Owner, Paul Tamburello, receives Georgia R. Imhoff Philanthropist Award



Paul Tamburello, owner of Little Man Ice Cream, to receive Georgia R. Imhoff Philanthropist Award.

Every two years, Blacktie-Colorado honors a special humanitarian with the Georgia R. Imhoff Outstanding Philanthropist Award.

Paul will be announced as this year’s winner at the 2013 “Have You Met” party at EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th St., on Oct. 15. The “Have You Met” feature is a popular piece on the Blacktie-Colorado website about Denver’s movers and shakers.

Since opening in 2008, Little Man Ice Cream has lead social entrepreneurial and philanthropic efforts through its Community Outreach Committee and Scoop for Scoop programs. Through Paul’s vision and guidance, Little Man has given back over $100,000 to local and global communities.

 Little Man Ice Cream and Paul are dedicated to making a positive impact in our local and global communities. Specifically, Little Man is committed to supporting organizations with an emphasis in educational programs, childhood welfare, and hunger relief.

As a company and as individuals, the Little Man team strives to make a difference by offering its time, financial means, knowledge base, and delicious homemade ice cream. By developing these relationships and connections with businesses and organizations, Paul hopes to make ongoing contributions to see lasting change in our community and our world. Making a difference has never tasted so good!

The Little Man Ice Cream staff would like to congratulate Paul. He deserves this award and we are so proud of his accomplishments with Little Man and other ventures. He is a true role model and we are grateful for everything he does. Working for Little Man is more than just holding a job—it is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to be part of something great. We learn not only how to mold the perfect cone; we learn how to mold our lives and be productive members of society. What experiences can we learn from? What brain and heart currency can we offer?

Congrats Paul!  

And who was Georgia?

Since its inception more than 10 years ago, Blacktie-Colorado has interviewed 400 philanthropists and each one has his or her own unique perspective on helping others. The late Georgia R. Imhoff was a co-founder of Blacktie-Colorado.

Georgia Imhoff was raised like many in her generation, modestly. The proverbial girl next door. In the words of her son, Randy Ohlson: “A farm girl trying to make the world a better place”.

Her quest for a better world also made her a very special human being, who was enormously loved and respected by those who knew her. That is the impression you get from reading about Georgia, particularly her activities as a philanthropist.

Topping off her inspiring and important fundraising and philanthropic involvement, she took philanthropy to a new and modern level, when she in 2001 co-founded the first online Blacktie community in Denver, Colorado – two years before much younger college students, guys hoping to meet girls, launched Facebook! An impressive span from the Idaho sheep and wheat farm, where she was born, to a plunge into frontline social media world. She proved that women – of course – can be innovative also when it comes to technology and the digital world!

Blacktie is a national company covering 10 US markets, and now an established and fast growing website in the Washington D.C. social media world. Many consider Georgia Imhoff and Kenton Kuhn to be pioneer social media and social entrepreneurs.

She received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Denver School of Nursing in 1955 and joined the Army as a Lieutenant in the Nursing Corps.

Caring for children and women became ever after the central focus for her philanthropy. The Kempe Foundation for Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect was the institution that received so much of her time, energy, effort, expertise and money. The Kempe Center provides treatment and therapy to children and families and trains caseworkers to support them.

Georgia married Walt Imhoff in 1973 and with him and her two children she explored many of the good things in life: dance, travels and sport. She was a real lover of pleasures of life! Georgia was never a wall flower, and always fun to be around.

Georgia had an incredibly long list of philanthropic involvements and memberships – to mention some: Colorado Hemophilia Society, the Women’s foundation of Colorado, The Children’s Diabetes Guild, Girl Scouts, Friends of Nursing, the Regis University Task Force on the Future.


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