Do at the Zoo celebrates 25 years with Under a Blood Red Sky this June

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Under a Blood Red Sky re-creates the U2 experience at Do At The Zoo 2014.
The Denver Zoo has nearly 4,000 mouths to feed every day of the year, and that adds up to a hell of a grocery bill. But events like the annual Do t the Zoo gala help a lot toward filling zoo coffers. And this year's Do on June 19 -- the gala's 25th anniversary celebration -- will go extra-big to raise funds for day-to-day upkeep by bringing in popular U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky to re-create the U2 experience on the Conoco Zoo Gardens stage.

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Help make prom night spectacular for the students of Florence Crittenton Services

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Courtesy of Florence Crittenton Services.
Students enjoying 2013 prom.
The everyday experience of high school can be stressful enough; juggling parental responsibilities along with school work can be especially tough. Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado is a nonprofit early learning center that gives teen moms the support they need to succeed as students and mothers. This Saturday, April 12, the school will be holding its third annual prom -- and it's asking the community to help make it happen.

See also: Get your fantasy dress for prom for just $10 at this weekend's Prom Dress Exchange

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Photos: A close shave for the bald and the beautiful at Saturday's St. Baldrick's event

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The brave souls who gathered Saturday at Lincoln's Road House knew what they were in for when they sat in the barber's chair: their heads shaved smooth as hard-boiled eggs, all in the name of charity. Good thing there was beer nearby....

Following is one woman's transformation for the St. Baldrick's Foundation's childhood cancer research, as documented by photographer Brandon Marshall.

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Photos: Cocktails and prom gowns at the LUPEC Sweetheart Prom

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LUPEC, aka Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, tend to get tipsy together, though often in the name of charity. On Saturday night, the girls (and their dashing dates) dressed to the nines, tattoos and all, in vintage prom wear, corsages and big smiles for the Sweetheart Prom, a well-tailored benefit for the Prom Dress Exchange. Here's one sweep around the dance floor, caught for posterity by photographer Ken Hamblin.

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Help spread the WordLove: A motivational tour gains steam in Denver

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Brandi Shigley and Sahar Pazirandeh first met on a dance floor at Dazzle -- they liked each other's moves, Shigley says, and that started a friendship that was fed by their shared fervor for entrepreneurship and positive consciousness-raising. Meanwhile, Shigley -- a member of the first class of Westword MasterMinds -- continued to build her Fashion Denver business and, more recently, her Do What You Love, Love What You Do workshops, while Pazirandeh, an Iranian émigré who'd spent a locked-down childhood under fundamentalist rule, worked to create her Free Your Star Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to matching teens with jobs in the fashion industry for school credit.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Sahar Pazirandeh


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Wells Fargo Ski Cup showcases paralympic athletes this weekend at Winter Park

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Serving more than 3,000 amateur and professional athletes a year, Colorado's National Sports Center for the Disabled has been working with people with disabilities since 1970. Starting as a place for children with amputations to take ski lessons, the NSCD has grown into a training facility for some of the world's top Paralympic athletes. And this weekend, Winter Park host the 39th annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, the organization's signature fundraiser and a showcase for these winter sports experts.

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Valentine's Day Prom will party for a good cause: Sprout City Farms

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Channel your inner eighteen-year-old this Saturday night at the fourteenth annual Valentine's Day Prom hosted by the Secret Agents of Change. The groups mission is "to host fun events that raise awareness and introduce young people to philanthropy," and the prom definitely qualifies. From its humble start in a freshman dorm at the University of Dayton, it's moved from location to location, landing in Denver in 2010. But no matter where the prom is held, it chooses a non-profit to benefit from the proceeds of the event.

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Have a heart at CHAC's Milagros del Corazón silent auction

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Tony Ortega, Chicano Gothic.
The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council invites you to to show some Valentine's love for its cultural outreach programs at the fifteenth annual Milagros del Corazón benefit on Friday, January 31. This is CHAC's biggest fundraiser of the year; artists and friends of the group decorate hundreds of blank wooden hearts for the silent auction.

All photos courtesy of CHAC.

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Local philanthropist Alan Frosh is making thirty years matter

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As my friends and I approach and then swiftly pass the thirty-year mark, I must admit that all of those overused phrases like "dirty thirty" and "flirty thirty" are more troublesome to my poor ears than the horrible, cacophonous symphony my children have been creating with leftover holiday cookie tins and dirty forks pulled from the dishwasher. But fifth-generation Coloradan Alan Frosh has come up with a new rhyme for that three-decade milestone, one I actually like hearing.

Charity Thirty: That's what Frosh has decided to dub the project leading up to his thirtieth birthday on February 1.

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Photos: Sounds on 29th's Live Gong Show at 3 Kings Tavern

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Channel 12's Sounds on 29th series brings local sounds to the airwaves, but without much of a budget, fundraising is a must to keep the Denver music showcase alive. To that end, Sounds hosted a benefit based on The Gong Show, the famed Chuck Barris game show of the '70s, last Thursday night at 3 Kings Tavern. While contestants took their chances onstage, photographer Brandon Marshall caught the action. Keep reading to see the slide-show preview.

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