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November 05, 2005 - Pink Tie Affair Hits a High Note

What: Annual Pink Tie Affair

Where: Adam's Mark

When: November 5, 2005

Time: 5:30 VIP, 6:30 General Admission

Beneficiary: Denver Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kim Christiansen, KUSA 9NEWS

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Koebrich, KUSA 9NEWS

Presenting Sponsor(s): RE/MAX International

Honorary Chairperson(s): Dottie Lamm, Roger Ogden, Frances Owens

Founders: Nancy Brinker

Executive Director: Valerie Chilewski

Committee Members: Rita Alexander, Heather Barry, Nancy Bernosky, Dana Brandorff, Valerie Chilewski, Sally Clark, Deborah Denham, Micah D'Hondt, Sheri Difini, Alexandra Elliott, Lauren Franklin, Callista Goheen, Michelle Hanley, Victoria Scott-Haynes, Sherry Jackson, Michele Kapaun, Kelli Kindel, Nancy Lewis, Joan Lucas, Suzanne Mountfort, JP Pedinielli, Cynthia Petrus, Maia Rogers, Jennifer Rottler, Beth Schmidt, Debbie Staten, Lynne Valencia, Melissa Vetterling, Susan Von Minden, Rhetta W. Shead, Jackie Weill

President(s): Dr. Martin Zamora

Staff: Raeanne Kooren, CPA, Sarah Fischler, Rita Alexander, Elizabeth van der Stokker, Veronica Hernandez, Patricia Reed

Entertainment: Jim Brickman, Grammy-nominated pianist/songwriter

Sponsors: Platinum: National Distributing Company, Inc., Champagne Taittinger; Pink Diamond: Marisco Capital Management, LLC;Gold: American Family Insurance, DEX Media,, Exempla Healthcare, 5280 Magazine, MIX 100, 9News, SAKS Fifth Avenue; Silver: Denver Technological Center Management, Anonymous Donor; Ruby: 1st Bank of the Tech Center, Advanced Medical Imagin, Barber Architecture, HealthONE, Lehrer's Flowers, MedImmune, Qwest Communications, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Safeway, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, The Weitz Company; Sapphire: Aspen Healthcare Metrics, Roger and Valerie Chilewski, Ellis Family Services, LLC., Encana Oil & Gas, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital, First Data/Western Union, GMAC CH Capital Corporation, Michele Kapaun and Chris Tsouris, Terrence P. Murphy, M.D., P.C., Saltzman Communications, SMG/Colorado Convention Center, Time Warner Telecom, Vista Packaging Inc., Martin Zamora, M.D.; Patrons: Joseph and Penny Berenbaum, Tom and Mary Conroy, John and Angela DellaSalle, Patricia B. Hill, Kelly Kimber and Kimberly Nelson, Jed and Maia Rogers

Auctioneer: Auction & Event Solutions, Inc.

Attendance: over 600

Attire: Cocktail with many shades of pink

Special Thanks: Adam's Mark, Auction & Event Solutions, Inc.,, Jim Brickman, Brooks International Speakers & Entertainment Bureau, Bruce & Deb Benham, Dana Brandorff Public Relations, Kim Christiansen, Coffee Etcetera Espresso Bar, Colorado Conservatory of the Jazz Arts, Colorado Company Magazine, Denver Post, Design Works by Dave & Mike, DEX Media, Micah D'Hondt, eBags, Cyndy Everett, Margaret Malone Faciszewski, 5280 Magazine, Evette Goldstein, Robert B. Hahn, Kelli Kindel Events, Inc., Kolacny Music, Mark Koebrich, Lehrer's Flowers, Wendy Lukazcek, Michelle Nathanson, MIX 100, National Distributing Company, Inc., 9News, Qube Visual, Pink Tie Affair Committee & Volunteers, Rock Solid Design, Rocky Mountain News, Rollins Production, Debra Reeves, SAKS Fifth Avenue, Sandy Puc Expressions, Inc., Staff of the Denver Affiliate, Taittinger Champagne, Tomboy Design House, Gwen Yaklich

Florist: Lehrer's Flowers


Event Coordinator: Kelli Kindel

Board of Directors: Dr. Martin Zamora, President; Marilyn Saltzman, Vice President- Administration; Bruce Benham, Vice President- Fund Development; H. Arthur Graper, CPA, CFA, Treasurer; Thomas Conroy, CPA; Elyse Gellerman; Jan Haft; Sherry Jackson; Kathy Magnani; Erika Moore; JP Pedinielli; Yolanda Quesada; Maia Rogers; Jennifer Rottler; Robert K. Shaw; Suzanne Steinberg

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods

 Executive Director Valerie Chilewski and President Dr. Martin Zamora with Jim Brickman, who entertained the crowd after dinner
Executive Director Valerie Chilewski and President Dr. Martin Zamora with Jim Brickman, who entertained the crowd after dinner

Janet Woods

The Denver Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and their annual Pink Tie Affair hit a high note this year at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. This year’s fete, which helps raise funds for the fight to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness through advancing research, education, screening and treatment, brought out a new look, a new attitude and new fun.

The Affair was a relaxed and fun evening incorporating a piano-bar feel. Guests enjoyed Taittinger champagne while bidding on one-of-a-kind items in the extensive silent auction that offered a little something for everyone. Guests then moved into the grand ballroom for an elaborate walk-about feast featuring a risotto bar, sushi and sashimi bar and a satay station.

Adding more action to the gala was the live auction, which featured a Las Vegas getaway, courtesy of Gail and Dave Liniger, founders of RE/MAX International, the presenting sponsor of the event.

Following the live auction, Grammy-nominated pianist/songwriter Jim Brickman entertained the crowd. Brickman is one of Windham Hill’s best selling recording artists and was a huge hit for the crowd of over 600.

The annual Pink Tie Affair is an important fundraiser for the Denver Affiliate of the Komen Foundation. More than 2,500 women in Colorado will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and through funds raised at the Affair, the Affiliate will fund 27 projects that benefit uninsured and underinsured individuals throughout the 12-county area.

The Denver Affiliate has raised more than $17.6 million since its inception in 1994 and was recognized last year as the second highest revenue generating Affiliate in the 100-member-plus Domestic Affiliate Network.

The Komen Foundation is a leader in the fight against breast cancer. The foundation was established because of a promise made between two sisters. Before her death from breast cancer at 36, Susan Goodman Komen asked her sister Nancy Goodman Brinker to do everything possible to bring an end to the disease. By establishing the Foundation in 1982 in honor of her sister, Nancy kept her promise.

The Foundation has grown into an international organization with a network of 75,000 volunteers in more than 100 local Affiliates.

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