Dozen’s Honored at Stapleton Foundation Healthy Living Awards Ceremony
For more than a decade, the Stapleton Foundation’s be well Health and Wellness Initiative has been at the forefront of efforts to support healthy lifestyle changes in our community. Programs generated by be well have resulted in residents being more informed about how to lead healthy lives and advocate for increased access to healthy living resources. Now in its 7th year, be well again recognized the special individuals in our community who have gone above and beyond in efforts to expand the healthy living message at this year’s be well Awards and Community Celebration.
As with previous years, civic and business leaders were on hand to lend their support. Colorado Health Foundation President and CEO Karen McNeil-Miller served as the keynote, while Councilman Christopher Herndon, State Senator Angela Williams, Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore and Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space for the City of Aurora Tom Barrett all offered healthy living comments and congratulatory remarks focused on the honorees. In all, more than 400 people attended the annual ceremony with former Denver Bronco running back Reggie Rivers again serving as the master of ceremonies.
This year, along with dozens of youth and adults receiving Block Captain Program completion certificates, new communities from the Asian Pacific Development Center and Steamboat Springs were celebrated for starting Block Captain programs. be well Block Captains are residents and community stakeholders who are “on-the-ground” to provide a trusted hand in helping their family, friends and neighbors lead healthy lives. Additional individual health advocates who were nominated and honored with recognition in specific leadership categories included:
Ann E. White - Legacy Award
Jennifer Seward - Nutrition Leadership Award
Su Baw - Community Advocate of the Year Award
Kevin McKenzie - Physical Activity Leadership Award
Kendra Collings - Preventative Care Leadership Award
Jennifer Taylor - Community Service Award
The be well Health and Wellness Initiative is currently accepting registrations for new Block Captains and is offering its latest set of free health and wellness classes at be well Centers within the Hiawatha Davis, Central Park and Martin Luther King recreation centers. Information can be found at www.bewellconnect.net or by calling 303-468-3224.
Urban League Guild Presents Scholarship To Awardees
The Urban League Guild of Metropolitan Denver (ULGMD) presented book scholarships to students of Africana Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD) on Feb. 15. The scholarships were presented at MSUD’s 34th Annual Black World Conference at St. Cajetan’s on the Auraria Campus.
This is the fifth year ULGMD has awarded these scholarships. However, this year and moving forward, the scholarship award for Africana Studies students is now the Urban League Guild of Metropolitan Denver/Dr. Lawrence H. Borom Scholarship to honor the late Dr. Borom’s legacy as an Urban League of Metropolitan Denver Board member, Africana Studies Department Professor, and renowned community leader. Dr. Borom’s widow, Betty Borom, an ULG member, was present for the scholarship presentations.
Scholarship awardees were Angela Lombard andMattye Crowley and the scholarships were presented by Terry Manns, ULG President; Delores Manns-Martin, ULG member; and Dr. Douglas Mpondi, Interim Chair, Africana Studies Department. Several ULG members were also in attendance.
ULGMD raises the funds to make these scholarships available through community events and fund-raisers. ULGMD presents the annual awards to students selected by the faculty of the MSUD Africana Studies Department for their commitment to Africana studies, academic achievement, and participation in the department.
ULGMD is an auxiliary of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver and supports the Urban League’s programs through volunteer activities and community relations.