Zing for Zonta is a unique talent showcase with local performers competing for the benefit of Zonta EducateZ and the other local and international projects supported by The Zonta Foothills Foundation.
This event is held at eTown, the unique Boulder stage that unites the community through music. Its an opportunity for musicians, actors, comedians, anyone who has a talent to share…to have their name in lights for an evening and perform to help an important cause.
Silent and live auctions will kick off the evening at the beautiful venue eTown Hall which is a a state-of -the-art recording and performance site in the heart of downtown Boulder. It is home to a world-class live music hall, a full service recording studio and a real community center. We are honored to feature our talent in what is considered one of the finest musical venues in Colorado!
Zing for Zonta: Boulder’s Got Talent will be a hard fought competition and our famous judges will have a tough job picking from the talented performers. But these personalities are up to the challenge.
Our emcees Ellen Burnes and her fabulous “friend” Elliott
Returning for a second year!
What a pair! Our Emcees are sure to keep you laughing. Ellen Burnes and her celebrated pug Elliot are a lively team. Ellen will strike up the band and get everyone in the room on their feet. But don’t worry Elliot will save you; he is not a lively socialite but rather, he is a bit more serious, and will amuse you with his rather dry sense of humor.
Ellen is a Zonta Foothills Club member and an avid women’s advocate. When she is not serving Elliott, she is a professor at CSU in the College of Business where she teaches Finance. She is very proud of her students, and especially the young women who are entering University-wide research competitions, leading teams in Finance challenges, and earning coveted spots on our University-sponsored investment fund.
Ellen relaxes through knitting (Elliott approves) and trail running with her 3 year old Australian Cattle Dog, Franklin (Elliott thinks that running and Cattle Dogs are bad ideas).
Award-winning Architect – Entrepreneur – Jewelry Designer – Ski Instructor – Whistler – Man of Our Town
Harvey grew up in Vienna, Austria, a city with a bounty of culture including opera, theater, visual arts, music and architecture. However, Harvey was more interested in girls, motorcycles and skiing. Upon graduating from high school Harvey moved to Boulder to pursue his interests in girls, motorcycles and skiing while adding the study of jewelry design and architecture. After meeting and marrying his wife, Gail, owning no motorcycle and coming to terms with having moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts (close to lousy ski areas), Harvey focused on his studies and graduated from Harvard with a letter of commendation.
Niwot’s curse brought Harvey back to Boulder, where he founded HMH Architecture + Interiors – a modern architecture firm that has been recognized with numerous awards and received acclaim in numerous publications. Harvey has two adult boys. He still loves to ski, and sometimes teaches at Eldora. His main talent, other than architecture, is that he can whistle through his eyes. Unfortunately, he has had to stop this practice for fear of having a stroke by building pressure in his head.
Restaruant Owner- Blues and Jazz aficionado – Westword’s Blues Club of the Year Recipient
Co-founder of Otis Taylor’s Trance Blues Festival
For Dan, it’s about building and supporting community. A co-owner of Dannick’s GBCB in Gunbarrel, his goal is to get to know most of his patrons by name and welcome them like an old friend. Dan has been in the hospitality industry since his car broke down in Albuquerque on the way to California and he took his first job as a line cook.
Dan King was the owner and manager of the Boulder Outlook Hotel. The Outlook featured live music seven nights per week. The Outlook hosted both multiple weekly jazz and blues jams and was a launching ground for many aspiring Front Range musicians. Although the primary focus was on supporting the local music scene the Outlook was proud to have numerous national performers play the room. A frequent recipient of Westword’s Blues Club of the Year, in 2013 the Outlook as awarded the Club of the Year by the International Blues Foundation in Memphis Tennessee. Dan was a co-founder of Otis Taylor’s Trance Blues Festival. At Dannik’s, Dan has kept a small part of the Outlook torch alive with weekly live music and Sunday Open Mic’s. Dan doesn’t sing or play an instrument in front of live audiences. He is a true music fan who is humbled by the level of talent he has been able to host.
KGNU Radio Personality – Single Parent Advocate – Victorious Single Parent – Blogger – Author – Co-founder of Families of Color Colorado
Shiquita Yarbrough is a single mom of four great kids. Born in Fort Polk, Louisiana, she was raised in Chicago, Illinois, got married and divorced in Tennessee, moved to Austin, Texas and now resides in Longmont, Colorado.
Her journey has turned her into a passionate advocate for single parents. She is the voice for this often-disenfranchised population in our community through her KGNU radio show, Victorious Single Parent, her blog by the same name, and her work-in-progress book entitled The Craziness of Being a Single Parent. Her passion is to assist other single parents with ideas, strategies, resources, a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen.She reaches out to say “let’s take this journey together…you are not alone.” Shiquita is a co-founder of Families of Color Colorado, an organization where people of color can have a place to freely discuss racial and non-racial issues in our community and find fellowship with one another.
Shiquita works for the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. She is on the Board for The League of Women Voters of Boulder County, the program committee for Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) and is an Ambassador for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.