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November 03, 2011 - Let Your Voice Be Heard at The Women's Foundation

What: The Women's Foundation of Colorado 2011 Denver Luncheon

Where: Colorado Convention Center

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $100

Mistress of Ceremonies: Karen Leigh, CBS4

Co-Chair(s): Barbara Bridges, Natalie Rekstad-Lynn, Cindy Parsons

President(s): Louise C. Atkinson

Introductions: Natalie Rekstad-Lynn

Welcome: John Ikard

Speaker: Keynote speaker: Martina Navratilova; other speakers: Governor John Hickenlooper, Louise Atkinson, Mary Lou Makepeace

Music: Marta Burton and Company, Marta Burton, Audree Dillard, Rebecca Folsom, Dee Galloway, Denise Genlalini, Hazel Miller, Suzanne Morales, Pam Rowen, Jodie Woodard and Anne Zinschlag

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: FirstBank; Platinum: Ball Corporation, Co-Biz Financial, Women with a Cause, MorEvents, UMB Bank, Vladimir Jones; Gold: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Carol Burt, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Emergenetics International, First Western Trust Bank, Optimum Search Associates, Syntrinsic Investment Counsel, Western Union Foundation, Walter Imhoff, Xcel Energy

Attendance: 2,000

Board of Directors: Please check the website at

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Event co-chairs Natalie Rekstad-Lynn, left, Cindy Barsons and Barbara Bridges
Event co-chairs Natalie Rekstad-Lynn, left, Cindy Barsons and Barbara Bridges

The Women's Foundation of Colorado gathered over 2,000 people together for its annual Denver luncheon on Thursday. There was a myriad of guests and information flow for the crowd:

  • Marta Burton and Company, a group of female musicians formed specially for this event, entertained the crowd.  
  • John Ikard of presenting sponsor FirstBank welcomed the large crowd.  
  • Governor John Hickenlooper discussed the importance of women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and the difference women can make in politics.  
  • The Women's Foundation president and CEO, Louise Atkinson, presented a group of award-winning students.  These students won the Dottie Lamm Awards, the Lockheed Martin Awards and introduced the foundation video.
  • Mary Lou Makepeace of the Gay and Lesbian Fund announced that the fund would be making matching donations up to $30,000 made by attendees of the luncheon.  
  • The keynote speaker, Martina Navratilova, talked about her childhood in Czechoslovakia, her defection to the United States and obtaining US citizenship, her coming out in the early 1980s, her recent cancer diagnosis and climbing Mount Kilamanjaro, where she succumbed to a severe case of pulmonary edema. Of course running through her life was her tennis career.  Martina has faced obstacle after obstacle with integrity and boldness. Her story inspired those in the audience. 

The Women's Foundation conducts research into the state of girls and women in Colorado and uses this research to educate the stakeholders in women's issues in Colorado.  The foundation also works to effect public policy reform to increase self sufficiency in women.  The foundation supports nonprofits working directly with women and girls with grants.  To accomplish all this, the Women's Foundation of Colorado will raise over 1.4 million dollars in 2011.

For further information about the Women's Foundation of Colorado as they approach their 25th anniversary please check out their website at



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