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October 18, 2004 - COLA Celebrates 25 Years

What: Colorado Lawyers for the Arts - Art Auction and Performance Gala

Where: Ravens Nest Art Center

When: October 16, 2004

Time: 6 - midnight

Beneficiary: Colorado Lawyers for the Arts

Host(s): Mayor Hickenlooper

EMCEE: Fox 31's: Tammy Vigil & Stacey Donaldson

Presenting Sponsor(s): Holland & Hart LLP

Gala Chairperson(s): Donald D. Allen (Gala Co-Chair), Kevin Carroll (Gala Premium Co-Chair), Barbara Groth (Gala Co-Chair), Elizabeth Lokey (Gala Premium Co-Chair),

Honorary Chairperson(s): Mayor John Hickenlooper

Co-Chair(s): Mark T. Baker (Gala Volunteer Chair), Dana Cardwell (Gala Ticket Chair), David J. Kendall (Gala Sponsor Chair), Brooke Woodward (Gala VIP Chair)

Executive Director: Kate O'Kami

Committee Members: Christopher Beall (CoLA Secretary), Rick Takemoto (CoLA Treasurer)

Co-President(s): Mark J. Meagher

Staff: Volunteers: Grover Brittain, Linda Brittain, AJ Brown, Lindsay Burleson, Patrick Burwick, Dina Chaiffetz, Corey Columbin, Vivi Enriquez, Candice Knight, Andrew Luxen, Patrick Marold, Jeanne Melberg, Eric Meyer, Roger Miller, Suzanne Miller, Circe Moss, Jennifer Mullenbach, Charlotte Musser, Osman Nawaz, Amie Nazarova, Carol Neubauer, Amanda Roberts, Bill Thode, LIsa Valenzuela, Shannon Vivic, Heather Wagar, Jenni Wisnewski

Speaker: Mayor Hickenlooper

Catering: Dougal Fine Catering

Entertainment: Marcia Kent Davis & Mysterioso, Perfrmance Artist "Z"

Music: DU Symphony Quartet; Mysterioso

Of note: Invite and Program Design by: White Knight Productions

Sponsors: Diamond: Baker & Hostetler LLP, Faegre & Benson LLP, First Data Corp, Marble:McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Snell & Wilmer LLP, Hogan & Hartson LLP,Crystal: Kendall, Dickinson & Koeing PC, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Isaacson Rosenbaum Woods & Levy P.C., Morrison & Foerster Foundation, Thompson/ West, Semple Brown Design, Brownstein Hyatt Farber, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett - Auctioneer

Attendance: 200

Special Thanks: Valentin Okorokov;Above the Rim;Hypnotiq, Sambuca Restaurant, Silver Star Printing, Ravens Nest Art Center, Colorado Imaging, Brenda Fraser, Frames for All Reasons, Optikon Image Studio, Level Vodka

Decor/Rental Company: Denver Design Works

Executive Producer(s): Barbara Hope & Don Gaiti of White Knight Productions

Board of Directors: Donald D. Allen, Mark T. Baker, Christopher Beall, J Owen Borum, Jeffrey A. Brimer, Dana Cardwell, Kevin Carroll, Dan Cochran, Barbara Groth, Aaron Hochstein, David J. Kendall, Elizabeth Lokey, Mark J. Meagher, Keith Ray, Daniel J. Ryan, Jennifer Smith, Rick Takemoto, Lisa Walter, Brooke Woodward, Kate O'Kami

 Live sculpture was just part of the allure of the CoLA Celebration!
Live sculpture was just part of the allure of the CoLA Celebration!

What do you have if you have 200 lawyers in a room? No punch line here folks. Over 200, passionate about the arts, people turned out to support the Colorado Lawyers for the Arts. For many, it was their visit to the unique Ravens Nest Art Center. But it won't be the last. This is a great facility for an artistic event, and it doubles as a real place for artists to work. Many thousands of dollars worth of art was hanging on the wall and available to take home. It was also a great opportunity for those who toil in the artistic vineyards to meet some of their ardent supporters and admirers. CoLA is the only organization in Colorado devoted exclusively to providing pro bono legal services and legal education to artists and arts organizations. Celebrating their 25th anniversary indicates that they must be doing something right. CoLA's goal is to ensure that artists and arts organizations succeed on their own creative abilities and that legal pitfalls don't derail the creative. Mayor Hickenlooper found time in his busy schedule to stop by and start the live auction. To show what a true supporter he is, he also purchased a painting. CoLA Chairman Mark Meagher of McKenna Long & Aldridge thanked everyone for coming and outlined the objectives of CoLA. There was something for everyone. Not only was there a plethora of paintings, but sculptor Valentin Okorokov did live sculpting for the crowd. For many, it was their first opportunity to see the creative process up so close. There was also wine, performance art by Z. Fine music by the DU Symphony Quartet, edible sculpture by Kacie of De Royale and personal ("framed") art by Optikon. After both the silent and live auctions closed, guests were treated to dessert and the music of Mysterioso. This evening of supporters of art from the heart won’t soon be forgotten.

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