J. McLaughlin's raises funds for Denver Art Museum CultureHaus


As part of its annual holiday event fundraiser, this year J. McLaughlin‘s retailer raised funds for the Denver Art Museum’s CultureHaus with some 60 guests at the store on Wednesday, November 29. The annual event called—“Sip, Shop and Celebrate the Holidays” raises funds for local non-profit organizations in service to communities nationwide, according Jack Lynch, J. McLaughlin Director of Business Development, who flew in from New York to support the Denver store.

This year’s fundraising hosts included Mia Olney, Serena Robinson, and Cille Williams, who —with store manager Rosy Taubr–oversaw the annual event at the Cherry Creek Store, 2701 E 3rd Ave in Cherry Creek. The store donated 15% of sales to support CultureHaus, the Denver Art Museum’s young philanthropist group, which inspires and cultivates the next generation of arts patrons.

CultureHaus creates educational and social programs targeted toward young philanthropist demographic and helps foster growth of DAM activities and programming by raising money for the Legacy Fund. In addition, the group offers members monthly “talk-of-the-town” events including the annual Signature Event, DAM-hosted private events and tours, and non-art-specific events at Denver hotspots.

Philanthropists Cille and Ron Williams are well-known and long-time benefactors of various community-based non-profits in the Denver metro area including healthcare and educational institutions. For more information on J. McLaughlin in Cherry Creek please call 303-209-0019. The next CultureHaus Signature Event–“Art of the Figure“—provides a preview of the 2018 exhibition, “Degas: A Passion for Perfection.” The event will be held 7pm to 11pm at the DAM Hamilton Building on Saturday, February 17, 2018. To buy tickets and learn more about the Denver Art Museum’s CultureHaus please visit:


Visionary Photos Are Meaningful at Circle of Light Exhibit


The photos are stunning, no doubt about it. But the annual Circle of Light photo project and exhibit surpasses artistic achievement and becomes extraordinary when you learn about the photographers. Each and every one was blind and now able to see as the result of a cornea transplant. For the fifth year, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank asked cornea recipients to simply photograph something they were grateful to now see. The result is a collection of photos that covers subjects such as landscapes, animals and activities with a fresh, new viewpoint.

Photographer-exhibitor Ray Catalano

On Friday, March 10, around 250 guests gathered at Artwork Network in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, and enjoyed music by DJ Philip G, delicious passed hors d’oeuvres by Footers Catering & Events, and a variety of craft beers as they strolled through the gallery. Event organizers drove home the need for tissue donors with a hands-on experience that demonstrated how the simplest tasks become monumental for those with corneal blindness.The festive reception atmosphere became especially poignant at times when guests had the chance to meet donor family members who attended. The exhibit is open to the public until March 15.

Participating at the hands-on corneal-blindness experience

As the nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery and transplantation of donated eye tissues in Colorado (all 64 counties) for the past 33 years, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank is the nonprofit organization that carries out the promise of eye donors in Colorado and Wyoming to help others overcome blindness. The eye bank has carried out this wish for more than 41,000 eye donors in Colorado and Wyoming by facilitating more than 40,000 sight-restorative transplants locally, domestically and throughout the world. RMLEB never turns away anyone needing a transplant, and either discounts or waives its reimbursement fee 60 percent of the time.

RMLEB is very proud to also increase eye, organ and tissue-donor awareness, engage in advocacy, and secure and provide resources for anyone to “Share the Circle of Light” through eye donation. For more information, please visit: www.corneas.org.

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation fundraiser at J. McLaughlin's


Dozens of Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) Foundation donors and supporters attended an informal fundraiser at J. McLaughlin, 2701 E 3rd Ave in Cherry Creek Wednesday, October 26 in support of hospital programs.

Thanks to hosts Cille Williams and Serena Robinson, Special Projects Manager for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, the get together provided a weekday break for a very good cause.

Cherry Creek retailer J. McLaughlin donated 15% of sales to support the Children’s Hospital Colorado, a part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals–a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals nationwide.

Philanthropists Cille and Ron Williams are well-known and long-time benefactors of various community-based non-profits in the Denver metro area including healthcare and educational institutions. Serena Robinson manages logistics and coordinates CHC Signature Events year-round including third party community-based events such as the annual Children’s Gala and Courage Classic Bicycle Tour. Among other CCH Foundation fundraising events coming up in November are:

Creating Ties Dinner / November 4, 2016
9th annual auction and fundraiser benefiting the Burn Camps Program.

Costume Craze / November 5, 2016
Themed costume party

Extra Life / November 5, 2016
A day of gaming

Merry Miracles Fun Shoot / Dec 3, 2016
Clays fun shoot and toy drive

To make a donation, volunteer or learn more about how you can help CHC please call 720-777-1700 or email info@childrenscoloradofoundation.org

Passion and Philanthropy at 2016 Libations for Life


Like a favorite cocktail, this year’s Libations for Life had the perfect blend of ingredients for a delicious girls’ night out. On Thursday, Oct. 6, more than 150 guests met up for a variety of fun beverages, tasty buffet tidbits and inspiring speakers at Mile High Station. In its sixth year (formerly known as Cocktails for a Cure), the event attracts supporters of University of Colorado Cancer Center, all determined to help fund its efforts to wipe out women’s cancers in this lifetime.

Sampling a Paloma from Table 6 Restaurant

Sampling a Paloma from Table 6 Restaurant

The evening began with tunes by DJ G Funk, a silent auction, tasty treats from Relish, and an array of beverages and specialty cocktails served up by five of Denver’s hottest bartenders—all donated their time to the event. Event co-chairs Jessica Channell and Emily Jordan addressed the crowd, and 9News anchor and honorary chair Kim Christiansen emceed a program full of passion and inspiration. Virginia Borges, M.D., talked in detail about CU Cancer Center’s successes based on its research, teamwork and individual attention for patients. She, representing the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Translational Program, and Dohun Pyeon, M.D., of ChemoKine-Based Immunotherapy for Cervical Cancer, were honored as this year’s funding recipients.

Julie Clark smiles at guests as she autographs "Cancer Assassin" t-shirts and her children's book, "You are the Best Medicine."

Julie Clark smiles at guests as she autographs “Cancer Assassin” t-shirts and her children’s book, “You are the Best Medicine.”

Julie Aigner Clark, two-time cancer survivor (who told the crowd she prefers “cancer assassin” as a descriptor), had the room riveted to her story from the very first moment as she began her talk reading from her children’s book “You’re the Best Medicine.” When Christiansen initiated a call for donations, Clark was first to hold up a paddle with a $10,000 pledge … followed up by numerous others donating varying amounts. At program’s end, Clark took time to autograph her book, as well as “Cancer Assassin” t-shirts.

Julie Clark recognizes her daughters Sierra (left) and Aspen from the stage.

Julie Clark recognizes her daughters Sierra (left) and Aspen from the stage.

Organizers write: Proceeds from Libations for Life support research and treatment programs at the CU Cancer Center for women’s cancers. Funds raised have significant local impact on clinical programs that will benefit hundreds of Coloradans. In addition, the scientific achievements supported will have national reach, as bold breakthroughs made here affect protocols nationwide. The CU Cancer Center imagines a world in which we celebrate survival moving forward with new research and technology, a world when the cancers prevented outnumber the new diagnoses. A world where cancer is a chronic disease, not a fatal one. Please visit http://supportcuanschutz.ucdenver.edu/libations-for-life/.

The University of Colorado Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute- designated comprehensive cancer center serving Colorado, and one of just 41 in the United States. The CU Cancer Center is also one of 25 elite members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, setting the gold standard in terms of national and international guidelines for clinical practice in oncology. The CU Cancer Center’s scientists and cancer clinicians work at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Health (which includes University of Colorado Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, and Medical Center of the Rockies), Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Denver Health, National Jewish Health, and Kaiser Permanente. This consortium structure has made a significant impact on cancer treatment and survivorship locally, such as higher 5-year survival rates than statewide and national averages for several cancer types, including cancers of the prostate, breast and lung. Although the funds raised have significant local impact and the clinical programs benefit hundreds of Colorado residents, the scientific achievements have a national reach and move the scientific community closer and closer to finding a cure for cancer. For more information, please visit: https://www.uchealth.org/pages/services/colorado-cancer-center.aspx .