Each year, Shalom Park holds an annual fundraising event to benefit the residents of Shalom Park’s Nursing Home. Proceeds from this event ensure that we are able to provide the highest level of care for all Elders who call Shalom Park home.
Our 2018 Annual Event will be held on Wednesday, May 9th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Lone Tree Arts Center.
This year’s event will feature entertainment by the Capitol Steps, a political satire group based out of Washington, D.C.
The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.
The group was born in December 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. They decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor.
Current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Orange Is the New Barack. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.
“The troupe has become a favorite on the Washington social circuit. Its political satire brings chuckles…rave reviews… guffaws… and bipartisan grins all around. The satire hits the mark.”
– The Wall Street Journal
Leonard Strear, Past Chair, Lifetime Trustee
Michael Strear, Chair, Board of Trustees
In the late 1980’s, Leonard Strear sat with community leaders over corned beef sandwiches to develop a strategic plan to meet the long-term care needs of Denver’s Jewish elders. With an emphasis on the highest standards of care and service for elders, regardless of their ability to pay, the planning for Shalom Park began to materialize. Leonard was instrumental in the original capital campaign and became the second Chairman of The Shalom Park Board of Trustees from 1996-1998.
Now, almost 30 years later, Leonard’s devotion to Shalom Park continues. He visits the campus weekly and greatly enjoys exercising in the J. Leonard Levy Family Wellness Center and noshing in the Shalom Park Bistro. Leonard, and his wife Irma, of blessed memory, proudly served on the Shalom Park Board of Trustees until 2004 and Leonard continues to be a board member of the Beth Israel Foundation for the Aged.
Michael Strear takes great pride each day in continuing his parents’ legacy of community leadership. Michael became a Shalom Park Board of Trustee in 2006 and is currently completing his third term as Board Chairman. Michael has led the organization through challenging times as the identity, mission, finances, and future of Shalom Park has been stabilized and strengthened. Throughout these challenging years, Michael’s sincere commitment to maintaining the Jewish identity of Shalom Park is evident in the religious programming, holiday traditions, Kosher catered meals and spiritual leadership that all play a vital role in the lives of our elders each day. It is also through the generosity of our donors that enables Shalom Park to be dedicated to serving our elders regardless of their ability to pay.
Shalom Park’s visibility and collaborative partnerships with other Jewish agencies in the community is a direct result of Michael’s vision for the organization.
Michael and his wife Suzanne have enjoyed volunteering their time throughout the home. While Michael consulted with Shalom Park staff and toured prospective board members and donors, Suzanne volunteered her time by introducing “Memories in the Making” painting programs with the elders.
“I am truly honored to follow in the footsteps of our founders and I am pleased to continue fulfilling their vision for our community” Michael reflected.
The Shalom Park family proudly honors Leonard Strear and Michael Strear and sincerely thanks them for their leadership, dedication, financial support, and commitment to the elders in our community.