Shelly Steigerwald performed at the Dance Theatre Wine Fest Saturday, August 28, 2010. Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Photo by Linda Navarro. Go Red for Women, October 2007. Cardiac survivor Marion Hagood is shown with her poster.

Ileana Arnold and Autumn Hohulin at the "Boots and Stars" Celebration April 30, 2009 Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Friends, family and colleagues gather at the Historic Day Nursery to congratulate Linda Navarro on 50 years of reporting for the Gazette, Satu…

Friends, family and colleagues gather at the Historic Day Nursery to congratulate Linda Navarro on 50 years of reporting for the Gazette, Satu…

Friends, family and colleagues gather at the Historic Day Nursery to congratulate Linda Navarro on 50 years of reporting for the Gazette, Satu…

Larry and Cari Shaffer at the "Boots and Stars" Celebration April 30, 2009 Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Left to right, Amy Gill, Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Chef Kevin and Denise Taylor at the "Boots and Stars" Celebration April 30, 2009 Linda Navarro,…

Ann Hall, left, and her daughter Natalie Brown at the Colorado Springs Alumnae Panhellenic Association's "Ladies Steppin' Out" brunch Saturday…

Greg Winkler, left, and Glenn Sill at the Tweeds' Musica Tapestry event Sunday, August 29, 2010 at Tweeds in Woodland Park. Photo by Linda Nav…

Friends, family and colleagues gather at the Historic Day Nursery to congratulate Linda Navarro on 50 years of reporting for the Gazette, Satu…

Left to right, Donnis Martin, Diana Telford and Mary Stegner of the Partners in Housing Team at Pasta in the Park August 21, 2010. Photo by Li…

Jim & Alinda Wykert hosted the Colorado Festival of World Theater party at thier home.

High School friend Bob Adams and his wife, and Alpha Gamma Delta Sister, Janet travel from Missouri to wish Linda Navarro a very happy 50th an…

Left to right, Kevin and Heather Guerrero and Kelly Church at the "Chocoholic Frolic" Saturday, May 2, 2009. Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Nadine Hensler and Scott Anible, Women's Resource Agency/Dress for Success Fashion to the Rescue March 7, 2008. The Gazette, Linda Navarro

Left to right (Name to come), Lou Mellini and Laura Muir at the Southern Colorado Aids Project's Red Ribbon Ball Saturday, May 2, 2009. Linda …

Susan Hollis, left, with the Teller Senior Coalition greets Connie Loyd at the Tweeds' Musica Tapestry event Sunday, August 29, 2010 at Tweeds…

Kris Faricy, left, and Betty Kane at the Dance Theatre Wine Fest Saturday, August 28, 2010. Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Steve and Tracy Carlson of The Melting Pot at Pasta in the Park August 21, 2010. Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette

Friends, family and colleagues gather at the Historic Day Nursery to congratulate Linda Navarro on 50 years of reporting for the Gazette, Satu…

Recent Around Town Columns

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary added something popular and new for their spring brunch: Coach, Kate Spade and Dooney & Burke. And they sold out the annual event, now a fashion show and handbag auction, overlooking the lake at Broadmoor West. The 260 guests, many wearing spring colors on a sunny May 12, were busily out-bidding each other at tables filled with handbags and bags of every description, eating a delicious brunch and holding paddles high to bid on selected designer handbags. A Chico's fashion show, with models from the auxiliary, featured bright colors of the season. Money raised will sponsor 40 children ages 6 to 16 for a week at the High Peak Camp in Estes Park and sponsor Summer Day Camp for 40

The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary added something popular and new for their spring brunch: Coach, Kate Spade and Dooney & Burke. And they sold out the annual event, now a fashion show and handbag auction, overlooking the lake at Broadmoor West. The 260 guests, many wearing spring colors on a sunny May 12, were busily out-bidding each other at tables filled with handbags and bags of every description, eating a delicious brunch and holding paddles high to bid on selected designer handbags. A Chico's fashion show, with models from the auxiliary, featured bright colors of the season. Money raised will sponsor 40 children ages 6 to 16 for a week at the High Peak Camp in Estes Park and sponsor Summer Day Camp for 40

Twenty-one young women, graduates of seven area high schools this year, have been selected 2018 Colorado Springs Debutantes. They were chosen for school achievements, volunteer activities and contributions to their community, as well as for the community contributions of their families. The debutantes will be formally presented at the 52nd annual ball Dec. 22 at The Broadmoor. Acquisitions for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College are the philanthropic focus of the annual Debutante Ball. These are the 21 Colorado Springs debutantes: - Madison Sea Babcock, daughter of Dr. Michael James and Kelly Babcock and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hart Babcock of Centennial and of Mr.

There were smiles all around, with people picturing just how much flamboyant Spencer Penrose would have enjoyed the 100th anniversary celebration of his hotel, The Broadmoor. On the night of June 2, reportedly much like the Penrose grand opening gala on June 29, 1918, formally attired guests, many from the business, philanthropic and social worlds, came from around the country and across the state to what is now a five-star resort. That first dinner dance, planned as "a big blowout," had featured an orchestra brought in from New York City, according to newspaper reports.

For years, people at fundraising breakfasts for the National Alliance on Mental Illness spoke about "Embracing the Light." That light of understanding and transparency became even brighter May 3 at The Broadmoor, as 650 people moved forward, "Stepping into the Light" of mental illness on the 35th anniversary of NAMI Colorado Springs. The $180,000 goal for that morning was eclipsed when the total raised was announced: $205,000. "This is fully one-third of NAMI's annual operating budget," said Executive Director Lori Jarvis-Steinwert. "It is vital to our ability to offer our always-free education and support programs for those who live with mental illness and their families.

Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado has been preparing young people for financial success in an ever-changing global economy.To move that mission forward, 375 sponsors and supporters gathered at Cheyenne Mountain Resort for the 25th annual fundraiser, a Red Carpet & Silver Screen Gala and Auction. More than $151,000 was raised and, said Executive Director Carrie McKee, to help "bring financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness to our young people." Programs reached 16,554 students in 2016-17, with more than 600 volunteers from the business world.JA galas are well known for exciting silent auctions, and this one didn't disappoint, with an item list filling several pages.

They're writing a new chapter in the Kidpower storybook. And they did it with the yummiest of chocolate, children's storybook characters and tales of romance as they helped empower children. The always-sold-out Chocoholic Frolic, May 5 at The Pinery, drew almost 500 guests, who raised more than $77,000 to continue the nonprofit's work teaching "interpersonal safety and confidence-building skills to young people and the adults who care about them." The backdrop was a giant "Kidpower Story" of those who have trained more than 50,000 young and old how to be safe. The story ended, "Verily, Kids Have Power," charting an ongoing tale. Writing the Kidpower romance chapter were Dan and Kate Thomas. They met at the 2012

The Rocky Mountain Health Care Services Chef Showcase had the happiest of problems, becoming so popular that it burst at the seams. The eighth annual festival of deliciousness, with 22 chefs, was moved to the Olympic Training Center's spacious Sports Center on May 3, where it filled with 720 happy foodies. Before the plates were dished up, VIPs and sponsors were guests at a reception in the Visitor Center. Featured chefs were from 503W, Alchemy, Ascent Catering, Bonny and Read, Cerberus, Cheyenne Mountain Country Club, Colorado Craft, Green Line Grill, Hotel Elegante, retired chef Joey Mestas, Ivywild School, Moxie, Oskar Blues, Picnic Basket Catering, ProStart, The Rabbit Hole, Sarges' Grill, Silver Key, Springs Orleans, Top

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

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

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.

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.

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.