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March 04, 2006 - "Get Lucky for a Good Cause" at HOPE Center's Vintage Vegas

What: HOPE Center Lady Auxiliary presents

Where: The Sherman Building

When: March 4, 2006

Time: 8PM until Midnight

Beneficiary: The HOPE Center

Executive Director: George E. Brantley

Attire: Vintage Vegas

Board of Directors: Chairperson, Charles T. Smith; Vice Chairperson, Sid Davidson; Treasurer Dave Jones; Secretary Max Skidmore, Dr. John Fischer, Dr. Barbara Batey, Ron King, Peggy Cain Price, Paul Swift

Blacktie Photos by: Chelsea Wyatt

 Kymbal Lindsay and Jaime Jones
Kymbal Lindsay and Jaime Jones

Chelsea Wyatt

It was an evening of roulette and riches at the historic Sherman Building in Downtown Denver on March 4th, 2006. The evening featured the return of Vegas to Denver, and the room was a spinning blur of roulette wheels and rich with laughter from each of the tables, all rolling the dice for the children of the HOPE Center.

Each of the attendees dressed the part for the evening, and each guest was given a 1920s bowler hat or a feather boa to top off the outfit. The men tipped their hats and the ladies sashayed through the crowd towards the amazing silent auction tables. The silent auction included items that were fun for all ages, everything from a champagne and glass display set to a giant Crunch bar! The playful feeling of the evening was infectious, and every one had an amazing time learning how to play a new game, whether it be craps or Texas Hold'em, or practicing a familiar one.

The evening was even more of a huge success because of the location. The Sherman Center was built in 1909. With its decorated ceilings, huge chandeliers, and turn-of-the-century glamour, it was the perfect setting for Vintage Vegas! The location was actually previously used as a Masonic Temple, but now is rented out for events such as this.

This was the first time that the HOPE Center threw the Vintage Vegas event, and it was a huge success! The Hors D’ourves kept the guests energy up for some great networking, gambling, and chatting about the future of the HOPE Center. Vintage Vegas was such a success that the non-profit hopes to make it an annual event! With all of the attendees, the high energy, and the smiles present at the Sherman Center on March 4th, 2006, it would be easy to envision it becoming a yearly event.

Hope Center is a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted children, individuals with developmental disabilities and developmental delays at-risk, and persons in need of specialized vocational or educational services. These services are provided in order to develop, maintain, and enhance the functioning of each enrollee. The philosophy of service is to admit individuals to programs within their agency which meet their needs and requirements as specifically as possible.

The HOPE Center is passionately focused on children who are at-risk, children with developmental disabilities/delays and inner city children who are gifted as well as adults with developmental disabilities. HOPE Center believes that childhood represents the most precious time of life, when every human shapes most of his other fundamental traits that immeasurably affect the remainder of their life. Consequently, HOPE Center’s staff is committed to providing the highest, most personalized level of education and training possible for children 2-½ to age 8, and for adults with developmental disabilities. This education and training helps to positively impact each of their lives.

Unfortunately, this most formative time of life can be particularly challenging to children of the inner city. Frequently, social and economic conditions combine with special needs to negatively inflict tender lives. The HOPE Center works hard to counter such childhood impediments, endeavoring to provide each child with the skills and education needed for a long, fulfilling life. Their conviction is that each child must be treated and nurtured as an individual with individual needs. Therefore, their mission is to match every child to programs and services specific to his or her needs and requirements.

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