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August 21, 2005 - Wishes Can Come True

What: Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf Classic and Reception/ Silent Auction/Show

Where: Reception: Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast; Golf: Eisenhower Golf Club

When: August 20 and 21, 2005

Time: Reception: 6:00 p.m. 8/20; Golf: 9:00 a.m. 8/21

Ticket Prices: $20 for reception; $450 golf player fees + $4500 sponsorship

Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado- children with life-threatening medical conditions

Mistress of Ceremonies: Molly Hughes, CBS4

Gala Chairperson(s): Eddie Ainsworth, General Eisenhower Golf Club and Roger Reiling, Banker's Bank of the West

Committee Members: Eddie Ainsworth, Karon Scott, Kyle Chernoff, Jay Dikeman, Dennis Harrington, Josh Jessen, Terry Kirschner, Marilyn Libsack, Chip Liles, Gloria Lovell, Joan Mazak, Rick and Angie Moore, Patti Murphy, Roger Reiling, Andrew Schlauch, Lindsay Morgan Tracy, Greg Warneke

President(s): President/CEO: Joan Mazak

Speaker: Jordan Sibayan

Libations: Beer from the Steamworks Brewery in Durango/Bayfield; Napa Ridge Merlot and Chardonnay

Catering: Sage Hospitality, Radisson Hotel

Entertainment: Lannie Garrett and the Gypsy Swing Revue

Music: "gypsy swing"

Sponsors: Special custom stained glass star Awards were given to the following for donating enough money to fund a wish: Kaiser Permanente, KPMG LLP, Community Banks of CO, UMB Bank, MDC Holdings, Inc., First Data Corp., Best Buy District 9, Radisson Hotels, Frontier Airlines, Banker's Bank of the West, Valley Bank & Trust of Brighton, Alpine Banks, Liberty Media, Colorado Brokerage. Other sponsors included Cliff Singer Lettering, Eisenhower Golf Club, FirstBank Holding Co., Steamworks Brewing Co., Warneke Paper Box Co., Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream.

Quote of the evening: "A lot of people's dreams are going to come true by you helping them."--12-year-old Jordan Sibayan, make a wish recipient from two years ago and impromtu co-host

Menu: Assorted grilled vegetables, stuffed ravioli, Farfelle, roast beef and roast turkey, coconut fried shrimp, mini crab cakes, chicken empanadas, pastries

Attendance: 175 for reception, 120 golf players (sold out)

Attire: Upscale casual


Event Coordinator: Patti Murphy

Board of Directors: Officers Chairman Elizabeth Carney Vice Chairman Forrest D. Smith III Treasurer Charla McClintock Directors Gary A. Aboussie Mark G. Bauman Kenneth G. Crichlow, D.D.S. Robert Flynn Jim Nussbaum Suzanne Phillips Klein Michael C. Pennica Edward Pine, Pine Construction Kelly Potter John A. Sadwith John Schafer David Thomas III Karen Tilley, LCSW Timothy Wiens Stephen J. Zickefoose

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Jordan Sibayan and his father Chris received a Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyland tow years ago.
Jordan Sibayan and his father Chris received a Make-A-Wish trip to Disneyland tow years ago.

Pamela Cress

The staff at the Make-A-Wish Foundation had a wish of their own-- that their gala reception and golf classic would be fun, well-attended, and help to raise funds for children in Colorado with life-threatening medical conditions. They certainly got their wish this weekend.

On Saturday night, well-heeled guests feasted on fare offered in two rooms at the Radisson Hotel Southeast. Mouthwatering dishes included baron of beef, fresh carved turkey, stuffed ravioli, and other imaginative dishes served up by Executive Chef Paul Huddleson and his staff from Sage Hospitality.

In brightly decorated venues complete with balloons and glitter, guests perused 90 silent auction items including trips, gift certificates, and the most popular, a colorful slot machine.

Make-A-Wish Executive Director Joan Mazak warmly greeted more than 175 people and later distributed special custom made stained glass star awards to sponsors who made a wish possible for kids and their families. (Average cost of a wish fulfillment is $4.500.)

As attendees moved into the entertainment portion of the evening, 12-year-old Jordan Sibayan was the hit of the night as he was brought on stage and chatted with host Molly Hughes from CBS 4 News. Molly and Jordan instantly formed a comraderie and so did Jordan and the audience. A Make-A-Wish recipient from two years ago, Jordan was not shy about answering Molly's questions and providing what proved to be hilarious observations. Molly told Jordan that he really should be thinking of going into show business.

Partygoers were then superbly entertained by Denver icon Lannie Garrett, who with her Gypsy Swing Revue, whisked the audience to a past time and feel of a 1930s French jazz club. Reminiscent of music inspired by Jango Reinhardt, Lannie worked her magic as only she can do, with her incredible voice range and her multi-faceted singing styles. She can segue from a vamp to Annie Oakley with the snap of her fingers. Lannie also formed an instant friendship with Jordan, who was snapping his fingers to the beat and swinging the arm of his little niece Sashay, who also proceeded to steal the show as only a cute little 2-year-old can do.

The next day, 120 golfers tackled the majestic Eisenhower Golf Course on the grounds of the Air Force Academy. It's a good thing they started at 9:00 a.m., because the majority of them made it in before the lightning and storm call went out at 1:45 p.m.

The golfers worked up an appetite that was catered to by Texas Roadhouse when they got back to the clubhouse. There was potato salad, mixed greens, barbeque beef and chicken, and baked beans served up at a clip. Irresistable Dreyers Ice Cream bars topped off the meal.

Golf Club general manager and event co-chair Eddie Ainsworth definitely knew what he was doing, as his team birdied their way to win first place in the top flight. But the real winners are the kids, who will now be able to reaize their own special wish, thanks to these wonderful and generous people.

Ever since 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado has been giving Colorado children under the age of 18 with life-threatening conditions a chance to experience a special wish. Children can be referred by friends, teachers, medical personnel, and may even refer themselves.

When the child’s magical wish is granted, the entire family is included. It is a way for the child and their loved ones to experience joy, respite and a time when the focus is NOT on their illness.

There are currently 75 Make-A-Wish chapters operating in the United States, along with 27 international affiliates over five continents. Make-A-Wish estimates a positive impact on more than 300,000 individuals each year.

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