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January 28, 2006 - "The Art of Fashion"

What: CultureHaus and the Denver Art Museum Annual Fundraiser

Where: Walnut Foundry

When: January 28, 2006

Time: 6 pm to 10 pm

Ticket Prices: Members $35 in advance, $50 at the door, Non-members $45 in advance, $60 at the door

Beneficiary: CultureHaus and the Denver Art Museum

EMCEE: Darby Donohue

Honorary Chairperson(s): Mayor John Hickenlooper

Co-Chair(s): Christina Brickley, Sally Brandt Lieb

Catering: Gourmet Fine Catering

Entertainment: Fashion Show

Music: DJ Matté of Awakened Productions

Sponsors: ProCorp Images, Gourmet, Walnut Foundry, Sportique Scooters, Emily Griffith School of Opportunity, Crystal Sharp Designs, Joey Delores, Matte / Awakened Productions, Maniac Productions, Events by Eloise, Flying Dog, Eric Trujillo / Idee Force, Augie / Icandy Graphics, Jason Otero / Art and Anthropology, 3 Olives Vodka, Coppola, Hess, Capri, Bella Fiore Day Spa, Jeff Navarro Photography, Continental Sausage, Fast Frame, Ricard DeOlivera and Summit Distributing. The Walnut Foundry

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett - Auctioneer

Board of Directors: Duke Beardsley, Sally Brandt Lieb, Gleneen Brienza, Donna Crafton, Darby Donohue, Loren Faye, Susan Gillespie, Jackie Greiner, Hollianne Hall, Patrick Hatcher, Jeffrey Hirschfeld, Kasia Iwaniczko, Karl Krafft, Kathryn Lester, Lance Marx, Michael Mowry, Jessica Newman, Jason Otero, Kellie Reichert, Patrick van den Broek

Blacktie Photos by: Tracy E. Hoback

 Ricardo DeOlivera Tee Shirt Designer, Susan Gillespie
Ricardo DeOlivera Tee Shirt Designer, Susan Gillespie

Tracy E. Hoback

A passion for culture set the scene for “The Art of Fashion,” a benefit for the CultureHaus, an extension of the Denver Art Museum. As guests arrived they entered a swanky lounge anchored by a runway. DJ Matté of Awakened Productions enhanced the ambiance with fresh beats. Event co-chairs Christina Brickley and Sally Brandt Lieb welcomed attendees such as Mayor Hickenlooper, the Honorary Chairman.

A social and educational extension of the Denver Art Museum, CultureHaus connects the young at heart with art. Founded in 1997, CultureHaus provides its members with a wide range of opportunities to learn about art and collecting. At exclusive events held nearly every month, members and guests can enjoy unique insights about art, private exhibition viewings, and the chance to meet other art enthusiasts and make new friends.

Guests at the event were able not only able to enjoy their surrounding, but they were treated to three bars, including a martini bar, all of which were provided by Southern Wine and Spirits. They were also enticed by an international pasta buffet featuring dishes inspired by other cultures. Accompanying this buffet was an impressive imported sausage and aged cheese display. These food creations were designed by Gourmet Fine Catering whose owners Darby Donohue and Kent Kidwell, were in attendance.

If the food and the spirits weren’t enough to keep the guests enticed, the silent auction items would do it. Several Cherry Creek North shops donated very generously to this event. The Cherry Creek Shopping Center donated a valet parking card, Andrisen Morton donated a beautiful silk men’s tie, and C.B. Paws gave a great package for someone’s prize pooch. Even if everyone didn’t get the auction items they wanted, guests did not leave empty handed. There were great tee shirts for sale designed by Ricardo DeOlivera.

Along with the silent auction items, there were several live auction items as well. Auctioneer Gary Corbett had the crowd in a bidding frenzy as he auctioned off a Hickenlooper Scooter complete with decals designed by local artist Erik Trujillo. Winner Dina Laul couldn’t believe she was taking the scooter home!

This event wasn’t called “The Art of Fashion” for nothing. The main event of the evening was an amazing fashion show. This show featured several student designers from the Emily Griffith Opportunity School. Guests were wowed by the talent and creativity of these aspiring young designers. As the capstone of the show, Crystal Sharp of She-She Boutique presented a beautiful spring 2006 collection. Every guest found something they could not live without from her collection.

CultureHaus was not the only beneficiary of the evening. Jose Clark of Mexico won a trip to New York. He will accompany Crystal Sharp and Darby Donohue to New York City where he will experience first hand the magic of Fashion Week and the Garment District. The young man was thankful and very excited to receive the opportunity that CultureHaus is providing him.

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