Circle of Friends

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The Circle of Friends is a group of Children’s Campaign ambassadors who provide financial and volunteer support for the organization and help spread the word about critical children’s issues through community events and engagement. The Circle is led by a Leadership Board of passionate and committed volunteers. Founded in 1996, the group has grown larger and stronger year by year, currently with more than 200 members. The Circle is vital to the Children’s Campaign’s public will building, education and fundraising efforts.

Each year, the Circle of Friends Leadership Board hosts various community and donor stewardship events such as dining, shopping and sporting nights, Table Talks, an Appreciation Tea and the Annual Luncheon.

Interested in learning more? There is always an open invitation! We are looking for a few good women (or men) to help broaden our reach and build community. Please contact 2018 Circle of Friends President Sharlene Keithley at or Colorado Children’s Campaign Development Director Carleigh Elkus at or at 303.620.4550 for more information.

2019 Circle of Friends Leadership Board

Shannon Bell
Monica Denler
Marin Hamilton
Heather Johnson
Sharlene Keithley
Cindy Kittleson
Marianne Laborde
Jen Rettig
Niki Shah
Lauren Williams Sunderland
Dudley Williams

Past Circle of Friends Leadership Board Presidents

Sharlene Keithley, 2017-18
Andrea Stevens, 2015-16
Lindsay Filsinger, 2014
Ashley May, 2012-13
Mary Miller, 2011
Jennifer Pride, 2010
Kelly Stava, 2009
Brooke Simpson, 2008
Jennifer Kandel, 2007
Liz Arnold, 2006
Diana Mead, 2005
Jeannine Hutchison, 2004
Cici Peterson, 2003
Jane Soderberg, 2002
Lisa Duke, 2001
Julie Wham, 2000
Susan Sweeney, 1999
Laurie Hirschfeld Zeller 1998
Mona Ferrugia, Circle of Friends Founder and President of the first Leadership Board, 1996 & 1997


Join Our Inner Circle

A brand new initiative for 2019, the Circle of Friends Inner Circle is a group of passionate and committed community members who provide crucial financial support of our mission through cumulative annual gifts of $300 or more. Gifts can be made at one time, at multiple events or through monthly payments. Members of the Inner Circle receive invitations to can’t-miss events like the Spring Appreciation Tea, Luncheon VIP event, KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report release, and more. Join the 2019 Inner Circle by making your donation (or adding to your annual gift) here!

2018 Inner Circle

Kristen Abell
Brian Ahern
Bruce Allen
Bernie & Mary Beth Buescher*
Shannon Bell
Brooke Borgen
Joan Brennan
Paul and Lacey Brooks
Sandy Cook
Ryan Cobbins
Nancy Cohen
Robert Colwell*
Monica Denler
Stephanie Densen
Kim Dolan
Monica Doyle
Carleigh & Reid Elkus*
Rachele Espiritu
Margaret Ferguson
Lindsay Filsinger
Krista Fisher
Norm Franke
Ann & Ford Frick
Barbara Friedman
Katherine Gold*
Josie & Rollie Heath
Robert Hickler
Robert Hill
Amy Howard
Heather Johnson
Joy Johnson
Anjali Jones
Helayne Jones
Sharlene and Liv Keithley*
Audrey Kinsman
Cindy Kittleson
Hannah & Alan Levy
Laura Love
Elaine Maher
Ashley May*
Virginia Maloney
Paul & Barbara Melinkovich*
Laura Noe
Lori Radcliffe
Diane Reed
Karen Reidy
Kate Reinemund*
Rosemary Rodriguez
Cordelia Rosenberg
Lauren Schmidt and Eric Olson*
Niki Shah
Susan Steele
Andrea Stevens
Amy Swieringa
Jennifer Terry
Heather Tritten
Alberta Utech
Wanda Venters
Cristina Veraza
Chris Watney and Rob Gary*
Robert J. Wallace, Jr.
Johnathon Watson*
Darcie Weiser
Karl Weiss
Dudley Williams
Karen Wolfe
Debbie and David Younggren
Sarah YounggrenMaryam Zirakzadeh

*Denotes participation in the Colorado Children’s Campaign Champions Circle.  For more information on the added benefits and expectations of the Champions Circle, please contact Development Director, Carleigh Elkus, at 303-620-4550 or


Circle of Friends Tea 2018

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