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April 14, 2007 - Jewel Helps Denverites With the Blues

What: Benefit concert for Kempe Foundation

Where: Larimer Square Restaurants/Colorado Convention Center

When: April 14, 2007

Time: dinner: 5 p.m.; dessert reception: 7 p.m.; Jewel concert: 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $60-$1,000

Beneficiary: Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

Presenting Sponsor(s): The Landmark; KBCO 97.3 FM

Gala Chairperson(s): Nancy Koontz

Founders: Dr. C. Henry Kempe

Executive Director: Robert B. Clyman, M.D., Executive Director of the Kempe Center

Committee Members: Corporate Committee: Steve Demby, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck; Steve Cohen, Anschutz Investment Company; Walt Imhoff, Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Inc.; Ken Friednash, Dakota Fresh-Mex, LLC; Dick Saunders, Saunders Construction Inc.; Brian McCleary, Blue Ribbon Technologies; Charlie Monfort, Colorado Rockies; Wendy Kane, Mantucket Capital Management Corporation; Howard Torgove, Magna Associates Liquidating Trust; Mike Shaw, Mike Shaw Chevy, Buick and Saab; Nick Lepetsos, First American State Bank.

President(s): Alliance President: Mary Tabacchi

Catering: Sir Chocolate and Centerplate

Entertainment: 3-time Grammy nominee Jewel

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsors: The Landmark; KBCO 97.3 FM.
Diamond Sponsors: Johnson & Wales University; Comcast; Red Robin; Larimer Square; Vectra Bank; R.E.L.Love Foundation; Wells Fargo.
Sapphire Sponsors: National Distributing; Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Media Sponsors: KBCO 97.3 FM; 9News.
Ruby Sponsors:; Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber Schreck; Coors; Great-West; Saunders Construction; Wendy and Steve Cohen.
Emerald Sponsors: Citigroup; Colorado Rockies; Evergreen Energy Inc.; 1st Bank; Fognani & Faught, PLLC; Frontier Airlines; Gallagher Family Foundation; Head Waters MB; Qwest Communications; Richter Scale Productions Inc.; The Faught Foundation; US Bank.
Sparkle Sponsors: Bank of Choice; First American State Bank.

Attire: jeans and jewels

Board of Directors: Steven C. Demby, chair; Robert B. Clyman M.D., Steven A. Cohen, vice chair; David J. Bregman; Stephen R. Daniels, Ph.D., M.D.; Zack M. Davidson; Rick L. Ellis; John D. Faught, Esq.; Kenneth A. Friednash; Michael B. Hancock; Bruce Hunter; Georgia R. Imhoff; Walter F. Imhoff; Gail B. Johnson; Wendy V. Kane; Richard D. Krugman, M.D.; Donna Lynne, Ph.D.; Kimberly A. Mitchell; Charles K. Monfort; Richard C. Saunders; David B. Savitz, Esq.; Gretchen Seefried; Michael J. Shaw; Mary Tabacchi; Lisa L. Taussig; Howard H. Torgove. Advisory Committee: Jim Basey, Janet Elway, Dean Prina, M.D., Ron Williams. Honorary Members: Jules Amer, M.D., John Elway, Frances Owens.

Steering Committee: Advisory Panel: Lisa Taussig, Terry Vitale, Gail Johnson, Catherine Worster Freeland, Dr. Dean Prina, Georgia Imhoff, Dr. Karen Frankel, Geri Bader Saltzman, Loren Faye, Mary Tabacchi

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro/Pam Cress

 Gina Witsell, left, enjoys dinner with her aunt, honoree Margaret Tulley and John Tulley, who flew in from Washington
Gina Witsell, left, enjoys dinner with her aunt, honoree Margaret Tulley and John Tulley, who flew in from Washington

If you saw lots of well-heeled people bedecked in jeans and jewels frolicking around Larimer Square Saturday evening, it was for a very good cause.

This was the evening of your not-so-typical gala, an evening filled with good food, good spirits and the finest of entertainment, all to benefit the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Instead of the same old blacktie affair, organizers of the Kempe Foundation event decided to make the evening memorable and fun--hence the option to dine at participating restaurants in Larimer Square, then jump on the luxury shuttle to whisk them back to the Colorado Convention Center and finally enjoy the much-anticipated concert by three-time Grammy nominee, Jewel.

The top-level package entitled attendees to a four-course meal at the Capital Grille, where the salmon and beef filet entrees were absolutely divine. The next options included three-course masterpieces at Bistro Vendome or Rioja; or the third-level tier offered two delectable courses at Corridor 44, CRU Wine Bar, Del Mar Crab House, Lime, the Samba Room, Tamayo or Ted's Montana Grill.

For those with a sweet tooth, there was an option of a dessert reception and cocktails at the Convention Center, or getting right down to business with going straight to the concert and enjoying Jewel's beautiful and versatile voice. Some people came from across the country to do just that.

Fun and food aside, the mission of the evening was to raise funds for the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and acknowledge some special contributors. This year's Kempe Professional Honoree award went to Margaret Tulley, MSW, LCSW, who works tirelessly in providing psychotherapeutic services with a specialty in infants, toddlers and their families. Since 2000, Ms. Tulley has served as the clinical director for Kempe's Under Sixes Project and for Kempe's Infants in Foster and Kinship Care Program.

The law firm of Brownstein, Hyatt Farber Schreck was given the award as Kempe's Community Honoree for their long time support of the Kempe Foundation. For more than 20 years, BHFS has provided in-kind legal services, leadership, donations and sponsorships. Firm partner Steve Demby served as volunteer Board Chairman in 2006 and 2007 and has been a board member since 2000.

After the awards were presented via a video presentation introduced by presenting sponsor and board member Zack Davidson, Demby took the stage to thank everyone for their support and introduced Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper showed off his tie that had been sawed off by Jewel (this was, after all, a jeans event!) and then introduced Jewel, who continues to entertain and amaze her audiences since her eleven-time platinum album debut, "Pieces of You." Jewel immediately wrapped up the audience in her charisma and talent, beginning with the song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and continuing with her versatile style to hold listeners in rapt attention. Her memory of playing on the Boulder Mall for quarters long ago helped the audience appreciate her humble beginnings and inevitable rise to stardom.

And so, as the program said, "the concert is going to sound even sweeter when you think about the kids it will help."

The Kempe Center provides and improves direct clinical services, improves clinical service delivery systems, and provides training, education and consultation programs to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in Colorado and throughout the nation. Kempe accomplishes this mission through several programs, including the Child Protection Team, the Fostering Healthy Futures program, Infants in Foster Care program, Perpetration Prevention program, the Policy program, Postpartum Depression Intervention program, Therapeutic Preschool, Training, Education and Consultation program and the Under Sixes program. For more information, log on to

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