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June 14, 2009 - Rebuilding Together celebrates 10 years with "Picnic in the Park"

What: Picnic

Where: Pavlilion at City Park

When: Sunday, June 14, 2009

Time: 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Free

Committee Members: Mary Brook, Doris Kelley, Kim Flanagan, Gregg Taylor, April Finney, Dianne Schultz and Dan Bergman

Catering: Bennett's BBQ

Music: The Pole Cats (Appalachian bluegrass music)

Menu: Barbecue spread, plus baked beans, cupcakes and beverages

Attendance: 300

Attire: Casual

Event Coordinator: Mary Brook

Board of Directors: President: Glenn Renner, HomeSphere; Immediate Past President: Carolyn McGrane, Turner Construction; Treasurer: Cory Peterson, FirstBank of Littleton; Secretary: Debra Havins, Level III Communications; Pam Beightol, Craig Hospital; Troy Denike; Peggy Edington, Western Union; Rocky Hackman, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority; Tim Odil, McKenna Long & Aldridge PC; David Pocs, AXA Advisors; Mark Noonan; Vince Rosales, Idea Integration Velocity Committee Chair

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Lilly Streeter (front) with D. Miller and homeowner Camile Gordon
Lilly Streeter (front) with D. Miller and homeowner Camile Gordon

For 10 years, Rebuilding Together Metro Denver has combined skills and a willingness to help, resulting in the successful rehabilitation of more than 750 area homes of low-income elderly and disabled residents.  

Time for a celebration—and that was all that was on the agenda at City Park when staff, board members, volunteers, builders, homeowners, sponsors, and family and friends all gathered at the Pavilion for food and fellowship. Mary Brook, director of volunteer services, summed up the event: “It’s like a family picnic in the park…but with a couple of hundred people.” 

The Pole Cats had toes a-tappin’ with old-time Appalachian bluegrass tunes as folks lined up for a hearty barbecue spread with donations from Bennett BBQ.  Games with prizes kept kiddos occupied and some attendees even brought their doggie “best friends” along for the festivities. No program, nothing formal—just the chance to interact.  Brook said, “This is our 10th anniversary celebration, a coming together to get to know each other through socializing and discussing the work we do. It’s also a volunteer appreciation event always.” She said the laidback format encouraged attendance.

Two homeowners at the picnic expressed their appreciation about receiving RTMD’s services. Camile Gordon said, “When everything was all finished, they made you feel like you were doing them a favor, instead of the other way around. It was amazing and I’ve never been so grateful.” Serbula Lopez had her roof repaired, a ramp built to replace outdoor stairs and new screen doors installed. After the experience, she felt compelled to send the group a thank-you card. “I’m enjoying it all and I appreciate it so much,” she said. 

Rebuilding Together Metro Denver partners with local volunteers to rehabilitate the homes of low-income elderly and disabled area residents. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has repaired or impacted more than 750 homes and nine nonprofit facilities. Volunteers may be skilled and unskilled, helping with areas that include flooring, doors and windows, weatherizing, installing new appliances, painting, minor plumbing or electrical work, cleaning and yard work…all to make homes warm, safe and dry—and conducive for independent living. For more information, visit


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