Have You Heard Spring 2014


HYH # 54 Ahhh – Spring is here and the beauty is all around us – as always in Colorado!  Enjoy and embrace as you focus on all the upcoming summer activities out there.  Remember those less fortunate and in need by continuing to give to the many worthy charities.  And keep visiting us online at www.blacktie-colorado.com.


Congratulations to Have You Met Rhiannon Burns Hendrickson and her husband Levi Hendrickson on the birth of their son Ethan. HYM Jamie Angelich will receive the “Volunteer Award” at the Invisible Disabilities Association’s fundraiser “It’s Not a Laughing Matter” on October 24th.  HYM and Cherry Hills Village Mayor, Doug Tisdale, will be the honorary chairman of the event.  A kickoff party was held at the home of Scott Lynes recently and was attended by 100+ supporters.

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HYM Steve Edmonds, Jamie Angelich, with Dave Fisher Photo by Steve Peterson

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HYM’s Scottie Iverson and Jan Blankennagel Photo by Steve Peterson

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HYM Susie Krabacher’s photo of her kids in Haiti that are taken care of there by her organization that she founded – Mercy & Sharing

And – On Saturday, August 23, Bessie’s Hope will celebrate its 20th anniversary at their “Copacabana Night.”  The organization will also present its first annual “Community Angel Award” to HYM Jamie Angelich.  Ed Greene will emcee the special event, and HYM Jerry Barnett’s 10-piece band with singers and dancers will provide their exciting “Copa Club Tropicale Show” and dance music.  The event Chairperson is HYM Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons,  Décor Chair is Kay Ray, and Social Media Chair is HYM Louise Richardson.

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Keri Christiansen’s fun “Oscar Party” with: Front Row: HYM’s Kim Christiansen, Frances Owens, & Gayle Novak – with Gayle’s niece, Angela English Back Row: HYM Gail Johnson, Jerri Huffman-Berning, HYM Trisha Hood, & HYM Keri Christiansen

HYM Keri Christiansen hosted a fun “Oscar Party” with: HYM and Denver PR Rock Star, Wendy Aiello, is in the running for “Leukemia Lymphoma  Woman of the Year” in honor of her mom who is battling leukemia and a her dear friend, Have You Met, Linda Goto, who recently passed from the disease. Wendy needs your support to help find cures for blood cancers and to assist patients and families as they battle these diseases. LLS is an organization that is doing the right things with the money it raises, and Wendy is proud to be associated with such a remarkable organization. Every dollar Wendy raises is a vote to cure cancer. If you want to help Wendy by making a donation to her campaign, go to http://www.mwoy.org/pages/rm/denver14/waiello, and help her in this noble and worthwhile cause. 5280 Magazine’s new ranking of Denver’s most powerful includes HYM Monica Owens along with my childhood friend, Lilly Marks, Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Colorado and Executive Vice Chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus.


HYM Sue Miller with her daughter Leslie Heins at the “Night of Caring for Breast Cancer” event



Future HYM Tangy Buchanan w HYM Judy McNeil at the Diabetes Guild Membership Brunch


HYM’s Louise Richardson & Lisza Gulyas w author/lecturer Barb Tobias & HYM Jamie Angelich at the Diabetes Membership Brunch


HYM Terri Fisher, Nancy Koontz & HYM’s Gail Johnson & Kristina Davidson at Don & Arlene’s Valentine’s Day Party


HYM’s Don & Arlene Johnson, Sandi Hewins, HYM Maestro Tom Jensen, Vickie Dow & her guest at Inside the Orchestra for Adults


HYM’s and all Excelsior Youth Triumphant Women winners: Michelle Sie Whitten, Jamie Angelich, Cindy Acree, Angie Austin, Lisza Gulyas, Susan Kiely, Jill Farquhar, Glory Weisberg, & Lannie Garrett


Excelsior Youth Triumphant Woman Gala Chairs: Bonnie Mandarich, Maureen Cannon, HYM 2014 winner Michelle Sie Whitten & HYM Lois Paul


Danielle LaCabe w her mom, HYM Faye Washington at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Hospital Kaleidoscope Gala


Honorary Chair Warren Lammert with HYM Craig Fleishman & Sandi Hewins at the Epilepsy Foundation of Colo. dinner


Dave & Bonnie Mandarich with HYM’s George and Gail Johnson, and Jamie and Alan Angelich at Saturday Night Alive for the DCPA (photo credit Denise Bellucci)


HYM’s Betsy Wiersma, Louise Richardson, Frances Owens with Francoise Bergan, and HYM Trisha Hood at the Claudia Beauprez breakfast


HYM Frances Owens with Bob & Claudia Beauprez and their granddaughter Virginia Anne, Ann Pritzlaff, and HYM Monica Owens at the Claudia Beauprez breakfast


HYM Mary McNicholas with granddaughter Aralilia being held by mom Audra McNicholas. (Mary received the Fine Arts Foundation “Bravo Award” at their recent spring luncheon.)


Future HYM’s Lynn Hinkle, Lynn Cahen, Jane Wiltshire, Christine Trigg, and Caroline Simpson at the Fine Arts Foundation membership luncheon.

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Jane Wiltshire, Judy Newman, HYM Arlene Johnson and Christine Yaros at the Fine Arts Foundation luncheon


Heather Brecl, conductor/director John Baril, HYM’s Susan Stiff and Glory Weisberg at the Central City Opera Guild’s “Theatre of Dreams” Gala


HYM Stephen Edmonds with Barbara and Bob Danos, and Dan Ritchie at the Central City Opera Guild’s “Theatre of Dreams” Gala.


HYM’s Jamie Angelich and Jim Guttau at ICON 2014


HYM Carmel Koeltzow with John Elway and HYM Terri Fisher at the Denver Auto Show Charity Preview Party


Nancy Koontz and HYM Trisha Hood visiting HYM Bertha Haugen as she rehabilitates from a broken hip.

HYM Cindy Acree will once again be honored by the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) as they hold their 2014 “Cindy Acree Hope Awards Celebration” on May 1st.  This event is named in honor of former Colorado Legislature Representative, Cindy Acree – heroic epilepsy patient, stroke survivor, community leader – and one of our Have You Met’s!  Cindy recently announced that she will be leaving Denver to go live in Arkansas to be close to her mother.  Best of luck Cindy, we will miss you…

Get Well Soon:  Anne Green, Sheila Glanville-Conlee, Rebecca Colvin, Tommy Lucero, Ray Bellucci, and Keith Brooks

Baby News: Congrats to former Blacktie-Colorado IT guy Kurt  Lindberg & his wife — on the birth of their baby Jack.  Big sisters are Ava and Lauren. Kevin and Nyadak Rucker are expecting a baby. Nidal & Veronica Allis are expecting a baby. Princess Ilene Wallace and her husband Fred are expecting a baby. Shannon Sullivan and Matt Sjovall birth of their son Remmington Everett Aaron & Lina Dungy baby girl Khaleesi Rose Heidi Hemmat and Jason Stone baby girl Skyler Grace Jen & Sterling Mount baby boy Brock.

Weddings: HYM David Alexander and Brandt Wilkins got married

Condolences:  Larry Ames, Vivian Tate, Phil Nash, Kelly de la Torre, David “Dougal” McDougal, Lorraine Smith,  Gary Garrison, and my dear friend – Edna Chang-Grant.

Engagements: Lana Mott and Trevor Williams are engaged. Michael Sharon and Dana Rommerdahl are engaged. Lloyd Lewis and Claire O’Berst Holz are engaged.

Special Birthdays: Happy 80th Birthday to HYM Sue Miller; 80th Happy Birthday to Gloria Steinem, who has a home in Colorado.

Anniversaries: Central City Opera Guild celebrates 40 years Bessie’s Hope celebrates 20 years. Chris Daniels and the Kings celebrate 30 years of performing. ArtReach celebrates 40 years.  Dine & D’art National Urban League celebrates 100 years. The US Youth Soccer, the nation’s largest youth sports organization, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Sage Hospitality 30 years Mile High Adventist Academy celebrates 100 years. And – the “legendary” Casa Bonita Restaurant celebrates their 40th anniversary – Now who hasn’t taken their child or grandchild to Casa Bonita – at least once?

Community News: Lynne Valencia was honored with the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” Award. She is the VP of Community Relations for 9 News and Denver’s Women’s Commissioner. HYM Juanita Chacon reports that her friend Katherine Archuleta was just named “2014 Top Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year” by Hispanic Business Magazine. Katherine has served on a number of Boards and Commissions locally and nationally and has been an amazing leader in our community.  She was the President’s National Policy Advisor for the 2012 campaign.ent his second term. She is one of the key women who shaped Denver and we are the beneficiaries of her commitment to the city and the non-profit community. Congratulations Katherine, well deserved! Hispanic Magazine…… If the women cited in our 2014 Woman of the Year index are an all-star team, it shows the deep bench the national team has put together. Their business acumen, social and institutional leadership, impressive educations and the number of boards they sit on make this a legendary team. Katherine Archuleta took top honors as our Woman of the Year. The former Denver kindergarten teacher first saw service in Washington as deputy chief of staff for then-Transportation Secretary Federico Peña, but she returned as chief of staff for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in 2009. She now directs the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Craig Hospital’s recent “Push Dinner” honored former Olympic Snowboarder Kevin Pearce with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Inspiration Award. Carnivor Wine arrived in Denver recently to host a special introductory evening at Ocean Prime Restaurant.  The event was hosted by former Denver Bronco, and founder of the nonprofit Judi’s House, Brian Griese and included a wonderful four-course menu with wine parings provided by Carnivor Wine.  The media contact was our very own HYM Bradley Joseph of Silver Spur Marketing.


Jordan Pollak, with Brian Griese and Michael Pollak at the Carnivore Wine event.



Blacktie’s Pam Cress with speaker Shannon Sharpe at the Junior Achievement event

Lauren Arnold is the Interim Executive Director of the Adoption Exchange. Elycia R. Cook, Executive Director of FRIENDS FIRST, made the “Women Making History” list by the Colorado Black Women for Political Action group.   This alarming report from the Alzheimer’s Association.  There has been an 87% increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since 2000.

Colorado Springs News: HYM Katie Carrol, Director of Communications & PR, reports that The Colorado Springs Gazette Newspaper won 63 awards from two state journalism contests on Friday, February 21.  The paper’s three-day “Other than Honorable” series by Dave Philipps garnered 11 awards, plus a Best of Show from the Colorado Press Association and Colorado Associate Press Editors and Reporters contests. The series examined how soldiers injured during war were being discharged with no benefits. Series photographer, Michael Ciaglo, won a second-place award for best photo essay from the Colorado Press Association. Winners of both contests were honored at the annual Colorado Press Association Convention in Denver. The Gazette took home 15 other first-place awards. The honorees were Ryan Maye Handy, Christian Murdock, Mark Reis, Paul Klee, Jerilee Bennett, Barbara Cotter, Rich Laden, Monica Mendoza and Ciaglo.   The Colorado Press Association presented the entire Gazette staff with first-place awards for their work covering the Black Forest fire and a special section on the first anniversary of the Waldo Canyon fire. The staff also won a second-place general excellence award in the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest.   The Gazette won 20 second and third place awards in the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters contest. Second place awards went to Carol McGraw, Carol Lawrence, Ciaglo, Reis, Bennett, Junfu Han, Handy, Allison Noon, Linda Navarro and Jakob Rodgers. Third-place awards went to Debbie Kelley, Reis, McGraw, Ciaglo, Bill Vogrin, David Ramsey and Brent Briggeman.   The Gazette won 20 second and third place awards in the Colorado Press Association contest second-place awards went to Cotter, McGraw, Bob Stephens, Megan Schrader, Murdock, Ramsey, Rodgers, Nichole Montanez, Tom Roeder, Erin Prater, John Schroyer, Handy, Reis, Wayne Heilman and the design and layout staff.   Third-place awards went to Vogrin, Kelley, Ciaglo, Schrader, Handy, Klee, Garrison Wells and Scott Rappold.   Sue McMillin, the news director for The Gazette, has been awarded a fellowship for a Pakistan-United States journalists exchange by the East-West Center, an organization that promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the U.S., Asia and the Pacific through cooperative study, research and dialogue.