Remembering Brooke Wunnicke

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Remembering Brooke Wunnicke: Legal Community Rallies To Raise Funds for Memorial CU Law Scholarship Fund

The Brooke Wunnicke (1918 – 2014) Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee hosted an October reception to honor and toast the memory of a legal pioneer woman. Brooke Wunnicke practiced trial and appellate law for over 60 years with an unwavering commitment to ethics that has left an indelible mark on the legal profession.  In addition to her legal practice, Wunnicke was an adjunct professor at DU’s Sturm College of Law, a published author, an expert witness, and a national speaker on legal ethics and professionalism.

Committee Co-Chairs Mark Fogg and Dave Stark each paid tribute to Brooke’s excellence as a lawyer, mentor and friend.  Bob Kapelke and Brenda Taylor collaborated to add both humorous and musical tributes of their own during the memorial that was attended by Brooke’s daughter, Diane Wunnicke. Stories were told including how Brooke graduated with a JD from CU Law in 1945 and opened her Cheyenne practice in 1946, representing clients in front of juries when Wyoming women (the first state to allow women to vote) were not even allowed to be jurors. Some say, Brooke fought discrimination by winning again and again for her clients in trials and over 250 appeals in state and federal courts and other areas of law. In her later years, Brooke practiced law at Hall & Evans until she retired at 92. H&E, represented at the reception by Walter Downing and Mike Jones, has donated $50,000 to the fund.

The memorial event was held on the 45th Floor of Republic Plaza in the offices of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell where guests could enjoy the autumn sunset and refreshments. Michael O’Donnell serves on the Wunnicke Scholarship Fund committee along with Russ Carparelli, Stan Garnett, Kathryn Haight, Bruce Menk, Bill Meyer, Bill Ritter, Connie Talmage, Chuck Turner and Tony van Westrum. Guests included former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender, Justice Richard Gabriel, Magistrate Judge Kristen Mix, Jim Coyle, Joan McWilliams, David Tenner, Nancy Cohen, Larry Tannenbaum, Patricia Clisham, and CU Law Dean Phil Weiser.

The committee invites contributions to the fund that was established by Brooke Wunnicke at her alma mater, CU Law, to provide an annual scholarship to a student who exhibits academic excellence and experience working in the private sector or in community service. Every contributor will be acknowledged in materials kept in “Brooke’s Nook,” a study corner established in Brooke’s honor at the Wise Library at CU Law. Online contributions are accepted at www.cufund.org/Wunnicke or contact CU Law Director of Development Ellen Goldberg at 303-735-3689.

Favorite Characters and Treasured Tales at The Bookworm Ball

Hunter S. Thompson, Dr. Seuss and Agatha Christie were all represented, as well as Cinderella, Cat in the Hat, Lady DeWinter and Katniss Everdeen. It was an enchanted evening to celebrate beloved authors, characters and books at The Bookworm Ball, a dinner, dance and auction to benefit Mt. Evan’s Home Health & Hospice.

The sold-out, 320-person event spanned across two floors and weaved into multiple rooms at its longtime host site, the Mount Vernon Country Club. Yet, it still felt intimate as audiovisual experts kept everyone in the know. They skillfully filmed and ran sound so that each costumed character could easily see and hear key presenters.

The phrase “something for everyone” summed up the volume of silent auction items. Volunteers collected more than 250 goodies to go up for bid.  “That’s almost one for everyone,” joked Board of Directors Past President Bill Manning.  Live auction items included a football signed by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and real-time art created by local award-winning artist Julianne Miller.

“Mt. Evans is very dear to my heart,” conveyed the artist. “They have been there for me, sadly, more times than I would like, but they have always been there.”

The decorations went well beyond books. Instead, the committee of 40 put touches of tales everywhere, including silhouettes of famous characters cut out of Masonite, to flowing ribbons with genres dripping down from the ceiling, to delightful hand-made centerpieces of rolled magazine pages on vases and book-page flowers.

“We estimate we rolled about 8,500 pieces of magazine paper to create the beads for the vases,” said Decorations Committee co-chair Peggy Fetchenhier with a laugh.

The committee was in good creative hands as Fetchenhier has been leading the decorations drive for the event for nearly 20 years. “I just keep coming back,” said the experienced set designer.

“It’s like a storybook fairytale in here,” said Executive Director Kathy Engel as she referenced the details around the rooms.

Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice began in Evergreen in 1980 in response to the community’s need for hospice care—allowing terminally ill patients to die with dignity in the comfort of their own homes. Mt. Evans was one of the first hospice organizations in Colorado and served 15 patients in its first year. It’s reach if far beyond that now. Today, the organization provides compassionate in-home health care and hospice services to Colorado mountain-area residents, as well as grief support to adults and children. Mt. Evans will accept any patient regardless of pay source or age and works with most insurance companies, including Medicare, Medicaid and long-term health care. Currently 65 employees, 20 volunteer board members, and more than 400 volunteers serve and support Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice. It’s award winning bereavement camp, Camp Comfort, is just shy of 20 years of operating. The camp, offered two weekends each summer, has served more than 1,110 children from numerous states in the U.S., Canada and Mexico

To understand part of how Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice touches lives, think about how you hold a good book as you come to its final page. Perhaps you reflect on the journey you took as you read the last paragraph. Perhaps you gently close the cover and set it on the nightstand with your own nod to the author’s good work. Mt. Evans compassionately helps so many in its community (and far beyond) reflect on the story of loved ones, whose lives will be treasured forever, like a good book.

B-17 Hangar Dance Propels Wings Over the Rockies

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Outdoing the “White Christmas” movie scene of a backstage wall opening to reveal Christmas Eve snow, around 400 aviation fans were treated to huge hangar doors raised to an outdoor scene of a magnificent WWII B-17 bomber and a stunning Colorado mountain sunset. It was all part of Wings Over the Rockies’ B-17 Hangar Dance on Saturday, June 8, at Signature Flight Support’s huge space at Centennial Airport. The dress code embraced the romance of the air, suggesting 1940s costumes and aviator uniforms, while the “flight plan” for the event was full of entertainment, history and a bit of education.

The west doors opened up to a gorgeous Colorado sunset.

The west doors opened up to a gorgeous Colorado sunset.

The evening began with no less than eight caterers serving up tasty tidbits even as the outdoor runway area beckoned with ground tours of the vintage B-17 “Flying Fortress”—a lucky few were able to purchase next-day rides on the aircraft. Groove Machine provided background music that enticed some dance moves early on. Guests then gathered as one in the hangar for a program dedicated to Wings’ plans for a second location at Centennial Airport supported by a fundraising plan called Wingspan, as well as a short video about the museum’s history, plus a tribute to the 90th anniversary of the Colorado Air National Guard.

Speakers included Wings CEO and President Greg Anderson, as well as COO Dave Kerr. Personable Brig. Gen. Trulan Ayre, commander of the 140th Wing of the COANG, discussed the organization’s history and purpose. Those recognized as the newest members of the Wingspan initiative were: Bret, Cathy and Tyler Packard; Robb and Masako James; and August and Kathy Geise. After the hangar doors opened to the outside runway area, musical group Pink Champagne took the stage with a tribute to The Andrews Sisters that had many in the the crowd on the dance floor in no time.

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is on a mission to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Located in Lowry (an Air Force base-turned-neighborhood), the museum continually adds interactive exhibits to its extensive array of military aircraft and space-and-rocketry displays, its research library and onsite gift shop. The venue also hosts school programs plus special events, this year ranging from air-and-space summer camps to an Air Force Tops in Blue Concert. For more information, please go online to www.WingsMuseum.org.

Stout Street Foundation's 7th Annual Golf Tournament

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A sell-out group of golfers and supporters came out for a charitygolf tournament benefitting Stout Street Foundation on Friday, May 24th, 2013. Thirty six groups enjoyed a beautiful morning of golf at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Course, east of Denver, with an 8:00am shotgun start in a scramble format. The event, in its seventh year, gives foundation board members, community members, and program graduates the opportunity to show their support for the organization in its efforts to help those in our community recovering from substance abuse.

Immeditately following the golf, an outdoor barbeque lunch was served in the pavillion overlooking the 18th green, and awards for men’s and women’s Longest Drive, Straightest Drive, Closest to the Pin and Hole in One were awarded. Participants then had the opportunity to bid on dozens of items available in the silent auction, including artwork, sports memorbilia and golf-related prizes.

Dozens of silent auction items up for bid

Dozens of silent auction items up for bid

The foundation, which helps over 300 people annually to recover from substance abuse, has been offering its services to the Denver Metro area for over 35 years. Its mission is to provide the necessary services and support in a totally structrued therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitaion, recovery, and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens. The foundation operates as a not for profit, self-sufficient organization without primary economic dependence on municipal, state, or federal funding. Within the structured environment, Stout Street Foundation will provide food, lodging, and specific programs and treatment for residents.

For more information about Stout Street Foundation, please visit their website at www.stoutstreet.org