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July 15, 2006 - Denver's Thirty Debutantes Debut at Dusk

What: 2006 Fine Arts Foundation Debutante Ball

Where: University of Denver

When: Saturday July 17, 2006

Time: 6:00PM Presentation

Beneficiary: Fine Arts Foundation and their Grant Recipients

Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Christopher James Dunn

Sponsors: Angels: The Charles McKenney Irrevocable Trust Donors: Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Joseph Boryla, d’Anelli Bridals, Mr. and Mrs. M Alan Frank, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Hower, Mister Neats Formal Wear, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Scott Nycum, Jr. Patrons: Mrs. Gordon Netzorg, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stevenson Watt Diamond Sponsor: Mr. and Mrs. John Howard Stamper Pearl Sponsors: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Winfield Gregg, Mr. Daniel Lee Richie, University of Denver

Menu: Tossed Mandarin Salad in Rice Paper Cup, Assorted Petit Rolls, Bread Loaves, Filet of Beef Steak, Lemon Meringue Tartlette, Chocolate Orange Torte Wedge and Raspberry Tartlette

Special Thanks: Saks Fifth Avenue: Kay Cline, General Manager; Cynthia Petrus, Fashion Director; Devonne Marcove, Fifth Avenue Club Director and Alice Prendergast; Lancome at Saks Fifth Avenue; Kathy Messenger, owners of Three Blind Mice; Gift Bags from Lancome at Saks Fifth Avenue; Favors thanks to Mark, Barbara, and Allissa Goldstein; Cynthia Petrus and Martha Kelce for commentary; Joan Mateskon, Cheryl Jewitt and Jane Ames for floral arrangements; and Heidi Condon and the Denver Marriott South

Board of Directors: Mrs. Steven Ray Hinkle, President; Mrs. Scott Lourie Blackett, President-Elect; Mrs. Donald Winfield Gregg, Past President; Mrs. Philip Barnes Nash, Vice President; Mrs. Harrison Fradd Kepner, Assistant Vice President; Mrs. Robert Conn Melland, Vice President of Grants; Mrs. Robert Frederick Phelps, Jr., Assistant Vice Presidents of Grants; Mrs. Richard Lee Beaver, Vice President of Membership; Mrs. Bruce Cowan Erek; Mrs. Octavio Robert Tabacchi Assistant Vice President of Membership; Mrs. Craig Irvin Cahen, Recording Secretary; Mrs. Malcolm Lloyd Shannon Jr., Treasurer; Mrs. David William Stone, Assistant Treasurer; Mrs. Christopher Philip Elliott, Corresponding Secretary; Mrs. John Henry Bell, Jr., Ball Chair; Mrs. Mark Steven Palmer, Ball Co-Chair; Mrs. Charles William Tate, Jr.; Mrs. Richard Eugene Hartman, Advisors; Mrs. Michael James Pushchak, Fine Arts Foundation Jubilee Chair; Mrs. William Kevin Fisher, Fine Arts Foundation Jubilee Co-Chair; Mrs. Harrison Fradd Kepner, Nominating Committee Chair, Corporate Committee Chair; Mrs. Jerry Ross Dunn, Foundation Fund Co- Chairs; Mrs. Raymond Andrew Girardot, Foundation Fund Co-Chair; Mrs. Joseph H. Franzgrote, Publicity Chair; Mrs. Thomas Kevin McNicholas, Newsletter Co-Chair; Mrs. Patrick Thomas Prendergast, Newsletter Co-Chairs; Mrs. Richard William Healey, Hospitality Chair; Mrs. John Edward Fitzgibbons, Parliamentarian; Ms. Janet Ann McCusker, Historian; Mrs. Don Dean Schlup, Strategic Planning Committee Chair; Mrs. David Alan Frawley, Honors Selection; Mrs. Richard Stevenson Watt, Member at Large; Mrs. Theodore Zvi Gelt, Special Events Member At Large; Mrs. Richard Terrance Barcheski, Education Co-Chair; Mrs. William J. Wise, Education Co-Chair; Mrs. Rick A Harrison, Mailing Chair Mrs. Thomas Mark Denkenberger, Webmaster; Mrs. James Alan Wiltshire, Marketing Chair; Honorary Members, Ms. Sherrye Sigman Berger; Ms. Margaret Howell Cunningham; Mrs. Bertha Bjorke Haugen; Mrs. Marlis Earl Smith; Mrs. John Howard Stamper; Ms. Judy Diehl Tucker

Steering Committee: Mrs. John Henry Bell, Jr., Miss Megan Anne Bell, Mrs. Scott Lourie Blackett, Mrs. Benjamin Liebmann Brown, Mrs. Darrel Cletis Bryant, Mrs. Keith Verne Burge, Mrs. Jesse Paul Crispe, Mr. Stephen Anthony Edmonds, Mrs. Christopher Philip Elliott, Miss Emily Ferguson, Mrs. William Kevin Fisher, Mrs. M Allan Frank, Mrs. Joseph H. Franzgrote, Mrs. David Alan Frawley, Mrs. Casey Stanton Funk, Mrs. Theodore Zvi Gelt, Mrs. Mark Erwin Goldstein, Mrs. John Arnold Green, Ms. Kelsey Anne Green, Mr. Donald Winfield Gregg, Mrs. Donald Winfield Gregg, Mrs. Steven Ray Hinkle, Mrs. Donald Hogoboom, III, Mrs. George Andrew Johnson, Mrs. Jerald Ralph Kaiser, Ms. Janet Ann McCusker, Mrs. Thomas Kevin McNicho, Miss April Claire Oldenburg, Mrs. Thomas Allan Oldenburg, Mrs. Steven Ray Osa, Ms. Angie Crystal Palmer, Mrs. Mark Steven Palmer, Mrs. Robert Frederick Phelps, Jr., Ms. Alice Sawaya Prendergast, Mrs. Patrick Thomas Prendergast, Mrs. C. Trent Rainey, Mrs. Michael Edward Schwander, Ms. Toni Oakes Sexton, Mrs. Malcolm Lloyd Shannon, Jr., Mrs. Richard Joseph Smeltz, Mrs. Robert Earl Sneed, Ms. Mary Starkey, Mr. David William Stone, Mrs. David William Stone, Mrs. Otavio Robert Tabacchi, Mrs. Charles William Tate, Jr., Ms. Charle Rene Louise Tate, Mrs. John Henry Tatlock, Mrs. William J. Wise, Mrs. Brian Douglas Wylie

Blacktie Photos by: Chelsea Wyatt

 Nancy Palmer, co-chair,  and Margaret Bell, chair
Nancy Palmer, co-chair, and Margaret Bell, chair

The white tent on University of Denver's main lawn foretold something big happening this past Saturday, July 17th, 2006. But it was no comparison to the thirty lovely ladies in white that waited just behind it ready to make their societal debut.

While Mother Nature did not smile on last year's presentation, the 2006 Summer Debutantes got a picture perfect evening. The 102-degree heat cooled down right around dusk as they lined up on Graduation Green for the presentation. The amazing weather held throughout the rest of the night, leaving guests with a classic Colorado sunset and plenty of time to chat on the green before heading under the tents for an amazing dinner. After the dinner, the over 600 guests present proceeded to dance the rest of the night away.

Each of these debutantes will go off in many directions for colleges all over the country next year, but each of them will remember this evening. They will carry the beauty and significance of it with them into the next step of their lives.

The 2006 Summer Debutantes included a record thirty young ladies: Keegan Kiara Borgias, Kelly Buntman, Ashley Ann Conrad, Kelsey Marie Cullen, Katherine Mariah DeShetler, Chelsey Lynn Fishman, Molly Kathleen Funk, Kathleen Devlin Gold, Sarah Glennon Prince Goodyear, Katherine Marie Griffith, Sarah Haines Haughney, Audra Caitlin Wall Hofer, Kylie Holliday Hower, Jordyn Ashley Jacobs, Morgan Diane Kelce, Anne Marie Kelly, Mari Anna Loftness, Christina Louise MacMillan, Alexandra Marsh, Aubrie Anne Mindock, Emily Marie Mitchell, Meredith Adele Monson, Emily Hagan Rundles, Rebecca Schroeder, Sarah Diane Schulte, Kelsey Lynn Schroeder, Sarah Diane Schulte, Kelsey Lynn Schwander, Mary Tudor Sneed, Jessica Laine Speich, Elizabeth Jane Tatlock, Jenna Rachel Vogel.

Tiara mistresses for the event included: Lillian Hartman Bell, Shelby Cohen and Caroline Molther.

The Debutante Ball is one of the chief fundraisers of the Fine Arts Foundation, and the money raised is given to the most deserving of those groups dedicated to fine arts.

The Fine Arts Foundation has raised and distributed over $1 million in funds to a broad array of cultural arts organizations in the Denver metro area since 1986. This is a truly amazing accomplishment. It is obvious that through fundraisers like the Summer Debutante Ball, Citizen for the Arts Awards and the Fine Arts Jubilee, Fine Arts Foundation cultivates and supports a truly diverse artistic community.

This year's grant recipients are some of the most distinguished organizations in Denver, dedicated to the arts. The process for receiving one of the grants is a thorough one that can take months. It begins with a lengthy application, which is reviewed by a committee. Some committee members even go "undercover" and spend time with the organizations to see their work within the community.

All of the 2006 grant recipients, therefore, are true contributors to Denver's arts. The list includes: ArtReach, Inc., Central City Opera House Association, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Colorado Children's Chorale, Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Denver Art Museum, Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Englewood Cultural Arts Center Association, Golden Eagle Brass Band, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, Opera Colorado, Paragon Theatre Company, Rocky Mountain Children's Choir, The Denver Brass, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Friends of Denver School of the Arts, University of Denver, Up Close and Musical, Young Audiences, Inc., Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado and Young Voices of Colorado. These groups represent the best and brightest dancers, singers, painters, sculptors and much more of Denver's community.

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