Monthly Archives: September 2014

Spotlight on Bonfils Drive for Life 2014


Top blood donors are pictured above.

It is once again football season and the Bonfils Blood Centers, “Drive for Life” blood drive. An event we think is so important to our community and we love to be involved with all the fine people associated with Bonfils.

The Denver Broncos Football Club will again partner with Bonfils to collect blood. On October 07th it will be the 17th annual “Drive for Life” community blood drive.

Sports Authority Field at Mile High will again be the place to donate blood, get autographs, meet the cheerleaders, current Bronco players and players from yesteryear….

Donating blood is relatively painless and doesn’t take long. This is truly a rewarding experience……bring your football, helmet, t-shirt or bowling pin and get them signed by your favorite player(s).

Don’t forget it is October 07th at Sports Authority Field at Mile High…… part of the state’s largest single-day blood drive that helps over 4,000 lives.

ps. Current and Alumni from the Broncos will be there, make sure you get all the autographs you can and make sure you get Billy Thompson’s he is the best ……… Charlie Johnson


Idea of the Month: Flower Balloon Sculptures


Flower Balloon Sculptures for Milobsky Bat Mitzvah

Though it is to late in the real gardening season to plant flowers. It is never to late to brighten up a party or in this case a Bat Mitzvah with Balloon Flower Sculptures.

Another great customer of Balloons by Absolute Value didn’t see exactly what she wanted on our website. So she requested some brightly colored flower balloon sculptures for her daughters Bat Mitzvah.

So we made a prototype for her and she loved the design, but I had made the flower petals in the wrong color. Her daughters favorite color is …….. hot pink. That was an easy change for us to make.

The balloon flower sculptures pictured are air filled and require a stanchion to hold the petals and stem upright. Air filled balloons insure a long lasting display. These will last for days without watering, giggling now.

The balloon flower sculptures are waiting in this case on chairs to be planted ( displayed) because the tables weren’t quite ready for them.

We had other events that day and left the placement of the centerpieces in the capable hands of Bliss Catering.

You will just have to take the word of my client that “They looked absolutely awesome on the table as centerpieces”.


Warren Village and Melody Kollath


60 ft balloon arch spanning Gilpin Street at 14th Avenue

One of the perks of my business, is to do balloon decor for organizations that a lot of people in Denver have never heard of.

That happen last Saturday, when we provided two sixty foot red balloon arches for Warren Village’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Now I knew a little about Warren Village, it is part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood on Gilpin Street. It was the brain child of Dr. Myron Wadell who saw a need to help low income single parent families achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency and to sustain there success.

Dr. Waddell and others convinced the Warren United Methodist Church the need was real…. So the church over a period of time, bought parcels of land, razed the buildings and then built an urban village.

Warren Village isn’t just a place for housing low income single parents of Denver. It’s a place for people to change their lives and provide a real future for their children and themselves.

It does provide affordable housing but it offers so much more. Learning centers and licensed education for infants, toddlers and preschool children. The also have after school programs for school age children.

Warren Village staff and volunteers help residents set goals and plan for their future by providing support and guidance in the areas of career counseling, education, financial planning and much more. You will find out that Warren Village is not a typical charity……. living at Warren Village is not a handout, it’s a hand up.

Now behind each organization there is a special person who I deal with…..Warren Village was no different. The special lady at Warren Village is Melody Kollath.

Melody isn’t a young pup, she is a Senior like me. She has a great sense of humor and her dedication to Warren Village is very real. Melody has earned the respect of every one at Warren Village.

She wanted this 40th Anniversary Block Party to be very special. Her and I planned this event 6 or 7 months ago. Will tell ya a secret out of school, Melody really wanted the arches and the people at Warren Village were not going to disappoint this special lady by saying “NO”. They showed the love this special lady deserves.

Melody earned my respect on the phone months ago and when I met her last Saturday for the first time….my respect deepened. Hats off to you Melody.


The Lighter Side:

It is that time of the month again …. no, not that time of the month.  But time for me to challenge you with some of the worse or best old time jokes.  Like always the answers follow the next story. It is a good story ….. so don’t skip over it to read the answers.   

1. What lies on its back, a hundred feet in the air?

2. Have you ever tried to eat a clock?

3. What is a tree’s favorite drink?

4. What did the spider do on the computer?

5. Why did the computer keep sneezing?

6. Why was the computer cold?

7. Have you seen the movie called The Tractor ?


Spotlight: Tonya Gray and Mystery Guest

 Mystery Guest Picture at end of this Story

Forrest Gump said “Mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get”, but I am not sure who said this first, “Life is full of surprises”.

That is what happened to me the other day, when I got a surprise call from someone from my past…. A young lady name Tonya Gray who I hadn’t heard from in years, but I had followed her career since she left Southwest Airlines. She was that nice to work with.

Tonya was working for Southwest Airlines when I first met her. Southwest was not a major player in Denver’s airlines traffic at the time. But they planned on coming to Denver in a big way, adding six to ten new cites with flights to and from Denver in the coming year.

Balloons by Absolute Value was tasked to create a theme for each new city Southwest Airlines was to add to Denver. We created some amazing themes for all of the cities. Whimsical, fun and colorful for sure. Our themes were well received by Tonya, Southwest Airlines and their passengers

There is one event that will always stick in my mine forever. Balloons by Absolute Value had worked with sports, movie, and music celebrities in the past. Politicians local, state and national ones too. But this celebrity was so cool, I mean very cool, Antarctica cool.

A Whose Who of Denver were all in attendance at DIA, (Denver International Airport). All forms of media were there, all the TV stations, both of Denver’s major newspapers and politicians were there too. All were waiting for the celebrity to come through the gate door.

Our amazing balloon decor, a red carpet from the gate to the center of the concourse, a rope line keeping spectators from the celebrity or celebrities was in place. No one knew who this celebrity was going to be, but they knew he or she was going to be important or famous.

When the gate door opened, the flash of cameras, lights from the TV cameras and a large applause came from the spectators……big smiles too.

It was none other then Pete the Penguin waddling down the red carpet…..followed by Penny the Penguin, special guests from SeaWorld and Southwest’s newest non-stop destination, San Diego. They soaked up all the attention.

They were naturals……waddling a few feet, stopping, posing for pictures and extending a flipper for a hand shake or a high five from the crowd.

To say this event was a success is greatly understated. It was the talk of the town for a very long time. A huge hit for sure. I was able to high five Pete the Penguin, truly a unique moment for me. Can you say, you high fived a penguin?

It is truly a moment that plays in my mind often, two very cute penguins creating such a stir of emotions by so many. Thanks Tonya for the flashback in time.



Pete & Penny Penguin

Red Carpet at DIA




Left to Right

Linda from SeaWorld  

Pete the Penguin

Tonya Gray, Southwest Airlines


ps. Looking forward to working with Tonya this month for Arizona State at the Millennium Harvest House



The Lighter Side Answers:

I would ask how you did answering these jokes, but I know the answer already…… Not well !!!   But I can see the smiles and hear the laughs and giggles…….. Glad that I could bring a smile to your face today.  Now make someone else laugh or groan.

1. What lies on its back, a hundred feet in the air?

       Answer: A dead centipede.

2. Have you ever tried to eat a clock?

       Answer: It’s very time consuming.

3. What is a tree’s favorite drink?

       Answer: Root beer!

4. What did the spider do on the computer?

       Answer: Made a website!

5. Why did the computer keep sneezing?

       Answer: It had a virus!

6. Why was the computer cold? 

       Answer: It left it’s Windows open!

7. Have you seen the movie called The Tractor ?

Answer: I haven’t either but the trailer looks really good!!!