Blacktie for Business: Bill, Melinda Gates Sightings Create Buzz

October 17, 2012

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BILL AND MELINDA GATES, whose foundation has poured $10 million into a Colorado program testing ways to combine new state standards and teacher evaluations, flew here this week on a semi-secret visit to assess how the work has progressed, The Denver Post reported. On Monday, they visited Eagle County, one of 13 districts participating in the Integration Project, a collaborative effort by the Colorado Legacy Foundation.

COLORADO CITED BY NEW KENTUCKY GROUP. Kentucky is about to officially start a nonprofit education foundation modeled after one in Colorado and aimed at attracting funding for innovative school programs. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday on Wednesday will deliver paperwork to the secretary of state’s office incorporating the new Fund for Transforming Education.

OVER $1.5 MILLION was raised at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2012 Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel to benefit the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. The gala was sold out, with 1,200 people in attendance, including football legends Pat and Annabel Bowlen, and John and Paige Elway.

BOULDER’S ETOWN has landed a $2 million loan from Public Radio Capital in Boulder to fund construction of its new offices and its eTown Hall.

What’s even better than a Halloween party at Linger? A Halloween party at Linger to support a good cause! Join us for Necro Noche, a spooky fundraiser on October 29th, featuring:
~ The best in local restaurant fare from Linger, Cholon, Beast & Bottle, Twelve, Row14 and more
~ Complimentary cocktails
~ Killer entertainment
~ Interactive fun ‘n’ games
~ Costumes required (badass prize for the best costume)
~ $100 General Admission tickets include: heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and entertainment
~ $150 VIP tickets include: early access to cocktail hour at 6pm, a private party tent on the roof, and a $25 gift certificate to Linger
~ 100% of net proceeds benefit The GrowHaus.

ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT on Blacktie-Colorado for just $150 a week. Email Brett McCann-Lehl at

THE DENVER CSU ALUMNI NETWORK is looking for projects in the first half of 2013 to participate in as a volunteer group. Email:

October 13, 2012 – “Be Beautiful Be Yourself” Continues to Shine
October 01, 2012 – Stories of Hope: Alternatives to Family Violence
October 13, 2012 – 2nd Annual GIVE Denver Masquerade Ball

HONORED: Janet Fieldman, chief foundation officer of the Pueblo Community Health Center Foundation, has been named the 2012 Outstanding Advocate of the Underserved Award by the Community Health Association of the Mountain/Plains States.

IN ASPEN, nonprofits are asking for more grant money due to a recent spike in requests for help from valley residents.

HITTING THE TRAIL: Nonprofit bicycle advocacy organization Community Cycles will host the Mountain States Bike! Bike! Conference March 19 through March 21 in Boulder.

BLACKTIE’S SISTER COMPANY, Efficient Tickets, is now selling tickets for the Halloween Masquerade Ball, an Oct. 26 Halloween party to raise money for the survivors of the Aurora and Columbine Tragedy. It’s hosted by Phoenix999 a non-profit charity created by the survivors of the Columbine Tragedy and by Friends of Humanity a local volunteer group that helps local charities raise money.

CONSIDER EFFICIENT TICKETS for your next ticketed event. Online ticketing is inexpensive, consumer-friendly and provides your organization with valuable purchasing and entrance data. Contact Brett McCann-Lehl at 303-339-3819.

NOTABLE NAMES: Former governors Ritter, Owens addressed Colorado Nonprofit Association conference.

VIOLATION? In what appears to be a violation of its tax exempt status as an organization governed under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code, New Era Colorado dropped campaign literature advocating the election of specific candidates. The “Voting Guide” provided by New Era Colorado lists Democratic candidates in state and federal elections who have received the “thumbs up” from New Era Colorado.

STADIUM GOLF took on a new meaning for Phil Mickelson, who overshot the big money targets on his 100-yard shot at halftime of Monday night’s Broncos-Chargers game. He still raised $50,000 for First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books for needy children. Had he hit one of the concentric rings in the middle of the green in the “KPMG Chip4Charity” promotion, Mickelson could have raised anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million for the charity.

HAVING TROUBLE MANAGING DONATION REQUESTS? Blacktie can set up a website for your business or organization that makes it easy for you to be responsive to charity requests and carefully manage all aspects of the process. Here’s a request page we set up for a local company. For information about BT Donation Tracker, call Don Knox at 720-272-0961.

USTA SERVES, the charitable entity of the United States Tennis Association, has awarded the Boulder branch of the I Have a Dream Foundation one of its 24 year-end grants under its “Aces for Kids” umbrella.

DID YOU KNOW? You can advertise your nonprofit event easily and affordably to 300,000 readers in the 17 Colorado Community Media newspapers from Thornton to Castle Rock? Blacktie offers discounted rates to organizations that have not previously advertised in the CCM publications. These publications include Arvada Press, Castle Rock News-Press, Centennial Citizen, Douglas County News-Press, Englewood Herald, Golden Transcript, Highlands Ranch Herald, Lakewood Sentinel, Littleton Independent, Lone Tree Voice, Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, Parker Chronicle, Westminster Window, Westsider and Wheat Ridge Transcript. Call Brett McCann-Lehl or Don Knox at 303-832-2903 for more details!

10/16/2012 – Networking and Information Sharing Lunch for Colorado Leaders
10/18/2012 – Conflict Resolution: Community Evolution
10/18/2012 – 6th Annual Outstanding Women in Business at the CCBWN October 2012 Luncheon
10/18/2012 – Benefits 101
10/18/2012 – The Premiere Kick Off
10/18/2012 – JAZZED for ICHC
10/18/2012 – Open House Christ the King
10/19/2012 – Mark Wynn Presents Domestic Violence Investigation and Intervention Training
10/19/2012 – Future for Families Gala
10/20/2012 – Hope Lives “Celebrating Life in the Pink” Gala
10/20/2012 – Sense of Security – Champagne & Diamonds 2012
10/20/2012 – SafeHouse Denver’s Hope Gala: Celebrating the Women, Children and Youth of SafeHouse Denver
10/20/2012 – Teen with a Dream & Garfield Estates Vineyard Wine Tasting
10/20/2012 – Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Fall Masterworks Concert
10/20/2012 – Shake, Rattle and Groan ZOMBIE PROM
10/21/2012 – Making Waves in Colorado Ocean Symposium and the Ocean Celebration
10/21/2012 – Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Fall Masterworks Concert
10/21/2012 – Making Waves In Colorado, Ocean Celebration
10/22/2012 – Excelsior Youth Center’s Chef and Wine Dinner at Venice Ristorante
10/23/2012 – NCNRC October Nonprofit Monthly Networking Event
10/23/2012 – United Nations Association Denver presents United Nations Trivia Night
10/24/2012 – Happy Hour at McLoughlin’s Benefiting the YESS Institute
10/24/2012 – LIGHT | An Illuminated Celebration of the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park
10/24/2012 – AWS Pete Marczyk Battle Royale! New World vs. Old World Wines
10/25/2012 – Sustainability Dine-a-logue: Special Election Edition
10/25/2012 – The Brief
10/25/2012 – LOL: A Comedy Benefit for Think 360 Arts
10/26/2012 – Circles of Change
10/26/2012 – Friends of Manual Breakfast
10/26/2012 – Logo Design Basics
10/26/2012 – Mapleton Education Foundation “Storybook Ball”
10/27/2012 – City Slicker Soiree to benefit Roundup River Ranch
10/29/2012 – The GrowHaus — Necro Noche
10/30/2012 – 10th Annual Partners for a Bold Future Breakfast
10/30/2012 – Friends of the Haven Annual Fundraiser and Dinner
10/30/2012 – Chefs 180 featuring Daniel Asher of Linger
10/31/2012 – CBCA’s 2012 Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture
10/31/2012 – Martian Sock Hop Halloween Ball Benefitting the Historic Elitch Theatre
11/1/2012 – Denver Republican 1st Thursday Breakfast
11/1/2012 – Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation annual gala
11/2/2012 – Christ the King’s Fall Fest 2012
11/3/2012 – Broomfield Early Childhood Summit
11/5/2012 – Denver Business Forum: Latin America presented by the MSU Denver School of Business
11/7/2012 – Stout Street Foundation’s Annual Fall Luncheon and Silent Auction
11/7/2012 – The Denver Scholarship Foundation’s 2012 Ed Gala- Presented by DaVita and the Thiry O’Leary Foundation
11/8/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/8/2012 – Aurora Mental Health Center Mental Health First Aid
11/8/2012 – 21st Annual Civil Rights Awards
11/8/2012 – A Taste for Life benefiting Project Angel Heart
11/8/2012 – Energy Africa Conference
11/9/2012 – 2012 Statewide Sustainability Roundtable
11/9/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/9/2012 – Aurora Mental Health Center Mental Health First Aid
11/9/2012 – Sport Sales Workshop
11/9/2012 – National Philanthropy Day in Colorado
11/9/2012 – Energy Africa Conference
11/10/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/10/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
11/10/2012 – “Wine with Friends” Assumption 100 year Gala Event
11/10/2012 – CMF & RMCMA’s Feast for the Senses
11/13/2012 – CJPW’s Focus on Formal Networking
11/13/2012 – University of Colorado Depression Center Fall Fundraising Luncheon
11/13/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
11/14/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
11/15/2012 – CPGR Luncheon Program
11/15/2012 – Benefits 101
11/15/2012 – Bright Beginnings Goodnight Moon Gala
11/15/2012 – Rooting Down, Rising Up
11/17/2012 – KATA Foundation’s Bravehearts Hoot ‘N’ Holler
11/17/2012 – The Humane Society of the United States & Prairie Dog Coalition’s Annual Gala- Living on Burrowed Time
11/27/2012 – NCNRC November Monthly Nonprofit Networking Event
11/28/2012 – Capitol Rock
11/30/2012 – Introduction to Arts Integration


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