Blacktie Bulletin: Dave Ryan In As CEO Of Big Brothers Big Sisters

November 12, 2012

Welcome to Blacktie-Colorado’s new periodic column for nonprofit organizations! If you have questions about this email, please write to Brett McCann-Lehl at If you want to start getting Blacktie Bulletin emailed to you, sign up here.


NEW CEO AT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS: Amid an overhaul of top leadership, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado said Friday that it has selected sales veteran Dave Ryan as chief executive. Ryan has worked at Denver-based CiviCore, which provides technology services for nonprofits, since 2007, most recently as chief operating officer and vice president of sales. He takes over as CEO and president of BBBS on Jan. 7.

* SM Energy, Outstanding Large Business;
* Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, Outstanding Small Business;
* Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, Outstanding Foundation;
* Barbara Grogan, Outstanding Philanthropist;
* Carolyn Schaefer Wollard, Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy;
* Optimist Club of Monaco South, Oustanding Service Organization;
* Julie Gomez-Nuanes, Outstanding Volunteer;
* Arthur & Julie Seiden, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser;
* The Brighton Youth Commission, Outstanding Youth Group;
* Briana Johnson, Outstanding Youth.

* November 08, 2012 – 2012 Heart of Hearts Gala
* November 09, 2012 – Path to Prosperity Breakfast
* November 07, 2012 – Denver Scholarship Foundation, Annual Ed Gala
* November 08, 2012 – National Philanthropy Day in Colorado

DANIELS FUND BEHIND NEW BOOK: Wounded military personnel recovering in hospitals across the Rocky Mountain region will soon receive a book containing heartfelt letters of gratitude thanking them for their service from a group of college students. “We hope that the members of our military find strength and inspiration in discovering how these young Americans feel about them, and what these young people intend to do with the precious gift of freedom secured for them by the men and women in our armed forces,” said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

COLLEGE FUND GRANT RENEWED: Ford Motor Company Fund has renewed a $50,000 grant to the American Indian College Fund for the Ford Motor Company Blue Oval Scholars Program.

BLACKTIE IS SPONSORING A FREE SEMINAR on how to use video to enhance your fundraising and events. It’s 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E Tufts Ave. Register here.

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:

GOOD FOR YOU: Gerry Montgomery is being honored this week with awards from the Colorado Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and a statewide philanthropic network.

GOOD FOR YOU II: Skeptics of the amount of difference that one person can make should talk to Joan Davids. The Dillon resident was recently honored by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation at the Pink Tie Affair in Denver.

Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:15 pm)
Saint John’s Cathedral
1350 Washington Street
Denver, CO 80203

Whatever your spiritual tradition or path, we invite you to step away from the hectic preparations for Christmas. Come spend an evening in the soaring setting of the Cathedral, absorbed in the beloved music of Messiah.

Tickets are $24 (row 44 and lower), $21 (row 45 and higher, and the gallery), and $15 for students and seniors age 65 and over.

Please note that the first two rows of seats are reserved for patrons. For information on becoming a Patron, please contact Stephen Tappe at 303-577-7726. Please also note that your ticket guarantees you a seat within your chosen row only. The nursery is open for these performances.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH (ABOVE) IS USING EFFICIENT TICKETS. Consider Efficient Tickets, Blacktie’s sister company, 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.

HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY: The Bee Vradenburg Foundation celebrated its 10 year anniversary at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center with a free public reception and talk by noted arts administrator and program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ben Cameron.

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.

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!

11/14/2012 – American Wine Society Explores the Wines of the French Southern Rhone Valley
11/15/2012 – Video Marketing can jump start your holiday giving campaign!
11/15/2012 – Cherry Creek Business Women’s Network November 2012 Luncheon
11/15/2012 – CPGR Luncheon Program
11/15/2012 – Benefits 101
11/15/2012 – CPGR Program in COS via Webinar
11/15/2012 – Bright Beginnings Goodnight Moon Gala
11/15/2012 – Rooting Down, Rising Up
11/17/2012 – The Prairie Dog Coalition of the Humane Society of the United States: Living on Burrowed Time Fundraising Gala
11/17/2012 – KATA Foundation’s Bravehearts Hoot ‘N’ Holler
11/20/2012 – Working Minds Train-the-Trainer Workshop
11/27/2012 – NCNRC November Monthly Nonprofit Networking Event
11/27/2012 – Let’s Talk – Conversations About Women’s Health
11/28/2012 – Capitol Rock
11/28/2012 – FGI-Spring/Summer 2013 Trends Overview
11/29/2012 – Glitter in the Galleries Wine Tasting Gala
11/30/2012 – Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award Yearend Celebration Luncheon
11/30/2012 – Members’ Holiday Party
11/30/2012 – Practices in Arts Integration
12/1/2012 – Practices in Arts Integration
12/1/2012 – Raise the Arts with Peter Kudla & RedLine
12/3/2012 – QPR Certified Gatekeeper Instructor’s Course
12/4/2012 – iDE’s Second Annual Leaders in Their Fields Luncheon
12/4/2012 – Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation Benefit Holiday Party
12/4/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
12/5/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
12/5/2012 – Archway Housing & Services presents ‘The Sound of Music’
12/6/2012 – Denver Republican 1st Thursday Breakfast
12/6/2012 – Denver DOVIA presents a Database Options Panel
12/8/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
12/13/2012 – Alliance of Professional Women Holiday Networking Luncheon
12/15/2012 – Aurora Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Masterworks
12/16/2012 – Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Holiday Masterworks Concert
12/20/2012 – Benefits 101
12/31/2012 – Denver’s Grandest New Year’s Eve Party – Co-sponsored by MIX 100 FM


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