Don’t miss out! Registration closes soon for ADL’s 2018 Torch of Liberty Dinner to be held at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Seawell Ballroom on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm. ADL is honored to present the Torch of Liberty award to three generations of the Wolf family – Elaine Wolf, her daughter Sandy, and her granddaughters Kelly Ann Hodges and Ashly Wolf – for their extraordinary philanthropic efforts that benefit countless individuals and families across the Front Range. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.adl.org/TorchDinner2018.
A powerful, philanthropic pack
Three generations of women have provided leadership to The Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation and its support of those in need throughout Colorado. Melvin and Elaine started the Foundation in 1979 with the belief that with the privilege of being part of a community comes the responsibility of giving something back. The Foundation is guided by a desire to open children to the possibilities of wonder, enjoyment and enlightenment through learning and observation, and to address difficult issues in lives of adults and families, including those related to health, housing, shelter and a lack of food, as well as to ensure that there is art in everyone’s life. The Foundation’s patronage of many worthwhile institutions and programs throughout the community has included tremendous support of ADL and especially its anti-bias education initiative, No Place for Hate®, which is in about 60 schools throughout Colorado.
The torch of liberty has been passed from generation to generation in the Wolf family. Elaine Wolf is the President Emeritus of the Foundation. Sandy, her daughter, who carried the torch alongside her parents, has worked in the Foundation since its inception and ensured it remains true to its vision. In turn, Sandy has passed the torch onto her daughters, Ashly Wolf and Kelly Ann Hodges, who are currently Directors of the Foundation.
As the co-founder and President Emeritus of the Foundation, Elaine Wolf has ensured for 40 years that the Foundation serves as a resource for the betterment of all people. Elaine identifies with those that are less fortunate. Her family knows her best for her quick humor and insistence on creating opportunities for those in need.
From owning an ice cream shop and several other retail ventures to serving as the President of the Foundation, Sandy Wolf has always followed her own entrepreneurial vision and humanitarian spirit. Sandy’s quiet and steady leadership includes chair of the Children’s Hospital Maternal Fetal Surgery Center, which each year creates new destinies for literally hundreds of newborns and their families each year; Sandy was also the driving force behind the Elaine Wolf Theater built at the MACC. Sandy is motivated by kindness towards all people and a deep love for her family.
A mom, an artist, a rancher and horsewoman, Kelly Ann Hodges is big hearted and has a big personality, and like Sandy, when it comes to philanthropy, prefers to remain in the background. When she isn’t sculpting with steel to create works of art she is working towards solutions to make Colorado a more generous and welcoming place for everyone who would make it their home.
A graduate of ADL’s Robert B. Sturm Mountain States Leadership Initiative, in addition to her work with the Foundation, Ashly Wolf is also the founder of Femme Rising, an organization dedicated to enabling women to unlock their full feminine potential. Being raised in a family of strong and supportive women instilled within her the power of community and the belief that when one woman rises, all rise.
Joshua Hume, Sandy’s son, who lives out of state, is also involved in the Foundation, overseeing the operation’s investments.