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May 06, 2006 - Gathering Place Celebrates Two Decades 20's Jazz Style

What: Gathering Place's 16th annual Brown Bag Benefit

Where: Denver Marriott City Center

When: May 6, 2006

Time: 6:00

Ticket Prices: $100 Young Professional (under 35)/ $150 individual/ $200 Patron

Beneficiary: The Gathering Place

Master of Ceremonies: Bill Hanzlik

Honoree(s): Ann Frost Bailey

Gala Chairperson(s): Kristal McGrath

Honorary Chairperson(s): Ann Frost Bailey

Founders: Toni Schmid, Kathy Carfrae

President(s): Daria Kane

Speaker: Mayor John Hickenlooper

Entertainment: After Midnight

Sponsors: Jack Overstreet, The Cydney and Tom Marsico Family Fooundation, Denver Marriott City Center, DELTA Petrolium Corporation, Hexagon Investments, Marcy and Bruce Benson, Sandy and Gary Autry, Mike Leprino Family Foundation, Janice and Jim Campbell, Whiting Petrolium Corporation, Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Community Banks of Colorado, Land Title Guarantee Company, Ann Frost Bailey, Brenda Roush and Tom Nickerson, Daria and Tom Kane, Lucy and Jim Wallace, Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason P.C., Heidi and Randy Keogh, Holly and Dan Johnson, Pam and Joe Ignat, Wells Fargo Bank, Katie and Bart Johnson, Jack and Konnie Thompson Fund, Cross H. Foundation, Ruth and Bob Beriault, Franklin Energy Partners, National Plastics Trading Company Inc., Pacificare, CRESA, Angela and Dan Japha

Auctioneer: Chuck Cumberlin & John Clatworthy

Menu: Swordfish Parmesan with lemon herb butter sauce and grilled petite filet mignon with Marsala mushroom sauce

Attendance: 600 +

Attire: Cocktail, or '20's costume

Event Coordinator: Kristal McGrath

Board of Directors: Daria Kane, Holly Johnson, Katie Johnson, Elizabeth Clarke, Beth Rubin, Mary Gambrill, Arlene Peery, Mary Towey, Kristal McGrath, Martha Kallestad, Lucy Kissinger, Jan Cortez, Jan Boynton, Linda Hantmann, Nancy Holst, Hilary Adams, Lynn Kitt, Pam Ignat, Beth Rubin, Lauren Naylor, Krista Keogh, Kelly Keogh, Dee Dee Parker, Mary Otten, Debbie McCarthy, Donna Tonahill, Heidi Keogh, Cy DeBoer, Lucy Kissinger, Ann Bailey, Betsy Gielissen, Sarah Leffen, Patches Caskey, Hillary Adams

Blacktie Photos by: Christine Cool

 Gathering Place's Board of Directors Chairman Heidi Keogh with Honorary Chairman Ann Frost Bailey and President and CEO Leslie Foster.
Gathering Place's Board of Directors Chairman Heidi Keogh with Honorary Chairman Ann Frost Bailey and President and CEO Leslie Foster.

Christine Cool

Over the past 20 years The Gathering Place has been able to give support to thousands of struggling homeless women and their families. And although the organization has grown to helping over 1,300 women a month, the care and compassion of The Gathering Place has not been stained.

To celebrate two decades of success, as well as thank the hundreds of volunteers and supporters, the Gathering Place held its 16th annual Brown Bag event with a night of fine food, 20’s Jazz, dancing, and even a bit of gambling.

The evening began as guests checked in and were treated to cocktails and live Jazz Piano. Many guests decided to get into the true spirit of The Gathering Place’s 20th anniversary by dressing in 1920’s attire. Some women donned flapper dresses and beautiful headbands, while the men wore bold colors resembling something out of a Dick Tracy comic.

Guests were also encouraged to bid on an array of items in the silent auction. Some of the more popular items included an authentic antique slot machine, and an array of fine wine from the 2000-Estude Cabernet Sauvignon, to the Silver Oak and Colorado’s own Creekside Cellars specialty wines.

As guests sat down to dinner, the evenings Master of Ceremonies Bill Hanzlik, from the Denver Nuggets introduced the distinguished guest speaker, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Mayor Hickenlooper spoke briefly about the continuous hard work done by The Gathering Place and its members, as well as the growing concern for the homeless of Denver. But thanks to the contribution of The Gathering Place and similar nonprofit organizations Denver is winning the war with homelessness.

The evening was also a chance for The Gathering Place to recognize some of the people who have contributed greatly to the organization. This year The Gathering Place held tribute to Ann Frost Bailey who has dedicated herself to the organization from the beginning. Bailey served as President of The Gathering Place from 1988-1990. She was instrumental in keeping The Gathering Place alive during the first few years and also helped create The Gathering Place Association, which to this day continues to support organization through fundraising, and volunteer efforts.

After dinner, a live auction hosted by auctioneers Chuck Cumberlin and John Clatworthy, included trips to Mexico, Ireland, and Las Vegas. The live auction was hugely successful raising $40,500.

After the live auction, the fun really began as guests were treated to a 20’s style speakeasy, with live music by After Midnight, dancing and Casino.

The great turnout of The Gathering Place’s Brown Bag event shows that Denver supports its hard work and dedication to homeless women and children. Event Chairman Kristal McGrath had this to say about the evening, “Participation and generous support in this year’s event will enable The Gathering Place to continue its mission of providing women and children, who are homeless or struggling with poverty, a safe refuge where they can rebuild their lives.”

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