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February 25, 2006 - RMCMA Pulls Heartstrings at Crescendo! Gala

Where: Renaissance Suites Hotel, Broomfield

When: February 25, 2006

Time: 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Ticket Prices: $50 per person, table for four $200, table for 8 $400

Beneficiary: Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

EMCEE: Mark Johnson, Voice of the Colorado Buffaloes

Gala Chairperson(s): Louise Christopher

Executive Director: Peggy Bruns

Committee Members: Kay Neeley, Ann Paradise, Shawn Morrison, Peggy Bruns, Miriam McCarty, Walter Sharp, Judith Broeker, Rhonnie McCauley, Pamela Whitter

President(s): Peggy Bruns and Kathy Kucsan, co-founders

Catering: Renaissance Suites Hotel - Broomfield

Entertainment: Amanda Varlese, violinist

Music: Boulder Big Band

Of note: Talented Amanda Varlese, violinist, recepient of the RMCMA

Sponsors: SCFD, The Denver Foundation, The Community Foundation, Morrell Printing Solutions, Scripps Howard Foundation, Lafayette Youth Project, Daily Camera, Target-Lafayette, Wells Fargo-Louisville

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett - Auctioneer

Attendance: 160

Attire: Business casual

Special Thanks: Anspach's Jewelry

Board of Directors: Louise Christopher, Ran Huntsberry, Keith Spitz, Stanley Guralnick, Douglass Hawes, Julia Knearl, Alejandro Sierra

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Zenoff

Amanda "Mandy" Varlese, RMCMA recipient, accomplished violist and evenings entertainment with Steve Bruns, Elissa Guralnick, Peggy Bruns

Turn up the volume!

The Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, Crescendo! benefit raised $37,000 for the programs of the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts (RMCMA), a community music school providing, “Music for All…for Life!®”

The lively sounds from Boulder’s Big Band, directed by John Hoffman, filled the warm and elegant Renaissance Hotel ballroom, as music-loving patrons entered the event. Guests immediately were greeted by young volunteers selling white balloons, only one of which held the winning ticket to diamond drop earrings donated by Anspach’s Jewelry.

There were unique and separate areas set with delicious buffets serving stir-fry and scrumptious prime rib. As guests, to include sponsor Jackie Tall of Heritage Bank, nibbled on the delights, they meandered from room to room to sneak a bid on fabulous silent auction items such as cases of Colorado wines, Red Sox memorabilia, photography certificates and much more. Ann Paradise and Kay Neeley, the auction committee, relished in the exuberance AND bidding of the many items at hand.

Board member Julia Knear and guest Ken O’Brien enjoyed perusing as well as good friends Theo Ertl and Marge Gay enjoyed catching up with on old times.

The RMCMA is a 501c3 nonprofit community music school providing quality and creative musical programs for people of all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds and financial circumstances. RMCMA serves 700 students and the instructors are diverse and skilled musician-teachers. The RMCMA offers a student centered approach and recognizes potential in every student.

As the silent auction and dining came to a close the festivities continued with dancing and appreciation of the saxophone ice sculpture display streaming marvelous martinis.

The main program began with the engaging introduction by Colorado Buffaloes voice Mark Johnson. As Mark humorously endeared the audience with his questioning of why a jock would be selected to emcee such a high profile arts event he silenced the room when he expressed his personal appreciation for music by expressing how tunes enhanced the daily life of his autistic son.

Sixteen-year-old Amada Valese, a recipient of RMCMA, brought the house down with her exceptional display of viola talent as the main entertainment of the evening. Amanda is a concertmaster in violin, viola and piano.

The event volume continued to gain in pitch as the auctioneering talents of Gary Corbett enticed the crowd to bid thousands on wonderful items like trips to South Africa.

Dancers, such as Jay and Debra Flora (the winner of the diamond drops), closed the night to the continued delights of the Boulder Big Band.

When reflecting on the success of the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts gala benefit, all agree it ended with a Crescendo!

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