Be An Angel

Sandy Widener, Westword’s original managing editor, was a force of nature, a ball of unstoppable energy – never more so than when she took to rollerblading along the Cherry Creek bike path. Today’s second annual Parr-Widener Scholarship Walk-Run, a benefit for graduates of the East High School A+ Angels mentor program, should move at a slightly more sedate pace through City Park. The 5K event is named in honor of Sandy, her husband, John Parr, and their daughter, Chase Parr, an East High grad, who were all killed in a car wreck in December 2007. Surviving daughter Katy Parr, herself a graduate of East, will be on hand. “My mom and dad loved the mentor program,” she says. And we loved them. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 at the City Park Fountain; there’s no registration fee, and all funds collected by participants will go to A+ Angels. To download a sponsorship form, go to
Sat., April 4, 8 a.m., 2009
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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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