Volume 35, Issue 10
Message from Our Co-Presidents
Dear Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Supporters and Friends,
As many of you know, our dear friend and former executive director Roger Armstrong passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.
Roger oversaw many efforts to renovate and enhance our historic headquarters during his nine years as our day-to-day leader.
The Tears-McFarlane House was the second historic property that Roger managed and improved in his more than 25 years in Denver. The first was the Temple Events Center at 16th Ave. and Pearl St. in Uptown, which he joined after doing outreach and producing large fundraising events for the Colorado AIDS Project.
As a resident of Congress Park, Roger joined the Capitol United Neighborhoods Board of Delegates and in 2005 his event production experience led him to become the Capitol Hill People’s Fair director. He became Capitol United Neighborhoods executive director in 2008 and balanced the work he loved producing one of the largest community festivals in America with the community organizing work that came with Capitol United Neighborhoods and its mission of “Preserving the Past, Improving the Present and Planning for the Future.” Roger was the personification of this mission.
Roger had a talent for mobilizing volunteers and networking with all of the many people who made the People’s Fair work: entertainers, vendors and sponsors. Wearing his community activist hat he could deal equally well with angry citizens or city officials. People who worked with him agree that one of his strengths was his ability to listen and enable people to feel their opinions counted. He was fair, kind and a true gentleman.
Although Roger left Capitol United Neighborhoods last year, we continue to hold him in our hearts and respect the many talents he brought to our community.
Travis Leiker & Mark Cossin
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