<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> around-town]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/around-town Mon, 21 May 2018 09:15:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Discover Goodwill honorees take road to "Destination: Independence"]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-discover-goodwill-honorees-take-road-to-destination-independence/article/1626095?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-discover-goodwill-honorees-take-road-to-destination-independence/article/1626095?custom_click=rss

They're on a voyage with a "Destination: Independence" and their successes were charted at the Discover Goodwill annual dinner April 26 at The Broadmoor.

Honorees and the nonprofit's business partners took the spotlight, along with the "Ambassadors of Goodwill" who had helped lead the way.

Devin Hall was named 2017 Community Employee of the Year. After being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome as an adult, he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics. This led to his first job, with Discover Goodwill's Document Imaging where he works as a contract employee at Evans Army Community Hospital and has become Team Lead.

The Independence Award honoree was Thomas Schuler. He had become addicted to methamphetamines after his

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Wed, 16 May 2018 10:59:46 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: CASA Light of Hope helps serve more abused and neglected children]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-casa-light-of-hope-helps-serve-more-abused-and-neglected-children/article/1626096?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-casa-light-of-hope-helps-serve-more-abused-and-neglected-children/article/1626096?custom_click=rss

For speaker after speaker, involvement with CASA of the Pikes Peak Region came about because "I am for the child."

The impact of those words was never lost during the 18th annual Light of Hope breakfast and lunch fundraisers April 25 at The Antlers hotel. More than 1,000 attended the meals, raising almost $350,000 to serve abused and neglected children with trained advocates.

Board chair DeeAnn Rothstein drew from her own life experiences that "every child deserves to have one adult they can trust."

CASA Advocate Roy Fulcher said he had retired from the Navy Reserves and was looking for new ways to serve. After training as an advocate he was assigned his first case. A baby. "I was not really a baby person," he said with

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Wed, 16 May 2018 10:58:51 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Humane Society's Fur Ball Game of Bones night raises $390,000]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-humane-societys-fur-ball-game-of-bones-night-raises-390000/article/1625696?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-humane-societys-fur-ball-game-of-bones-night-raises-390000/article/1625696?custom_click=rss

Shades of "Game of Thrones'"House Lannister and guests peeked around for Jon Snow. But the April 28 Fur Ball had instead been turned into a creative Game of Bones land with puppies and kitties.

Almost 500 guests in party clothes and some in regal royal attire cuddled with adoptable creatures at the reception for the 21st annual gala for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

In "Thrones," "different roads sometimes lead to the same castle." At Cheyenne Mountain Resort, the roads led to the photo setting, a Game of Bones throne built by Elite Auto Salon.

"Thrones" Dragon Eggs had been tucked into little "Crack Me" boxes with every egg holding a surprise prize and one prize worth $1,000.

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Mon, 14 May 2018 15:54:01 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Red Ribbon Ball night of magic includes engagement announcement]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-red-ribbon-ball-night-of-magic-includes-engagement-announcement/article/1625329?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-red-ribbon-ball-night-of-magic-includes-engagement-announcement/article/1625329?custom_click=rss

Two Marys who have passionately devoted years to the LGBTQ community and causes were honored as heroes at the 2018 Red Ribbon Ball.

On an April 21 night filled "With a Touch of Magic," Mary Ellen McNally and Mary Lou Makepeace were saluted for "dedicating their lives to making Colorado Springs a better place for everyone," said Chris Robertson of Colorado Health Network.

Harry Potter characters and magicians were much in evidence as the festive celebration returned to Cheyenne Mountain Resort, site of the first Red Ribbon Ball 26 years ago. It's the Southern Colorado AIDS Project's signature fundraiser, regularly bringing in $50,000 annually for HIV services and programs in southern Colorado.

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Mon, 14 May 2018 15:47:26 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Memorial Hospital Foundation 'Heroes in Healthcare' raises $412,000 for trauma training center]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-memorial-hospital-foundation-heroes-in-healthcare-raises-412000-for-trauma-training-center/article/1625697?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-memorial-hospital-foundation-heroes-in-healthcare-raises-412000-for-trauma-training-center/article/1625697?custom_click=rss

In an evening dedicated to "Heroes in Healthcare," a record 770 supporters, including many from health care fields, enjoyed a gala event April 28 as they raised more than $412,000 for the new UCHealth Community Education Center.

President/CEO Joel Yuhas said this is where EMTs, first responders, trauma physicians and nurses will receive the latest training to care for the critically injured. It's also a comprehensive effort that includes Pikes Peak Community College and UCCS, police and fire departments and ambulance companies.

One of the programs, an accelerated paramedic training, will address what speakers called "a critical shortage of paramedics in El Paso, Teller and Pueblo counties.

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Wed, 09 May 2018 14:14:33 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Blackbird Outreach moves forward for legal homeless camp]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-blackbird-outreach-moves-forward-for-legal-homeless-camp/article/1625328?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-blackbird-outreach-moves-forward-for-legal-homeless-camp/article/1625328?custom_click=rss

A Blackbird Outreach fundraiser auction is unlike any other.

Replacing the familiar nonprofit-gala bidding for European trips and formal dinner parties was a "Fund a Need" paddle raising for tarps, tents, sleeping bags, safe Heater Buddy systems, propane tanks, emergency hotel vouchers and outdoor survival packages.

Volunteers and supporters of the Blackbird Outreach team gathered with council officers from homeless camps for a "Without a Roof" event April 18 at Cliff House at Pikes Peak. Providing toe-tapping musical entertainment was Tejon Street Corner Thieves.

In the words of co-Executive Director Trygve "Trig" Bundgaard, the evening was about showing "how best to serve as voices of the voiceless on the streets.

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Wed, 02 May 2018 13:55:03 -0600