Girls Rock Denver at the Oriental Theater!

Denver, Colorado is home to many fantastic organizations, providing opportunity for all walks of our every growing life, here in the shadow of the Rockies. One particular organization stands out in their relentless pursuit of creating “rock stars” from young ladies.

“Girls Rock Denver seeks to empower young women and girls by putting instruments in their hands and unveiling what they already possess in their feet, fingertips, vocal cords, hearts, and minds.” –Girls Rock Denver, Vision Statement

And rock they do! 13 newly formed bands of empowered young women rocked a sold-out Oriental Theater, playing original works to adoring and shrieking fans. On this hot August Saturday afternoon these girls rocked Denver! It was an amazing and impressive showing.

The Girls Rock Denver program occurs annual and is offered only one week. Demand is high and potential rockers must complete an application and personal essay to be considered for participation. Once enrolled, the week is jam-packed with exercises, drills and lots of practice. The finale, of course, is the showcase concert.

The volunteer non-profit organization annually plans, raises money and selects the lucky few that get to experience this week-long journey to rock-stardom. To learn more bout this fantastic group of individuals visit their website or, better yet, join the crew for some delicious craft-beer and fundraising at Ratio Beerworks.

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GenFit & PawsCo workouts have gone to the dogs!

Some days it takes more than just a walk around the block, sniffing everything. Some days it is not enough to chase a ball. Some days you need someone to do more than just take you to the park. Some days you need to get your heart racing, muscles burning and and gasp for air with your best friend!

On a recent evening in Denver’s RINO District, a group of diehard fitness buffs and their four-legged friends joined up with the trainers from GenFit Gym to get their work-out on! Both human and canine participants pushed themselves to their limits to reach their fitness goals. As expected there were sprints, wall-sits, burpees, planks and the occasional nips and barks. In the end there were big smiles and a lot of panting. This workout had it all including an opportunity to meet some adoptable dogs from PawsCo.

A great opportunity to get out and play.

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Hoopin’ in the hood…..Little Man Ice Cream hosts 4th Hula Contest.

Denver favorite Little Man Ice Cream hosted its 4th annual Hula Hoop contest this past weekend. This year’s event brought out a huge crowd as local schools were encouraged to compete for prizes and bragging rights in a fantastic bunch of catagories. The hoopers put on a great show of skills and sportsmanship throughout the afternoon. Thanks to the Denver Firefighters for coming out and cooling off all of the hot kids…and anyone else who happened to be anywhere near the spray of the fire truck!

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Ice Cream & Hula Hooping…..what could be better on a July afternoon?

Little Man Ice Cream, Hoopa, The Stasko Agency and about a hundred eager competitors created quite an event in Denver’s Lower Highlands on a hot July afternoon. “Hoop for a Scoop”, the third annual hula hoop competition, pitted young and old with wiggly hips and colorful hoops in a contest for the ages. Proceeds from the event benefitted The GrowHaus, a non-profit urban farm, marketplace and education center.

Competitors showed their best moves and fanciest costumes to impress judges and win not only life-time fame but also fantastic prizes, which included tickets to Phish, a year’s worth of Little Man ice cream and passes to Waterworld. The day was hot but the competition was hotter. The only relief came from the breeze generated form the hundreds of spinning hoops.

Jockeys, Juleps & Jazz…..MyLifeLine.org throws a Derby Bash at Four Seasons, Denver

Once again, I have had the opportunity to put my photo skills to use to back an unbelievable cause and have a good time doing it. MyLifeLine.org hosted a Derby Bash in Denver that would rival even the party at Churchill Downs. The event was an opportunity to dress to the nines, down some delicious Juleps and to support an organization that is more than worthy. MyLifeLine.org creates free websites for people suffering from cancer and has a very straightforward directive.

“Our mission is to empower patients to build an online support community of family and friends to foster connection, inspiration, and healing.” -MyLifeLine.org

The event was held at the fabulous Four Seasons, Denver and went off without a hitch due to the efforts of an amazing volunteer planning committee directed by Sheri Muilenburg of The Avia Group and her co-chair Diedre Wooden.

Please visit the MyLifeLine.org website to learn more about what Founder, Marcia Donzinger and her dedicated crew are doing to help make a trying time more bearable for everyone effected.

Rebound Rumble…..Show Ready Events presents the Colorado FIRST Robotics Competition

I recently had the opportunity to help Show Ready Events, a nationally recognized event planning and management company,  put on the FIRST Robotics Colorado Regional competition. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST creates unbelievable opportunities for teams of high school students, their mentors and sponsors to create and compete at an international level.

This year’s event was held at the DU Magnus Arena. The competition was baseball-themed where teams of three robots went head to head on a custom playing field that included baskets, balls and teeter-totters. The teams showed off an impressive array of skills, not only get to the event but also to make it through the rigors of the competition, which at time resembled a slightly organized smash-up derby.  The winners had the greatest combination of design, marketing, strategy, skill, and a bit of luck.

The event was a huge success and every team that made it to the event was a winner.