“He that plants trees, loves others besides himself.” — Thomas Fuller, 18th century English physician and pastor
Of course, the folks at The Park People do more than just plant trees. After all, the esteemed tree is their logo and this year they celebrate their 50th Anniversary as a non-profit with a goal of preserving some of Denver’s most valuable and precious parks, landscapes and landmarks.
About 300 guests attended The Park People’s 50th Anniversary Celebration held September 5 at Denver’s City Park Pavilion. Musical entertainment during the West Garden cocktail reception was provided by the Odessa Rose West band. Debbie Scheer spearheaded the live auction and dinner was provided by Three Tomatoes Catering.
Executive Director Kim Yuan-Farrell and Board President Laurie Chahbandour thanked guests and sponsors for their continued support and year-round commitment.
The event was coordinated by Susan Eslick and Casey Oneslager with additional support by many other dedicated volunteers throughout the evening.
Established in 1969, the Park People works to preserve, enhance, and advocate for Denver’s parks, recreation resources, open space and urban forest.
The organization pursues this mission by raising private funds for park enhancements and capital projects, like the reconstruction of the Cranmer Park Sundial & Plaza, and through four other ongoing programs including Denver Digs Trees, Mile High Champions, Community Forester, and the Park Legacy program.
The Park People would like to thank generous corporate and individual sponsors, small businesses and firms, non-profit partners, in-kind donors, event supporters, and numerous volunteers who made this year’s anniversary event possible:
Washington Park Sponsors:
Howard Lorton Furniture & Design Koelbel & Co / Koelbel Urban Homes The Patricia Crown Family, The Grant Family Katharine Kurtz
Cheesman Park Sponsors:
The Patten-Davis Foundation Cappy & Bob Shopneck
Sloan’s Lake Park Sponsors:
Xcel Energy, Great Outdoors Colorado, Living Room Real Estate, Tim & Edie Buchanan, Melissa Crowley, Kathryn & Gary Dudley, Chris & Beck Fisher, Sally Hooks & Sherry Reese, Joy Johnson & Elizabeth Meier, Johanna Kelly, Goldflower Counseling and Psychotherapy, Segall Bryant & Hamill, Jane King, Mark Lauriha & Larry Wiberg, Maggie & Mitch Morrissey, Michael & Amy Naes, Caroline & Joe Rassenfoss, Saipe Family, Susan Sweeney & Kirk Mueller.
In-Kind Supporters & Volunteers:
The Park People, Denver Parks and Recreation, Devil’s Food Bakery, Crazy Mountain Brewery, Bottle Shop 33, The Family Jones Spirit House, Carboy Winery, Odessa Rose West Band.
For more information or to donate visit: theparkpeople.org