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An Evening with William Matthews brings in big chunk for CAE Capital Campaign

Written by Linda Kirkpatrick on .

The RiNo District of Denver – near I-25 and I-70, known for its artists' studios, architectural firms and creative businesses – was the scene for the latest fundraising effort for the new Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE) on Saturday, June 18th, 2016.  The studio of William Matthews, who called Evergreen home for more than two decades starting in 1972, opened its doors to supporters of CAE.  

The ongoing Capital Campaign to pay for the refurbishing of the former Bergen Park Church experienced a significant boost.  Although there were a handful of silent auction items, host Greg Dobbs took sealed bids for those wanting to purchase the original painting of a Colorado skyline by Matthews. The purchaser – Gay Leonard – generously donated it to CAE for its permanent collection.

Most of the giving was pretty straight-forward.  Dobbs explained needs such as easels and stools, bathrooms and lighting.  But then it got exciting.


Evergreen Newspapers holding an open forum

Written by Kristen Witt on .

If you’ve always wanted to let the Publisher and Editor of your local paper know your opinions, now is your chance.

On Wednesday, June 22nd, beginning at 4 pm at The Wild Game Evergreen Newspapers Publisher, Tim Zeman and Editor Doug Bell will be hosting an open forum so you can voice your opinions and ideas directly to them.

There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of The Wild Game, and a cash bar.

For more information, call Kristin Witt, Advertising Director, at 303.350.1049.


Meet Jim Kreider

Written by Anne Vickstrom on .

You know that you’re sitting across from a good man when you learn that even though Jim Kreider moved from New Jersey to Colorado with his family when he was one and a half years old, he doesn’t call himself a native. That’s integrity.

Jim grew up in the heart of Denver, graduating from East High School.

With a work background in accounting, Jim spent a good portion of his career as treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager of Athalon, a sports gear company. “We started from zero and created a $25 million dollar company,” he says with a humble smile. Athalon took off during the 14 years Jim was there. “We originally made products for the ski industry but then expanded into luggage.” Today you can find the luggage under the name of Eddie Bauer.

Jim shows his pride when he recalls that Athalon “employed 60 sewers in Denver.” Due to cost constraints, they had to make “one of the most disheartening decisions” to move the sewing away from Denver. “You can’t stay competitive.” The look on his face was proof that he still regrets having to make the move.