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May 11, 2007 - Excelsior: Rebuilding Lives and Constructing Dreams

What: Excelsior Youth Center's annual fundraising gala

Where: Wildlife Experience Museum

When: May 11, 2007

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150 per person, $100 per person under age 35

Beneficiary: At risk youths

Master of Ceremonies: Cleo Parker Robinson and Tom Robinson

Honorary Chairperson(s): Janet Elway

Co-Chair(s): Cindy Hansen and Wendy Warren

Executive Director: Joan Gabrielson

Committee Members: Brian Bernard, Cheryl Clark, Gary Corbett, Joan Gabrielson, Kathy Gravely, Vonna Gregory, Craig Hansen, Bill & Sally Harvey, Helen Hempel, Gloria Johnston, Bill & Jackie Lane, Aquilla McKnight, Jerry Maglio, Bridget Milnes, Sandy Monahan, Molly Ross, Roseanne Talebi, Susan Vick and Vivian Zlobec

Staff: William Gregory, Executive Director Emeritus; Joan Gabrielson, Executive Director; Carl Beauchamp-Hunter, Associate Director; Arnold Goldstein, Associate Director; Elaine Atwater, Director of Quality Improvement; Jann Clevenger, School Principal; Terry Hoffman, Director of Admissions; Jim Winter, Program Coordinator; Vivian Zlobec, Director of Human Services and Kathy Graveley, Director of Development

Catering: The Wildlife Experience

Sponsors: Ware Malcomb, SYSCO DENVER, Cambria, Post-News Community, Wagner Investment Management, Inc., Land Rover Denver East, Micro Motion, Adams County Plumbing, Counter Culture, Dean Electric, Denver Marble Company, Good News Heating, Sally & Bill Harvey, JHL Constructors, Amy & John Lawton, Metro Denver Business Forms, Pure Brand Communications, Charcie & Marty Russell, Saddleback Design, Spencer Vick Insurance, Starr & Ron Tapp, U.S. Bank and Mary Zinn

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett - Auctioneer; silent auction: Auction & Event Solutions, Inc.

Menu: Caprese salad, medallion of beef, mahi with red pepper and bousin cream sauce, new potatoes & chef selected vegetables, mixed fruit tart, wine, coffee, iced tea

Attendance: 200

Donors: A Repeat Botique, Andre's, Arnold Palmer Enterprises, Bandimere Speedway, Bent Fork American Grill, The Boppy Company, Casa Bonita, Colorado Expressions, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, Coors Brewery, D&D Tire Service, Denver Nuggets, Designs of the Interior, Doubletree Hotel Denver, Doubletree Hotel Denver Southeast, Elway's, Embassy Suites DIA, Enstrom's, Excelsior Youth Center, Hall of Famer Michael Goulet, Heff Hall lll, Cindy & Craig Hansen, Bill & Sally Harvey, Helga's German Restaurant, Heritage at Eagle Bend, The Hotel Wolf, India's Restaurant, Heritage at Eagle Bend, The Hotel Wolf, India's Restaurant, Indigo Joe's Sport Pub, It's Natural, Gloria Johnston, Karl's Deli, High and Urling Kingery, King Soopers, Peter & Julie Kirchhof, Kneaded Bodyworks, La Dolle Vita Restaurant, La Muraglia's, Jackie & Bill Lane, Lemstone Christian Store, Linens'n Things, Magnolia Hotel, Marriott Vacation Club, McNeil Designer Portraits, Aquilla McKnight, Bridget Milnes, Monty Nuss Photography, Nails & Care Salon, Out on a Whim Custom Framing, Flo Pancir, Parker Wild Bird Center, Patrick Sola Photography, Plant Beach, Rustle's Day Spa, Salon at the Village, Samaeo Skin Spa, Saratoga Inn, Ernie Schindler, Shear Productions, SkyVenture Colorado, Sonoda's Sushi Seafood, Southern Wines & Spirits, Spa in the City, Swing Vote e-magazine, Tagawa Florist & Garden Center, Roseanne Talebi, Tattered Cover, The Club at Pradera, Unleashed Consulting, Venice Ristorante, Victoria's Keep Bed & Breakfast, Wendy Warren, Western Couturier, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Yanni's Greek Taverna

Event Coordinator: Kathy Graveley

Decor/Rental Company: Full Blown Events

Board of Directors: 2007 Excelsior Youth Foundation: Robert Adelstein, Clarence Ammons, Jeannie Davis, Kathleen Gormley, William Gregory, Anne Haggar, Oliver Hicket, lll, Melody Horton, Trisha Jorgensen, William Kingery, William Lane, Jr., John Lawton, Molly Ross, Wendy Warren and Michael Williams 2007 Excelsior Youth Center: Catherine Carty, William Gregory, Cynthia Hansen, Dr. Russell Henderson, Richard Jones, Tracy Kovach, Judge Jon Lawritson, Marcia Lujan, Jerry Maglio, Jim Peters, Molly Ross, Charcie Russell

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Left - Executive Director Joan Gabrielson, emcees Tom and Cleo Parker Robinson and honoree Janet Elway
Left - Executive Director Joan Gabrielson, emcees Tom and Cleo Parker Robinson and honoree Janet Elway

When you think of a perfect world for your children, what comes to mind? How about the work that Excelsior Youth Center is doing with their students.

This is Excelsior’s 5th Ever Upward Celebration. The girls that work with Excelsior come with hopes and dreams of building a better tomorrow for themselves. This is what was happening in Parker on a warm Friday night, May 11.

The Wildlife Experience had opened its doors to achieve a better tomorrow. The lobby was filled with many wonderful donations for a silent auction -- sporting events, trips, fabulous restaurants and so much more. While the guests were busy mingling and looking over the auction items, the staff was on hand with hors d’oeuvres and making sure everyone had something to quench their thirst. When it was time to gather in the ballroom, the place was filled with fantastic decorations created by a past student with Excelsior.

The guests were treated to a dinner that was fit for the princesses who attend Excelsior. With Master of Ceremonies Cleo Parker Robinson and her husband Tom Robinson thanking the guests, presenting an award to Honorary Chair Janet Elway and having prior students get up and speak, the night was a hit.

The crowd was treated to a dance group called Boogie Woogie, plus Teen Center, kickboxing demonstrations, Paw 4 Trust, Step Team and Vocals – all students at Excelsior. While not many pictures of the event could be taken for safety reasons, the crowd thoroughly enjoyed the evening. And what would a fundraiser be without an auctioneer? Never fear, Mr. Gary Corbett was on hand to do the live auction. This man is so good that when he first took the stage, he started the bidding and he had a taker of $30,000. Only it was a non-existent item!

Excelsior Youth Center is a residential treatment program created in 1973, serving girls ages 11-18 with emotional and behavior difficulties. They are committed to the treatment and education of young females to enhance their successful reintegration into their families and their communities. They offer a home where girls can be truly safe, where structure means security, and where discipline results in development. They transform young lives, directing and guiding them from a past of tragedy to a future full of possibility and, ultimately, triumph.

If you want to really help an organization that is moving upward with today’s young girls, you can contact Excelsior at 303-693-1550 or check them out at

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