Letters to the Editor

From the week of May 13, 2004

But she's not hurting anybody. To the contrary, Kylberg and her husband have actually done quite a bit of good in their own way. (People who donate to charity more than they spend on their houses and cars each year can't be all bad.) And she's obviously quite a character.

By the way, the letter you ran in the May 6 issue from Kylberg's so-called "friend" and fellow socialite Victoria Damone was unintentionally hilarious. You could practically hear the meowing.

Rolf Asphaug

Building a foundation: I have witnessed Holly Kylberg's transformation over twelve years, and her desire to make an impact in the world through worthy charitable causes has been incredible. As an example, the Children's Starlight Foundation chooses a deserving couple based on the work they have done in the community through their lifetime, honoring them with a dinner and creating an additional fundraising opportunity. As your article aptly noted, by choosing Rich and Holly Kylberg last year, the foundation touched a younger, new base of people. As an honoree, she could not avoid saying something that evening. She spoke eloquently, poignantly and with poise, displaying the ability to rise to the challenge when needed.

For someone like Holly to dedicate herself to a number of charitable causes and use her intelligence and creativity to produce something that serves the dual goals of creating fun and entertainment for the participants and donations for the charities is inspiring. I hope your article will cause others to find their passions in giving back to the community -- and to do so in similarly unique ways.

Mark Kalkus

Pearls before swine: "Rebel With a Cause"? With that April 29 cover line, was I reading Westword or Us magazine? Please. No matter how much good Ms. Kylberg thinks she is doing -- and no matter how much Westword pandered to her ego -- the simple fact remains that she probably spends more money yearly on makeup than many families earn. The priorities of a woman who "wouldn't turn down either!" diamonds or pearls are probably just that: money and what it buys. Who cares how she assuages her guilt with charity work? Truly, what else does she have to do?

Dan Meester

A wealth of opinions: The critics of your feature about Holly Kylberg seem to imply that wealth and the people who create it are at best irrelevant and at worst evil. This criticism is quite ironic considering that Holly's story happens to demonstrate the contrary. Obviously, Holly is a significant contributor to the vibrancy of the Denver community and the well-being of many within it. The fact that she has chosen to give such significant quantities of her time, energy and financial resources is indicative of her compassion and her grace. If she is not Mother Teresa (or Pat Tillman), there are thousands of animals and their human companions, artists and their patrons, and sick and underprivileged people who are fortunate that she is Holly Kylberg.

Alan Sparks

Charity begins at home: Give the girl a break!

I am relieved to know there is someone out there in the community who is giving of herself to others, while still committed to extraordinary style and grace. As for some of Holly Kylberg's social foibles, it was the writer's intent to show a humanistic and vulnerable side to someone of monetary privilege and social status. In a tabloid-frenzied world where celebrities and wealthy individuals are chronicled for their antics and social ills, Holly is a refreshing breath of air. Why can't a girl just have some fun along the way? No one said you have to be a martyr in peasants' shrouds to convince others to give back to their community.

Holly's message is simple and clear: Be socially responsive. Her personal style is merely an afterthought. Anyone who knows her on a personal level, as I do, knows that she is just having fun. Isn't all this criticism the same old argument between "those who have and those who have not"? I challenge each and every one of us (rich or poor) to make the best use of our time for community involvement. We all have something to give. We all have a choice to make about how we present yourselves. I know many people in this great community who don't have the financial resources that Holly does, but take just as much pride in their personal appearances, and have fun giving either time or money. In some cases, both.

When is it time for others to stand back and admire someone else's community efforts without nasty criticism? Mother Teresa is a personal hero of mine, as is Princess Diana. The women existed on opposite ends of the spectrum, yet both gave unselfishly of themselves (and either could be criticized for her personal wardrobe). Each one of them attracted a following of supporters that ultimately benefited others.

Who cares what you're wearing or how you go about giving? Just go out and do it!

Bradley Joseph

Adding insult to injury: I know that Holly does good work in the community, and I appreciate that this article helped get people out to the Mask Project, but please, can we have a little less pandering? I found the whole thing rather cloying and incredibly insulting (not to mention condescending) to the patrons of Don's Tavern, who see a diversity of people popping in there every day...

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