Have You Heard #53
A special tribute to an irreplaceable man!
It’s hard to grasp that our beloved Walt Imhoff is gone. Our community has lost a hero and a champion we won’t be able to replace. Here are a few thoughts from some other members of our Blacktie team:
Kenton Kuhn: What a pleasure it was to know Walt Imhoff and what a great friend he was to Blacktie. I never failed to learn something new in my meetings with Walt.
Pam Cress: The entire world is a little less bright without Walt. People come in and out of one’s life, but the news of his passing was like a falling star for me. He was so steady and comforting to everyone around him that we just tended to think he would be there forever, and losing him leaves a big gaping hole. Rest in Peace Walt.
Elizabeth Byrnes Crony (Blacktie V.P. 2001 – 2006): With the passing of Georgia and now Walt, Linda Goto then Leo, Guenther… my mind continually flips thru “thousands” of mental photos of things we all did together. All the events, committee meetings, our wedding, Peyton’s baby showers… It is a strange feeling – like my Denver family is fading.
May 2014 be your year to thrive and enjoy good health. Live each day joyfully. Going forward, Blacktie is working to build on our success and increase our presence in the community. We are grateful to all of our readers and supporters and hope you continue to support and believe in us as we keep improving our service to you. Enjoy all the great events coming up; and remember to be kind to one another and not take those you love for granted.
Keeping Up with Our Have You Mets!
Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine featured a story on event designer and HYM John Tobey.
HYM Natalie Rekstad Lynn was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s “People on the Move.” Natalie is a senior consultant with Black Fox Philanthropy – a company she founded. And on January 17th, Natalie’s husband, Scott Lynn, CEO of Atkinson Construction, was awarded the 2014 Golden Beaver “2014 Management Award” for his excellence in the construction industry.
HYM Rhiannon Burns Hendrickson was named one of the nominees for Denver Business Journal’s 2014 “40 Under 40 Awards.” Rhiannon is the founder of Orapin Marketing. Good luck Rhiannon!
HYM Bradley Joseph was featured in Colorado Expression. Bradley is the owner of Silver Spur Marketing.
HYM Quinn Washington was the selection committee chair for the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance (CEBA) Committee. And he is the co-chair of the upcoming “Red Wine and Seafood” Benefiting Volunteers of America on March 6th. Quinn also was the year-end celebration chair for the Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award event.
HYM William J. Hybl is the 2014 Mizel Institute Community Enrichment Award winner and will be honored at the 2014 Mizel Institute Annual Dinner Gala on Wednesday, May 2nd at Wings Over the Rockies.
HYM Dianne Reeves performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on January 25th.
HYM Jim Guttau is now the Public Relations Director for the Denver Four Seasons.
HYM Jeremy Bloom was featured in USA Weekend.
HYM Artist Ken Elliott is one of the 30 featured artists in the Open Press exhibit starting on February 28th through April 12th at McNichols Civic Center. The “Open Press” is a Celebration and Exhibition of Tradition and Experimentation of the Fine Art Print.
Erica Sarzin Borrillo, wife of HYM Paul Borrillo received the “2013 True West Award” from Culture House as the “Best Actress in a Dramatic Role” for her performance as Mary Tyrone in a “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” playing at the Germinal Stage Theatre.
HYM Barbara Brooks hosted her fabulous annual “Holiday Champagne Party.” Proceeds from the event were donated to Homefront Cares:
HYM Mary McNicholas and her husband Kevin hosted the “Denver Zoo Executive Holiday Party” at their home:
Terri Fisher hosted her lovely annual holiday party:
At the 2014 Denver Jewish Film Festival:
At the 2014 Fine Arts Foundation “Citizen of the Arts” Jubilee:
Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships celebrates 10 years of building partnership and collaboration between the nonprofit sector and the City of Denver.
Douglas/Elbert Task Force’s Benefit Concert celebrates 30 years with Colorado’s own Firefall.
St. Martin’s Chamber Choir celebrates their 20th season.
University of Denver celebrates 150 years.
The Colorado Business Hall of Fame celebrates 25 years.
The Open Press celebrates 25 years.
Happy 20th anniversary to one of my favorite restaurants, Carmine’s on Penn.
Happy 10th anniversary to Facebook.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of: Jerry Gray, Ken Gordon, HYM Guenther Vogt, Craig Johnson, Laura Lewis, Jeff Parr, Robin Rule, Max Barber, Gene Steinke, Mikki Wolf, Paul Messenger, Muriel Sigman, and Justin Miller.
Marriages and Engagements:
Matt Need and Chel Johnson are engaged.
Sarah Manns Pfauth is engaged to David Trujillo.
Ashton Altieri married Jennifer Mainprice.
Leslie Banks is engaged to Chris Osmond.
Aaron Dungy married Lisa Nathan.
Gail DeVore married Michael Raizen.
Pamela Grieve Stromberg & Benjamin Thomas– baby boy Benjamin Thomas.
Gabriel Conroy and Ruth Danzer– baby girl Iona Lucille.
Jill Hodges Moreno and Rob Moreno– baby girl Vivienne.
Maia & Jamie Stone– baby girl Amalia.
Lola & Rob Salazar are grandparents to twins Lola & Penelope.
Special Birthday Wishes:
Happy 100th birthday to Marion Downs, founder of the Marion Downs Hearing Center.
Happy 90th birthday to former Denver District Judge Roger Cisneros.
Happy 70th Birthday to Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos, and husband of HYM Annabel Bowlen.
Get Well Soon:
Patricia Robinson, Roque Marquez, Eunice Romano, Lisa Stelzig Holste.
2014 Dr Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award Recipients for 2014:
- Rose Shipp, posthumously awarded, founder, African-American Quilters and Collectors Guild
- Tom Luehrs, Executive Director of the St. Francis Center
- Murugan Palani, Board Chairperson, Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council
- Pastor Robert Woolfolk, Mrs. Eddie Woolfolk, Agape Christian Church, The Honorable Menola Upshaw Lifetime Achievement Award
- Thelma Gash, former Principal, Denver Public Schools, The Honorable Menola Upshaw Lifetime Achievement Award
- Josie Brady, Dr. Joyce Marie Davis Outstanding Youth Award
Each was nominated by a member of the community and selected by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Commission, let by co-chairpersons Vern L. Howard and Charlezine“Terry” Nelson of the Blair/Caldwell African American Research Library.
Arapahoe House’s “Ruston Award” winner for the year 2013 is Christine Powers.
Fred Hamilton received the prestigious 2014 “Citizen of the West Award” on January 13th at the national Western Events Center.
Looking forward to the Gala Opening of the historic Union Station in Downtown Denver this summer. 50 charitable organizations will benefit from ticket sales from the event.
Parents, child advocates, service providers, educators and others who care about Colorado kids are invited to “Speak Up for Kids Day!” to explore the latest issues in health and early childhood policymaking, acquire new advocacy skills and talk to lawmakers.
To attend “Speak Up for Kids!” please register online to attend the event from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, March 13 at the Denver Art Museum and State Capitol. Speak Up for Kids Day! is sponsored by the Colorado Children’s Campaign as well as Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC), whose president, Gloria Higgins, is an original DPP Board member, and Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Eric Sondermann is the new board chair for the “Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.”
Our entire world is a little less bright without Walt Imhoff. He was one of those guys who had the talent to be immensely successful but be a really, really nice guy at the same time. He was consistently warm and pleasant at every fundraiser he attended and supported, which were quite numerous. He was “old school,”–classy, handsome, diplomatic, charismatic, approachable.
RIP, Walt. We have lost you here but the universe has added a bright star.
For pictures of Walt on Blacktie for the past 14 years or so, click on the photos link on Blacktie and search his name.