August 2017 Around Town

Denver Parade of Homes Announces 2017 Line-Up of Participating Builders and Developers

The Parade of Homes, the hallmark event hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA), returns this summer for its 32nd year. Today, the HBA is excited to announce the line-up of Denver area home builders and developers participating in the 2017 Denver Parade of Homes.

The home builders and developers joining the 2017 Parade include Avion at Denver Connection, Brookfield Residential, CalAtlantic Homes, Cardel Homes, Century Communities, D.R. Horton, David Weekley Homes, Dream Finders Homes, KB Home, Koelbel Homes, Lennar, Meritage Homes, Oakwood Homes, Shea Homes, Taylor Morrison Homes, Thrive Home Builders, Toll Brothers, TRI Pointe Homes, Whispering Pines, William Lyon & Wonderland Homes.

“We are thrilled to have so many of our members participating in this year’s Parade,” said Jeffrey Whiton, CEO of the HBA. ”The 2017 Parade will give the public a chance to see some of Denver’s most sought after homes and communities by incredible local builders and developers.”

Attendees will enjoy the ‘wow factor’ they look forward to seeing at the ‘Dream Homes,’ while they also have an opportunity to see great new homes, in a variety of prices and styles, from established neighborhoods to new communities. Showcased properties will be found throughout Metro Denver from Windsor to Castle Rock and Arvada to Aurora, and Winter Park.

“As a home showcase summer tradition, the Parade is a must-go-to local home show and design houses tour,” said Karna Pryor, 2017 chair of the Parade of Homes and marketing manager for TRI Pointe Homes. Mark your calendars now. This is one of the most anticipated events in greater Denver with more than 100,000 visitors expected to attend this year.”

The 2017 Denver Parade of Homes will be free and open to the public from Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017 through Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4, 2017). During this time, the Parade will be held on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Parade locations, price ranges and home styles will be announced later. To learn more, visit ParadeOfHomesDenver.com

Dumb Friends League is “Building a Better Way Home”

In order to change the lives of more homeless pets today and for decades to come, the Dumb Friends League is embarking on a major renovation and construction project at its Quebec Street Shelter in Denver. The “Building a Better Way Home” project will upgrade the oldest and most heavily used areas of the facility while expanding and enhancing other critical parts of the shelter. “Together with our compassionate community, we have created a demand for an elevated level of care for homeless pets,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League. “With the renovation of the Quebec Street Shelter, we will meet those expectations, and over the next 10 years, the new state-of-the-art shelter will enable us to make a life-changing difference for an additional 60,000 homeless pets.”

When the Quebec Street Shelter was completed in 1974, it was a state-of-the-art facility that set the standard for what an animal shelter could be. Since then, the building has undergone multiple additions, remodels and updates in order to better serve animals in the Dumb Friends League’s care. While those renovations have proven valuable, time has caught up with the Quebec Street Shelter. Today, key portions of the 43-year-old building no longer fulfill the needs of today’s animals or the Dumb Friends League’s commitment to providing the best possible care to homeless pets in the future.

Some highlights of the three-year, $40 million renovation project include major renovations to the Veterinary Services department, which is currently too small to meet our animal’s needs. The new, larger, state-of-the-art medical area will nearly double the shelter’s capacity to perform surgical procedures, reducing the time that pets are in the shelter. The project also includes construction of a new dog adoptions and transition area that will allow dogs to be housed in rooms with natural light, improved sound control, reducing the dogs’ stress levels and helping them become better candidates for adoption sooner.

The Building a Better Way Home project will create a dedicated area for the Dumb Friends League Behavior department, featuring a quiet, isolated wing for dogs learning to trust again and a separate, calm area for cats receiving behavior support. The new space will allow more pets that are fearful, shy or have other behavior challenges to be enrolled in the League’s behavior programs so they have greater opportunities to find new homes.

The Building a Better Way Home project is being made possible by an extraordinary $20 million matching gift from Leslie and John Malone and The Malone Family Foundation. “With the Building a Better Way Home project, the Dumb Friends League will be strongly positioned to achieve our mission of ending pet homelessness and animal suffering in the communities we serve,” said Rohde. DDFL.org