Annual Circle of Friends Spring Tea raises friends, funds

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 4, 2018

Although the weather might not have been very spring-like, the 2018 Annual Spring Tea was filled with the warmth of our Circle of Friends Leadership Board hostesses and the bright smiles of our more than 100 guests. Held at the home of Leadership Board member Shannon Bell and her husband Michael, this year’s event welcomed supporters both treasured and new. This time-honored spring tradition brings awareness to children’s issues and provides an opportunity to learn more about the mission of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In addition, the Tea is an important fundraiser that provides a social occasion for guests to discuss opportunities for supporting the work of the Campaign.

Members of the Circle of Friends Leadership Board gather before the Annual Spring Tea

Members of the Circle of Friends Leadership Board gather before the Annual Spring Tea

Kelly Causey, President and CEO of the Children’s Campaign, welcomed guests and shared a bit about policies that improve the lives of children for which the Campaign has been actively advocating at the State Capitol throughout the legislative session, which wraps up next week.  She also highlighted the release of our 25th anniversary edition of KIDS COUNT In Colorado! report. During the next several months, members of the Children’s Campaign staff will be on the road sharing our 2018 KIDS COUNT findings and working with our It’s About Kids Network leaders across Colorado to start developing our policy agenda for the next legislative session. Kelly announced to guests that the Children’s Campaign will be launching our 2018 Campaign for Kids in June which will focus on elevating children’s issues through the education of all gubernatorial candidates as well as those running for the Colorado General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Circle of Friends tea 2018

As a member of the Children’s Campaign’s Board of Directors, Dr. Matt Haemer, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, shared that it is his own children who have inspired his support of the mission of the Children’s Campaign. Through his work, he has seen firsthand the struggle that parents face in making decisions about medical care for their sick children and the importance of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  Over the years, the Children’s Campaign’s collaborative work has effectively led to the reduction of uninsured children in Colorado from 10percent in 2009 to a record low of 4 percent in 2016.  There are still approximately 70,000 Colorado children who do not have access to health care today, and the Children’s Campaign continues to fight to provide health care coverage for them.  “Advocacy is often looked at in terms of wins and forward progress but we must also remember that advocacy helps to maintain and protect progress.  We must protect the gains we’ve made for kids and keep pushing the envelope,” Matt shared with guests.

Sharlene Keithley, president of the Circle of Friends Leadership Board

Sharlene Keithley, president of the Circle of Friends Leadership Board, asked guests to join her and the members of the Leadership Board in support of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In her remarks, she shared a quote from Nelson Mandela: There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.  She then challenged guests to consider “How are we going to take care of ours?” The Circle of Friends is vital to the advancement of the Children’s Campaign’s mission. It is through engaging in advocacy, providing financial support, and educating networks about critical children’s issues that TOGETHER, we will realize Every Chance for Every Child.

If you have interest in joining this group of passionate volunteer ambassadors, please contact 2018 Circle of Friends President Sharlene Keithley or Children’s Campaign Development Officer, Annie Slothower. Did you attend? Tag you and your friends in our Facebook album!

Children's Campaign

Follow Children's Campaign

About Children's Campaign

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit