Circle of Friends Tea Reflects on 30 Years Bold and Looks to Future

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 24, 2015

More than 150 Circle of Friends members gathered Thursday for their Annual Membership Tea, which this year celebrated the Children’s Campaign’s 30th Anniversary. Circle of Friends members reflected on the principals and values held by Children’s Campaign founders in 1985, how those values are held strong today, and what the future holds for both the Children’s Campaign with the support of the Circle and many others supporters.

Former Children’s Campaign President Barbara O’Brien, who also later served as Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, shared her experience in the early days of the organization, and why she still supports today. O’Brien recalled the founding of the Circle of Friends and marveled at its growth and success.

Children’s Campaign Board of Directors President Remy Spreeuw welcomes Circle of Friends members and guests to the Annual Members Tea. Behind her, from left: Barbara O’Brien, former Children’s Campaign President & CEO; Chris Watney, current President and CEO; and Andrea Stevens, Circle of Friends President. The event was held this week at the home of Circle of Friends Member Brooke and Luke Simpson.
Children’s Campaign Board of Directors President Remy Spreeuw welcomes Circle of Friends members and guests to the Annual Members Tea. Behind her, from left: Barbara O’Brien, former Children’s Campaign President & CEO; Chris Watney, current President and CEO; and Andrea Stevens, Circle of Friends President. The event was held this week at the home of Circle of Friends Member Brooke and Luke Simpson.

Chris Watney, Children’s Campaign President and CEO, shared highlights of the organization’s recent work and reflected on what was an idea 30 years ago, and how it has grown with the help of so many.

“Our founders 30 years ago nurtured this idea—this organization,” she said. “And as they did, it grew. What started as an idea became a movement with people behind it, like you, who were committed to doing better by our state’s kids.”

Former Circle of Friends President and 2015 Tea Hostess Brooke Simpson, along with longtime Circle of Friends members Cristen Calamari, Caroline McMorrow and Anne Jordan.
Former Circle of Friends President and 2015 Tea Hostess Brooke Simpson, along with longtime Circle of Friends members Cristen Calamari, Caroline McMorrow and Anne Jordan.

 

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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 www.coloradokids.org.