Medal of Honor recipient inspires at Healing Our Heroes event

Congressman Mike Coffman, U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser and Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry at the Healing our Heroes gala Friday in Denver. Petry was the keynote speaker.
Congressman Mike Coffman, U.S. Senate candidate Jon Keyser and Medal of Honor recipient Leroy Petry at the Healing our Heroes gala Friday in Denver. Petry was the keynote speaker.

For the second time in my life, I’ve shaken the hand of a Medal of Honor recipient.

The first time was in the early 1980s when I worked for The Gallup Independent in Gallup, N.M., and got to know Heroshi Miyamura. The Gallup native, known as “Hershey,” in 1951 in Korea killed more than 50 enemy soldiers, including hand-to-hand fighting with a bayonet, while ordering his men to fall back.

Hershey Miyamura.
Hershey Miyamura.

The next time was at the Healing our Heroes luncheon Friday in Denver when I met former Army Ranger Leroy Petry, who also is a New Mexico native. I didn’t realize until I went to shake his hand that he lost his right one while throwing a live grenade away from his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan in 2008.

Petry served as the keynote speaker for the Healing our Heroes gala, which raised money to help injured veterans receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

“I thank God every morning that I’m here,” Petry said. “So many paid the ultimate price or suffered horrific injuries.”

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Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz lauds new voting system

The Pueblo County clerk and recorder's election crew: front row, left to right: Brandi Marquez, Joanne Romero, Theresa Urenda, Rosita Gonzales and Jennifer Sek; and back row, left to right: Tammi Pando, Stefani Wilson, Colorado Secretary Wayne Williams, Clerk Bo Ortiz and Daisy Jensen.
The Pueblo County clerk and recorder’s election crew: front row, left to right: Brandi Marquez, Joanne Romero, Theresa Urenda, Rosita Gonzales and Jennifer Sek; and back row, left to right: Tammi Pando, Stefani Wilson, Colorado Secretary Wayne Williams, Clerk Bo Ortiz and Daisy Jensen.

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz celebrated the arrival of new voting equipment Monday that he said is saving taxpayers money.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and members of the media also were on hand as scanners and election servers from Dominion Voting Systems were unpacked.

Ortiz told reporter Andy Koen of KOAA5 in Colorado Springs said the cost savings with Dominion was substantial.

“We’re paying … just under $140,000 for the new system where in the past you were, you know, counties were paying a million dollars or more,” he said.

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Secretary of State’s Chris Cash cashes in on his charities experience

By Keara Brosnan

A program manager for the Colorado Secretary of State’s office has been elected vice president of an organization working to make it easier for national charities to register.

Chris Cash with the Colorado Secretaries of State office oversees registration for charities.
Chris Cash with the Colorado Secretaries of State office oversees registration for charities.

Charities such as St. Jude and Habitat for Humanity currently have to individually register in every state.  The Multistate Registration and Filing Portal  Inc. is working to allow charities that raise funds nationally to register in all state charity offices at the same time, saving them significant time and money.

“It’s a simple concept, but it’s a pretty challenging project,” said Chris Cash, the Colorado Secretary of State’s charities program manager.

“It’s common sense to help nonprofits use donations to do good instead of using them to file government paperwork,” Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said.

Last month, Cash was elected vice president of the Multistate Registration and Filing Portal, or MRFP, at its annual meeting.  As such, he is president-elect of the nonprofit corporation, which is a 501 (c)(3).

 

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Arapahoe County GOP piggybacks on Secretary Wayne Williams’ food bank bet

Arapahoe County elections deputy Jennifer Morell and Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane with food their office donated as part of the Colorado Secretary of State's Super Bowl bet.
Arapahoe County elections deputy Jennifer Morell and Clerk and Recorder Matt Crane with food their office donated as part of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Super Bowl bet.

Arapahoe County Republicans are borrowing a page from Secretary of State Wayne Williams and will participate in a food drive at their county assembly on March 19.

County chairwoman Joy Hoffman said she was inspired by the Super Bowl bet between Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Both secretary of state offices collected goods for their respective food banks, Food Bank of the Rockies and Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina.

Because the Broncos were victorious, the goods to both food banks were donated in the name of the Denver Broncos.

The bet garnered plenty of national attention and praise. “We could all win this bet,” read the headline in a North Carolina paper.

“Wayne certainly kicked off the idea in my mind,” Hoffman said. “It was such a positive idea.”

Also collecting food on behalf of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office was Enstrom Candies, the Denver clerk and recorder and elections division and the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Healing Our Heroes: a benefit luncheon to help our veterans

Healing our Heroes gala.
Healing our Heroes gala.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is an honorary chairman for this year’s Healing Our Heroes gala, which raises money to help injured veterans receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The benefit luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a. m. Friday at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in the Sewell Grand Ballroom. The keynote speaker will be retired Sgt. Leroy Petry, a U.S. Army ranger who was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Obama — only the second time since the Vietnam War a living soldier has been the recipient.

Healing our Heroes is a program of the Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Association for Brain Injuries. On its website, the association has posted videos of veterans who have received the hyperbaric oxygen therapy. “He seems more hopeful,” one wife said after her husband’s treatment.

The Healing our Heroes program pays for the treatments and provides housing for out-of-town veterans while they are receiving treatments in Louisville.

Other honorary co-chairs of the luncheon are Congressman Ken Buck of Windsor and Mike Coffman of Aurora. To inquire about tickets to the event, contact Kristin@thestarboardgroup.com.