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April 10, 2006 - "A Night to Remember" at Morton's

What: Wine tasting benefiting Third Way and Tennyson Centers

Where: Morton's the Steakhouse, Downtown Denver

When: April 10, 2006

Time: 6:00-9:00

Ticket Prices: VIP: $250; $150

Beneficiary: Third Way Center and Tennyson Center

Host(s): Morton's The Steakhouse

EMCEE: CBS4's Vic Lombardi

Sponsors: Third Way Sponsors: An anonymous family foundation $5,000, Park Avenue Oculoplastic Surgeons, PC $5,000, Centennial Leasing & Sales $2,500; Tennyson Sponsors: Hensel Phelps, Russ & Janet Stacey, An anonymous family foundation, Centennial Leasing & Sales. Notable Donors on behalf of Tennyson Center for Children include: Taryn Edwards (VP @ Hensel Phelps), Mike Sutter, Matt Baldner (President of Steele Street State Bank), Bill Young, Paul & Chris Duncan

Attendance: 200

Attire: Cocktail or Business Formal

Information: and

Board of Directors: Tennyson Center: Matthew Baldner, Victor DiLeo,, Sam Addoms, John Alderman, Rev. Patricia Barbier, David Benbow, Jim Bradburn, Don Brewer, Nancy Markham Bugbee, Dave Dixon, Taryn Edwards, Howard Feingold, Dr. Gaylord Hatler, Sandra Hergenrede, Kelly Hillier, Millie Johnson, David Killen, Rev. Jerry Lang, Laura Love, Dr. Ronald Parker, Judy Pree, Gary Shapiro, Stan Sprinkle, Dr. Russell Stacey, Colleen Stanley, Paul Stevinson, Hamid Taha, Linda Thorne, Darrell Waas, Steve Weidner Rev. Karen Yount; Third Way Center: William Matthews, President; John Coombe, Marilyn Dana, David Eisner, Joel Farkas, Gary Gray, Sally Johnston, Eugene McGuire, Dr. Hildegard Messenbaugh, Mark Messenbaugh

Blacktie Photos by: Stacy Ohlsson

 Tennyson Center's Bob Cooper and Third Way's William Matthews
Tennyson Center's Bob Cooper and Third Way's William Matthews

Stacy Ohlsson

It was “A Night to Remember” at Morton’s downtown on April 10, 2006.

Third Way Center and Tennyson Center collaborated with Morton’s for the Third Annual “Tasting for Charity,” a very high end wine tasting featuring Napa Valley’s finest wineries, Morton’s fabulous food, incredible silent auction items and more. Always a well-attended event, this year’s tasting included even more draw. VIP tickets allowed patrons to come early to enjoy the incredible spread of Morton’s most delectable dishes, as well as get a jump on tasting a wide variety of unique wines.

Of course, there was star-power as well, since Third Way and Tennyson Centers have a lot of support in the media and sports communities. The Bronco’s Bradlee Van Pelt, The Denver Posts’ Penny Parker and Bill Husted, CBS4’s Vic Lombardi and 9News’ Susie Wargin are all long time supporters of the two treatment centers.

This year’s event also added a live auction, featuring a Geyser Peak Reserve Meritage autographed by players of the Avalanche and the Mammoth. Susie Wargin modeled a 1/3-karat round diamond pendant, which was donated by William Flynn (value $4,400!), and an African Photo Safari went at the bargain price of just over $2,000. Vic Lombardi was deft as the auctioneer.

Morton’s is involved with both Third Way and Tennyson Center all year long. They host Third Way’s youth for Thanksgiving dinner, and they have a wonderful, intimate Christmas dinner for the teens in the "Next Steps" program.

But the real reason for the impressive turnout was to support two key programs that directly and indirectly make a huge impact in every metro community. Through counseling, mentoring and educating at-risk, disadvantaged, abused and neglected children and teens, these organizations keep kids off of the streets and help to transform them into productive members of society.

Tennyson Center for Children is dedicated to families with children in infancy to adolescence, offering services from consultation to residential treatment, striving to end the cycle of child abuse and neglect.

Child centered, family focused and community-based, Tennyson Center’s mission includes early intervention within the family unit, and before the children conclude their therapy and treatment, that positive changes have occurred within the whole family, thus helping to break the cycle of abuse.

In some cases, siblings are treated at both programs simultaneously. In others, Third Way works with kids that were at Tennyson when they were younger.

Third Way operates four residential treatment centers, providing a continuum of services in a non-institutional environment where homeless, high-risk and disadvantaged youth have the opportunity to resolve their problems and learn to take responsibility for their actions through highly intensive treatment programs.

Third Way Centers include a home for teen mothers, emancipation and GED programs, vocational education and an accredited alternative school where a high school diploma can be earned. Third Way also operates a “school within a school” at the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center, a maximum-security facility in Arapahoe County.

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