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October 09, 2004 - The Adoption Exchange Creates Memories and Fulfills Dreams

What: 17th Annual Fantasy Ball

Where: 1770 Sherman Street Event Complex

When: October 9, 2004

Beneficiary: The Adoption Exchange

Mistress of Ceremonies: Brooke Wagner, CBS4

Master of Ceremonies: Tony Lopez, CBS4

Honoree(s): White Fence Farm and the Charles Wilson Family

Presenting Sponsor(s): The DiPasquale Family and The Padgett Family Foundation

Gala Chairperson(s): Ray and Suellyn Nutt

Honorary Chairperson(s): Pat Boone

Executive Director: Dixie van de Flier Davis, Ed.D.

Committee Members: David Alexander, Sally Armitage, Chris and Laura Boggs, Judi Butt, Jane Christie, Marcia Christofferson, Jill DiPasquale, Margaret Johnson, Greg and Michelle Karl, Jan Kossman, Jodi Kostelnik, Susan Larkin, Julie LeMaitre, Gary Lutz, Leigh Mitchell, Trisha Moore, Eva-Lynn Moses, John Quaiel, Cindy Reisch, Richard Rizzo, Roselyn Saunders, Karyn Songer, Lisa Sorbo, Margaret Tezak, Nastassja Zappolo

Staff: Jacki Propernick, Director of Development and Melanie Escobar, Manager of Volunteer Services and Special Events

Welcome: Pam Kiker, Board President

Entertainment: Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Sponsors: Gold: Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado and Grills Family Foundation; Silver: The Kiker Team, Keller Williams Realty, Sharon Magness Blake, Regal CineMedia Corporation, Starz Encore Group; Bronze: LL Cassaday Company P.C., Fleishman & Shapiro, P.C., Jeremy and Angie Flug, Lottner Rubin Fishman Brown & Saul, P.C., Edgemark Development LLC, McDonnell Family Foundation, Sheridan Ross, Mike Shanahan, Stolberg Children’s Foundation, Wells Fargo N.A., Wendy’s International, Ron and Nastassja Zappolo

Auctioneer: Steve Cassaday

Attendance: 450

Attire: Blacktie optional

Decor/Rental Company: That Bitchy Florist

Board of Directors: Pam Kiker, President; Richard Brinneman, Don Butt, Linda Cassaday, Clement Cobbs, Leslie Craig, Barbara Dalberg, Ph.D., Jill DiPasquale, Jeremy Flug, Annetta Gallagher, Honey Goldberg, Tom Goodyear, Robert Griffith, Richard Hess, Greg Karl, Susan Larkin, Hugh McGarry, Suellyn Nutt, Janet Perlstein, Joan Prugh, MSW, Honorable Nancy Saitta, Elaine Torres Workman, Mary Treppeda, Ed Widmann, David Zinger; Honorary Directors: Tangy Buchanan, Larry DiPasquale, Roger Ogden, James Padgett, Marv Rockford, Charles Steinbrueck, Larry Walker

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes-Crony

 Sarah and Robert Fairfield get a big hug from Honorary Chair Pat Boone
Sarah and Robert Fairfield get a big hug from Honorary Chair Pat Boone

Elizabeth Byrnes-Crony

"Over 130,00 children are waiting across the country for their forever families," said Pam Kiker, Board President of The Adoption Exchange at the 17th Annual Fantasy Ball, held on October 9, 2004. “It is wonderful to be part of a organization that finds the connections for these children.”

The theme, “Creating Memories, Fulfilling Dreams,” is also the mission of the organization. The Adoption Exchange was established on the belief that every child is entitled to a family filled with love, contentment and safe from abuse. Their mission is to provide the connection between families who adopt and children who wait.

Plenty of new memories were created at the gala, where recording legend Pat Boone was the Honorary Chair, mingling with the past and present board members and Wednesday’s Child Awardees. Over four hundred guests filled the ballroom at the 1770 Sherman Street Event Complex, enjoying dinner prepared by Epicurean Catering and dancing late into the evening to the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.

"I want to help the plight and be part of the solution," Honorary Chair Pat Boone told the guests, referring to the many children awaiting adoption. “I grew up with my parents but there are many kids that aren't that lucky."

Pat Boone sold more records in the '50s than any other artist except one, Elvis Presley. He has broken boundaries in the world of pop music, starred in 15 motion pictures, written several best selling books and songs, hosted his own TV variety series, The Chevy Showroom, and become a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Columbia University. He is a legend on his own but he also has the privileged title of being the great, great, great, great grandson of Daniel Boone.

Brooke Wagner and Tony Lopez of CBS4 were the emcees for the evening. “I have had the privileged of working with the Wednesday’s Child taping segment, each week for almost a year and a half,” said Brooke. “Each week the children light up my life and I go home wishing that a family sees what I saw and will call and adopt them.”

Dr. Dixie van de Flier Davis, Executive Director of The Adoption Exchange and past honoree, presented the 2004 Wednesday’s Child Award to honorees Charles and Becky Wilson of the White Fence Farm.

The farm, owned and operated by the Charles Wilson family in Lakewood, is known nationwide for its great food (especially the chicken) and good fun. Recognized by Westword for “Best Fried Chicken” and “Best Children’s Menu” and by the Rocky Mountain News as the “Best Place to Take Your Parents,” the White Fence Farm is situated on eight acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with a fully equipped playground.

In 1994, The Adoption Exchange found the White Fence Farm to be the “Best Place to Hold Adoption Orientation.” Prospective parents are welcomed with open arms by the Charles Wilson family to learn more about the adoption process at these information secessions. At the invitation of the Charles Wilson family in 1995, The Adoption Exchange began holding its annual summer adoption-networking picnic at the farm.

Each summer, on a designated Saturday, the farm is closed to the public and plays party host to as many as 200 guests that include waiting children, waiting families, caseworkers, foster families, volunteers and staff of The Adoption Exchange. The farm employees give up their Saturday to work as volunteers, preparing and serving the chicken dinners.

Over the years, the Charles Wilson family and the White Fence Farm has graciously hosted over 1,800 guests of The Adoption Exchange. Two hundred and thirty-six waiting children have attended an adoption party and of those 236 children, 138 are now in permanent adoptive homes.

“The real champions are the families that step up to love and adopt these kids,” said Charles Wilson, as he and his wife Becky, accepted the award.

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