Re: [Creative-Connections-Denver] Friendly Reminder. Mark your calendar (This Friday – Cloud Computing!) This should be an excellent presentation!

From: Donna L. Vander B.
Sent on: Thursday, August 18, 2011 2:04 PM
Hey Steve,
I have been hired by ACTS Resource Center to Design, Plan, and Manage their upcoming Fund Raisers.A.C.T.S = A Community Taking a Stand against Hunger, Poverty, and Homelessness and is located at 2450 N. Clay Street Denver, CO. Denver ACTS serves over 10,000 people per month through their food bank and soup kitchen through the generous support of grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, and food drives. Where they struggle is in paying their monthly $6K rent / utility bills. Recently, they were 4 months behind in rent and were facing eviction, before a generous donor came in to help; therefore, the urgent need for Fund Raising to keep them afloat.
The first Fund Raiser is the “Denver ACTS Benefit Concert featuring the Jen Chapin Trio” scheduled for October 9 at The Newman Center on the University of Denver campus. As you may or may not know, Jen Chapin is the daughter of the late Harry Chapin who wrote and sang "Cats in the Cradle", and also had a role on the TV show "Taxi". Jen is carrying on her father's legacy as the Secretary of Why Hunger and will be speaking briefly about it at the concert, along with Nancy Roble Hortman, Executive Director for ACTS Resource Center. There are Sponsorship Opportunities available ranging from $100 - $10,000, Ticket Sales ranging from $25 - $200 with Pre-Sales going on now through [address removed], and of course the opportunity for In Kind Donations and Food Drives to raise money for ACTS before the Event.
In addition, I am also Designing, Planning and Managing the "ACTS of Generosity Gala" on November 4, where there are opportunities for Sponsorship, Silent Auction Item Donations, and Non-Perishable Food Drives. This event was designed prior to the Holiday Season, so guests can get a jump on their shopping while benefiting a very worthy cause. There will be simultaneous silent and on-line auctions, as well as a live auction of 5 - 10 large ticket packages. Celebrity Waiter and Waitresses will serve food to a table of 10 guests and donating their tips to ACTS. Tickets are $150 per person - limited to 250 people and are on sale now through Sponsorship levels range from $25 - $5000.
ACTS would love your support so that they can continue their outreach program to the Denver and surrounding communities. If you have questions about Sponsorship, Tickets, How to Start a Mini Fund Raiser / Food Drive at your Business, or would like to donate Money, Computers, or a Vehicle to ACTS, please give me a call! I am attaching the Event Flyers, Sponsorship Levels and Ticket Prices for your careful review. I hope you are willing to participate at any one of the levels listed!
Thank You!
Donna L. Vander Baan, President
Events, by Donna
Special Events, Corporate Meetings, Fund Raisers and Golf Tournaments
5910 S. University Blvd. #C-18
Greenwood Village, CO  80121


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From: Steve Stone <[address removed]>
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Subject: [Creative-Connections-Denver] Friendly Reminder. Mark your calendar (This Friday – Cloud Computing!) This should be an excellent presentation!

Friendly Reminder. Mark Your Calendar (This Friday - See below). This should be an excellent presentation!  
Cloud Computing is being mentioned in all the trade journals these days & is the latest technology that you should understand.  But what is it?
Come join us for a FREE Panel Presentation: "What is the Cloud?"

Some technology gurus insist that "The term 'Cloud Computing' is a marketing buzzword with no clear meaning.  It is used for a range of different activities whose only common characteristic is that they use the Internet for something beyond transmitting files... The term is a nexus of confusion.  If you base your thinking on it, your thinking will be vague."

Indeed, Oracle's controversial CEO Larry Ellison insists that "I can't think of anything that isn't Cloud Computing with all of these announcements.  The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion.  Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about.  What is it?  It's complete gibberish. It's insane.  When is this idiocy going to stop?"  Richard Stallman calls it "A trap, worse than stupidity."

Compounded by terms such as "virtual", "scalable", "peer-to-peer", "client-server" and just plain old "There's an app for that!", it's no wonder that folks are confused about "What's in the Cloud."

We'll try to fix this: Please join technology practitioners and creatives John Sarazen, Richard Oppenheim and Lorin Ricker for a panel presentation on "What is the Cloud, Exactly?...and Why Do I Care?" -- At the next Creative Connections meeting, at 9:00am on Friday, August 19th.

John, Richard and Lorin will demystify "the Cloud" and "cloud computing," with a bit of history, lots of humor, down-to-earth, non-technical explanations, and plenty of practical examples.  Your take-away will be clarity and understanding of what this controversial technology trend actually is, and how it will figure into your creative and professional life and be of benefit to you.

Join us for the next
Creative Connections, Friday, August 19th 2011, 9:00am, at the Colorado Community Church, 3651 S. Colorado Blvd, Denver ( ).

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