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November 12, 2004 - Swing, Swing, Swing! for Rocky Mountain Musical Arts

What: Silent Auction & Dance

Where: The Gatehouse in Lafayette

When: November 12, 2004

Beneficiary: Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

EMCEE: Dan Day, with Jon Williams Cotillions in Boulder

Co-Chair(s): Auction Co-Chairs Kay Neeley and Ann Paradise

Executive Director: Peggy E. Bruns

Staff: Peggy Bruns, Kathryn Kucsan, Nancy Grimes, Nora-Ellen Long, Rose Boden, Sue Eyler, and Deanna Kaufman.

Music: The Boulder Big Band with John Hoffman and the Deborah Stafford Quartet

Sponsors: Mehaffy, Brubaker & Ernst, LLC; Heritage Bank of Lafayette; Nielsen & Co., CPA & Consultants; Morrell Printing; Wendy Fickbohm, State Farm Insurance; Lively Marketing

Board of Directors: Louise Christopher, President, Ran Huntsberry, Vice President, Douglass Hawes, Secretary, Keith Spitz, Treasurer, Kathy Garcia, David Grimsland, and Catherine Underhill

Blacktie Photos by: Sara Buol

 Guests had a swinging good time at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts benefit and dance in Lafayette.
Guests had a swinging good time at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts benefit and dance in Lafayette.

Sara Buol Put on your swing shoes daddy-o! That’s exactly what guests at Swing, Swing, Swing! to benefit the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts did Friday, November 12, at the Gatehouse in Lafayette. The joint was jumping as the Boulder Big Band, featuring John Hoffman, tooted their horns and couples took to the dance floor. The Deborah Stafford Quartet opened the event with a few sultry tunes reminiscent of a lost era, while guests sipped cocktails and perused the silent auction that featured 250 items, ranging from an autographed University of Colorado Buffs football, to original artwork, and a Schwinn bicycle. Auction Co-Chairs, and sisters, Ann Paradise and Kay Neeley, worked hard to secure a number of donations from local restaurants, businesses and individuals, including four sets of swing dance lessons from Ward Sear with Jon D. Williams Cotillions in Boulder. Guests had the opportunity to learn some basic Swing moves from Sear throughout the course of the evening, and his partner in etiquette, Dan Day, acted as Emcee for the evening. In addition to thanking sponsors, and announcing door prize winners, Day encouraged guests to donate to the Heartstrings Program, through which people can make pledges for various repairs to keep instruments in the school’s instrument bank working. Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts provides quality, creative musical experiences for people of all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds, and financial circumstances. It was a family affair for many, as groups of all ages came out to support the great cause, including Board member Kathy Garcia and her son Zac, and Gigi Mitchell, with her son Rodney, who were both dressed to the nines in 1940’s-era duds. Louise Christopher, President of the Board, also brought a group of friends and family to help support music education. The Center, founded in 1995 by Peggy Bruns and Kathy Kucsan, offers a variety of musical instruction, ranging from individual and group lessons, to a piano certificate program. Bruns and Kucsan both remain active in their pursuit to educate the community about the value of music. Bruns is the Executive Director for the Center, and Kucsan provides leadership as the Education and Artistic Director. Membership to a number of ensembles and community groups, concerts, classes and workshops are also available through the Center. Approximately ten percent of RMCMA students receive some level of need-based financial aid. When all was said and done it was clear that everyone had a swinging good time to raise funds for music education, thanks to Founding Directors, Bruns and Kucsan, and in their words, “an entire community of people who value music and the arts in their everyday lives.”

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