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February 20, 2007 - Safehouse Celebrates Fat Tuesday with Mile High Flair

What: Mile High Mardi Gras

Where: Mile High Station

When: Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Time: 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $40.00

Beneficiary: Battered Women

EMCEE: Eric Warne from A Music Plus and Cathy Griffin from Funkiphino

Executive Director: Ellen Stein Wallace

Libations: Coors Brewing Company

Catering: Catering By Design

Entertainment: Air Cat Aerial Art and Bash Drumline

Music: DJ provided by A Music Plus; Band, Funkiphino

Sponsors: Global Technology Resources Inc. and Catering By Design; Compass Bank, Coors Brewing Company, Forest City Stapleton, Quiznos and Wesco Fabrics; Media sponsorship provided by Westword.

Menu: Mini muffaletta sandwiches, Chipotle and Tobasco creamed meatballs, blackened Delta Pride catfish, gourmet crudites, crawfish etouffe, red beans and rice, tasso and wild mushroom dip with pita crisps, beignets and assorted cookie bars.

Attire: Come as you are.

Special Thanks: Paul and Monica Enright

Event Coordinator: Associate Director of Community Relations, Natalie Wilkins.

Blacktie Photos by: Courtney Ham

 Julie Dehague, left, Karl Heitz and Jen Kirkham.
Julie Dehague, left, Karl Heitz and Jen Kirkham.

More like a party at a club than a fundraiser, the Mile High Mardi Gras proved to be quite a bash Tuesday night. The entire night was filled with music, food, drinks and a fun Fat Tuesday vibe. Instead of hitting the town, these guests celebrated Mardi Gras at Mile High Station to raise money for Safehouse Denver.

Established in 1977, Safehouse Denver runs the only shelter in Denver that is exclusively for victims of domestic violence. Safehouse works to eliminate domestic violence by raising awareness within the community and by providing shelter and counseling to victims of domestic violence.

Set in a hip old warehouse that has been turned into the unique Mile High Station, the party went off without a hitch. The DJ played great music while guests mingled and snacked on mouthwatering cajun food in a room decked out in traditional Mardi Gras purple and gold.

Then the band, Funkiphino, came on and the party really got started. They played a funky mix of jazz, rock, soul, and disco. As a special treat, there was an aerial dancer who dazzled the crowd. Dangling from a gigantic white ribbon that hung from the ceiling, Jennifer Wilcox from AirCat Aerial Art twirled through the air with elegance and acrobatics that everyone loved.

Following that performance, the guests got another treat. Drumliners, Bash came out and led a New Orleans style parade and then played along with the band. Some of the musicians came out and joined the drummers for a little jam session. The performance was met with dancing and cheering. Lasting unitl about 11:00 p.m., guests danced and had a great time until the very end. It was a night to remember and was definitely the Fat Tuesday party to go to because there was a great turnout and it helped raise money for a good cause.

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