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May 14, 2004 - LFS Fosters the Future of Children

What: 10th Annual Benefit Gala "A Time of Caring"

Where: Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver

When: May 14, 2004

Beneficiary: Lutheran Family Services of Colorado

Honoree(s): Patti Fielding, Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, The Publishing House in Westminster

EMCEE: Greg Bennett

Honorary Chairperson(s): Robert and Judi Newman

Committee Members: Betty Atwood, Rosemary Bennett, Lisa Bickle, Jane Blewett, Mary Brook, Debbie Coates, Emmett Cruson, Kim and Steve FitzRandolph, Lisa Grell, Susan Howell, Sharon Ingles, Rena Michaels, Lori Mitchell, Deb Paul, Stacy Seymour, Sara Winkler

Welcome: Jane Pope Meehan, LFS Director of Development

Catering: Culi Services

Entertainment: Denver School of the Arts Dance Troupe, Aries Brass Quintet, Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra

Of note: James Barclay, LFS, CEO presented awards and "A Time for Caring" Video

Sponsors: Platinium: Thrivent Financial, Robert and Judi Newman, Bethany Lutheran Church, Mike and Nancy Iiams; Gold: Augustana Foundation, The Publishing House/Wilbur and Marilyn Flachman, Peak Creative Media, CO Bank/Doug and Nancy Sims; Silver: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Quixote Partners, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins, Tom and Kim Monson, Fuller & Company; Bronze: 1st Bank, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, Our Father Lutheran Church; Brass: Christ Lutheran Church in Highlands Ranch, Ruth Peterson, Jane Kercher

Attendance: 300

Attire: Cocktail Attire

Information: Please call Metro Denver/Corporate Office @ 303.922.3433

Donors: In-Kind and Underwriters: Expresso Gourmet, New Frontier Bank in Greeley, MDC Holdings and First Western Trust Bank

Board of Directors: Earle Solomonson, Chair; Arlene Avischious, Dan Bacon, Rev. Rick Barger, Betty Boyd, Rev. Joyce Dennison, Wilbur Flachman, Rev. Don Hinchey, Nancy Iiams, Greg Johnson, Dr. Jane Kercher, Judi Newman, Jerry Paul, Rev. Tim Runtsch, John Samuelson, Rev. Wayne Weissenbuehler, Terry Weverstad, Les Woodward

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

Elizabeth Byrnes

A magical and musical evening, featuring spectacular adult and youth performers and fine dining, was held at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver on May 14th. “Fostering the Future of Children” was the theme for the10th Annual A Time of Caring Lutheran Family Services of Colorado benefit gala.

Three hundred supporters attended the gala, playing a very important role in fostering the future of children. Since 1948, LFS has been an agency to provide a ministry link between caring people, congregations and community. They believe that all people, from newborn infant to the most elderly person, deserve to be valued in the community. LFS is committed to offering care and support to all vulnerable people, regardless of race, religion, gender or age, to help equip them to live full and whole lives. The organization offers adoption services, a pregnancy counseling center, foster care, refugee and asylee programs and care management solutions.

Inspired by the compassionate love of Christ, LFS walks with the vulnerable though services that heal, strengthen and provide hope. Their vision is to be a leading community resource for vulnerable children, refugees, older adults and families.

Jim Barclay, President and CEO of LFS presented the 2004 Awards of Distinction.

Patti Fielding was honored as the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year and received the “Light of Hope” award, the highest honor bestowed by Lutheran Family Services of Colorado. This award is given to individuals in recognition of significant contributions of both service to the agency and financial support of its ministry to the vulnerable. Patti conceived the “Day at the Ranch” event last year, after a small gathering at a home of a friend and LFS Board member Nancy Iiams, in response to wanting to do more than writing a check. Last September, over 50 foster families and hundreds of guest families were treated to a bright and happy afternoon of pony rides, hayrides, carnival games, entertainment by clowns, cotton candy, live bands and delicious barbeque. Jim and Cindy West, friends of Patti, generously donated their Ranch for this special day that foster children will never forget. In addition, the event was one of the most successful first-time fundraisers in the history of LFS, raising almost $136,000 to benefit foster children.

Pastor John accepted the LFS “Distinguished Congregational Partner” award on behalf of the Augustana Lutheran Church, where John is the Pastor. Augustana has been a faithful partner in the ministry of LFS for many years, providing compassionate service to the people who come to LFS for care as well as generous financial gifts to support the overall mission of the agency. For many years the LFS Board of Directors has included one of two members from Augustana. Each of the board members has provided excellent strategic direction and advice to the agency and currently, Les Woodward and Greg Johnson are serving the agency in this capacity.

The owner of The Publishing House, Wilbur Flachman, has been a dedicated and hard-working member of the LFS Board of Directors since 1998. LFS has turned to The Publishing House time and again for financial and in-kind donations to support the ministry and they are never turned away. For his support, The Publishing House was honored with the “Distinguished Corporate Partner” award. During the social and dessert reception, guests were encouraged to fill out cards, creatively attached to wire tree centerpieces, as part of the "Gifts of Caring" program a special opportunity to contribute directly to the needs of a foster child or to the foster program. A special incentive this year was presented by board member Judi Newman and her husband Robert. They will generously offer a match for all new and increased donations up to a total of $25,000. The Thrivent Financial will match all other funds from its Care Programs up to $50,000.

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