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March 31, 2007 - HOPE Center Has Been Dealt Four Aces!

What: Vintage Vegas

Where: 1770 Sherman Street Event Complex

When: Saturday, March 31, 2007

Time: 8 p.m. - midnight

Ticket Prices: $65 per person $100 Per Person - VIP Admission

Beneficiary: The Hope Center

Mistress of Ceremonies: Gerie Grimes - Deputy Director of HOPE Center

EMCEE: Mrs. America Marney Duckworth

Executive Director: George Brantley

Staff: Gerie Grimes - Deputy Director; Andi Fishman - Early Childhood Program Coordinator; Otis Preston - Vocational Program Coordinator; Janice Woolfolk - Executive Secretary; and Bruce Duran - Development Director. Early Childhood Education & Care Staff: Joella Anderson, Shirley Bankston, Rebecca Barrett, Jeanette Bynog, Gladys Campbell, Michal Dixon, Traci DuCloux, Wendy Greenberg, Penny Gulbranson, Virginia Hart, Bobby Kaur, Carol Kobobel, Jacqueline Long, Brenda Natt, Dee Ornelas, Rosalie Lay Ramsey and Patsy Stewart. Support Staff: Cassandra Craft, Sandra Garcia, Van Nguyen. Vocational Program Staff: Cindy Hermosillo, Michael Dozier, Eugene Lawson, Tamica Murray, Vique Powell, Karla Turner, Suzann Vega and Richard Wachendorfer

Catering: Michael's of Denver Fine Catering

Menu: Spring rolls, Rocky Mountain money bars, herbed chicken skewers, shredded pork & pepper jack quesadillas, artichoke dip, tomato bruschetta, sweet & sour meatballs, petite dessert assortment.

Attendance: 156

Attire: Evening attire, business formal and cocktail attire

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Elegant cheese display - domestic and imported cheese with a signature boursin, fresh fruit garnish served with an assortment of crackers.

Board of Directors: C. T. Smith - Chairperson; Sid Davidson - Vice Chairperson; Max Skidmore - Treasurer; Dr. Barbara Batey - Secretary; Dr. John Fischer; Peggy Caine Price; Charles Leali and Thomas Petrizzo. Honorary Board of Directors: Albert Cohen; Mary Dunn; Jane Hughes; Justice Luis D. Rovira and Kay Stewart.

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Left - George Brantley - Executive Director, Lisa Roy with the Piton Foundation and councilperson-at-large Doug Linkhart
Left - George Brantley - Executive Director, Lisa Roy with the Piton Foundation and councilperson-at-large Doug Linkhart

The kings and queens had come to play their cards. Vegas had come to Denver.

The location was 1770 Sherman Street in Downtown Denver. HOPE Center put on a night of gambling that made everyone winners in some fashion or other. The inside of the Sherman Street Event Complex had 31 gaming tables and the cards were ready to be dealt. There was a game for everyone--Blackjack, poker and craps. 

The staff/volunteers were dealing the cards and the chips were stacking up--sometimes in the favor of the players, sometimes not. But don't worry. The games had a savior. Her name: Marney Duckworth, the New Mrs. America. She made sure the tables had winners by giving prizes to the player who had the lowest chips.

With the help of the staff and Marney, there wasn't a loser in the crowd. The silent auction was an added bonus. There were sports items to be bid on as well as spa treatments, and even paintings done by some of the children at HOPE Center. And if that wasn't enough, along came Mr. Adam Kevil, the auctioneer. There was a live auction with fantastic prizes. With the help of Adam, the night was a huge success.

The evening provided a fun way for people to support a very important cause, and since everyone went home happy and a "winner" in some capacity, the real winners were the clients and persons whom HOPE Center supports.

HOPE Center is a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, developmental delays and persons in need of specialized educational or vocational services. These services are provided in order to develop, maintain, and enhance the functioning of each enrollee. For more information about HOPE Center you can call 303-388-4801 or log onto

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