walmart Market Manager Gary Peacock.

"We involve our associates in determining how Walmart Foundation dollars are used to support causes that are important to them," Peacock said.

In 2013, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1.2 billion in cash and in-kind contributions worldwide, Peacock said. Associates volunteered 2.2 million hours.



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Local nonprofit representatives were treated to a dinner at Cheyenne Mountain Resort before receiving almost $500,000 in philanthropic grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation.

Recipients at the Feb. 6 event represented initiatives focusing on four core areas: hunger and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and career opportunity, said Walmart Market Manager Gary Peacock.

"We involve our associates in determining how Walmart Foundation dollars are used to support causes that are important to them," Peacock said.

In 2013, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $1.2 billion in cash and in-kind contributions worldwide, Peacock said. Associates volunteered 2.2 million hours.

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