October 24, 2001 - Click Here for Denver's Best New Web Address
What: Cocktail reception for www.blacktie-denver.com
Where: The V Bar, Westin Tabor Center, Denver
When: October 24, 2001
Host(s): Johnathan Johan
Founders: Georgia Imhoff, Mary Winter, Kenton Kuhn
Staff: David Wardrop, Elizabeth Byrnes, Diane Wunnicke, Dee Farrell
Welcome: Georgia Imhoff
Sponsors: Westin Tabor Center, Hyde Park Jewelers
Special Thanks: Jennifer and Paul Timmins; Cheri Kois; NEWS4's Elaine Torres and Ed Crony; Doug Paris; Brenda Fraser and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Osmotics; Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Blacktie Photos by: Barb Ruley
The Blacktie founders. Georgia Imhoff, left, Kenton Kuhn, and Mary Winter
Blacktie-Denver.com celebrated its sixth-month birthday with a party in the The Westin Tabor Center's sophisticated new V Bar.
More than 150 guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, courtesy of the Westin staff and new General Manager John Everitt.
The Westin also antied up the premiere door prize of the evening - a New Year's Eve package for two at the downtown hotel, including 2 tickets to the performance "Kiss Me Kate," at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, courtesy of the DCPA.
Blacktie-Denver.com was launched in March. The web site, whose motto is "Where Non-Profits Get Noticed," is the only on-line service in Denver that provides a three-year, interactive calendar of non-profit fundraisers and photo coverage of galas and other events hosted by nonprofit organizations.
"Six months may seem like an unusual milestone to observe," CEO Mary Winter told the crowd of 150. "But at Blacktie, we measure time like you do a dog's age. One month at a dot.com is roughly equivalent to four years. So, in fact, Blacktie is NOT celebrating six months, but more accurately, 25 years!"
Founder Georgia Imhoff told the audience that for 10 years, she has worked to get a centralized events calendar for Denver for Denver charities. "This is my dream come true," she said.
Chief Operating Officer Kenton Kuhn announced that Hyde Park Jewelers is the site's newest sponsor. He added that Blacktie has more than 70 non-profits and 150 individual members.
Door prize winners included Sharon Whiton Gelt, winner of the Westin New Year's Eve package; Deb Smith, winner of two hours of virtuoso piano playing by Kenton Kuhn; Frank and Stephanie Zaveral, winners of CSO tickets; Carolina Vega-Neff, winner of a $400 skin-care package from Osmotics; Tom LeRoux, winner of a tour of NEWS4; Marlene Siegel, winner of a silk tie and two shirts from Doug Paris; and Wendy Foster, winner of an autographed Martha Stewart cookbook.