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March 03, 2007 - Here's Life Inner City Offers a Toast

What: Here's Life Inner City Denver Wine Tasting Event

Where: The Adirondack room at the Tivoli Center

When: March 3, 2007

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual $50, Couple $95

Beneficiary: At risk youth

Host(s): Greg Greenwood

EMCEE: Greg Greenwood and Salt Wall

Executive Director: Salt Wall

Committee Members: Hugh Brandt, Salt Wall, and Dave Jones

President(s): Greg Greenwood

Staff: Hugh and Loyce Burns, Hugh and Lynn Brandt, Marcie and Salt Wall, and Dave and Gina Jones.

Speaker: Shaquille Turner and Daniel Mendivil

Libations: Wines donated by Tom and Angie Belt and Greg and Tammy Greenwood

Catering: Biscuits and Berries

Entertainment: Step group "Crosswalk"

Music: Jazz Band C Spot Groove

Sponsors: Tom and Angie Belt Greg and Tammy Greenwood

Quote of the evening: "I came for the wine." Daniel Mendivil, "I stayed for the party." Jean Johnston

Attendance: 100

Attire: Business casual

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Fresh fruit palm trees served with a caramel cream cheese dipping sauce, focaccia pizzas, hot artichoke dip with herb pita chips for dipping, artisan cheeses served with breads and crackers, mini beef wellingtons, petite cocktail sandwiches, fresh baskets of crudite and brownie diamonds.

Event Coordinator: Greg Greenwood

Planning Committee: Tom and Angie Belt, Greg and Tammy Greenwood

Blacktie Photos by: Courtney Ham

 Event planners and enthusiastic supporters, Tom and Angie Belt, left,  with Greg Greenwood and his wife Tammy Sciortino
Event planners and enthusiastic supporters, Tom and Angie Belt, left, with Greg Greenwood and his wife Tammy Sciortino

Up the elevator to the fourth floor of the historic Tivoli Center, the wine was flowing on Saturday night. Staff and friends joined together for food, wine, music, and a silent auction, all to raise money for Here's Life Inner City Denver.

HLIC is an organization aimed at connecting Denver's inner city youth and families to community churches. The organization provides after school Christian mentoring programs, urban youth workers fellowship training programs and leadership development programs for inner city churches. The goal is to help at-risk inner city youth by providing them with practical life skills.

The first thing that guests saw as they walked in were the tops of two gigantic fermenting tanks from the downstairs Tivoli Brewery. From there, they could either go up some stairs that wrapped around the elevator or they could meander into the the lower level room. With wine and food on either level and an assortment of items for the silent auction, there was a lot to take in.

The silent auction included a vast array of wines ranging from moderately priced to very expensive. There were Broncos tickets in club level seats with VIP parking, various gift certificates for restaurants, bowling, wine shops, big Groucho Marks coffee table books, sweatshirts from Van Duzer Vinyards, Chilly Box backpack coolers and gift certificates. There was so much enthusiasm that the auction stayed open almost until the end of the night.

In addition to the auction, guests could also make direct donations at the front check-in desk. As a special treat for everyone, some children from one of the after school programs came to perform. The group was called Crosswalk and they stepped, which is a popular kind of rhythmic dancing often seen in inner city neighborhoods. The performance was met with much enthusiasm and applause.

Later in the evening, Shaquille Turner, a student from East High School, read a poem that he wrote. This too was met with applause. Having many of these kids present was a great way for people to see and meet the children that they were raising money for. This wine tasting is a newer tradition that is quickly gaining popularity within the organization--people coming together over good food and good wine all for a good cause.

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