Mile High Life

Papa Manning to speak in Denver

Column by Penny Parker
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Penny Parker

Jewish Family Service of Colorado welcomes Archie Manning, football star and legend in life, as the speaker for its 10th annual JFS Executive Luncheon fundraiser on April 30.

The luncheon will be held at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and the program will start at noon. Tickets are $150 and sponsorship packages start at $1,500. For more information or for tickets, contact Dawn Richard at 720-248-4605 or go to www.jewishfamilyservice.org/luncheon.

All proceeds from the event will help support programs of JFS, including mental health counseling, senior and adult in-home care, disability and employment services, and family safety net services. Founded in Denver in 1872, JFS is a nonprofit community agency serving people regardless of age, race, faith, or income.

When people think of Archie Manning, football immediately comes to mind. But Manning has inspired many with his warm personality, humor, drive, and commitment to family and community.

Manning and his wife, Olivia, have three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli. Archie and Olivia raised their sons with the philosophy that, "It's the right thing to do, so do the right thing." The result, which Archie and Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton capture so clearly, is a tribute to the values that Americans hold dear: work hard, stand up for what you believe in, treat each person with respect, and be grateful for what you have and for what you have achieved.

A former Pro Bowl quarterback and NFL MVP, Manning enjoyed a fabled football career, beginning at the University of Mississippi where he was named an All-American and is the only Ole Miss player to have his number retired. He was elected to the 50-Year All-South Team (1940-90), named one of the Top 25 Athletes of the Century in Louisiana, and he and his son, Peyton, were named among the 100 all-time greatest college football players.

In 1971, Manning was the second player chosen in the NFL draft and the No. 1 draft choice of the New Orleans Saints. He set Saints' passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1978. His prowess on the field and his sterling character have earned him as many awards as he scored touchdowns. Archie Manning concluded his 15-year NFL career in 1985.

Manning since has devoted his life to his family and to causes that he believes in, supporting the Special Olympics, Boy Scouts of America, The Salvation Army, and the United Way, among others.

Valentines treat in Lone Tree

Are you looking for a new Valentine's Day idea for your sweetie?

Check out the Lone Tree Arts Center, which will present Rodgers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific in Concert" Feb. 12-16. The show boasts an orchestra of 19 as well as a cast of 20, led by Thaddeus Valdez, Lauren Shealy, Randy St. Pierre, Paul Dwyer and Amalia Dobbins.

Tickets are available by calling 720-509-1000 or visiting www.lonetreeartscenter.org.

9News' Earhart flies off into the sunset

A love letter and farewell Facebook post from 9News meteorologist and traffic specialist Amelia Earhart:

"It's now time to go all in with my career in aviation, inspiration, and the Fly With Amelia Foundation. Now through June, my focus will be on flight training, planning, and preparation for the around the world (of) flight. Beyond the global adventure, I have several opportunities to promote aviation, aerospace and the pursuit of passion and adventure.

"Just like flight itself, it is a calculated risk that I am willing to make.
"My last day at 9News as a traffic reporter and weather forecaster will be April 11. I will, however, be back occasionally on a fill-in basis. The amazing opportunities that I have had at 9News, the incredible support from all of you, and the love of my family and friends have all gone into this decision. Not a day goes by that I am not humbled by the encouragement towards this full throttle pursuit of passion!"

Safe travels, Amelia! You will be great at whatever you do.

Boulder on top foodie list

Who knew?

Forbes Travel Guide blog has named Boulder as one of the Five Secret Foodie Cities in a recent post. Here's what it said:

"Boulder may have a reputation for snow bunnies and tapping the Rockies, but there's much more happening here than ski lifts and beer (what ski lifts?).

"Flagstaff House Restaurant, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-star rated restaurant and Boulder staple for fine cuts of meat and perfectly prepared seafood, is undergoing an extensive renovation that will be complete in February.

"Chef Corey Buck recently opened a breakfast and lunch restaurant called Food at the Riversides.

"And local foodies won't let you leave until you know that Boulder is also home to five out of the country's 118 master sommeliers. Boulder's not just for skiing, folks (where, exactly?). Not anymore."

To see the rest of the story, go to http://blog.forbestravelguide.com/five-secret-foodie-cities.

Just ignore the skiing references, which clearly came from an out-of-towner.

The nearest ski resort to Boulder is Eldora Mountain resort, about a 40-minute drive to the west (depending on the weather) in Nederland.

Seen and heard

Eavesdropping on a `tween conversation on Twitter: "That's far away."

"How far?"

"Like, outside of Boulder."

Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for Blacktie-Colorado.com. You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at www.blacktie-colorado.com/pennyparker. She can be reached at penny@blacktie-llc.com or at 303-619-5209.