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February 22, 2007 - SPCC Turns A Ray of Hope Into Prisms of the Heart

What: Prisms of the heart tribute dinner and silent auction

Where: Belmar Event Center

When: Thursday, February 22, 2007

Time: 5:45 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $100

Beneficiary: Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado

Master of Ceremonies: Mark McIntosh - 9News

Honoree(s): Carol Breslau,Vice President for the Initiatives for The Colorado Trust and Vida Urbonas, CW2 KWGN

Gala Chairperson(s): Karne Husung

Co-Chair(s): Debi King - Silent Auction Chair

Speaker: Kathy Cronkite

Sponsors: Diamond Sponsors: Ms. Mary Ann Barbee, Ms. Carol Breslau, Captial Heights Presbyterian Church, Dr. Jean Demmler, Terrance Klugman/Emily Saslow Memorial Table, Mental Health Association of Colorado, Mr. John Moran, Regis University, Ms. Jeanne Rohner, Matthew O. Seamans Memorial Table, Second Wind Fund. Opal Sponsors: Aztra Zeneca, Arapahoe Douglas Mental Health, Aurora Mental Health, CW2-News 2, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Office of Suicide Prevention--Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Carson J. Spencer Foundation, Sycare, Mido Printing.

Auctioneer: Rep.Debbie Stafford

Menu: Salad with toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cherries & cranberries, pecan encrusted chicken breast and flank steak with mushroom marsala sauce, haricut verts with red peppers, white cheddar mashed potatoes, assorted rolls with butter, caramel swirled cheesecake, coffee and ice tea

Attendance: 200

Event Coordinator: Brenda Gierczak

Board of Directors: Deanne Rice - Chair, Becca Emme - Chair Elect, Louise Boris - Vice Chair, Laura Prohaska - Secretary, Bill Proter, Ph.D. - Treasurer, Mark Alford, MA, Barb Archuleta, M.Ed. LPC, Katie Ford, MA, LPC, Deanna Hanna, Jeff Lamontagne, JD, Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., Lisa Van Bramber, M.D., Jarrod Hindman, MA;Office of Suicide Prevention, Brenda Gierczak, MA, C-GC, SPCC Program Coordinator

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 State Rep and auctioneer extraordinaire Debbie Stafford with 9News' Mark McIntosh
State Rep and auctioneer extraordinaire Debbie Stafford with 9News' Mark McIntosh

John DiTirro

You take a sparkling night in Lakewood, throw in a dazzling place like the Belmar Event Center and a lot of giving people, and when all combined you get a special Prisms of the Heart event.

The Belmar Event Center was the place to be on February 22nd. The evening started with a silent auction that included something for everyone. There were original paintings, sports memorabilia and great Colorado getaways package. And what lady can resist jewelry? There were plenty of sparkles to fit every woman’s fancy. Even the younger children would benefit with passes to the local water parks for a great summer day.

Once inside the ballroom, the night was filled with all kinds of treats for the senses. The perimeters were lined with balloon decorations and the smell of great food. The tables were finely decorated and the staff did a wonderful job of making sure the night went as planned. There were two large screens that had pictures of past loved ones and Master of Ceremonies Mark McIntosh (9News) did a wonderful job of keeping people focused on the events throughout the night.

Guests were treated to a wonderful dinner that included pecan encrusted chicken breast and flank steak with mushroom marsala sauce. Mark presented an award to CWB2's Vida Urbonas. Vida presented a video that she produced and Colorado's own John Fielder did the commentary for remembering the short life of his son, J.T. Fielder.

In between dinner and dessert, Colorado State Representative Debbie Stafford turned into the fast-talking auctioneer. This live auction included such items as a getaway to Hawaii, professional landscaping to get your yard back into shape after the long winter, an in- home wine tasting party for 10 people and numerous paintings.

Keynote speaker Kathy Cronkite (daughter of famed television newscaster Walter Cronkite) talked about her struggles with depression and how, in her research, she (along with the help of many others) has come to dispel the myths and stigma that surround mental illness. In her book, "On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations About Conquering Depression" she has interviewed celebrities who suffer from depression. Her appearance on the Today Show prompted over 12,000 hotline calls in three hours to the National Institute of Mental Health, where she served on the advisory board of grant reviewers. After Kathy spoke, the night ended with her signing books in the foyer.

The proceeds of the night's event went to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, whose mission is to reduce suicide and its impact in Colorado through the promotion of prevention and intervention activities that address the needs of Colorado's diverse populations. For more information visit

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