Weekend with TAPS Kids and Family after a Good Grief Camp

So much Joy and Happiness after a full day of heavy grief work.

Fun at Bistro Al Vino

Cattlemen’s Association Party

4th of July at Heritage Eagle Bend

Wildefire with Zach Daniels on Banjo and Vocals
Green Beret Foundation Event
The Mining Exchange Hotel, Colorado Springs, 9-11-15

Black Tie Colorado wrote: The evening began with a silent auction and reception, augmented by the irresistible aroma of smoked meats that lured guests outdoors to grab all the fixin’s for a hearty prime-rib dinner. Delicious chow prepared by the Coors Cowboy Club “Chuckwagon Crew” from Amarillo, Texas, was augmented by a spirited, 90-minute dinner performance by Tony David, Pam Hughes and Kerry Edwards. KOA radio’s Steffan Tubbs emceed a pre-concert program that honored hard-working event co-directors Bo and Lynne Cottrell, plus the support of Groves, Miles Cortez and Jake Jabs. TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll spoke about the positive results of the organization’s programs, including the Good Grief Camp held at Fort Carson. One young survivor spoke eloquently about the brother she lost, while another youngster released a balloon containing a note to his fallen father.

Other than American Furniture, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, has been our longest and most loyal supporter and we owe them a big debt of gratitude as well! Not only have they stepped up every year to be a major sponsor but every year they jump in with a huge donation in our live auction…like $48,000 just this year to co-partner on the Barbecue and Tony David, Pam Hughes and Kerry Edwards entertainment for the Fort Carson Grief Camp again. We salute them for their support of TAPS and all our military. They are true heroes as well. Lynne and Bo Cottrell.

November 16, 2011 Miss Colorado 2011, Diana Dreman Summit Steakhouse

A super event that raised funds for Miss Colorado 2011, Diana Dreman, to represent Colorado competing for Miss America 2012,

and the Children’s Miracle Network for which Diana is an ambassador. We had a very successful evening raising over $6,000.00.

It was an honor to host and entertain along with Bo Cottrell as my wing man.

Pam Hughes and Kerry Edwards assisted with the entertainment.

Pictured above is Lynnette Jessen, Miss Colorado 1981, with Jake Jabs who was the evening’s auctioneer and Diana.

Rebecca King Dreman, Diane’s mother, former Miss Colorado 1973 and former Miss America 1974, was in attendance, too.

“Tebowing”!

A big thank you to The Summit Steak House for donating the room. Great night had by all.

June 24, 2011

Star-Gazing at TAPS Songwriters & Artists Dinner
Story by M. Darcy

The star-filled TAPS Celebrity Golf Classic offers a lot of bang for your charity buck, and Friday, June 24th, it wasn’t losing value with its “Songwriters & Artists” Show and Dinner at the Red Lion Hotel Denver Southeast. Friday’s show featured a fantastic line-up of Nashville’s newest talent, and, of course, The Gatlin Brothers were a huge draw as the event hosts again. In the lobby, Steve Gatlin quietly rolled up to the registration table to get his name tag. Brother Larry was a little more obvious when singer, musician and constant comedian Gary Mule Deer “accidently” bumped into him. The two appeared to have a serious parley before bear-hugging and hamming it up for the camera. Also spotted among the 300+ guests who crowded the auction and sales tables – generally unaware that celebs were right next to them – were entertainers Tony David, Brett Jones, Charla Corn, Clay Shelburn, Leslie Satcher, Pam Hughes, and Jeff Dayton; TV/radio personalities Dr. Dave Hnida, Mike Rosen, Natalie Vickers, Jake Jabs and Peter Boyles; House Representatives Nancy Todd and David Balmer; plus military leaders Col. Greg “Matt” Dillon, Col. Bruce Dikeman, and Lt Gen Michael Gould.

But the reason people throng to this event isn’t to star-gaze, take in a great dinner show or play a few rounds of golf. That’s just a bonus. People have been flocking to this event for six years strong because they recognize the value of TAPS, which “cares for the families of the fallen.” TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, exists to support anyone who has lost a military loved one, regardless of their relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.

“When the flag is folded and the service is over,” explains event director Lynne Cottrell, “[the surviving family members] have to go away from the military base, children have to change schools; it’s very traumatic. We forget about these families who have also made a sacrifice. TAPS helps kids deal with their grief, honor their fathers [or mothers], who have given so much for the freedom of this country.”

For those past six years, Lynne Cottrell and her husband Bo have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through the tournament. This year’s funds go toward TAPS’ regional Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors at Fort Carson in Colorado and will also help underwrite the costs of camps at other bases across the country. Good Grief Camps provide children with a safe and supportive peer atmosphere to learn coping skills, create support systems, and understand that they are not alone in their grief.

If you’d like more information, or would like to attend next year’s event, go to their website at http://www.taps.org/friends/. Future events can also be found under “fundraising events”. Their toll-free number is 800-959-TAPS (8277)

Pictured with Tony from top to bottom: (1) Bonnie Carroll, TAPS Founder and CEO; (2) Dani David, Lynne Cottrell, Michael Martin Murphy and Bo Cottrell; (3) Dr. Dave Hnida; (4) Natalie Vickers, Pete Coors, and Eddie Johnson; (5 & 6) Michael Martin Murphey; (7) Gatlin Brothers – Steve, Larry & Rudy

The Summit Steakhouse – Christmas 2011 – with owners, Ed and Gayle Novak