Wine and hors d'oeuvres were Tuscan, the networking vibrant and business cards were the trading currency as the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC celebrated women in business at its annual Evening in Tuscany.
It was also the time to single out the Brava Donna Award-winning Woman of the Year, one who gives her "time, talent and treasure to the community," said Chamber/EDC CEO Dirk Draper.
Recapping her career in government, politics, nonprofits, the arts, community development and seeking an end to homelessness, Draper announced the 2017 honoree, Aimee Cox. No surprise at all, said guests at Gold Hill Mesa on July 27. Draper thanked her for "using your passion and intellect to help shape a healthy and vibrant Colorado Springs."
Earlier this year, Cox was named CEO of Community Health Partnership, after leaving city employ as community development manager.
In typical Aimee fashion, she thanked Draper for the award, saying she was honored and humbled, but took the microphone to say there is much work to be done in providing "full and healthy lives" across the community. "We have ZIP codes in our community where life expectancy is 10 years less. This is not acceptable."
Among those cheering Cox on were members of her staff and a previous Brava Donna recipient, Susan Edmondson. Catering was by the Picnic Basket, whose Michelle Talarico also is a previous Brava Donna honoree.
Sponsors serving taste samples were Downtown Fine Spirits and Wine, Il Vicino and Michael Cotton - Your Personal Chef. And Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory had covered a table with yummies to bag and take home.
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