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
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
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.