Kudos! – February 22, 2013

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Diabetes center celebrates

The Diabetes Community Center of Colorado Springs is celebrating its fourth anniversary. The center was founded by Andrea Houk, now executive director, along with a fellow diabetes expert. The DCC is a nonprofit organization with the mission to transform the lives of those touched by diabetes through education and support. The center offers individual life coaching, group nutrition classes, insulin-pump training, continuous glucose monitor training, pre-diabetes consultations, diabetes awareness workshops, Type 1 support groups, as well as community outreach partnerships to help educate and provide resources.

The DCC named its 2013 board of directors: Jesse Spaeth, Cañon National Bank, chairman; Julie Linley, Aeroflex Colorado Springs, secretary; and Cinda Tilstra, Checks Unlimited, treasurer. Additional board members are Megan Fry, Travelers; Lani Gendron, Warrior Support Center; Jil Goebel, Origin Communications; Amanda Hilsabeck, Fox 21 News; and Lisa Keith, family nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator, Mountain View Medical Group.

Sportsmen raise $30,000 for community charities

The 11th Annual Service Club Shootout, an upland bird hunt for charity, raised $30,000 through sponsorships, donations and hunting fees from 135 area sportsmen for the Suicide Prevention Partnership, Rotary Community Projects and Partners in Housing.

This annual fundraising effort is a project of Pikes Peak Community Foundation in partnership with East Colorado Springs Rotary Club and Rocky Mountain Sertoma Club and has contributed more than $315,000 to local community projects in the past 11 years.

Jane Ard-Smith wins League of Women Voters award

The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region has recognized environmental advocate and community organizer Jane Ard-Smith with the League’s seventh annual Making Democracy Work Award.

The award honors an individual for her hands-on work in the community, making it a strong and vibrant place to live.

Ard-Smith has a history of organizing and bringing together diverse interests to come up with common goals. A founder of the Green Cities Coalition, she served on the coalition’s steering committee, bringing together business, organizations, government and individuals to find solutions to environmental problems. An attorney for LexisNexis, Ard-Smith has served as chair of the local Sierra Club group since 2005. She recently joined a community-based ad hoc committee developed to pursue clear, fair municipal campaign finance code; their efforts proved successful in late 2012.

Colorado Gives Day winners named

Four Colorado Gives Day 2012 nonprofit participants were randomly selected to receive $10,000 each in luck-of-the-draw cash prizes, including the Fostering Hope Foundation in the Springs.

The other winners were Boulder History Museum, Clothes to Kids of Denver, Inc. and Colorado Youth for a Change in Denver.

The prizes are courtesy of FirstBank.