Over four years ago Denver Rescue Mission decided to create an event that honored women who were causing ripples that impacted their communities. Some started simple and spread to the world, like Captain Emily Warner (2011 honoree) who was the first female commercial pilot. Others took on a world in need and made ripples that pointed back to Denver, like Lily Nie (2010 honoree) who set out to use her connections in China to bring a few orphans to longing parents in Denver and now has helped to connect over 9,000 forsaken Chinese orphans to their loving parents in the United States wither her Chinese Children’s Charity.
This event, Women Who Have Changed the Heart of the City, is meant to not only honor women doing amazing things, but to inspire us all to look around, right where we sit and get involved with those in need.
This year’s honorees are sure to inspire
Sue Anschutz-Rogers who took on seeing that her father’s wishes to help those who were in need, would be carried out. By taking the time to care and look deeper, she found that the needs of so many were not being met because those in the further corners of our state did not know how to access the help they needed. Sue now helps all in need have access to the resources that are available.
A mail-order bride in her family caused a disturbance in the soul of Beth Klein. She knew, even at a young age, it was not right for a woman to be bought and sold like a pair of shoes. She got her law degree and has taken on sex slavery with a vengeance, and a goal of seeing it completely wiped out! Writing laws in our country and now across the globe to make these horrendous crimes easier to prosecute, she is changing the world!
Diane Van Deren developed epileptic seizures during her pregnancy, which increased over the next 12 years to a point where she was seizing up to 10 times a day as she tried to care for her young children. After undergoing a risky brain surgery to hopefully stop or at least slow the seizures, Diane started running when she realized the physical activity would stave off the feelings of an oncoming seizure. Her two-mile run, turned into 100, 300 and most recently, she completed a 1,000-mile journey in 20 days. Proving to herself, and to others battling with epilepsy or any other disability, that you really can outrun your problems.
Keri Christiansen was living her dream life as a well-known and accomplished talent agent here in Denver, Colorado. Because her family had been touched by breast-cancer scares in the past, Keri and her sister, channel 9 anchor, Kim Christiansen, spread the message of Buddy Check 9, encouraging women to get regular breast exams. Irony struck hard when Keri discovered she had breast cancer herself. Instead of seeing the diagnoses as a defeat, she took it on as a challenge and a pivotal point to make big changes in her own life. Moving into the non-profit world Keri is now developing talent and raising awareness at The Denver Hospice.
What challenge or opportunity are you facing today? Will you sit back and wait for someone else to do something or will you reach out and stir the waters right where you are?
Join us on September 14, 2012 and meet these incredible women and many more. Register here: https://www.blacktie-colorado.com/calendar/event-detail.cfm?id=23686.
BIO: Gina Schreck has been on the Committee for the Women Who have Changed the Heart of the City event for all four years and loves getting to meet and be inspired by these amazing women! She is the president and co-founder of SynapseConnecting, an interactive technology and social media management company. Find her on Twitter @GinaSchreck.