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March 17, 2007 - Sailing Community Comes Together to Support the Children

What: 8th Annual Gala Fundraiser

Where: Cableland

When: March 17, 2007

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Host(s): Raymond & Jeanine McCleery, Horace & Leslie McCowan, Third Sector Innovations, Randolph & Carla Williams, Patty Prisbrey-Campbell, Mike Taber & Jean Labuda, Bob & Linda Wing, Ralph & Jacquie Taylor, Blue Sage Realty, Inc.

Master of Ceremonies: Dave Aguilera (News4 weatherman)

Honoree(s): David Spira & Shirleyan Price

EMCEE: Dave Aguilera (News4 weatherman)

Gala Chairperson(s): Mary Jo Houser

Executive Director: Steve Frank

Committee Members: Committee Volunteers: Joe Beierl, Bill Shepard, Mike Taber, Burt Revell, Iris Hunter, Jan Swerdlin, Lynn Boyd, David Pearce, David Spira, Kiley Epperson, Candace Epperson, Sara Summers, Jonathan Horst, Catherine March

Catering: Cableland Staff

Entertainment: Magician Keir Royale

Music: Woodwind Quintet & Second Chance Jazz Quartet

Sponsors: Major Sponsors: Building Restoration Specialties, Inc. KEW Realty Corporation Supporting Sponsors: SunSail Sailing Vacations The Frank & Margaret Horwich Family Well-Balanced Accounting, Inc The Elmore-DeRose Wealth Management Group

Auctioneer: Christina Sacha (Mrs. Cherry Creek)

Blacktie Photos by: Patrick Dubois

 Heather Holden, left, honorees David Spira & Shirleyan Price, Joy Choo
Heather Holden, left, honorees David Spira & Shirleyan Price, Joy Choo

St. Patrick’s Day found 150 community sailing supporters, volunteers and parents celebrating the 8th Annual Spirit of Sailing Gala Fundraiser. The event raised $25,000 this year and will be used to provide scholarships and tuition assistance for disadvantaged families with children and expand the Community Sailing of Colorado’s junior program.

The event was held at Cableland, the former home of Bill Daniels, and the official residence of the Mayor of Denver. This landmark sits atop of the Hilltop neighborhood in Denver.

The evening began with music by the Woodwind Quintet. This group of talented youngsters from the Denver School of Arts provided a relaxing atmosphere for the guests to browse through the items presented for the silent auction.

Master of Ceremonies, weatherman Dave Aguilera of News4, opened up the evening and thanked the crowd for their support of this great cause. After a few remarks about Cableland, the sailing community, and the lovely weather, he turned the microphone over to Executive Director Steve Frank, who presented the first annual “Spirit of Sailing Award” to David Spira & Shirleyan Price for their quiet leadership, contribution and drive to see the Colorado Youth Sailing programs succeed. David announced his support to build a boat house at Standley Lake for children to use as a classroom and community building. Aguilera then recognized two other distinguished guests, Rep. Jean Labuda, D-Denver and Karen Marriott, Olympic contender in windsurfing.

After the award acceptance and distinguished guests recognition, the night moved to the live auction hosted by Mrs. Cherry Creek, Christina Sacha, and Dave Aguilera. The guests gave generously as they bid against each other to benefit the kids. Snipe sailors Doug and Karen Swenson were the high bidders for a Caribbean Bareboat Sunsail yacht  charter.The night ended with a little magic by Keir Royale and music by the Second Chance Jazz Quartet.

All in all the beautiful evening complemented this beautiful event.

The benefit raised money to:

1. Offer more scholarships to children who can not afford to attend a summer camp.

2. Expand the program. Last summer 500 kids participated. Their goal is to see 600 youngsters participate during the summer of 2007.

3. Build the Community Sailing of Colorado Foundation that will ensure the future of Community Sailing's summer camps and junior sailing in Colorado.

4. Acquire more sailboats and improve facilities which will enable the program to expand.

Community Sailing of Colorado, Ltd. (CSC) operates a summer sailing program and camp for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 17. CSC hosts one-week learn to sail camps, racing camps, windsurfing camps and a summer-long drop-in sailing program that allows youngsters access to sailing after they learn how to sail. Camps are conducted on Standley Lake in Westminster and Cherry Creek Reservoir in Aurora. Youngsters learn basic sailing on Sunfish or Optimists. Youngsters earn advanced sailing privileges as they earn ratings. With each successive rating, junior sailors can progressively earn the privilege to sail more complex boats, learn racing, sail further from our sailing beach and help teach others to sail.

Since 1995 over 3,500 boys and girls have participated in CSC’s summer sailing programs.

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