March 16, 2001 - Blacktie-Denver.com takes a bow
What: Debut party for Blacktie-Denver.com
Where: Wellshire Inn
When: March 16, 2001
Catering: Wellshire Inn
Attendance: 60 friends and media
Special Thanks: Paula Newberry, centerpieces; Pati Aslett, catering; Shery Galbreath, event planning; Paul Keebler, photos.
Hors D'Oeuvres:: Seafood cheese wontons, miniature Maryland crabcakes, coconut shrimp, bacon and brie stuffed bouchee.
Florist: Newberry Brothers Greenhouse
Chocolate Bowtie Favors: The Chocolate Foundry
Here's to you Denver: Blacktie founders Georgia Imhoff, Kenton Kuhn and Mary Winter.
There's a new wrinkle in Denver's blacktie-only scene.
Blacktie-Denver.com, believed to be the country's first Web site dedicated to philanthropic fund-raisers and galas, debuted with a Friends of Blacktie kick-off party March 16 at the Wellshire Inn. The site's founders, including longtime community leader Georgia Imhoff, journalist Mary Winter and e-commerce developer Kenton Kuhn welcomed friends and members of the media.
"It was at least seven years ago I started trying to do something to improve the communications of our community social calendar," Imhoff told the gathering. Specifically, she wanted a flexible, public calendar that would give non-profits a central place to post upcoming fund-raisers and galas so that turnouts would not be diminished because of competing events.
Imoff approached various sources, including the newspapers and the Chamber of Commerce. Finally, she connected with Winter and Kuhn, and the three of them hatched a business plan.
Winter explained that Blacktie-Denver.com brings the efficiencies of the Internet to the nonprofit world. In addition to the three year, interactive calendar, the site offers photo coverage of fund-raisers and many other services for nonprofits.
Kuhn, whose company, Intellinet, built the site, projected pages on a large screen and explained their various functions.
Luminaries who dropped by included Bob and Judi Newman, Lisa Williams, Rocky Mountain News Editor John Temple, Lisa Herzlich of Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Linda and Leo Goto, Channel 9's Kim Christiansen, talent scout Jo Farrell, Maureen Regan Johnson, Allan and Margot Gilbert Frank, Jeff and Jaylene Smith, Sherri Huseby, Judy Latuda, Scott Young, Dahlia Weinstein and Leslie Kennedy from the News, Suzanne Brown and Joanne Davidson from the Denver Post, Dee Marsh from the Denver Business Journal, Paula Newberry and Joe and Helenn Franzgrote.