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From Rodger Hara on the CUSP of CHANGE of seasons and seasoning

October 13, 2015

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From Rodger Hara

 “{on the CUSP of CHANGE of seasons and seasoning}” editorial comment

Donald R. Seawell was the most remarkable, interesting and fully developed
person I have ever met.  Many are called great but he truly was.  He was
born in Jonesboro Heights, North Carolina on August 1, 1912 and died in
Denver on September 30, 2015.

Some of you know that I am involved with the Denver Center for the
Performing Arts through serving on committees and giving tours at the
Performing Arts Complex.  For two years, I was a member of the Chairman’s
Council, saw him regularly and was fortunate enough to have been able to
have spent a few afternoons with him talking about his incredible life.

The article from the Denver Post
) provides the highlights of his life; there

are fascinating details that didn’t get told.  He was married to an actress
and poet named Eugenia Rawls.  He told me the story of how he saw her one
day walking across the campus of the University of North Carolina where they
were both students and knew that she was the one for him.  In his soft
southern drawl, he spoke of how he walked up to her, bowed and told her that
she would someday be his wife.  He said that she laughed and dismissed him
but he never forgot and they married in 1941.  Between that time and his
graduation from law school, he had worked in the administration of President
Herbert Hoover and was involved in crafting the legislation that created the
Securities and Exchange Commission.

When the U.S. entered the Second World War, he joined the Army and was on
General Eisenhower’s staff in England doing intelligence work.  He made
three parachute drops behind enemy lines on intelligence gathering missions
and was in France when Paris was liberated.  He rode into Paris a Jeep with
Ernest Hemingway that Papa had “borrowed”.  (When the Denver Center Theatre
Company was formed, he donated his old uniform to the costume department.
Sometimes you see pieces of it on stage – look for them the next time “White
Christmas” is performed at the Buell.)

After the war, his wife was on Broadway and there he met Helen Bonfils,
daughter of Frederick Bonfils who had been owner, editor and publisher of
the Denver Post.  The blood bank in Aurora is named for Miss Helen’s late
mother, Belle.  It was through the New York connection that Mr. Seawell came
to Denver and created the magnificent performing arts complex in which a
ballroom bears his name. He was very involved with the site plan for the
complex and intimately involved with the design of the theatres in the
Bonfils Complex.  He had mockups of them built on sound stages in Southern
California to make sure that each of them worked.  Without his vision,
imagination and energy, the performing arts complex would not be the second
largest entertainment venue in the world (Lincoln Center in New York City is
the largest).

The article mentions the play “Tantalus” but doesn’t say that it was the
U.S. entry into the Millennium Play Festival in London in 2000.  It also
doesn’t note that he designed the logo of the Denver Center for the
Performing Arts or that he had every tie he wore monogrammed with that logo.
picture above shows him under the Galleria of the

complex wearing a double-breasted suit – he was always dressed like that.
Tailored suits and shirts with white collars and white French cuffs
(monogrammed with his initials, of course) and tasteful cuff links.  He was
still coming to the office he kept at the complex almost daily up to a few
weeks before he died, working on his memoirs.  I hope he finished them.


Vicky Campbell has retired from Senior Housing Options after 23 years.  Kim
Hussey has taken her place as Director of Accounting.

Joe Brill is now at Acre Capital, a HUD Map lender.  His new contact info is



3945 Oneida Street

Denver, CO  80207

303.881.7334 cell <>

Charlotte O’Donnell has moved from CHAC to the Denver Housing Authority –
she starts tomorrow so no new contact info yet.

A nice note and a job announcement from Paul Andrus in Northern New Mexico:

Greetings from Northern New Mexico!  Hope you’re doing well.  I’m grateful
to continue receiving your updates from the front-range affordable housing
and community development world – it really makes me feel connected to
what’s going on.

I’ve attached a job recruitment from the Northern Regional Housing Authority
for the Executive Director position that I hope you may be able to attach to
your next ‘broadcast’.  The recruitment brochure gives a good background of
the organization, which is headquartered in Taos, as well as the overall
needs for the position itself.  Prospective candidates can also go to the
website to learn more:

We’re fortunate to have a very strong and dedicated board (I represent Los
Alamos County) which, with the right leadership from the Executive Director,
can take this organization into the next phase – which could likely involve
further consolidation of the smaller PHAs in the region.

Any help in spreading the word for us is truly appreciated.  I’m hoping that
there might be someone in Colorado who wants to take on a great leadership
opportunity and also get to live the beautiful Taos area.



Also attached is a vacancy announcement for a Sr. Consultant at S.B. Clark

Finally, not a housing job but one that sounds interesting with the Charter
School Facilities Initiative.

Denver’s Road Home needs volunteers: Project Homeless Connect 15 is a free
resource fair for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness
or are at-risk of becoming homeless – See “Thank You” above.


MHCLF Receives 2015 CDFI Fund Award
MHCLF has received a 2015 Financial Assistance Award of $2,000,000 from the
US Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund.  The new loan fund capital will allow
MHCLF to finance additional affordable housing, economic development, and
nonprofit community facilities projects throughout the state.

The CDFI Fund award will leverage additional investments and boosts MHCLF’s
available loan capital by over 10% to nearly $18 million.  The 2015 award is
the fourth award in six years and brings MHCLF’s total CDFI Fund awards to
over $4 million.

MHCLF was one of four Colorado CDFIs to receive an award this year and
received the maximum amount.  The other recipients are Colorado Enterprise
Fund ($2 million), Mercy Loan Fund ($1.4 million), and La Plata Homes Fund,
Inc. ($125,000).

The brochure for Novogradac’s Tax Credit Conference in Las Vegas in early
December can be found here:

Interesting article on how New Orleans is handling the homeless veteran

A pair of events not related to housing but that sound very interesting:



ARVADA CO – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will host a
special engagement, The Mitzvah Project, a one-person performance and
lecture in the Main Stage Theatre on Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 7:00
p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Mitzvah Project is a combination of theatre, history
lesson and conversation in which actor and child of a survivor, Roger
Grunwald, explores one of the most shocking aspects of the Jewish experience
during the Second World War. Through the story of Christoph Rosenberg, a
German half-Jew, the one-person drama – created with director and co-author
Annie McGreevey – reveals the surprising history of tens of thousands of
German men known as “mischlinge” – the derogatory term the Nazis used to
characterize those descended from one or two Jewish grandparents – who
served in Hitler’s army. After the lecture, Mr. Grunwald leads a discussion
with the audience. Reserved tickets range from $25 – $35 and can be
purchased by calling the Arvada Center Box Office at 720-898-7200, online at or in person at the Arvada
Center Box Office. $15 student tickets can be purchased with valid ID
directly through the box office and are not available online. The Arvada
Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all
of its patrons.

There will also be a VIP reception with Roger Grunwald in the Black Box
Theatre lobby following the presentation. The hour-long reception will begin
at approximately 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and include the play and
presentation in addition to beverages and light refreshments.  Please call
the Box Office at 720-898-7200 to purchase by phone or stop by in person.
The VIP event is not available for online purchase. Purchase deadline is
Monday, October 26. Proceeds from the reception benefit the Chabad of NW
Metro Denver and the Humanities program at the Arvada Center.

Roger Grunwald has been a professional performing artist for close to four
decades. His voice and face have been heard on and seen in commercials,
industrials, soap operas and in major studio features, as well as in
documentaries for HBO, Court Television Network, the Discovery Channel and
two independent short films. In 2016, Roger will be featured in the pilot
episode of VINYL, a new HBO series.  The pilot was directed by Martin
Scorsese who, along with Mick Jagger, executive produces the series.  VINYL
chronicles the drug and sex-fueled rock ‘n roll scene from the 1970s. Roger
is also the creator, co-writer and star of The Mitzvah Project, a
Holocaust-themed one-person drama, lecture and discussion currently touring
North America. Roger’s concept for The Mitzvah Project was inspired by, and
is in homage to, his mother who, as an Auschwitz survivor, used her wartime
experience as a tool for teaching the lessons of history to young people.
For more information go to

Christina Noble is little known in the United States, very well-known in
Ireland and even more prominent in Viet Nam and Mongolia.

She was born in the slums of Dublin, Ireland on Dec. 23, 1944.  Her mother
died when she was ten and she and her three siblings were put into separate
orphanages.  She was told (erroneously) that they had also died.  When she
was 14, she escaped from the orphanage and lived rough on the streets of
Dublin and in a dugout she made in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.  She was abused,
became pregnant and had her baby taken away from her.  She eventually made
her way to London in search of her brother.  There she married, had three
children and left the marriage after it turned abusive.  One night fourteen
years after the Viet Nam war, she had a vivid dream about children on the
streets of Viet Nam calling to her for help.  With little money but an
abundance of determination and courage, she went to Ho Chi Minh City
(formerly Saigon) to answer the call that has become her life’s work.  She
operates on the principle that “It only takes one person to make a
difference.”  That courage has led her to create orphanages in Viet Nam and
Mongolia and be honored by the Queen of England by being made an Officer of
the Order of the British Empire.  In addition, a film called “The Noble
Movie” about her remarkable story was released earlier this year in the U.S.
after having won several awards at international film festivals last year.

To meet this incredible woman and hear her story from her own lips, save the
date for a once in a lifetime chance to be in the presence of true goodness
and selflessness.  On Sunday, November 1, a fund raising event for her
foundation, the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, will be held in the
Centennial home of Donal and Lindsey Grogan.  Donal’s company, Argon
Masking, Inc., will match each donation dollar for dollar.  Donal has asked
that the Irish who attend wear their county jerseys and that the Vietnamese
and Mongolians wear traditional garb from their homelands to lend an
international flavor to the event.

The event will begin at 2 PM (the Broncos game starts at 6:30 PM that day,
so you’ll not miss the game and the final of the Rugby World Cup is the day
before).  The Grogans live at 17796 E. Jamison Ave., Centennial 80016.
Please RSVP to Donal at and call him or Lindsey at
303.868.6254 if you have any questions.

For more information about Christina’s foundation and to donate if you can’t
attend the event, go to .  To watch the trailer for the film go
to .  A map to the Grogan’s home can be found at
this link:,+Centennial,+CO+80016/



“Give My Regards to Broadway”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “That’s
Entertainment”, “Broadway Here I Come”, “There’s No Business Like Show
Business”, “One”, “Another Opening, Another Show”


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SBClark Sr Consultant Sept 2015.docx

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Charter School Facilities Initiative job description.pdf

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