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October 07, 2006 - Celebrities Tango for Colorado Neurological Institute

Where: Donald R. Seawell Ballroom, Denver Performing Arts Center

When: Saturday, October 7, 2006

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $200-$300 individual tickets; sponsor packages: $3,000- $25,000

Beneficiary: programs of the Colorado Neurological Institute

Master of Ceremonies: CBS4's Ed Greene

Honoree(s): Legendary Bronco wide receiver Haven Moses

Gala Chairperson(s): Bonnie Mandarich and Roselyn Saunders

Co-Chair(s): Corporate Chair: Richard Schaler, M.D.; Decoration Chair: Douglas Kerbs; Silent Auction Chair: Artemis Khadiwala Donian; Ticket Committee Chair: Jamie Angelich; Production: Jerry Barnett, Robert Nardozza, Brook Nichols

Executive Director: Luanne M. Williams, CFRE

Committee Members: Ticket committee: David Alexander, Wendy Aiello, Andrea Bankoff, Carylyn Bell, Christina Brickley, Brenda Clement, Dianne Eddolls, Adrienne Fitzgibbons, Craig Fleishman, Victoria Frank, Andrea Gray, Valere Harris, Beth Jackman, Pegi Klaess, Holly Kylberg, Texi Lowery, Lori Marks, Sue McFarlane, Ginny Messina, Tony Piconne, Dana Rebhun, Pam Ruschmeyer, Nancy Sevo, Lina Shipman, Grayson Waldon.

President(s): President of Medical Membership: Edward Arenson, M.D.

Libations: Firestone Chardonnay and Syrah

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Moments Notice

Sponsors: Title Sponsors: Bonnie & David Mandarich, M.D.C. Holdings/Richmond American Homes;
Tango Sponsors: Murray Motor Imports, Douglas M. Tisdale, Dan Weyland;
Salsa Sponsors: Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, Norm Dyer, Don and Arlene Johnson, Art and Kathy Judd, Dr. Richard and Linda Kelley, Leigh Norgren, Eddie and Susan Robinson, Sullivan Group, Swedish Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center Auxiliary;
Rhumba Sponsors: Alan and Jamie Angelich, Dr. Edward Arenson, LaFawn Biddle, Blue Sky Neurology P.C., B & R Plastics Inc., Burg & Simpson, Calcon Constructors, Colorado Neurology P.C., Craig Hospital, Dr. J.D. and Dottie Day, Gheen & Associates, Jim and Beth Jackman, George and Gail Johnson, Douglas Kerbs, Lodo Pain & Headache Clinic, Don and Henny Kaufmann, Radiology Imaging Associates P.C., Dr. Rick and Lisa Schaler, Spalding Community Foundation, Vierra Family Foundation, Marvin and Judi Wolf.
Media Sponsor: Colorado Expressions

Auctioneer: Jerry Barnett; and Auction & Event Solutions, Inc.

Gala Production: Jerry Barnett, Robert Nardozza, Brook Nichols

Quote of the evening: "Can we turn off the fog machine--the judges can't see and I'm almost asphyxiated."--Ed Greene, after the fog machine got a little carried away

Menu: Wedge of crisp bibb lettuce, short rib smokestack, creamy polenta, baby carrots, dessert platters with French pastries and petite fours, white, dark and milk chocolate truffles

Attendance: 600

Attire: "Blacktie with a touch of Tango"

Special Thanks: Thanks to John Rassman Design, who donated his time and designed the unique and creative invitations

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Japanese eggplant crisps, Brie en Bouche, spicy tuna ona wonton crisp, grilled chicken salad tartlet

Board of Directors: Chairman of the Board: Douglas Tisdale, Esq.
President of the CNI Medical Advisory Board and Vice Chairman: Edward B. Arenson, M.D.
Treasurer: Richard Kelley, M.D.
Past Chairman: R. Donald Johnson
Secretary: Peter E. Ricci, MD
CNI Executive Director: Luanne M. Williams, CFRE
Board members: Cynthia Acree, Edward B. Arenson, M.D., Theron Bell, Lynn Bunnell, President, CNI Volunteers (2006), Norman Dyer, Lucille (“Lucky”) A. Gallagher, Lynda T. Gumeson, R. Donald Johnson, Art Judd, Richard R. Kelley, M.D., David C. Kelsall, M.D., Douglas D. Kerbs, Bonnie Mandarich, Dennis O’Malley , Barbara Lynne Phillips, M.D., Peter E. Ricci, M.D., Roselyn Saunders, Richard E. Schaler, M.D., Don B. Smith, M.D., Jon E. Stuck, Douglas M. Tisdale, Esq., Mary White.

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Bryan Moses, left, with Joyce Moses, Haven Moses and Chris Moses. Haven was the honoree of the gala and Joyce was one of the dance competitors
Bryan Moses, left, with Joyce Moses, Haven Moses and Chris Moses. Haven was the honoree of the gala and Joyce was one of the dance competitors

Those of us with two left feet have marveled at those who can dance throughout the generations. From Fred Astaire to John O'Hurley, we watch with fascination as the women in beautiful gowns are twirled, dipped and spun about to tangos, salsas and rhumbas. It was no different Saturday night, October 7, when local celebrities participated in "Dancing for a Cause" to benefit the Colorado Neurological Institute.

Close to 600 guests were greeted by paparazzi, champagne and red carpet treatment as they converged on the Donald R. Seawell Ballroom for the ninth annual CNI gala. The event was billed as "Blacktie with a touch of tango," and co-chairs Bonnie Mandarich and Roselyn Saunders created a hubub in the crowd as they arrived with feathered and sparkling gowns.

Friends mingled in the lobby until the musical salsa team heralded their call to move upstairs into the ballroom, to the tune of brass accompaniments. Once upstairs, guests were busy reviewing the unique silent auction items before they sat down to tables beautifully decorated with giant vases filled with rose arrangements and began perusing the artfully done programs created by John Rassman Design.

Epicurean Catering provided not only the scrumptious hors d'oeuvres at the beginning of the reception, but continued their par of excellence by serving a short rib smokestack entree. The fast-paced evening progressed as auctioneer Jerry Barnett received top dollar for live auction items such as a beautiful red Loriana Piani cashmere cape, donated by Dan Sharp/Andrisen Morton; a Florida getaway, including six nights in an ocean-view condo in Venice, Florida, donated by Richard Gheen; a handsome Ebel 18K yellow gold Brasilia watch on a brown alligator strap, donated by Ebel; and a deluxe Fiji holiday package, complete with round trip air, three nights at the Outrigger, and a helicopter ride to finish up the trip with four nights at the Castaway Island Resort, donated by All About Fiji, Air Pacific, Castaway Island, Outrigger on the Lagoon, Geoffrey Shaw, Richard and Linda Kelley and Brent Mayes.

Honoree and former Denver Bronco Haven Moses humbly took the stage to accept accolades for being a strong and influential community leader. Along with his legendary football career and awards, Haven has also received many community awards, including the Broncos Alumni Distinguished Community Service Award and the Colorado Rockies Charities Fund Pioneer Award. He was proudly in attendance with his sons Bryan and Christopher, and his wife Joyce, who was shortly to be in the spotlight as one of the dance competitors.

Then came the portion of the evening that everyone was waiting for: the local version of the popular television show, "Dancing with the Stars," in which celebrities are matched with dance professionals to compete for the distinction of best and most talented. CNI's version, "Dancing for a Cause," was masterfully produced and coordinated by Robert Nardozza and Colorado Dancesport, with awesome costume design by Joseph Santos. Local celebrities and their professional partners spent countless hours preparing and learning dance routines, along with having some fun along the way. Each team's performance was preceded by a short video of their practice sessions and a glimpse into their thoughts.

Before the competitors began their routines, stars-to-be Ross and Rosebud took the stage to show how it's done, as they wowed the crowd with their dance moves and charisma, evident even though they haven't even entered middle school yet.

Judging the dancers were three professionals: Cleo Parker Robinson, who is founder, executive artistic director and choreographer of the 33-year-old artistic dance institution, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in Denver; Kent Thompson, who is in his second season as the artistic director of the Denver Center Theatre Company and who previously was the producing artistic director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for 16 years; and Terry Vitale, who has more than 30 years of experience in the publishing industry and is the founder and producer of the award-winning Colorado Expression Magazine and its parent company, New West Publishing, Inc.

No one could sit still in their seats as the competitors showed off their skills and results of their hours of hard work. Well-known sports anchor, reporter and producer Les Shapiro opened the show, dancing with professional dancer Kim Kahman, who is a dancer with Kim Robard's Dance Company, a teacher at Colorado Dancesport and is a "Colorado Crush girl."

Jamie Angelich, well-known philanthropist and board member of many organizations including the Children's Diabetes Foundation, Kempe Children's Foundation, SMARTGIRL and Janet's Camp, danced with Brooke Diamond Metcalfe, who is a well-accomplished dancer on the west coast, Las Vegas and internationally, where he studied styles of ballroom and Latin dance in France.

Gail Johnson, who is also a tireless philanthropist and participates in many charities, including the Kempe Children's Foundation and Elitch's American Theatre Foundation and is the president of the Alliance for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, was proud to have her parents, Jack and Dottie Butcher, in attendance from Cincinnati. She danced with co-owner of Colorado Dancesport, Robert Nardozza, who has been teaching U.S. ballroom champions for more than 21 years. He has also worked with the U.S. ice dancers at the Olympic Training Center, was on the U.S. International Ice Dancing Team for 10 years, and has numerous trophies in the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. Robert was instrumental in producing the CNI "Dancing for a Cause" event.

Joyce Moses was dancing on a table-top in response to a dare at a party when her husband Haven Moses first laid eyes on her. She and Haven have gone on to have a successful life, including their two sons Bryan and Christopher, and Joyce is active in many organizations in the community, mainly focusing on education. Joyce danced up a storm with Toby Munroe, who was the 2004 and 2005 UCWDC World Champion in the classic masters division. He was voted "best male couples dance instructor" at the Star Awards Gala in Stockholm, Sweden, in January of 2006. Toby is one of the most sought-after coaches, choreographers and instructors in the dance world. He has taught at Stanford University and has been featured on the TNN and GAC networks, and has won countless titles.

Douglas Kerbs, who is on the CNI Board and is a broker with Towne and Country Properties, has had more than 20 years of experience with marketing and customer service, with a multitude of successful programs in listing, buying and investing. He was also a director for Tiffany & Co. for almost seven years. He danced with Harmony Lyris, who co-owns Colorado Dancesport and has been dancing since the age of 8. She has won numerous titles in the dance arena, has been a representative at the World 10 Dance Championships and was a finalist at the World Mamba and the World Salsa Championships.

Janet Elway is very involved in the community and is the co-founder of Janet's Camp, which helped to send 250 inner-city kids to a YMCA camp this year. She currently serves on the boards of YMCA, Adams Camp and the Advisory Board for the Kempe Center. Janet danced impeccably with Michael Petr, who, as a junior, won the Czech National Junior Championship in both standard and Latin. He has been a European Showdance finalist, a World Mambo finalist and a World Salsa finalist.

Nine75's Troy Guard did a great job dancing with Kim Kahman, who did "double duty" dancing with Troy and Les Shapiro. Troy has been a chef around the world, and was mentored by the famous Roy Yamaguchi. He recently opened his own Nine75 restaurant in Denver in partnership with Jim Sullivan.

Judi Wolf is a well-known philanthropist and did a sensuous dance to "What Lola Wants, Lola Gets." Judi danced with Misha Belfer, originally from Moscow and who was the 2000 U.S. World Representative title recipient and the U.S. National Youth Ballroom champion in 2001. Along with being a world class dancer, Misha was the first graduate of the Academy of Cosmetology Arts apprenticeship program in Denver and was responsible for all the stylish coiffures of the dancers.

Each competitor contributed and worked hard in their own special way. The overall winner of the people's choice as well as the judge's choice was Janet Elway and Michael Petr.

We all went to sleep dreaming and feet moving to tango and salsa beats. We slept better knowing that all of this dedication and support went for such a good cause.

The Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) is the largest, most comprehensive neuroscience center in the Rocky Mountain region. Integrated, multi-disciplinary teams of neuroscientists provide comprehensive care for adults with neurological disorders and adults and children with hearing loss and ear disease. CNI's talented professionals are involved in exciting new research and treatments for Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and other movement disorders, epilepsy, brain tumors, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, hearing disorders, Lou Gehrigs' disease (ALS), strokes and many other illnesses.

Through grants and donations, the CNI Neurohealth Center provides rehabilitation services to medically under-insured and noninsured stroke patients.  Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy are provided to help stroke patients achieve their highest level of function. In addition to these therapies, the CNI Neuroheath Center provides scholarships for driving evaluations, purchases small equipment for patients, provides licensed social works services, neuropsychological evaluations and counseling, therapeutic massage and financial assistance with neuro-opthamology exams. 

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