The Fellas And Their Legacy
Some 40 years ago, a group of 10 guys, all Manual High School alumni, thought getting together with friends and having a barbeque in a park would be fun. These guys named themselves The Fellas, chipped in money to buy meat for the grill, sides, adult beverages and invited their classmates, starting what would infamously be known to some as the “Winos’ Pic Nic.” There was food, music, laughter and memories shared. Little did The Fellas know that their idea would start a legacy of community outreach that would bring together alumni from high schools throughout the Denver Metro area. The Fellas’ barbeque attracted business and community sponsorship that funded this gathering in grand style and scholarships for deserving graduates. The passage of time has reduced the number of The Fellas from 10 to 3. Realizing the importance of this legacy, Manual T-Bolts Alumni Nation has accepted the honor of responsibility in continuing the second Sunday in August in memory of The Fellas and their desire to celebrate community. We invite the community to join us in this this effort by attending upcoming fundraising events, beginning with a New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. For more information contact Ricky Harris at 303-868-1433 or Melvin Wright at 303-243-2445.
Karen E. Collier, Manual T-Bolts Alumni Nation
Hard Times, Bright Palettes
In 2011, Ireland’s Finest painting company started Hard Times So Hearts, a way to give back to the community that has given us so much. The contest encourages people in the Denver area to nominate worthy candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds that have fallen on hard times, are low-income, or give selflessly back to their community. The program has evolved, and our vendors and partners have stepped up to help. Benjamin Moore donates all the paint for the project. In the past, Weaver Custom Contracting has provided carpentry repair and Strait Lumber has donated materials. The first year Jerusalem Baptist Church received a free exterior facelift, including carpentry repair and painting. New Jerusalem was not only a church but doubled as a shelter for battered, homeless women. Their mission is monumental, and building maintenance was not always a priority. This year, Ireland’s Finest thought that the Montessori School of Washington Park could use a little extra help. MSWP offers young children an education that fosters independence and a joy for learning, encouraging their natural wonder.
Ben Reder, Ireland’s Finest, Denver