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May 07, 2005 - "Opa!" Greek Fete Raises Funds for Cancer League

What: A Greek Festival of Hope

Where: Hyatt Regency Tech Center

When: May 7, 2005

Time: 6:00 pm

Beneficiary: Cancer League of Colorado

Mistress of Ceremonies: Stephanie Riggs, CBS4

Gala Chairperson(s): Barbara Reece, Kaye Music, Jane Hampe

Committee Members: Sandra Arkin, Jim Esterby, Marty Gathers, Sharon Whiton Gelt, Marie Genna, Cindy Goldberg, Linda Goto, Jane Hampe, Sheryl Jonas, Cindy Larsen, Marsh Lunnon, Edie Marks, Jane Mayberry, Michael McDermott, Kathy Mecom, Georgia Mucelli, Kaye Music, Jennifer O'Neill, Barbara Reece, Lorraine Salazar, Hyla Sloane, Ellen Stewart, Tatonka Capital, Dave Weisberg, Glory Weisberg

Entertainment: Richard Street- lead singer of The Temptations '71-'95

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Front Range Chrysler Jeep Dealers ”Diamanti” Diamond Sponsor: Great West Life ”Platina” Platinum Sponsor: MDC Holdings/Richmond American Homes ”Hyros” Gold Sponsors: Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason P.C., Crazy Merchant, The Howe Estate, Lockheed Martin, The Marks Family, Robert & Judi Newman, Orange Glo International, PBJ Reece Charitable Fund, Michael & Madeline Rohan, Lawrence Spivack, M.D., Tatonka Capital Corporation, Carl & Lisa Williams, Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation ”Asimi” Silver Sponsor: Allstate, Peter & Marilyn Coors, Englewood Mortgage, First American State Bank, 1st Bank of Cherry Creek, First Data Corporation, Gateway Services Group, The Kentwood Company, Donald & Marsha Lunon, Wells Fargo Bank

Menu: Nest of greens with hearts of romaine, feta cheese, kalamata olives, red onion, grape tomatoes with herb vinaigrette dressing; filet of beef with poached garlic demi glaze and garlic-rosemary rubbed grouper with preserved lemon creme accompanied by roasted potatoes in oregano and tomato with chef's selection of fresh vegetables; karithpita in orange syrup iwth ouzo creme

Attendance: 550

Attire: Black Tie

Board of Directors: Corporate Advisory Board: Terry Appel , Lauren Choate, Walt DeHaven, Judy Dennis, Jim Esterby, David Evans, Laura Fiemann, Justin Frame, Cindy Goldberg, James Hackstaff, Linda Hoffman, Alison C. Kame, Margaret Kelly, Mark A. Koenig, Mark Korell, Donald Lunnon, William Magaziner, Edie Marks, Andy Markusfeld, Gary Miller, Doug Moreland, Jennifer O'Neill, Governor Bill Owens, Matthew Papazin, Ginger Parietti, David Rolfe, Sally Sommers, Dr. Larry Spivack, Ellen Stewart, Erich Tiepel, Dave Weisberg, Wes Westbrook, Scott Young, Susan Youngs

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods

 Cancer League President Dave Weisberg presents flowers to Gala chairs Jane Hampe (left), Barbara Reece and Kaye Music
Cancer League President Dave Weisberg presents flowers to Gala chairs Jane Hampe (left), Barbara Reece and Kaye Music

Janet Woods

Opa! The Hyatt Regency Tech Center ballroom was transformed in to Greece for the 31st annual spring benefit for Cancer League. Elpitha, which means hope, was the theme for the festive fundraiser and befits an organization that hopes to find a cure for cancer. Gala Co-Chairs Jane Hampe, Kaye Music and Barbara Reece, along with League members brought a Greek Festival of Hope for over 500 guests with everything from Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres for guests to munch on while mixing and mingling during the cocktail hour, live Greek statues, to a performance by the Cretan Dancers of the Greek Dance Academy in Denver. The benefit for cancer research, patient care and family programs is an important show of support for those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Cancer League President Dave Weisberg knows the importance of finding a cure for cancer. The long-time supporter of the organization lost two sisters to the devastating disease, and for newscaster Stephanie Riggs, who served as emcee for the event, the organization holds a special place in her heart after her mother’s recent cancer diagnosis. In 1969, five women whose families were affected by cancer started Cancer League. The extraordinary organization has no paid staff or offices and has over 375 volunteer members. All proceeds from fundraising events remain in Colorado and go directly towards research to fight cancer and to non-profits serving those who are battling cancer. For every one dollar that Cancer League gives to doctors in cancer research, these doctors will get, on average, another $15 of additional funding. Since 1985, they have awarded over $4.7 million in research grants and service awards. Raising money to help find a cure for cancer is the mission of the gala and the annual car raffle is just one of the many exciting ways to do just that. This year’s prize auto was a 2005 Chrysler 300C, donated by Front Range Chrysler Jeep Dealers. League member Gayla Enzi sold the winning ticket to John Busey, who received a surprise phone call from Cancer League President Dave Weisberg. The live auction of decadent treats like a vacation of a lifetime for four couples to Villa Aves Del Paraiso in Mexico, a white gold three carat diamond necklace from Trice Jewelers, a golf foursome to RE/MAX founders Dave and Gail Liniger’s Sanctuary Golf Course and box seats to the 2005/2006 home opener for the Nuggets helped raise even more much needed funds to win the fight against cancer. After dinner and the live auction, the crowd received a special treat from Richard Street, former front man for the Temptations from 1971-1995. The Motown master entertained the crowd and performed familiar chart-topers while patrons kicked up their heals and cut loose on the dance floor. It was a festive end for the successful Greek Festival of Hope.

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