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October 27, 2001 - 1,200 Saddle Up For Western Fantasy

Where: National Western Complex

When: October 27, 2001

Beneficiary: Volunteers of America

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Kobrich, 9NEWS

Honoree(s): Jerome Kern and Mary Rossick Kern, 2001 Humanitarian Award winners

Gala Chairperson(s): Jamie Angelich and Vicky Myhren

Corporate Chairperson(s): Susan and Carl Barnhill, Mark Baumann, Joe Ellis, Mike Huseby, Lee Larsen, Mark Williamson

Founders: Sharon Magness and Jean Galloway

Executive Director: Dianna Kunz

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Music: Toby Keith

Sponsors: Liberty Media, Sharon Magness, 9NEWS, AT&T Broadband, Coors Brewing, Denver Broncos Charities, Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome H. Kern, KPMG, Paragon Ranch, Post-News Charities, Starz Encore Group, Trygve and Vicki Myhren, Allen & Company, Barber Architecture, Colorado Business Bank, Phyllis Coors, Denver Broncos, Forest Oil, Gateway American Properties, Ed and Barbara Greene, A.B. Hirschfeld Press, Invesco Funds, Jones Knowledge, Red Robin Restaurants, US Bank, Whiting Petroleum

Auctioneer: Amy and Annie

Menu: Mesquite Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Carmelized Onions and Mushroom Demi-Glaze, White Cheddar Whipped Potatoes, Sage Potato Rolls and Jalapeno Corn Bread Muffins, Triple Chocolate Browie topped with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Hot Fudge and Caramel

Attendance: 1,200

Attire: Elegant Western

Florist: John Quiael Designs

Information: 303.297.0408; Volunteers of America, 2660 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205

Planning Committee: Joni Baird, Sunny Brownstein, Jan Casson, Marilyn Coors, Pam Crowe, Victoria Damone, Christel Dikeman, Heidi Ehrlich, Janet Elway, Barbara Greene, Bonnie Grilly, Janis Hampton, Sherri Huseby, Pam Krotchko, Holly Kylberg, CoCo LaCroix, Nancy Lamb, Bernadette Leiweke, Lisa McCaffrey, Kirk McDonald, Shery McDonald-Galbreath, Sue McFarlane, Debi Medved, Jane Netzorg, Kristi Nichols, Jaylene Smith, Diane Stortz, Tracy Ulmer, Lynne Valencia

Decor/Rental Company: Design Works by dave and mike

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes and Mary Winter

 Longtime Western Fantasy supporter Phyllis Coors, left, with friend and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and Sharon Magness, gala co-founder and corporate committee member
Longtime Western Fantasy supporter Phyllis Coors, left, with friend and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and Sharon Magness, gala co-founder and corporate committee member

By Blacktie Staff

John Elway may have left the football field, but he hasn't escaped the spotlight.

Nor has he lost any speed in his post-Broncos' period. (Poor guy's pushing 40, is he not?)

During the live auction at the 12th Annual Western Fantasy Gala, John ran up the bidding on a white hot 2001 Indian Chief Motorcycle. The limited-edition, black and gold cruiser commemorates America's first motorcycle manufacturer's 100th anniversary.

Then, to prove he still has the right stuff, our John intercepted his elegant bride Janet and took her for a spin around the giant cowbarn known as the National Western Complex.

A wild ride ensued, to enthusiastic cheers from the 1,200 guests.

Western Fantasy, one of Denver's most popular charity functions, raised $1 million for Volunteers of America.

This year's theme, "A Cowboy and His Lady," was enhanced by the romantic (and not-so-romantic) tunes of country-western star Toby Keith.

Mary Rossick Kern and Jerome Kern were named 2001 Humanitarian Award recipients. "Few individual contributors in Colorado can surpass their generosity in terms of amount of dollars given to Colorado charities," stated the program. Among the couple's many projects are the Institute for Children's Mental Disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Colorado's Ocean Journey and the Michael Kern Kitchen at the new VOA headquarters.

VOA is one of Colorado's largest and oldest nonprofit organizations, opening a mission on Larimer Street in 1898 to serve miners' families and others in need.

Each day, the VOA serves 1,450 meals to homebound elderly men and women,and 1,500 meals to seniors at dining centers in six counties. VOA provides safe shelter to 118 women and children each night, and it runs 100 food banks throughout the Denver area.

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