Teresa Lee is a 9-time Kodak Award winning photographer. She was voted best photographer in Colorado Springs by the Independent in 2009 and 2010. Rarely will you see a Teresa Lee image where everyone is looking at the camera saying cheese.
Through their event promotion and community outreach, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation dedicates their time to recognizing local athletes and coaches, as well as improving lives of the region's citizens. Serving as a liaison between civic leaders and sporting organizations, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization has helped stage events that include State Games of America, U.S. Women's Open, USA Pro Challenge, and the Rocky Mountain State Games.
Admitting Colorado residents of all ages and athletic abilities, the Rocky Mountain State Games is a multi-sport festival recognized by the NCAA. Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, approximately 9,000 athletes complete across 40 venues that include Memorial Park, Colorado College and others in the Pikes Peak Region. The State Games concept was developed in New York with the 1978 Empire State Games. Today, more than 400,000 athletes each year compete in State Games nationwide, including those with physical disabilities and visual impairment. State Games feature various sports from Pan American Games programs, as well as ones with regional popularity.
Recognized by the Professional Photographers of America as a master of her craft, Mary Lynne Ashley won a second place award for her entry in Professional Photographer Magazine's 2010 cover contest. While this certified pro photographs children, families, and expectant mothers, she snatches honest smiles and inquisitive gazes from the mists of time with a hair-trigger shutter. After she adorns newborns with wreaths of flowers, headbands, hats, and tutus, Mary Lynne stealthily captures their subtle expressions as they slumber on antique chairs and barrels overflowing with fuzzy blankets. She displays her versatility by documenting these bundles of joy in the comfort of her studio, in front of scenic landscapes, or in the arms of their loving adoptive androids. In addition to photographing humans, she snaps pictures of beloved pets and imparts her knowledge of digital photography during workshops and classes.
Indulge Wine School's staff of educators, such as Kris in Jacksonville, a wine expert and blogger, expands wine knowledge with ease, having turned the revelry-steeped tassels of nearly 3,000 graduates. Classes of 12–20 take place in venues throughout the United States, as students swirl and sip their study materials and nibble complimentary appetizers. Every class ends with a Q&A session, during which potation professors shine a light on oenophilic mysteries including tannin content and regional differences. Afterward, students continue to ferment knowledge at home with a complimentary electronic copy of Indulge's book A Fun and Informative Introduction to the Wonderful World of Wine, a food-and-wine-pairing chart, and a top-10 list of wine-buying tips.
Furry Friends Inc helps keep pets healthy and clean with nutritious pet foods, stimulating toys and accessories, and onsite washing facilities. Nutrition experts consult with pet owners to determine the optimal diet for their pets, and they can recommend a variety of nutrient-rich blends made with free-range lamb and vitamin E and devoid of chemical preservatives. In addition to carrying popular holistic pet-food brands, Furry Friends also sells its own brand of healthy pet food, made in the US without any byproducts or common allergens such as wheat, corn, and soy. Owners may also wash dogs or water their Chia Puppy at the self-wash facility or pamper pets with a blueberry facial or fur butter conditioner.
Bows adorn diminutive yorkshire terriers as they await their owners, and the curious dark eyes of golden retrievers wander with happy curiosity across The Pet Pawlor. There, groomers trim, shape, and fluff fur of all types. Equipped with toothbrushes, oatmeal baths, and nail files, they can leave pups as clean and sweet-smelling as the family in the last scene of a detergent commercial. A combined two decades of experience helps the crew maintain a stress-free environment for the animals.