The second annual Will Rogers Gala was a spirited celebration attended by some 350 guests at the Antlers Hilton hotel on Friday, February 22. The success of the event was accomplished by numerous volunteers working in a collaborative and cooperative effort to provide guests with an evening to remember.
Three co-chairs, Kathleen Ricker, Christy LeLait, and Harriet Tuckman guided the work of some 56 gala volunteers, listed below. Their combined efforts organized two auctions, donors, program, speakers, invitations, announcements, dinner reservations, hotel arrangements, food selection, decorations, and more.
A number of team members solicited silent auction prizes, inventoried the items, prepared bid sheets, decorated the tables, notified winners and helped them check out. Experienced volunteers suggested creative ways to add interest and entertainment value to the auction prizes such as the story telling experience hosted by Warren Epstein and Sharon Friedman. Other volunteers provided guests with artistic caricatures and photos with Obama.
Nevertheless, the evening was not without some problems and bottlenecks; the check out team was prematurely swamped by winning bidders, however, the team managed to rise to the challenge. Some volunteers were so busy they worked the entire evening, missed the dinner, and were unable to enjoy the program and speakers.
For their amazing talents, we honor these gala volunteers for their extraordinary performance and dedication to promote the event of the year. The gala team includes Kathleen Ricker, Christy LeLait, Harriet Tuckman, Regina Andrews, Deborah George, Virginia Carlson, Leslie Raith, Janie Berkbigler, Linda Dyer, Rata Clarke, Polly Ogden, Kathy Lambert, Maureen Johnson, Sue Wilson, Nancy Bernard, Jessica Scarcella, Lynne Zuluaga, Pepper Beasley, Tracy DuCharme, Annie Schmidt, Judi Ingelido, Michelle Maksimowicz, Kady Hommel, Gary Tuckman, Kathy Kleinsmith, James Howald, Jackie Burhans, Tracey Rivers, Gloria Lanyon, Emily Ulrich, and Nancy Wilson.
And lest we forget, the job of selling gala tickets, soliciting supporters for donations, and making those phone calls is the task of table captains. These fearless warriors include; Kathleen Ricker, Christy LeLait, Linda Dyer, Harriet Tuckman, Regina Andrews, Michelle Maksimowicz, Mary Ellen McNally, Joe Morgan, Gerry Olvey, Genie Blume, Kady Hommel & Dave Anderson, Virginia Carlson & Nancy Maday, Chuck Murphy, Pete Lee, Jan Tanner & Karen Teja, Joe Barrera, Judi Ingelido, Al Metzger & Esther Beynon, And Norm Thom.
The Central Committee Meeting was held February 2 at the Plumbers & Pipefitters Apprentice Hall.
The main order of business was the election of new party officers. Officers for each of the House Districts, Senate Districts and County Commission Districts were also elected. These officers will serve two year terms.
The party officers elected were:
Party Chair: Kathleen Ricker
1st Vice Chair: Micheale Duncan
2nd Vice Chair: Natalie Long
Treasurer: James Howald
Secretary: Tracey Rivers Wright
All five officers ran unopposed.
Two resolutions were presented by Lionel Washington.
Please come and welcome the Party’s newly elected officers and say thanks to those who worked so hard in the previous two years. There will be an installation of the newly elected officers Thursday, Feb.14, from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Southside Johnny’s, 528 S. Tejon. Light appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar.
Have questions about this meeting? Please contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Guests were:
Senator Michael Bennet
Cary Kennedy, Denver Deputy Mayor–Keynote Speaker
Lt. Governor Joe Garcia
State Senate President John Morse
Representative Tony Exum (House District 17)
Representative Pete Lee (House District 18)
State Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio
Master of Ceremonies: John Register
Auctioneer: Mark Brown
The Peak Dem office will be open Monday – Thursday 11am – 5pm (or by appointment).
The office will be closed for the winter holiday celebrations from Dec. 21st and reopening on Monday, Jan 7th.
We will be available via email during this time: email@example.com
There’s something new happening in Colorado Springs for Democrats and our friends:
In celebration of a successful campaign season and a thank you for all of your hard work, we will be providing appetizers at the December gathering. Also – don’t miss the drawing for a FORWARD 2012 T-Shirt. Please RSVP so we can make sure to have enough food: 719-473-8713
Thursday, Dec. 13th
5pm – 7:30pm
Southside Johnny’s 528 S. Tejon
Everyone is invited!
Thank you for all your help to get Tony this close to winning.
HANG IN THERE WITH US!
Only 12 days until Election Day
The opposition is out there in frenzy, with negative mailers etc…
The GOP is starting to put push polls against our candidate into the field. Please be on the alert and let us know ASAP if you hear of one.
This is a very close race; your help will make a difference!
How you can help:
1. Vote, and make sure all friends and neighbors who support Tony Early Vote at the Citadel Mall or turn in the mail in ballot now.
2. Make GOTV calls to Democrats at Peak Dem office any time from 10am to 8pm M-Th, Noon to 6pm Friday & Saturday, Sunday 1 to 4pm
3. Help with ballot chasing, by being a driver, or being a door knocker.
Volunteer Election Day:
1. Be a Official poll watchers: check on the people who have voted and call in the list to Karen
2. Make calls to our voters who have not voted
3. Ballot chase: go to the homes of people who have not voted and leave a note on the door as a reminder to vote
4. Help put out yard signs at 6:30am around your precinct polling location
If you don’t have the time, you can make a donation on line at www.tonyexum.com
To volunteer or for more information
contact Karen 232-3429 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Vote for Doskor Hanchett, Jr. for County Commissioner District 4 and vote “Yes” on “Ballot Issue 1B” to repeal the deceptive “2010 Term Limit Ordnance”.
Hello fellow Democrat,
As you probably are aware, Doskor Hanchett, Jr. is running for County Commissioner District 4. But running a political campaign is costly, and we depend on the financial help of loyal supporters like you to keep moving toward victory.
That’s why I’d like to ask you to give a small amount to the candidacy of Doskor Hanchett, Jr. Your money will help pay for campaign debt that has been accumulated and expenses that will be realized in order to win this election. By becoming a supporter, you can become an even more important part of the political process.
Please click the following link to make your contribution: www.ElectDoskorHanchettJr.com, or mail them to
Committee to Elect Doskor Hanchett Jr,
P.O. Box 17031
Colorado Springs, CO 80935.
Mail-in ballots went out on Monday, Oct. 15th – you should have received it by Friday. If not, call the elections department 575-VOTE
Early voting starts on Monday, October 22nd.
Yard signs have arrived! Our friends at the Colorado Springs Professional Fire Fighters Association have started to deliver our yard signs, so you should see them springing up all over town pretty soon. If you just can’t wait, please pick one up at the Peak Dems headquarters, 18 E. Rio Grande. But get them soon – they are going fast.
Many folks have asked about debates and forums – there will be several opportunities to hear from the candidates in October. We’ll have more information as they get closer, but if you want to mark your calendars now, here are a few:
October 18, 5:30 PM, The Resource Exchange Candidate Town Hall
Got Walking Shoes?
Put Them to Work for Pete Lee!
If you would like to sign up to walk with Pete, please send me an email or give me a call and I’d be happy to schedule you.