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February 03, 2007 - Howard Dental Center's Bingo Crowd All Smiles

What: Howard Dental presents the 2007 Bingo Ball

Where: The Cable Center

When: Saturday, February 3, 2007

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Patron tickets with reserved seating and pre-party that evening - $125, Individual ticket with general seating - $100, Patron table of 8 with reserved seating and pre-party that evening - $1,000

Beneficiary: Howard Dental Center - Providing comprehensive oral health care to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS

EMCEE: 7 News' Mike Nelson and bingo caller and assistant, the fabulous & divine Nuclia Waste

Co-Chair(s): Dione Benson, John Miller, Ann Somers

Executive Director: Felicia Diamond

Committee Members: Susan Howell, Ida Halasz, Nicole Smith, Pamela DeBellis, LeAnn McCaslin, Laurie Diamond, Sheila Bernard, Carole Baran, Dianne Blomberg, Danni Lederman, Jeremy Simons, Ronnie Suba

President(s): Dr. Christopher Ott

Staff: Dr. Sally Preston, Dr. Colleen Concepcion, Mery Diaz, EDDA, David Zamboni, RDH, Denise Mungin, Office Manager, Carole Baran, Events Coordinator, Ghengis Diamond-Bloom, Pet Therapy Dog (Ret)

Introductions: Mike Nelson introduced Dr. Christopher Ott - President of Howard Dental. Dr. Christopher than introduced Nuclia Waste and thanked the volunteers, staff with The Cable Center, and all the attendees.

Catering: Three Tomatoes Catering

Music: DJ Brook Svoboda aka "SURFER"

Sponsors: Anthem - an independent licensee of the Blue Cross & Blue Shield Association, 1st Bank, Benson Orthodontics.
Corporate Donors: Three Tomatoes, MetroMode Magazine, MacBride Creative, Stoli Russian Vodka, Heineken Premium Light, Dos Equis Imported Beer, Bacardi Patron Level Supporters: Wendy Bergen & Drew Petrie, Gene Bloom & Felicia Diamond, David Bryant, Tom Buche, Margaret Chong, Casey Christensen, Gary & Sue Cummins, Bonnie Ferrell, Chris Genry, Andrew Gerber, Tim Greer, Chris Hochmuth, Bruce Holmes & Carole Baran, Brett & Gina Kessler, Rick Kramer, Joe Mauro & Phillip Howard, Jack MIller & Mike Fell, Matthew Moore, Roger Moore, Andrew & Cynthia Motz, Chris Ott & Jeremy Simons, Janet Nessinger, Catherine & Mikkel Saks, John Schneider, Ann Somers & Curtis Johnsen, Lance Vigil, Clyde & Nancy Waggoner, David Wagner, Ron & Nancy Van Wechel, Dan & Sandy Wherley and Jared Young Donors: Elizabeth Connick Scott Coors & David Hurt in honor of Chris Ott, Mel & Elvira Gart in honor of Dan Wherley, Michael & Andrea Glass, John & Ann McIntyre in honor of Carole Baran and Carol S Potter.

Quote of the evening: "This is not your Grandmother's Bingo!"

Menu: Fried rice, petite vegetarian egg rolls with plum sauce, Asian cole slaw, crisp chicken skewers, mini meatloaf sandwich, not Stouffer's chicken pot pie, mac and cheese, franks in blankets, twisted chips and dip, spinach and garbanzo beans - Spanish style, Spanish style tortillas, beef and mushroom stroganoff skewer, Black Forest cake, cranberry cheesecake, chocolate and hazelnut torte, awesome cupcakes and petite cookies

Attendance: 120

Attire: "sassy and spectacular"--tuxedos, sport coats, dresses

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Spanakopita, roasted chicken salad, grilled Achiote shrimp taco, white truffle scented butternut squash puree

Event Coordinator: Carole Baran

Board of Directors: Christopher Ott, M.D., President; John Miller, Vice President; Ron Van Wechel, D.D.S., Vice President; Joe Mauro, Treasurer; Dan Wherley, D.D.S., Secretary; Chris Hochmuth, Immediate Past President; David Bryant; Rev. James Chandler; Timothy Collins; Bonnie Ferrell, D.D.S.; Matt Marshall; John Serfling and Christopher Walker

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Events coordinator Carole Baran, left, with Howard Dental Center ED Felicia Diamond
Events coordinator Carole Baran, left, with Howard Dental Center ED Felicia Diamond

by John DiTirro

If you like to try your luck at Bingo, the Cable Center was the place to be Saturday night, as the Howard Dental Center presented the 2007 Bingo Ball.

Howard Dental provides quality oral care to people living with HIV/AIDS. They are taking great care to see that as many people as possible get treatment.

To support the cause, an over-the-top Bingo night was just what the doctor ordered. The night was fantastic, from the tuxedoes and sassy gowns at the door to the silent auction, bingo games and dancing. "We wanted to have a unique and exciting way to support our clients," said Executive Director Felicia Diamond. "This Bingo night was an informal and very fun way to do that."

The silent auction had everything from homemade pies to a sauna or even a African Safari. With over 70 items to bid on, the bidding was fierce and went down to the wire. (There were a lot of nice gifts to make a lot of people's Valentines very nice). When the bidding was over, it was time to pull out the daubers and get those bingo cards ready.

The event was emceed by Channel 7's Mike Nelson, along with the "fabulous and divine Nuclia Waste." Both provided a creative and hilarious atmosphere in which everyone could have a great time. Mike Nelson and Dr. Chris Ott opened the games with a "Bingo Prayer". This is not your Grandmother's bingo! With Mike Nelson sitting alongside Nuclia Waste to call the numbers, you never know what was going to be said. There were four games played and the winners were: Janet Nessinger winning the prize of Oral B Triumph; Kristin Callahan winning a certificate to Del Frisco's; and Bill Harris and Kristen Dodd winning IPOD Shuffles.

With Felicia Diamond (executive director) and Carole Baran (special events coordinator) keeping busy greeting everyone and making sure all attendees had their bingo cards, this turned out to be a big success. With the help of The Cable Center providing the room, Three Tomatoes providing the food, the volunteers and staff on hand, this is one fundraiser that will have a huge benefit in the community for years to come. Everyone was smiling, which is a great thing for a Dental Center.

Howard Dental Center started as a collaborative effort of concerned dentists, organized dentistry and dental educators. The clinic began treating clients in December, 1994 under the umbrella of the Colorado AIDS Project (CAP) and for the first year remained under the CAP umbrella. In November 1995, HDC acquired its 501 (c) (3), tax-exempt status. They provide comprehensive care to approximately 600 patients annually.

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