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Karen Loucks Rinedollar » National Make A Difference Day

Karen Loucks Rinedollar  Creator of Project Linus, The Linus Effect and Author of Working for Peanuts: The Project Linus Story

Like the presidential candidates, Karen will also be presenting this week at D.U. – with slightly less fanfare and without road closures.  As the presidential candidates focus on breaking each other down, Karen will be working on building up her audience and making America, and our world, a better place- without raising taxes!

Obama and Romney have consistently used their presidential platforms to pledge promises of how they will bring the United States back to its glory days of productivity and respect in the world. However  these promises are falling on increasingly deaf ears,  especially of the undecided voters, as the candidates are not devulging clear plans on how they will accomplish such deeds.

Karen, on the other hand, will be presenting The Linus Effect- Five Steps to Making a Difference. This talk contains concise strategies that anyone can implement without infringing on the pocketbooks and wallets of citizens. Attendees will leave her presentation feeling positively impowered versus the dazed and confused aftermath of the presidential debates.

Hear Karen’s motivational message at the Daniels School of Business, Friday October 5th, at 1pm in room 310. Daniels is located on the corner of University & Evans Ave. From I-25, take the University exit (#205) and head south on University. It is located on the right side of the street after crossing Evans Ave (3rd stop light). Parking can be a challenge so it’s recommended you arrive early and try sidestreets Josephine or Columbine (just east of University).

Admission tickets and security clearances are not required. If you have further questions, please contact or 303-478-6652.

For those unable to attend Friday’s D.U. talk, Karen will be leading a National Make a Difference Day project on Saturday, October 27 from 9-12 noon. It will be held at the Parker Chamber of Commerce. This will include blanket making activities as well as a one mile leisure fun/fundraising walk benefiting the seriously ill and traumatized children served through Project Linus. More info may be found at

Did Harry Potter Wave his Magic Wand over Harvestfest?


Preparing for our Project Linus Harvestfest has been nothing short of magical. When Courtney Bitner suggested that her employer, Modern Woodmen of America, team up with Project Linus to assist with a fundraiser, I didn’t fathom how things would come together. The organization has provided all of our printed materials and will be matching up to $2500!

Originally we were planning on a 5k walk around Bingham Lake in the Pinery. It is a favorite habitat for beautiful Blue Herons and close to most in Parker. After meeting with Wes Crispin of the Coffee Cabin, plans evolved to a whole new level. Tents, bands, a signed jersey by Champ Bailey and other apparel by fellow Broncos Lonie Paxton and Mitch Unrein, blanket making, book signing, a bbq…. As I write (it’s 4 am!), award winning BBQist Randy Duran is tending to his smoker with the slabs of meat for today’s event.

Abracadabra, people started coming out of the woodwork to help! It’s as if a spell was cast and people couldn’t say no. As Tonya Gray is heading the silent auction efforts, I’m sure there will be more names to add to the list who I will definitely give well deserved credit to. Here’s the start:


Adores Amore Wedding Officiants

All in the Details’ Bobbie O.

Apron Divas

Arbonne’s Claudette St. Pierre

Bronco’s Store


Elements Therapeutic Massage

Four Seasons Hotel Denver

Gannon Grooming K-9 Salon & Market

Heather Mark’s (artist)

Home Depot

Jeanene Childers (realtor)

Margaret & John Hanssler

Mary Kay’s Diana Riley

Nick & Jim’s BBQ

Omega Martial Arts

PACE Center (Parker Arts Culture & Events)

Parker Laser and Anti-Aging Clinic

Party Lite’s Kimberly Hansen & Janice Leger

Pat the Birdman

Red Robin

Roundhouse Spirits


Sams Club

Servicestar Development Company



To The Rescue

Town of Parker

TQ Photography

Vines Wine Bar & Tapas

Web Designs Your Way

Wisp Hair Salon

Your Web Chick’s Chrissy Morin

The Weather Gods have answered our prayers as it is supposed to be sunny and 70 degrees.

We have dozens of volunteers scheduled to lend a hand from students to seniors. The band Road Wood will be sharing their music with the crowds. I definitely couldn’t have done this without four very special people – Courtney Bitner, Tonya Gray, Rudy Duran and Wes Crispin.

Time to pretend I’ve been given a sleeping potion and try to get a few more hours of shuteye before the real day begins. If you get the chance, please come by and join us- today, Saturday October 22, from 1-4pm at the Coffee Cabin in Parker, Colorado. Wizard costumes welcome!