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Archive for month: July, 2021
On Monday, January 27, 2020 we welcomed award winning novelist and Poet, Michael Ondaatje to The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series. The author of the classic, bestselling novel “The English Patient” and most recently of “Warlight,” talked about how he has used his personal life and surroundings to create some deep characters and intricate settings in his novels.
At each lecture, we are proud to recognize and present a grant to a nonprofit agency focused on literacy and education and on Monday, we welcomed Anchor Center for Blind Children, where literacy opens up a whole new world of discovery and is a central component of their early childhood education and therapeutic programming, including braille, assistive technology, and the nationally accredited “Expanded Core Curriculum” for young students with visual impairments and additional disabilities.
Michael Ondaatje joined us backstage to present their grant seen here, in the center of the photo with (from left to right): from The Denver Post Community Foundation, Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager; from Anchor Center for Blind Children: Sarah Rice, volunteer program and administrative services manager; Molly Jenkins, grants and proposal development manager; Savannah Wippel, director of development and community relations; and Frances Owens, community relations manager; and from The Denver Post Community Foundation, Tracy Ulmer, president and CEO
Thanks to the kindness of our 4,600 donors in this incredibly challenging year, a generous matching grant from Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation, the partnership from MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, and a large gift from an anonymous donor – $1,770,000 will support 52 local nonprofit agencies working to nourish those who experience hunger, house those in need of a permanent home, prepare children and youth for success in the classroom and in life and protect children and families in need with medical care. Click here to see a full list of the 2020/21 grantees.
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On Monday, November 18, 2019, We had the pleasure of welcoming Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Andrew Sean Greer to The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series. Prior to Andrew’s lecture, he joined us backstage to present a monetary contribution to Stories on Stage, a nonprofit that brings stories to life. Through entertaining stage performances of literature, they encourage and enhance literacy and the love of reading.
Pictured from left to right are: Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager of The Denver Post Community Foundation; Andrew Sean Greer, award-winning author; from Stories on Stage are Abbe Stutsman, executive director, Anthony Powell, artistic director, and Theresa Keatinge, board president; and Tracy Ulmer, president and ceo of The Denver Post Community Foundation.
On Monday, September 23, 2019 we kicked off the 16th season of The Denver Post Pen & Podium Literary Author Series with the 2 time National Book Award winner, Jesmyn Ward. During her lecture, Jesmyn shared deep moments from her past and why she was drawn to write. It was a moving and powerful presentation. The evening began with her helping us present a check backstage to our charity partner, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a nonprofit organization that works so hard to support writers and readers of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels to achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings. Ms. Ward then said hello to our Pen & Podium sponsor, Northwestern Mutual’s guests and subscriber guests in a backstage VIP kickoff reception prior to her taking the stage.
Pictured from left to right are: Stacy Schafer, communications and grants manager of The Denver Post Community Foundation; Laurie Wagner, development director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop; Jesmyn Ward, award winning author; and Tracy Ulmer, president and CEO of The Denver Post Community Foundation.