Tony Bennett, the preeminent singer’s singer, gifts audiences with the smoothness of his showmanship and golden voice, crooning the tunes that epitomized American music in a very special evening at the historic Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Effortlessly charming the pantaloons off the greatest generation, melting the scowls of the MTV generation, and filling the coldly logical robot generation with joy, Tony will smile-sing through his canon of dependable torch songs and big-band swingers. Tony’s musical magic has endured for more than half a century due to his graceful voice and boyish manner. Floating with Tony on this enchanting night, daughter Antonia Bennett joins her papa for swooping duets, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the larynx.
Art from Ashes (AfA) promotes artistic expression among youth in the care of human services and homeless shelters as well as those dealing with abuse and poverty. Working with local organizations, AfA sponsors poetry and theater workshops for youth aged 8–24, prompting them to tap into their imaginations and create art that reflects their inner strength and the issues they have overcome. The organization’s Phoenix Rising poetry-and-spoken-word program uses words to encourage inner development and help young people connect with their communities, and its Casting Shadows theater-and-play program helps youth express their feelings in a healthy way through dramatic performance. These programs are designed to provide ongoing tools for artistic expression and engage youth in the social sphere, encouraging them to facilitate change in their communities.
The matchmakers of Monday at 8 take the guesswork out of dating, setting up clients whose personalities and interests align on a deeper level. Inspired by online dating but struck by the impersonality of the practice, Monday at 8 founder and matchmaker Ross Taraborelli began his company in 2011 to connect singles in the Denver area. His services take into account clients' schedules, ensuring that even the busiest of people can strike a match, and his dating candidates are all screened beforehand. In addition to dating packages that include a specific number of guaranteed dates per year, Ross and his staff host regular speed-dating events for various age groups that let people meet lots of new faces in a short amount of time.
While running a veterinary practice in 1988, Dr. Bill Suro and his wife, Nanci, became aware of a problem: What happens to homeless animals in need of medical care? Because there was no publicly funded hospital to care for these animals, they were often sent to animal control to be euthanized. The Suros knew there had to be a better solution. Then one day, they got their answer. Dr. Suro was contacted about a homeless dog that had been hit by a car and had multiple injuries. The dog needed expensive orthopedic surgery but was facing euthanasia because of the cost. Dr. Suro's hospital claimed the dog, which his staff named Max, and raised more than enough money to cover his medical care. With leftover funds at their disposal, the Suros began helping other homeless animals in need, and MaxFund was born.
Since then, MaxFund Animal Adoption Center has saved the lives of more than 25,000 stray and injured cats and dogs. The no-kill shelter also spays or neuters homeless animals to prevent overpopulation and helps them find loving, permanent homes.
Since it was founding in 2008, Veterans Green Jobs has supported more than 500 veterans by helping them in their transition from the battlefield to the US labor force. The organization connects veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that help their communities and the environment flourish. Through one-on-one career counseling, job training, and transitional services, it shepherds veterans into the environmentally conscious economic sector, focusing on jobs in areas such as energy conservation, green construction, and sustainable agriculture.
From the time she was little, Gina Burg has been happily snapping pictures. As she grew, her photophilia led to a career in graphic design, which she now juggles on a freelance basis with her passion for photography. During on-location photo shoots, Gina captures heartfelt moments between family members. Then, back at her studio, she uses her design talents to turn them into professional-quality holiday cards.