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September 25, 2012 - Lutheran Family Service Hosts 19th Innkeeper Dinner

What: Annual innkeeper dinner and silent auction

Where: US Air Force Academy Press Box

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $60

Honoree(s): Eagles Wings award to The Broadmoor Hotel

EMCEE: Jen Lennon, KKTV

Gala Chairperson(s): Peggy Byrd and Sue Currey

Committee Members: Peggy Byrd, Sue Currey, Rosemary Anderson, Kathy Fundarek, Gary Gabrielson, Sandy Harkins, Priscilla Hill, Carolyn Kaiser, Diana Keys, Cheryl Mahon, Joyce Neighbors, Patti Olsen, Linda Parobek, Betsy Plante, Linda Samuelson, Gini Simonson, Donna Skovgaard, Sandie Trowbridge, Jody Wilbur, Elaine Zick; Special thanks to honorary member Sally Warrington

President(s): & CEO: Jim Barclay

Staff: Heidi Hendricks, VP of Programs; Kate Kelsay, VP of Finance; James Horan, VP of Refugee & Community Services

Invocation: Chaplain Heather Bodwell, USAF Academy Cadet Chaplian

Speaker: Olympian race walker Trevor Barron; Waldo Canyon fire victim Melissa Mgana, Rev Julie Britsch

Libations: Jake & Telly's, Pepsi Beverages Company, Colorado Mountain Brewery, Costco, Peggy Byrd, Linda Samuelson

Catering: Carrabba's

Music: New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs Jazz Trio

Sponsors: PLATINUM: First Lutheran Church; SILVER: Jan and Jennings Larson; BRONZE: Ray and Arlene Avishious, Bethel Lutheran Church, Dick and Sue Currey, GE Johnson, Lyman and Carolyn Kaiser, Thrivent-Garden of the Gods Chapter and Pikes Peak Chapter, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; CHEER: Jack and Rosemary Anderson, Gene and Sally Warrington, St. Luke's Lutheran Church; TABLE HOST SPONSORS: Ray and Arlene Avischious, Bill and Darcy Ayen, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Donna Skovgaard, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Thrivent-Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak Chapters; PRE DINNER DONORS: Anonymous, Mike and Patti Olson, Norm and Lynn Peterson

Attire: Casual--team jersey

Event Coordinator: Rebecca Hamilton-Lyons

Board of Directors: Chair: Mike Porter; Secretary: Debbie Payne; Vice-Chair Finance: Will Schippers; Vice-Chair Resource Development: Jennifer Bick; Vice-Chair Board Development: Rev Dr. Keith Hedstrom; Vice-Chair Program Services: Rev Ann Hultquist; Directors: Dr. William Ayen, Karl Berg Jr., Katherine Kruson, Phyllis Eifler, Doug Eisenbrandt, Alana Hankins, Douglas Hill, Keith LaShier, Todd Laurie, Ron McFarland, Karen Spies; Ex-Officio: Rev Allen Anderson, Rev James Gonia, James Barclay; TRUSTEES, Foundation Board: Chair: Alan Jahde; Vice-Chair: Jim Swaeby; Treasurer: Mary Brook; Secretary: Thom Dorr; Officers: Katherine Cruson, Don Filegar, Jerry Paul, John Vavrik, Sally Vogel

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Jim Barclay presents the Eagles Wings award to Halley Nicholson and Renee Broyles from The Broadmoor
Jim Barclay presents the Eagles Wings award to Halley Nicholson and Renee Broyles from The Broadmoor

It's unimaginable until you've been through it, and even then, everything seems surreal and not possible. Such is the feeling conveyed by those who were victims of the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs, and the theme of the program of the Lutheran Family Services 19th annual Innkeeper Dinner: "Hope from the Ashes."

After a congenial reception hour and friendly conversations and renewal of acquaintances at the Air Force Academy press box, LFS supporters sat down to a scrumptious dinner provided by Carrabba's and then listened to the stories of those who hurt and those who helped.

Emcee Jen Lennon of KKTV has a career in the wings as a stand-up comedienne, as she jovially navigated through the program. To first highlight success, teenage Olympic athlete Trevor Barron took the stage (or rather "race walked" his way to the stage) to talk about his commitment and experiences in being able to set records in the world of race walking (he can "walk" a mile in six minutes!), attend the London Olympics and juggle his schedule as a Colorado College student.

LFS President and CEO Jim Barclay talked about the organization's programs and commitment to help those in need, honoring The Broadmoor as this year's outstanding corporate partner for their work in giving so many people--many refugees among them--not only jobs, but successful careers. Renee Broyles and Halley Nicholson accepted the award on behalf of the Broadmoor.

Reverend Julie Britsch talked about her Christ the King congregation being caught up smack in the middle of the Waldo Canyon fire last summer, and of the incredibly strong spirits of those affected and those who helped--even some from out of state. Rev Britsch introduced Melissa Mgana, who talked of the unthinkable task of evacuating her home in just minutes and then having to watch it burn to the ground on television. "At least we had some closure when we saw that," she said humbly. "At least we have our lives and my three kids and two cats are safe." Melissa and her family were just able to move into a rental home last week after spending 77 days in a hotel room after the fire.

"He will give a crown of beauty for ashes."---Isiah 61:3


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Their programs include:

  • Adoption and pregnancy counseling
  • Older adult & caregiver services
  • Foster care
  • Prevention services
  • Refugee & asylee porgrams

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