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June 10, 2011 - Lutheran Family Services ZooBQ

What: Annual Family Charity Event and BBQ at the Denver Zoo

Where: Denver Zoo

When: Friday, June 10, 2011

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Adult $16, children $12

Beneficiary: Lutheran Family Services

President(s): James Barclay

Entertainment: Richard Nakata Magical Entertainment

Sponsors: Redeemer Lutheran Church Fort Collins, The Standard, Kohl's, Robert & Judi Newman, Smith and Company

Attendance: 500

Board of Directors: Chairman: Mike Porter; Secretary: Debbie Payne; Vice-Chair Finance: Will Schippers; Vice-Chair Resource Development: Jennifer Bick; Vice-Chair Board Development: Keith Hedstrom; Vice-Chair Program Services: Kim Monson

Blacktie Photos by: David Shults

 Heidi Hendricks (left), Erica Olsen, Danette Goldhammer
Heidi Hendricks (left), Erica Olsen, Danette Goldhammer

The Denver Zoo was exclusively reserved for Lutheran Family Services annual Zoo-B-Q on June 10, 2011.  This special event was designed to provide a wonderful adventure supporters of LFS and to raise funds for assisting the vulnerable people in our community.  Approximately 500 guests enjoyed this special evening, filled with all kinds of entertainment.

There were several offerings to choose from:

  • Classic American BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, garden burgers, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, potato chips, assorted cookies, and soft drinks.
  • Old fashioned carousel rides.
  • Face painting, a magician, and other entertainment including live music.

It was a great evening of adventure for a wonderful cause.

Helping the most vulnerable people has been LFS’ history. Founded in 1948 to provide adoptive placement for unwanted children, over time programs were added and adapted to meet new and increasing community needs for birth parent counseling and foster care. In the 1960s, LFS began serving the aging population, and in the 1970s, programs were added to provide international adoptions and services to refugees. In the late '90s and early 2000s LFS began formally responding to natural and human-caused disasters. In 1995 LFS added a unique teen pregnancy prevention program in Fort Collins that is provided to middle and senior high schools in Northern Colorado. Since 2000, LFS has added: an African American Caregiver Support Program; an infant adoption awareness training program for healthcare providers; a Basic Center Program for rural runaway and homeless youth; a Fall Prevention hotline for older adults; foster care services for unaccompanied refugee minors; and, most recently, an employment training center for refugees. In 2005 LFS was accredited to provide basic legal immigration services. LFS is now one of the largest private foster care providers in the state and the largest refugee resettlement agency in the Rocky Mountain region.

With offices located in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Silverthorne, Greeley and Fort Morgan and services provided in Wyoming, Montana and New Mexico, LFS now responds to critical social and emotional needs of more than 16,000 people annually.

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