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February 24, 2007 - Crescendo: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music

What: The 2nd Annual Gala Benefit for the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

Where: Renaissance Suites Hotel: 500 Flatiron Blvd, Broomfield

When: Saturday, February 24, 2007

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $60.00

Beneficiary: Rocky Mountain Mountain Center for Musical Arts

Host(s): Peggy Bruns

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Johnson - Sports Director with KOA Radio

Founders: Peggy Bruns and Kathy Kucsan

Executive Director: Peggy Bruns

Committee Members: Gretchen Beall, Clair Beckman, Don Campbell, Coleen Conant, Michael Christie, Barrie Hartman, Frank Mouers, Wayne Scott, Daniel Sher, Julie Simpson, Robert Spillman, Jule Steinhauer

President(s): Louise Christopher

Staff: Peggy Bruns - MME - Executive Director, Kathy Kucsan Ph.D. - Education & Artistic Director, Nora-Ellen Long - Office Manager, Rose Bodin - Register & Operations Assistant, Sue Eyler - Accountant and Deanna Kaufman - Custodian

Catering: Renaissance Suites Hotel

Entertainment: Faculty members Mary Jungerman and Andrew Schiller

Music: Steve Christopher Band

Sponsors: Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, The Denver Foundation, The Community Foundation, Morrell Printing Solutions, AMGEN Foundation, Xcel Energy Foundation, AEC Trust, Wells Fargo - Louisville, One Lafayette, Target, Daily Camera, Boulder County Arts Alliance, Marty Lyle Doty and Jones, Mehaffy, Brubaker & Ernst LLC, Reveal Systems, Micki Larson-Briggs, State Farm Insurance, BME Federal Credit Union and Wal-Mart.

Menu: Spinach salad with pears, candied walnuts, feta & balsamic vinaigrette; duet of sauteed chicken & seared salmon picatta style with lemon butter sauce; white cheddar & roasted garlic mashed potatoes; chef's choice vegetables; assorted roll; chocolate decadence cake & caramel apple pie

Attendance: 100

Event Coordinator: Peggy Bruns

Board of Directors: Louise Christopher - President, Jim Luallen - Secretary, Stanley Guralnick, Ph.D. - Treasurer, Stephen Scaringe - Ph.D., Alejandro Sierra - Faculty Liaison

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Master of Ceremonies Mark Johnson of KOA, left, with Miriam McCarty and board member Steve Scaringe Ph.D.
Master of Ceremonies Mark Johnson of KOA, left, with Miriam McCarty and board member Steve Scaringe Ph.D.

John DiTirro

The hills in Broomfield came alive Saturday night with the sound of music. It was the 2nd annual gala benefit for the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts. The Renaissance Suites Hotel turned into a music extravaganza.

Upon entering the lobby area guests were greeted by two very dapper greeters. The lobby had music being performed by faculty performers Mary Jungerman on the Native American flutes and Andy Schiller dazzling guests with his magical fingers on the guitar.

The two silent auction rooms were decorated wall to wall with over 100 donations. Participants bid on anything from different brands of coffee to certificates to fabulous restaurants. There were unique items such as the herb garden kit and the opportunity to creative your own personal history on DVD. There were tickets to the opera, sporting events and specialty items consisting of autographed footballs by the great Bill McCartney and new coach of the Buffs Coach Hawkins.

Once inside the ballroom the night was spectacular. The staff of the Renaissance Suites Hotel decorated the tables nicely. Master of Ceremonies Mark Johnson, KOA's director of sports greeted people. Guests enjoyed fine dining and had a chance to catch up with friends and co-workers to learn more of the great strides being made by the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts.

Students range in age from newborns to music enthusiasts over the age of 50. (It is never too late to learn and create music.) People purchased balloons for $20 and one lucky person won a $200 gift certificate, which was hidden inside the balloon. Other contestants won gift certificates to Build a Bear, restaurants and other items.

The Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts is a 501c3 non-profit community music school dedicated to music for all...for life. They provide quality, creative musical experience for people of all ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds and financial circumstances. They began in September 1996, serving 13 students. Now in the eleventh year of community building through music, they serve 700 students weekly, and 7,000 annual audience members in a facility gifted by a generous anonymous donor. For more information log onto or call 303-665-0599.

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