<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - life >> around-town]]> http://gazette.com/rss/life/around-town Thu, 26 May 2016 18:42:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: El Cinco de Mayo gala celebrates scholarship winners]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-el-cinco-de-mayo-gala-celebrates-scholarship-winners/article/1576894?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-el-cinco-de-mayo-gala-celebrates-scholarship-winners/article/1576894?custom_click=rss

They danced, clapped to mariachis, visited with friends and enjoyed a meal with the flavors of Mexico. More than anything, however, the evening of Cinco de Mayo celebration and fundraising on May 6 was fun with an educational focus.

As one presenter said as scholarships were presented to young people filling a stage, "May these scholarships jumpstart careers."

Particularly poignant was that three of the major scholarships carry the names of leaders in the Hispanic community, the late Bernie Martinez and Bob Armendariz and 25-year El Cinco de Mayo sparkplug Carmen Abeyta. Also presented was a City of Colorado Springs Diversity Outreach Scholarship.

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Thu, 26 May 2016 14:44:02 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: NAMI breakfast attendees donate $115K to support those with mental illness]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-nami-breakfast-attendees-donate-115k-to-support-those-with-mental-illness/article/1576895?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-nami-breakfast-attendees-donate-115k-to-support-those-with-mental-illness/article/1576895?custom_click=rss

They're "Embracing the Light" as they find ways to face down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

It has been a long time coming and remains an everyday challenge, but NAMI - Colorado Springs Executive Director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert had reason to smile at the organization's sixth annual Community Breakfast and Fundraiser on May 6.

There were 700 in the audience that morning, more than double a couple of years ago, and an explosive number over the first year.

They were there to learn about the estimated 43.6 million adults in this country with a mental illness. Maybe there was a treatable reason the family's "weird uncle" was a little strange and had always been.

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Thu, 26 May 2016 13:33:33 -0600
<![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: CASA a light of hope for abused children]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-casa-a-light-of-hope-for-abused-children/article/1576393?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-casa-a-light-of-hope-for-abused-children/article/1576393?custom_click=rss

They're there for the kids because, said emcee TV anchor Shellene Cockrell, "CASA is a light of hope for a child."

For 16 years the CASA Light of Hope breakfast and lunch events have helped fund five major programs serving thousands of abused or neglected children, 1,512 in 2015 alone.

There are 444 trained Court Appointed Special Advocates who can say "I am for the child," audiences on April 21 learned. The 1,300 attending responded by donating $315,000 to help increase the number of children served.

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]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 04:55:21 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Fur Ball has howling night in Havana for the animals]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-fur-ball-has-howling-night-in-havana-for-the-animals/article/1576392?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-fur-ball-has-howling-night-in-havana-for-the-animals/article/1576392?custom_click=rss

Cuban cigars, the forbidden fruit no longer, poked out of centerpieces and, unlit, were part of some fellows' costumes at the 19th annual Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's Fur Ball, "Howlin' Hot Night in Havana."

Add to that, a newcomer to local nonprofit fundraisers thanks to the newly opened doors with Cuba, a live auction "Howlin' Hot Adventure in Havana" trip to Vedado in Havana's city center.

It was all to benefit the four-legged pets in their temporary home at the shelter, several of which took trips down the runway to be sighed over by the 400 guests at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Those who had spotted their newest family members knew to get in line early the next morning, May 1, at the Humane Society, first

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]]> Sun, 22 May 2016 04:55:20 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: A toast to teal and awareness of ovarian cancer]]> http://gazette.com/around-town-a-toast-to-teal-and-awareness-of-ovarian-cancer/article/1575890?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-a-toast-to-teal-and-awareness-of-ovarian-cancer/article/1575890?custom_click=rss

It was "A Taste and A Toast to Teal" and part of a special gift from two sisters to honor their late mother.

Laura DiNapoli Ayotte and Susan DiNapoli Guyton, both in bright teal, greeted guests at The Sue DiNapoli Ovarian Cancer Society's April 28 V Bar reception to benefit The Sue's Gift Financial Assistance Program for women dealing with ovarian cancer.

The project by the sisters is personal, carrying the name of their mother who died from ovarian cancer in 2005. Donations are raised for grants to women in Southern Colorado for help with medical expenses and to help raise awareness of the cancer and its symptoms, often undetected until too late.

Volunteers, supporters and survivors toasted with teal cocktails and

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]]> Sun, 15 May 2016 05:45:12 -0600 <![CDATA[AROUND TOWN: Goodwill helps 'write new chapters for thousands of disadvantaged individuals']]> http://gazette.com/around-town-goodwill-helps-write-new-chapters-for-thousands-of-disadvantaged-individuals/article/1575889?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/around-town-goodwill-helps-write-new-chapters-for-thousands-of-disadvantaged-individuals/article/1575889?custom_click=rss

A storybook evening brought more than 750 people to The Broadmoor on April 27 to be "part of the story" at Discover Goodwill's Annual Dinner and Awards sponsored by ANB Bank.

Setting the tone was a giant selfie-perfect "Story Book" archway framing the entrance to the ballroom. Clever centerpieces had been created by Goodwill's Greenworks program recyclers from the pages of unused books.

Discover Goodwill President/CEO Karla Grazier thanked attendees, saying their donations and support "help write new chapters for thousands of disadvantaged individuals in our community" in programs that served 76,962 people in 2015.

Come tour the nonprofit's "life-changing programs for veterans, seniors, youth and individuals with

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