• AROUND TOWN: Acceptance of LGBT youth has moved backwards, says Matthew Shepard's mom

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    In the words of Judy Shepard, "Young people should never be afraid of who they are, to express their true selves." Her son, Matthew, came out as gay to his supportive mother when he was 18 but she and her husband lost their special young man when he was 21 and the victim of a 1998...

  • AROUND TOWN: Fostering Hope faith teamwork helps foster families and kids leaving foster-care system

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com-
    Updated: Wed, Oct 18, 2017

    The Colarelli family has a giving heart for foster kids. And a focus on helping them toward a future when they leave the system that failed them. Nick Colarelli, whose early background had been in clinical psychology and organizational psychology, could only cringe, knowing that...

  • AROUND TOWN: TESSA's 40-year anniversary helping domestic violence victims raises $225,000

    By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sat, Oct 14, 2017

    A ruby anniversary crowd of 750 helped TESSA turn 40 at The Broadmoor, raising $225,000 toward its domestic-violence-prevention mission.

  • AROUND TOWN: Palmer Land Trust celebrates Southern Colorado conservation champions

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Oct 11, 2017

    Since 1977 a large group of Southern Coloradans have worked together to conserve land for future generations. Today the Palmer Land Trust is nationally accredited, one of the 15 largest land trusts in the U.S. creating or assisting in land or conservation easement acquisition or...

  • AROUND TOWN: BBB's Night of Excellence turns City Auditorium Hollywood glamorous

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Oct 8, 2017

    The historic elegance of the 1923 City Auditorium came alive again with a red carpet "2017 Night of Excellence." There was a Hollywood aura for this annual Excellence in Customer Service awards night for the BBB of Southern Colorado on Sept. 28. Formally dressed attendees were...

  • AROUND TOWN: Project Angel Heart volunteers experience client meals first-hand

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Oct 8, 2017

    Project Angel Heart provides home-delivered meals to those with chronic illnesses. Volunteers and friends got to personally experience the program during a social fundraising evening, "Cocktails in the Kitchen," where the nonprofit's executive chef Brandon Foster prepared specialties...

  • AROUND TOWN: Women in red learn about heart disease

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Oct 1, 2017

    The ballroom at Cheyenne Mountain Resort took on a rosy hue as more than 300 scarlet-clad guests entered the annual American Heart Association Go Red for Women luncheon on Sept. 22. Many women had participated in the morning's heart and stroke screenings and educational sessions....

  • AROUND TOWN: REACH Pikes Peak helps families become self-sufficient

    By linda navarro newspaper -
    Updated: Sun, Oct 1, 2017

    An evening of fun and fundraising at Garden of the Gods Resort had a focus 53 years in the making. Donors, sponsors and friends of the longtime nonprofit were "Groovin' in September" for REACH Pikes Peak as it annually helps more than 12,000 individuals toward self- sufficiency,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Mermaids, flamingos and whales, oh my, to support Silver Key Senior Services

    By linda navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Mon, Sep 25, 2017

    The mayor turned surfer dude. Shamu the whale rode up in the elevator at The Antlers. A mermaid with a sparkly emerald tail swam the hallways. And flowered shirts bloomed everywhere. A crowd of 380 draped themselves in fishing net and shells or wore their favorite...

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