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October 15, 2005 - SafeHouse Denver Benefits at Urban Roundup

What: 4th Annual Urban Cowboy Charity Event

Where: Walnut Foundry Event Center

When: October 15, 2005

Time: 7pm - midnight

Ticket Prices: $60.00

Beneficiary: SafeHouse Denver

Host(s): ASCENT Foundation

EMCEE: KOSI 101 Morning Show hosts Murphy and Jo

Presenting Sponsor(s): Radiology Imaging Associates/Invision

Gala Chairperson(s): Wayne Keith, ASCENT Foundation Board Chair

Executive Director: SafeHouse; Ellen Walace

Libations: Coors, E & J Gallo Winery

Catering: Gourmet Fine Catering

Music: The Railbenders

Of note: Travel package donated by African Eyes Travel

Sponsors: Radiology Imaging Associates/Invision. Supporting sponsors are Deloitte, Coldwell Banker Cherry Creek, MLC Development, Chase Bank, Keith Realty, E+J Gallo Winery, Izze Beverage Compay, GoFAST!, Bonjour Management, Coors, KOSI 101 and Park Meadows Shopping Center. The Squire Lounge at Colfax and Williams offered drink specials following the event.

Menu: Western BBQ buffet dinner

Attendance: 500 young professionals of Denver

Attire: Urban Cowboy

Event Coordinator: Wayne Keith and Devin Spindler

Planning Committee: Matt Michaelson, Shawn Bentley, Elizabeth Richards, Carrie Wernecke, Jenni, Medina, and Jake Ellison

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer


 SafeHouse Executive Director Ellen Wallace, left, Special Events Manager Renu Poduval, Children's Program Manager Chessie Morgan and Director of Shelter Services Jeanine Mayer
SafeHouse Executive Director Ellen Wallace, left, Special Events Manager Renu Poduval, Children's Program Manager Chessie Morgan and Director of Shelter Services Jeanine Mayer

Marcelo Mainzer

On Saturday the 15th the Walnut Foundry Event Center thundered with the sound of Country, rockin' music as the Ascent Foundation hosted the Fourth Annual Urban Cowboy event to benefit SafeHouse Denver.

The ASCENT (A Socially Conscious Entity) Foundation is a Denver-based nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and money for local charities. The organization’s mission is to increase the philanthropic activity of 25-40 year olds. In the past the ASCENT Foundation has supported American Cancer Research and the Leadership Challenge.

SafeHouse Denver assists women, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence. SafeHouse Denver operates the only shelter in Denver County that exclusively serves victims of domestic violence. It began in 1977, as a 16-bed shelter providing a safe place for women and their children, today, SafeHouse has a 30-bed shelter, which served more than 500 women and children in 2000. Programs address the wide ranging of needs of thousands more, including advocacy support groups, medical care, education, and referrals to other services.

How do you increase the philanthropic activity of successful 25-40 year olds? One way is to give them the opportunity to put on their urban cowboy duds and come to a fabulous party in a trendy location. Add a great band like the Railbenders, a mechanical bull, arm wrestling competition, a milking machine, trick roping and line dancing demos and you have the makings of a winning fundraising event. And if that wasn’t enough the silent auction contained great gift items like autographed sports memorabilia, a chance to try your hand at a real cattle drive, courtesy of Coors and Sylvan Ranch, and many other great items.

Some local celebrities who came to help out included KOSI 101 Morning Show hosts Murphy and Jo acting as Emcees, and the Rocky Mountain News, Society Writer Dahlia Jean Weinstein. Also on hand to lead the line dancing was Ralph Dopheide. Representing SafeHouse was Executive Director, Ellen Wallace, Special Events Manager, Renu Poduval, Children's Program Manager. Chessie Morgan and Director of Shelter Services Jeanine Mayer

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