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November 11, 2005 - SafeHouse Denver Dances in the Moonlight

What: Annual Safehouse Denver Sterling Ball

Where: Seawell Grand Ball Room, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

When: November 11, 2005

Time: 6:00 pm

Beneficiary: Safehouse Denver

Gala Chairperson(s): Katie Rubano

Executive Director: Ellen Stein Wallace

Committee Members: Julie Mansfield, Stephanie Feuer, Kristi Palmer, Karen Fox

Music: Moment's Notice

Sponsors: Platinum: The Anschutz Foundation Gold: Rita Bass, Alan & Katie Fox Silver: Mr. & Mrs. Walt Coughlin, Susan & Howard Noble, Radiology Imaging Associates Bronze:Kaiser Permanente, Montgomery, Little & McGrew LLP Patron:Colorado Housing & Finance Authority, Karen Fox, IMA Financial Group, M.D.C.Holdings, Inc., Hogan & Hartson, Snell & Wilmer, Wells Fargo, BKD, LLP, Powers Phillips PC, Rothergerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP, Guaranty Bank, Brownstein Hyatt & Farber Individual: Osborn Family Foundation, Ken Buckius- American National Bank, Arlene & Barry Hirschfeld

Auctioneer: Norm Early

Special Thanks: Norm Early, Rich Rodgers- Sterling Ball print design work

Florist: Botanica


Board of Directors: Walt Coughlin, Miko Ando, Steve Emmons, Richie Fontenot, Patty Fontneau, Karen Fox, Pete Kane, Kate Osborn Lively, Sgt. Matthew Murray, Susan Noble, Kristi Palmer, Mary Phillips, Linda Weiler, Tammy Westerberg, Natalie Wilkins, Debbie Zuege, Johanna Ladis, Monica Niedermeyer

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods

 Christine and Chuck Masten. Christine was the recipient of the Community Impact Award
Christine and Chuck Masten. Christine was the recipient of the Community Impact Award

Janet Woods

In the end, they say it’s all about the numbers. For SafeHouse Denver, numbers hold a special meaning for those women and children who seek help from the organization that provides an emergency shelter specifically for victims of domestic violence.

For 350 women and children, SafeHouse meant they had a shelter from a personal storm. Over 8,900 nights of shelter were provided for women and children who called SafeHouse their home during some part of the year. For 13,000 callers, it meant that someone responded to their calls for support and information on the 24-hour crisis and information line.

For 248 kids, SafeHouse Denver taught them how to prepare a safety plan, to build their self-esteem and to get help dealing with their feelings and to understand that the domestic violence situation in their home is not their fault.

And for two very special women, who were honored at the annual Sterling Ball at the Seawell Ballroom, SafeHouse Denver means that their devotion and dedication pays off to help women and children of domestic violence.

Ruth M. Glenn, a survivor of domestic violence, was the recipient of the Carolyn Hamil- Henderson Memorial Award, an award presented by SafeHouse that recognizes an individual who has provided inspiration and leadership in efforts to end domestic violence in the community. The award is a memorial to Hamil-Henderson, the founder and president of the Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition who also worked tirelessly to obtain the Colorado Tax check-off for the Domestic Abuse Assistance Fund, an effort that has raised over four million dollars for domestic violence shelters across the state.

Ruth Glenn has volunteered in the domestic violence movement since becoming safe herself, 12 years ago. A long time member of the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence Survivors’ Task Force, she has also served on the boards of many domestic violence programs. She is currently the Administrator of the Domestic Abuse Assistance Program for the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Attorney Christine Mastin’s mission has been to care, to heal and to inspire through her pro bono work. She was presented with the Community Impact Award, which recognizes someone who is influential in the community and has taken a public stand against domestic violence and acknowledges someone who may not be working directly in the field, but has taken a public stand against abuse.

Christine started working with the SafeHouse bilingual program in 1997 and was a key player in establishing the organization’s Pro Bono Immigration Project. Her knowledge of immigration laws and compassion to contribute to a greater society has helped many women with children who are trapped in abusive relationships because of the immigration status to be able to self petition for legal status, enabling them to leave the relationship without fear of deportation and to be able to work in the country legally.

Former Denver District Attorney Norm Early was a friend of the late Carolyn Hamil-Henderson and graciously presented both ladies with their awards. His recent career includes being a skilled and savvy auctioneer, and he helped SafeHouse raise even more funds in the live auction.

SafeHouse Denver is the only agency in Denver County that provides a broad range of fully bilingual programming and an emergency shelter specifically for women, children and youth who are victims of domestic violence. Nearly 1,600 women and children received non-residential services through SafeHouse Denver’s Counseling and Advocacy Center.

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