At Jeffco breakfast, it's all good news

Hundreds get together to honor Jeffco residents who do the right thing

Posted 4/18/16

About 400 people gathered at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on April 12 to hear word of the county’s good news.

The theme for the 26th annual Good News Breakfast was “Building and Protecting Our Community.” Coinciding with the theme, nine …

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At Jeffco breakfast, it's all good news

Hundreds get together to honor Jeffco residents who do the right thing

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About 400 people gathered at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on April 12 to hear word of the county’s good news.

The theme for the 26th annual Good News Breakfast was “Building and Protecting Our Community.” Coinciding with the theme, nine individuals or organizations were awarded with an honoree plaque this year.

Thirty-year Jefferson County resident Sidnie O’Connell was inducted to the Good News Coalition’s hall of fame. O’Connell retired from the Good News Steering Committee in 2015 after serving six years. She currently works at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health.

It began in 1989 when people were hearing too much of the county’s negative news, said Mark Smiley, chair of the Good News Coalition, in his welcome speech. But there was good news happening, too — it just wasn’t on the forefront. Thus began the Good News Breakfast, and it has now become a legend in Jefferson County, he said.

“The bottom line is, we are all in this together,” said Arvada Police Chief Don Wick, the keynote speaker for the event. “We all need to engage with each other.”

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