<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> around-town]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/around-town Wed, 24 May 2017 03:55:28 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Homeward Pikes Peak golfing fun all for serious cause]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-homeward-pikes-peak-golfing-fun-all-for-serious-cause/article/1603738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-homeward-pikes-peak-golfing-fun-all-for-serious-cause/article/1603738?custom_click=rss

For 14 years one of the season's most popular golf tournaments has started off with quite a few "my A game" challenges and a VIP night of fun at The Ritz, courtesy of host Luke Travins and sponsors.

The May 2 Homeward Pikes Peak benefit party featured a highly competitive silent auction, live jazz and beverages to ready everyone for an early-morning start from Svedka vodka, Red Bull, Budweiser and Barista Espresso.

This year's event was especially important, said Travins, because "the housing crisis has never been so acute." Money raised by the golf tourney and VIP event "will be used in the housing programs for vets and individuals with dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse)," said executive director Beth Hall

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Tue, 23 May 2017 18:03:52 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: NAMI breakfast brings mental illness out into the open]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-nami-breakfast-brings-mental-illness-out-into-the-open/article/1603723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-nami-breakfast-brings-mental-illness-out-into-the-open/article/1603723?custom_click=rss

She has seen so many changes as people are opening up about dealing with mental illness. It used to be a secret.

Welcoming early risers at the overflowing May 4 NAMI-Colorado Springs "Embracing the Light" community breakfast and fundraiser, NAMI Executive Director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert recalled seven years ago when a much smaller group gathered in the same Antlers ballroom for the first breakfast.

"We began to open the conversation about mental illness. We tiptoed into the waters. And we began to share with more of you living with mental illness and for their loved ones."

Said Jarvis-Steinwert, "Seven years later, we're grateful that mental illness is now talked about more openly. It's on the hearts and minds of so

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Tue, 23 May 2017 18:02:49 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: A night all about Kidpower's safe kids and lots of chocolate]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-a-night-all-about-kidpowers-safe-kids-and-lots-of-chocolate/article/1603347?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-a-night-all-about-kidpowers-safe-kids-and-lots-of-chocolate/article/1603347?custom_click=rss

It's not every evening when folks float down the hill from The Pinery on a chocolatey high. Must be Kidpower Chocoholic Frolic time!

Year after year this heavenly night entices sold-out crowds of almost 500 to sample to their hearts' delight while raising money for Kidpower's programs to keep children safe.

May 6 was no different. Guests happily donated $81,485 for safety education that has reached thousands of children since 1994. Altogether, Kidpower has trained 48,000 children, teens and adults in Colorado.

Attendees were thanked "for helping kids be confident and safe."

The lady who is the local Kidpower, Jan Isaacs Henry, announced the nonprofit's special 2017 honoree, Stacy Frost, citing her for more than

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Wed, 17 May 2017 16:36:21 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: UCHealth Memorial Gala raises $342,000 for oncology research]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-uchealth-memorial-gala-raises-342000-for-oncology-research/article/1603346?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-uchealth-memorial-gala-raises-342000-for-oncology-research/article/1603346?custom_click=rss

An evening of glittering fun had an oncology focus of "Time Matters."

The 475 attendees at the 15th annual UCHealth Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala answered the alert, donating more than $342,000 for oncology research and educational spaces in the new tower at Memorial Hospital North.

The festive evening April 22 at The Broadmoor was led by co-chairwomen Andrea Hurlbert and Rachel Rocks. Special honoree Kathi Braden shared her story of surviving cancer. Joining her and husband Ralph were her "radiation family," the sons of another person undergoing radiation at the same time she did. It's a special relationship that develops between those spending extended time together in chemo and radiation.

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Wed, 17 May 2017 16:31:44 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Friends of the Library visit the West with C.J. Box's Joe Pickett]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-friends-of-the-library-visit-the-west-with-c.j.-boxs-joe-pickett/article/1602929?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-friends-of-the-library-visit-the-west-with-c.j.-boxs-joe-pickett/article/1602929?custom_click=rss

The book lovers saddled up for lunch with author C.J. Box and his Joe Pickett Western mysteries, and hilarity ensued. Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District had such fun at their April 29 Literary Awards Luncheon that a more sedate gathering in the next room - the ballroom at The Antlers - couldn't hear their speaker ... and asked Box to speak at one of their next events.

The 25th annual local literary awards event broke records, selling out all 250 seats and turning away many other Pickett fans, even some from out of state. Box, from Wyoming, is a multiple- award-winning author with 22 novels to his credit, 17 of them about game warden Pickett.

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Thu, 11 May 2017 15:01:48 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Ronald McDonald House volunteers treated to special evening]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-ronald-mcdonald-house-volunteers-treated-to-special-evening/article/1602930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-ronald-mcdonald-house-volunteers-treated-to-special-evening/article/1602930?custom_click=rss

Ronald McDonald stomped his big 29EEE shoes in appreciation and even did a David Blaine magic trick in honor of the three-page list of people who logged almost 13,500 hours of volunteer time last year for Rocky Mountain House Charities of Southern Colorado.

For the RMHC 30th anniversary, Executive Director Beth Alessio and her staff and board treated an enthusiastic group of volunteers and sponsors to an evening out, dinner and silly photo booth pictures at Pinery at the Hill, a first-time visit for many to the scenic event center.

RMHC, a self-sustaining nonprofit, has the Ronald McDonald House for families with hospitalized critically ill children, three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in the hospitals and a Care Mobile.

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Thu, 11 May 2017 14:47:37 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: CASA Light of Hope draws 1,300 to light sky for children to have advocates]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-casa-light-of-hope-draws-1300-to-light-sky-for-children-to-have-advocates/article/1602928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-casa-light-of-hope-draws-1300-to-light-sky-for-children-to-have-advocates/article/1602928?custom_click=rss

The CASA Light of Hope breakfast and lunch fundraisers have become an annual tradition for supporters from across the area, this 17th year drawing almost 1,300 people to The Antlers on April 26. They donated $350,000 for CASA programs (casappr.org) and to "Light Up Their Skies" of abused and neglected children by training more volunteers appointed by the court to advocate for them.

Almost 1,800 children were served last year - over 14,000 children in El Paso and Teller counties since 1989.

The special part of each Light of Hope is a tears-down-the-cheeks story of one of those children. Collin is 17, but his story goes back to when he was 6. His mother was an addict who died of an overdose.

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Thu, 11 May 2017 14:42:35 -0600