Letters to the Editor

From the week of May 13, 2004

Christine Urbanek

A friend indeed: This is a letter to Holly Kylberg:

It was very upsetting to read the letters in the last issue of Westword about the article featuring you. Contrary to the published opinions, I thought "The Importance of Being Holly" was wonderful. When I finished reading it, my only thought was that I wanted to be your friend! The opinions that were expressed in those letters seem only to be jealous cuts at your lifestyle and in no way account for the amazing things you have helped do for this community.

I just wanted to let you know that I applaud all of your work, and if you want to get your hair done and look cute, there's nothing wrong with that. Please don't let jealous, petty people affect anything that you do. I think you're great!

Molly Zimmerman

Sitting on their assets: I find it unfortunate that some people would choose to write letters critical of Holly Kylberg and the amazing work she does for our city/community. Holly is one of the nicest people I know. The focus of your story -- that Holly is different from most of the rest of Denver's philanthropic community -- was lost on some of your readers. Maybe the Kylbergs should just sit on their money and not continue to give it away.

While some may find it frivolous, imagine the people who would be without a job if the local philanthropic community did not spend money to attend benefits. People who work for event planners, restaurants, caterers, nail salons, tanning salons, clothing stores, valet-parking companies, etc...not to mention the cost of the event itself, usually $100 to $300. Then there are the outright contributions that you are obligated to give for the privilege of already having given hundreds of dollars to attend an event benefiting those who are less fortunate than you.

It is obvious that some of your readers chose to only read what they wanted to in the Holly Kylberg article. The real story was about a loving and caring couple who give more in time and money to benefit others than they spend on their own living expenses. I doubt if any of the readers who chose to write critical letters would give a dime to charity if the tables were turned. Holly is an asset to our community, and I am proud to call her a friend.

Tom Lorz

Popular mechanics: Add my name to the list of readers confused and angered by Julie Jargon's piece on Holly Kylberg. What is your excuse for this? Why did you think an article about the party-hopping lifestyle of a rich socialite would interest ordinary, working Denverites?

Five hundred words won't suffice to point out every offensive passage in this piece. The two worst:

"And though she hobnobs with the social elite, Holly is no snob; she frequently hangs out with her stylist and personal trainer..."

"I'm about to pretend I don't speak English when Holly answers that she's originally from Illinois. She isn't even rude to creepy men in bars!...(Note to guys: Look at a woman's left hand before you hit on her; Holly's 4.5-carat rock is especially hard to miss.)"

Note to Julie Jargon: Read your articles before you submit them to ensure you haven't written in the gushing tone of the class geek who's been invited to a slumber party by the most popular girl at school.

Get a clue, Westword.

Lawrence Pelo

The heart of the matter: It was about a year ago that I met Holly Kylberg. Matthew Morris had just hired me as his assistant at Planet Laboratories. As she walked in, I was quite unsure what to expect from this pretty Denver socialite. What I discovered underneath the glitzy exterior was a warm, shy young lady with a big heart. Her sense of perfectionism stems not from being a diva, but from a real desire to be her best. I can truly say that as time has passed, my appreciation and affection has only grown for Mrs. Kylberg.

James Gammage

The gift that keeps on giving: The obvious infuriation of some readers begs the question, "Why so much anger and dismay?" And I'm not referring to those who directed their dismay toward Westword, but rather toward Holly. As a director of a non-profit organization and a past president of another that Holly has helped, I am grateful. She has given her time and money generously to many nonprofits. Those in our community who are blessed with the time and wherewithal to volunteer, provide expertise and give generous financial support should be appreciated. Not all who are blessed do so.

That said, should we be referring to those who have given time and money with words like "fuck" and "shit"? I don't think so. People like Holly have also given many organizations a new sense of spirit and hope that "the community supports our cause."

Without people like Holly, we --directors, administrators and program staffers -- would be saying "fuck" and "shit" a whole lot more, as our resources ran dry when trying to provide assistance to people who have a debilitating illness, are hungry, homeless, trying to pay for their medications or have a dog or cat they so dearly care about but cannot afford the veterinary service that will extend its life.

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