Immigrant Pathways Colorado is completely community-supported. Fundraising events have included international tastings of food, wine and beer, silent auctions, an e-recycling event, restaurant nights, grant applications and end-of-year letters.
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Marvelous Time at the August 23 Taco Bar Fundraiser
Rain was threatening – but Immigrant Pathways Colorado had our very own weatherman present, and he promised us no more than a sprinkle.
Sure enough, IPC’s taco bar and silent auction fundraiser the evening of August 24, 2016, went off with nary a hitch at Platte River Bar & Grill on South Santa Fe Boulevard.
Dave Aguilera, Channel 4 weatherman, who graciously volunteered to be our emcee for the evening, provided delightful entertainment along with the beautifully upbeat band, Brighten Star.
Board members all pitched in to make the evening a success, but special thanks is due to Amy Conklin and Michele Wolf for their extraordinary work in gathering amazing silent auction items. (One special item, a patio fireplace, was finally purchased in a very funny last-minute bidding frenzy between two guests, who laughingly bid each other up time after time for a great charitable cause.)
The food was great, as one would expect at Platte River Bar & Grill. Both the food and band were provided by Pancho (Frank Redman), manager of the long-time favorite Littleton hangout. His terrific support was central to making the evening a success. Next time you’re there, ask for Pancho and thank him for supporting Immigrant Pathways Colorado!
A shout-out also to the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated items to the auction. They include:
- African Eyes Travel
- Arapahoe Community College
- Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
- Autawash Carwash and Detail Center
- Café Terracotta
- Canvas and Cocktails
- Chocolate Therapist
- C.J. Culllinan
- Colorado Avalanche
- Colorado Railroad Museum
- Colorado Symphony
- Comedy Works
- Denver Aquarium
- Denver Art Museum
- Denver Film Society
- Denver Zoo
- Dinosaur Ridge
- Hacienda Colorado
- Jazz Car Wash and Detailing
- Kroenke Sports Enterprises
- Kwik Car Wash
- Lehrer’s Fireplace and Patio
- LiDo Wines
- Karen Martin
- Mellow Mushroom
- Nancy Rupert
- Romano’s Italian Restaurant
- Saj Mediterranean Grill
- The Sebastian, Vail
- Smokin Fins
- South Suburban Park & Recreation District
- Town Hall Arts Center
- Village Roaster
- Whole Foods Market – Southglenn
- Wild Ginger
- Marylin Withers – World of Dance
- Rebecca Yarbrough
Thanks to each of these merchants, individuals and organizations for their support!
LI3 Changes its Name at a Donor Appreciation Luncheon
The Donor Appreciation Luncheon held by the Littleton Immigrant Integration Initiative (LI3) on April 21 was deemed by all to be a great success. The free luncheon, held to thank those who have supported the initiative since its inception in 2009, was “sold out,” with 70 reservations.
During the luncheon, Chair Susan Thornton described the evolution of the LI3 from an initiative focused just on Littleton to one that is helping documented, low-income immigrants and refugees from around the world and across the metro area with “self-development” grants designed to raise the standard of living of the immigrant family and make them feel more a part of the community.
To reflect its broader, more inclusive vision, Ms. Thornton announced that the initiative was changing its name to Immigrant Pathways Colorado.
The keynote speaker at the luncheon was Helen Thorpe, who described the six years she followed four Mexican-American high school girls in Denver before writing “Just Like Us: Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America.” This very moving documentary follows the girls, all very bright and high achievers, as they approach the end of their high school years and seek to go to college. Two of the girls are documented, and two were brought without documents to the U.S. as young children by their parents, thus severely limiting their ability to fully participate in the American dream.
Ms. Thorpe’s second book, Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, followed three women soldiers as they returned from deployment in Afghanistan. The book is being made into an HBO documentary. To watch a video of Ms. Thorpe’s presentation, click here.
“I am very grateful for the grant as it is a big help to obtain my DACA. This is important to because this is my opportunity to finish what I started. I am/will be able to finish my career. It is a nursing career. I love to help people and being bilingual this will give me a bigger opportunity to help out in a better way. Thank you so much for helping me on my way to a better life.” ~ Olivia from Mexico, a nursing student who was brought by her parents to the U.S. without documents as a child
THANK YOU TO OUR GOLD SPONSORS
THANK YOU TO OUR SILVER SPONSOR
Helen K. Amter, In Memorium