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October 13, 2006 - SafeHouse Denver Goes Retro

What: SafeHouse Denver Annual Gala

Where: Seawell Ballroom

When: Friday, October 13, 2006

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual tickets are $150. Individual tIcket sponsorships: gold, $1,000 per ticket; silver, $500 per ticket; bronze, $350 per ticket; patron, $250 per ticket

Beneficiary: SafeHouse Denver

Gala Chairperson(s): Kristi Palmer

Committee Members: Meredith Coors, Wendy Baker, Katy Boyd, Lisa Decker, Regina Ehrman, Courtney Ferer, Patty Fontneau, Patrice Henning, Sarah Humphreys, Mattet Karpinski, Emily Kramm, Anne Larsen, Brandi Lipton, Jessica Louis, Emily Nelson, Beth Ann Parsons, Colleen Petitt, Alexis Shipman, Jeannie Ann Small, Amy Wiley, Mamie Woodring

President(s): Ellen Stein Wallace

Staff: Paul Aludo, Pat Andreine, Vibiana Bowers, Judy Carrier, Martha Castillo-Garcia, Judy Dury, Bertha Garza, Claudia Gonzales, Cassi Haberler, Kelly Holland, Lisa Kunkel, Holly Lancy, Jeanine Mayer, Pauletta Mosley, Kivanc Ozer-Afser, Jaime Peterson, Diane Postell, Jessica Reilly, Natalie Wilkins

Welcome: Kristi Palmer, Karen Fox, Ellen Stein Wallace

Catering: Catering by Design

Entertainment: Jerry Barnett's A-Train Band

Sponsors: Diamond Sponsor: Rita Bass Coors; Platinum Sponsor: The Anschutz Foundation; Gold Sponsors: Katie & Alan Fox, Susan Noble, Coldwell Banker Devonshire; Bronze Sponsors: Invision/Radiology Imaging, Republic Financial Group; Patron Sponsors: Aaron Ferer & Sons Co., BKD, LLC, Colorado Housing & Finance Authority, Coors Brewing Company, Walt & Ellyn Coughlin, Karen Fox, Guaranty Bank, Hogan & Hartson, LLP, IMA Financial, Ivy Funds, JE Dunn Construction, Kaiser Permanente, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, Snell & Wilmer, Wells Fargo

Auctioneer: Norm Early

Attire: Evening Attire, business formal or cocktail attire

Special Thanks: Norm Early, Rich Rodgers

Florist: Botanica


Board of Directors: Miko Ando, Meredith Coors, Walt Coughlin, Monica Denler, Wiliam Donohue, Steve Emmons, Karen Fox, Robert Kelley, Kate Lively, Matthey Murray, Susan Noble, Kristi Palmer, Mary Phillips, Bradley Smith, Linda Weiler, Tammy Westerberg, Debbie Zuege

Blacktie Photos by: Shawna Robbins

 Bess Baskfield, left, Penny Sherlock, Ginger Sherlock, Hannah Evans
Bess Baskfield, left, Penny Sherlock, Ginger Sherlock, Hannah Evans

Guests found themselves revisiting the swanky Las Vegas lounge scene of the 1960s – complete with the music of Frank Sinatra – all to benefit SafeHouse Denver last Friday evening, October 13.

Upon entering the ballroom, attendees were taken back to a past time. There were "cigarette ladies" walking around offering you delectable appetizers. The bar was serving special martinis just for the evening, include the Blue Moon Martini, which looked very tasty.

Once everyone was done mingling, the program was started. During the evening, several awards were given away to deserving people, including the following:

Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award
This award, presented by SafeHouse Denver, recognizes an individual that has provided inspiration and leadership in efforts to end domestive violence in our community. The award was given to Dora Lee Larson.

The Community Impact Award
This award, presented by SafeHouse Denver, recognizes a person or organization who is influential in our community, has taken a public stand against domestic violence and is either directly or indirectly using their influence to increase community awareness of this problem. It acknowledges an individual or organization that may not be working directly in the field of domestic violence, but has made exceptional efforts to assist victims or create community change regarding domestic abuse. This award was present to Kaiser Permanente.

This event was a great time to gather and celebrate, while raising money for such a worthy and necessary cause. Everyone had a great time and the '60s were definitely brought back to Denver, even if it was only for one evening.

SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by providing shelter and counseling to victims of abuse; by working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence; and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence. For more information visit

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