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November 09, 2006 - Arapahoe/Douglas MHN Raises Glasses and Spirits

What: Wine Tasting at the Sanctuary

Where: Sanctuary Golf Club, Sedalia

When: November 9, 2006

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Beneficiary: Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network

EMCEE: Greg Moody

Executive Director: Scott Thoemke, M.Ed, CAC III

Committee Members: Erica Castendeda, Carol Cranston, Jamie DeBartolomeis, Alyce Duckworth, Pamala Fowler, Yvonne Goldtrap, Vienna Grant, Robin Jester, Cheryl Navarra, Laura Ruehlman, Beverly Tilman

Staff: Joan DiMaria, COO; Nik Golosow, M.D., Medical Director; Mary Dice, CFO; Eric Moore, Chief Information Officer; Maria Herriges, Human Resources Director; Laurie Elliott, LCSW, Clinical Services Director; Lisa Traudt, Managed Care and Quality Improvement; Tiffany Radel, Marketing Director; Carolyn Moershel, Development Director

Libations: wines from local distributors

Catering: Sanctuary

Entertainment: Peneplain Jazz Trio

Sponsors: Proprietaire Sponsor: Intermountain Electric Association; Connoisseur Sponsors: CityWide Banks, Kaiser Permanente; Aficionado Sponsors: Bank of Choice; Epicure Sponsors: Christian Living Communities, Community Reach Center

Auctioneer: Greg Moody, CBS4

Attendance: 250

Attire: business casual

Special Thanks: Davidson Liquors

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Assorted Bruschetta, turkey sundried tomato and boursin Roulade, roast beef and boursin Roulade, smoked salmon rosetta, Spanakopita, pot stickers with teriaki sauce, petite crab cakes, teriaki beef brouchettes

Board of Directors: Steven L. Kennedy, President, Jefferson County Public Schools (Ret.)
Gail E. Ploen, Vice President, University of Denver
John R. Phillips, Secretary/Treasurer, J.R. Phillips & Assoc., P.C.
Anita R. Brown, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Attila C. Denes, Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Thomas J. Flanagan, Jr., Citywide Banks
Jean M. Flynn, South Suburban Parks and Recreation
Margaret M. Gordon, Colorado Department of Revenue
Michael J. Hankinson, AstraZeneca
Robert M. Lauderdale, Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office
Paul F. Staley, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Jose Reyes, Cultural Competency Consulting
Dr. Richard F. Spiegle, Richard F. Spiegle, Psy.D., P.C.
Kimberly Payne, Behavioral Healthcare Inc.
Melanie A. Worley, Douglas County Commissioner
Bernie Zimmer, Arapahoe County Commissioner
Advisory Director: Jay P. Ringhofer, Lockton Companies of Colorado, Inc.
Ex Officio Board Member: Scott R. Thoemke, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 ADMHN's Director of Human Resources, Maria Herriges, left, with CBS4's Greg Moody, who did a great job as auctioneer later in the evening, and event committee member Jamie DeBartolomeis
ADMHN's Director of Human Resources, Maria Herriges, left, with CBS4's Greg Moody, who did a great job as auctioneer later in the evening, and event committee member Jamie DeBartolomeis

One couldn't have chosen a more perfect evening in a more perfect setting for the Raising Spirits wine tasting and auction to benefit the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health network. Thursday evening possessed all that it takes to make a magical evening: good friends and good wine in one of the most exclusive and tasteful settings in Colorado: the Sanctuary Golf Course.

Guests drove up the private drive to the club and entered the lodge, immersing themselves in the marvelous surroundings comprised of magnificent stonework, art sculptures and beautiful woodwork, with the ambience completed by comforting fireplace hearths.

They were greeted by the volunteer team from Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health and handed a glass of champagne to begin their trek through wine country brought to them by local distributors Barefoot Wines, Baum Wine Imports, Bond Imports, Classic Wines, CTS Distributing, Southern Wine, Summit Distributing, Wine Merchants of Colorado and Wine Source of Colorado. There was plenty of swishing and scenting going on, with an array of palate pleasers from around the world. Stars of California, Oregon, France, Italy, Australia, Chile and Argentina tempted tasters, all for a great cause of helping uninsured and underinsured children in Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

The wine was complemented by an outstanding array of hors d'oeuvres masterfully created by the chef's team at the Sanctuary, including Spanokopita, brouchettes, crab cakes and more. If that wasn't enough to keep attendees busy, there were plenty of unique silent auction items to peruse, including unique sports memorabilia and chances to spend time with a variety of interesting professionals, including a ride-along with a Douglas County sheriff, a day with the Douglas County K-9 unit, a visit to the KOA studios and a chance to have brunch with Mayor Hickenlooper.

CBS 4's Greg Moody did a great job rousting bids for live auction items, including a coveted golf foursome donated by the Sanctuary; an African safari donated by African Eyes Travel; a chance to fly to and eat at the Fort Restaurant in a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter (and tour the city lights on the way back), donated by Rotors of the Rockies; and a chance to have dinner for 25 of your closest friends prepared in your home by the ADMHN executive team.

It was a wonderful and satisfying evening, especially to know that there will continue to be assistance for those children in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in need.

At Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN), their mission is to provide professional, comprehensive, culturally inclusive mental health and substance abuse services. Not only do they offer the traditional services such as individual, family and group therapy – they also have some unique services like acute residential care for adults and treatment for people challenged by both mental illness and substance abuse.

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