Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Bronze ($1000-$2,499)
Phil & Yvonne DiStefano – for the Billy Montgomery Room at the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome
Friend ($1-$249)
Kathy Coyne
Paul & Kelley Degarate
Paul Eklund
Highline Capital Corporation
IBM payroll deduction
Jim & Mary Rianoshek

Imagine! Celebration Auction Items
Attitudez Hair & Nail, Ltd. – 3 mini manicures valued at $80
Boulder Philharmonic – Tickets valued at $100
Carelli’s Restaurant – Gift Certificate valued at $50
Colterra – Gift Certificate valued at $50
Dave’s Pristine Carpet Care, LLC – Gift Certificates valued at $300
Haystack Mountain Golf – Foursome valued at $60
Bobby Hills, CMT – 60 minute sports massage valued at $75
Hotel Boulderado – One night stay valued at $269
Lake Valley Golf – Golf for four with carts valued at $300
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery – Gift Certificates valued at $300
Pasta Jay’s – Gift Certificates valued at $60
Hope Robertson, CEH, RCST, NCLMT – 90 minute massage valued at $90
Christy Russell – Haircut valued at $45
Salt The Bistro – Gift Certificate valued at $50
Thompson House Inn & Tea Room – Tea for Four valued at $60

Other In-Kind Items
Walt & Linda Pounds - Improvements to the Tenino PCA
As always, thank you to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Foundation Board Member Wins “Dancing With The Boulder Stars”

Valorie Simpson
Congratulations are in order for Imagine! Foundation board member Valorie Simpson, who won first place in the 2011 “Dancing with the Boulder Stars.”

Valorie, President of Colorado Business Bank – Boulder, joined seven other local celebrities who were matched with professional dance instructors and went through a 10-week rehearsal process. They performed their dance at the Boulder Theater on Thursday, October 20. Attendees 'voted' for their favorite dancers with $1 per vote – and Valorie received the most votes! Proceeds from the event benefited the YWCA of Boulder County.

Way to hoof it up, Valorie!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Leona Stoecker: Imagine!’s Giving Spark!

Today we’d like to offer a well deserved “congratulations” to Imagine! Foundation board member and past president Leona Stoecker, who on Friday was awarded the Giving Spark Award at the Longmont Community Foundation Giving Celebration.

We’d like to quote here an email that Kathy Coyne, another Foundation board member, wrote to Leona last night after the ceremony, as it is said so beautifully and captures how we all feel. Kathy was attending on behalf of HospiceCare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties, which was a finalist for the Longmont Community Foundation’s Collaborative Excellence Award.

It was so nice to see you tonight and I do hope I’m one of the first to congratulate you on the honor and award received at the Longmont Community Foundation Celebration!

You’ve been such a gift to the Longmont community and to Imagine! I can’t thank you enough for your efforts.

I wasn’t surprised, but everyone at my table mentioned how wonderfully you served the organization with your comments upon receiving the award. So perfectly done!

You’re such a treasure and I so appreciate your leadership!

Many thanks and congratulations again--also to your beloved Bernie, for his support of your efforts, as I know that means a lot to you and to our community!
Thanks so much, Kathy, and especially and always to our dear Leona!!

In the pictures above, Leona is shown with her award, and also with her husband Bernie.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation includes:
Bronze ($1000-$2,499)
Combined Federal Campaign – $1,589.34 (quarterly payment)

Friend ($1-$249)
Dan & Judith Hersh
Don Humphrey
Glennys McPhilimy
MGM & United Artists/Billy Montgomery
Laurence Paddock
Virginia Patterson
Susan Routt
Art & Barb Sward
Harlan & Mary Wagoner

Auction Items for Imagine! Celebration
Boulder Cork Gift Certificate – value = $50
Christina’s Lingerie Gift Certificate - value = $100
Colorado Music Festival – 2 section A tickets for summer 2012 – value = $100
Deb Gravelle – 3 hour sailing lesson at Boulder Reservoir – value = $250
Martini’s Bistro Gift Card – value = $50

Other In-Kind Items
Susan Glairon - Mini-Tramp, Easel, Other Toys - value = $50
Janine Randol – Week at timeshare for two Dayspring staff – value = $400
As always, we thank all of our generous donors

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Imagine! Celebration – Save the Date: January 27, 2012!

The Imagine! Celebration, the annual fundraising event of the Imagine! Foundation, has a few surprises in store for guests this year! In response to a survey done after the event last year, the 2012 Imagine! Celebration will switch to hors d’oeuvres and food stations for the first part of the evening rather than a sit-down dinner in order to give people more time to socialize and to browse the 200+ auction items that will be available. Guests will then settle into their tables for dessert, coffee, the program, and the live auction. George Karakehian, emeritus member of the Foundation’s board of directors and a current Boulder City Council member, will again add his clever jokes and heartfelt thoughts as emcee. In order to accommodate approximately 425 people, the event will again be held at the Plaza Hotel Longmont (formerly the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center). It’s not too early to put Friday, January 27, 2012 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on your calendar!

Several new members have joined the Imagine! Celebration Commiteee chaired by Foundation board member Colene Van Winkle and Paige Lawrence who head up the Core Group planners and a newly formed Calling Crew who seek out auction items (see list below). New and exciting items are already coming in, including many in the favorite Live, Food & Wine, Lodging, Entertainment, and Sports & Adventure categories.

Online reservations for the event will again make it quick and easy to reserve individual tickets at $95/each or tables of ten for $1,250, with ticket and table prices remaining unchanged for the past five years in order to encourage people to attend, learn about, and support Imagine!. Invitations will be mailed around the first of the year.

Thanks to its popularity and proven results, electronic bidding will make its fifth appearance with a new feature allowing guests to bid using their smart phones! The Imagine! Foundation was one of the first non-profits in the area to try electronic bidding four years ago, and it is now showing up at more and more events. It’s easy, fun, and allows guests to enter their bids on hand-held tablets, check periodically to see what items they are winning, and find “bargains,” all without having to leave their group.

Be sure to check the Imagine! website as we add our sponsors, our live auction items, and more about the festivities. See you on January 27thth!

Imagine! Celebration Committee

Colene Van Winkle, Chairperson
Paige Lawrence, Chairperson
Deb Gravelle
Don Sullivan

Teresa Brooks
Patrick Krause
Lisa Fiero
Mallory Montazzoli
Kathy Montgomery
Jackie Nelson
Michelle O’Brien
Denise Stearns
Gina Stobenau

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s donations to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Bronze ($1000-$2,499)
John & Susie Hayes
Imagine! Employees - First Quarter transfer of Imagine! Employee Payroll Deductions = $1,848!
One Lafayette – A grant of $1,000 from the City of Lafayette for Imagine!’s Emergency Fund to cover a portion of the emergency needs of Lafayette residents with developmental disabilities

Associate ($500-$999)
Fletcher & Janie Brown
Rick & Sue Jay
Pete & Gayla Lindquist

Supporter ($250-$499)
Santa’s House Project – we receive proceeds from their holiday open house every year with funds directed to Imagine!’s Dayspring department

Friend ($1-$249)
Bob & Cindy Baxt
Charlene Laughlin

Auction Items for Imagine! Celebration Dinner and Auction
Colorado National Golf Club – Foursome with cart – Value = $300

Other In-Kind Items
Carpenter Fence, Inc., Longmont – Fencing Installation at Imagine! home in Louisville –
Value = $165

As always, thanks to all of our generous donors!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donors to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Cash Gifts
Alex & Nancy Ariniello
Darrell & Pat Fanning
Carol Lindquist
Frances McCarty
Gene & Susan Mossberg
Gordon & Pamela Pedrow
The Philoptochos Society of Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Jim & Sue Rector
Lee & Bev Springer
Ken & Ruth Wright - $41.27 (sign up for free at and shop as usual at many of your favorite online sites that will then donate a percentage of your purchase to the Imagine! Foundation).

Auction Items For Our 2012 Imagine! Celebration Dinner and Auction
Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown – one night weekend stay valued at $195
Colorado Athletic Club - 1 mo. dual membership w/ two personal training sessions valued at $500

Other In-Kind Gifts
Gait Trainer (walker for small children) from Joyce Frailey, valued at $150
Two courier trips from Denver Boulder Couriers valued at $42

We are so appreciative of all of generous donors!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Imagine! Client Art Show A Big Hit

We mentioned a while back that participants in Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source art class were displaying some of their artwork at an Art Show hosted by RE/MAX Alliance in Longmont.

The show was a big hit. If you weren’t able to make it, below are some pictures of the fantastic artwork that was displayed at the show.

Our thanks to Julie Markiewicz, a realtor at RE/MAX Alliance and a mother of one of the consumers in CORE/Labor Source classes. Julie was the individual who originally contacted CORE/Labor Source to set up this wonderful opportunity and has always been a huge supporter of CORE/Labor Source.