Girl Scouts to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of

Women of Distinction in Denver

Join Girl Scouts of Colorado in celebrating “20 years of Amazing Women” by honoring all the Women of Distinction of the Denver-metro region. This year’s event chairs are Maria Garcia Berry, Woman of Distinction ’97; Jean Galloway, Woman of Distinction ’97; and Arlene Hirschfeld, Woman of Distinction ’97.
Since the Women of Distinction program began in 1997, Girl Scouts of Colorado has honored 426 top women leaders in the community based on remarkable achievements as business, community, and civic leaders. They are examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, seven incredible women leaders are being recognized for their significant and positive impact on their communities and for their dedication to making the world a better place. These Women of Distinction were voted by a group of their peers, and will receive an award in the following category at the 2017 Thin Mint Dinner:
Advocacy for Youth – Elaine Gantz Berman ‘02, Former Member, State Board of Education
Progressive Community Leader – Juana Bordas ‘03, President, Mestiza Leadership International
Accomplished Philanthropist – Arlene Hirschfeld ‘97, Community Volunteer
Dedication to Girl Scouts – Jean C. Jones ‘07, Former CEO, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council
Lifetime Achievement – LaRae Orullian ‘97, Retired National President, Girl Scouts of the USA
Advocate for Women & Girls – Jill S. Tietjen ‘97, P.E., President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.
Commitment to Public Service - Hon. Elbra M. Wedgeworth ‘04, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Denver Health
The Thin Mint Dinner will be held Oct. 19, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event includes Thin Mint Cocktails and dessert made with Thin Mints, three-course meal, and event program.

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DPS School Board Candidates and Ballot Issue Forums Slated

Denver Decides, a consortium composed of the League of Women Voters of Denver, Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation and Denver 8 TV, will hold candidate and ballot issue forums for the upcoming November 2017 Election Day, November 7.
Four candidate forums and one ballot issues forum will be held.
Tuesday, October 10: 7 p.m. School Board District 2 (SW Denver) and 8 p.m. School Board District 4 (NE Denver, Incumbent: Rachele C. Espiritu)
Thursday, October 12: 7 p.m. School Board District 3 (E Denver, Incumbent: Mike Johnson) and 8 p.m. School Board
At Large (Incumbent: Barbara O’Brien)
Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m.: Ballot Issues (possible issues: 7 GO Bonds, Green roof initiative, Department of Environmental Health Charter Amendment)
Forums can be viewed live on Denver 8 TV.  They can also be viewed on the Channel 8 website along with taped candidate introduction.

For more information, email Marcia Verba, League of Women Voters Denver at or call 303-629-0614.


Dress for Success Denver Open Door Project Fashion Event

Dress For Success Denver will present the Open Door Project Fashion event at Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Saturday, Oct. 21. Doors open at 7 p.m. Special guest MC Adele Arakawa, will honor men and women who have opened doors in business, followed by an exquisite Fashion Show presented by Neiman Marcus. There will be a silent auction, cocktails and appetizers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 303-832-1889.


Black Genealogy Search Group Anniversary Heritage Festival

The Black Genealogy Search Group is presenting the Heritage Festival, “Honoring Our Ancestors and Documenting Our History,” on Oct. 28 at Denver Public Library, 10 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The festival will feature speaker Polly E. McLean, associate professor, University of Colorado Boulder. Luncheon speaker is Jim Kroll - manager, Western History/ Genealogy Department, Blair- Caldwell African American Branch Library. Storyteller Cassandra Swell is the afternoon speaker.  An awards and recognition luncheon will be held.

For more information, visit or email Betty Gardner at


Ul Guild Hosts Mardi Gras Casino Fundraiser Trip

The Urban League Guild is hosting the Mardi Gras Casino fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 28. Passengers riding the bus need to register and submit names by Oct. 24.  
Ticket donations are $25 and include transportation, a $5 card play, and $5 towards food another $5 for food when you earn 50 bonus points.
For more information, call Joseph Langley at 303-694-3126, Tracey Dickerson at 724-289-0727, Terry Manns at 303-627-6260 or Pat Gatewood at 303-755-1498.


Scholarship Opportunities for African American Students in

Every year, billions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships are given away to students to help them pay for college tuition, books, and other college-related expenses. As the year winds down, top national scholarship programs for African American students and others that are still accepting applications.
NBNA Scholarship Program For Black Nurses:
Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships:
Coca-Cola Scholars Program:
Apple HBCU Scholarship Program: Scholarship Foundation (The I.Am.Angel Foundation):
Burger King Scholars Program:
Microsoft Diversity Conference and Minority STEM Scholarships:
Malcolm X Scholarship for Exceptional Courage:
To view and apply for more 2017-2018 scholarships, visit: