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May 17, 2007 - Women's Alliances Host Fun & Games on the Boardwalk

What: Alliance of Professional Women & Alliance Foundation City Lights Boardwalk Nights Benefiting The Alliance Foundation

Where: The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis St.

When: Thursday, May 17, 2007

Time: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: early bird discount - $55.00; youth pass - 2 for $120.00; adult pass - $75.00; beach blanket party $525.00 for 10 tickets

Beneficiary: The Alliance Foundation

Host(s): Alliance of Professional Women

EMCEE: Shari Lutz - Alliance Foundation President & Suzanne Sanchez - Alliance of Professional Women President

Committee Members: President Elect and Secretary - Emily Rae, Aquila Group of Funds; Immediate Past President - Elizabeth Moore, Ryan, Gunsauls & O'Donnell, P.C.; Treasurer - Alexandria Tune, Deloitte & Touche; At Large - Kelly James, Holly Creek Retirement Community; At Large - Kim Monson, kmcollections; At Large - Nancy Thauvette, US Bank; Advisory - Peggy Anderson, Dufford & Brown, PC

President(s): Suzanne Sanchez, Great West

Welcome: Kathleen Bowen

Libations: Signature martini created by the Curtis Hotel, cocktails

Catering: Curtis Hotel

Entertainment: Rubi Nicholas, 2006 Nick's Funniest Mom in America 2 & Stephanie McHugh, 2007 Funniest Mom in America contestant

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor; The Curtis Hotel
Platinum Sponsor; Country Insurance & Financial Services
Gold Sponsor; Dufford & Brown P.C. Attorneys at Law
Silver Sponsers: Harper, Lutz, Zuber, Potenza & Associates LLC, Holland & Hart, Minda's Eye Resource Management LLC, Ryan, Gunsauls & O'Donnell P.C.
Table Sponsors: Aquila Group of Funds, Much Ado Creative Services LLC., Image Audio Visuals.

Auctioneer: Cathy Hall Keys, Tom Hall Auctions

Menu: Mini baked potatoes, chicken satay, BBQ bao sliders, cotton candy, popcorn, hot pretzels, bruschetta, cheese & fruit display, vegetable crudite display, bratwurst.

Attire: casual boardwalk attire

Event Coordinator: Red Hat Enterprises

Board of Directors: Debra Armbruster, Consultant Gender Issues; Lisa Austin, The Service Factor Training Company; Davinia Blohm, CH2M Hill; Janet Boulter, Center Consulting Group; Chris Camper; Barbara Crawford, Holland & Hart LLP; Joan Fanganello, Country Insurance & Financial Services; Patricia Foley Hinnen, Capital Sisters; Dana Lynch, Elements of Image; Elizabeth Mitchell, Ambler & Keenan, LLC; Robin Peglow, Signs of Life Health; Meghan Pfanstiel, Rocky Mountain Home Association; Cindy Rold, Maverick Coaching and Speaking; Stephanie Sommers, Much Ado Creative Services, LLC; Judy Taylor, Denver Woman Magazine.

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Rubi Nicolas, Nick at Nite's Funniest Mom in America2, entertains the crowd at the Alliance of Professional Womens City Lights Boardwalk Night.
Rubi Nicolas, Nick at Nite's Funniest Mom in America2, entertains the crowd at the Alliance of Professional Womens City Lights Boardwalk Night.

Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, on a blanket with my baby, that's where I'll be. It was the place to be Thursday, May 17 as the Alliance of Professional Women hosted their 5th Annual Fundraiser to benefit the Alliance Foundation.

It was a night for games of chance, carnival games and lots o' food and & drink for those who attended this festive event. The Marco Polo Room at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver was transformed into a boardwalk with carnival games, gambling tables complete with fun money, popcorn, pretzels and cotton candy.

Even the tables filled with silent and live auctions items had a bright and colorful touch. Guests caught a glimpse of themselves in the fun mirrors as they entered the room. Then one could stroll up one side of the boardwalk to play Ring-A-Rascal, Tip the Clown or a few other games. And then stroll down the other side to play a little poker or 21. Something for everyone. There was plenty of food, fun and drink.

Guests got to try a signature martini created by the Curtis Hotel just for the Alliance as they chatted, dined and looked over a sea of silent auction items. There were a number of live auction items such as a golf getaway in Mexico, a wine tasting for 10 guests, a 6-day African Safari, private golf lessons with a new set of clubs and a couple of very nice downtown Denver packages, to name a few.

After the fun and games, Kathleen Bowen, an Alliance Foundation board member and sponsor, took the stage to welcome everyone and introduced Suzanne Sanchez, President for the Alliance of Professional Women. Suzanne introduced and thanked each of the event sponsors. Then Shari Lutz, President of the Alliance Foundation, spoke about the foundation and their Scholarship and Village Bank Programs.

Then auctioneer Cathy Hall Keys took the stage to get the live auction started. When the last of the fabulous live items where bid on, it was time to get down to some serious entertainment. Stephanie McHugh, a 2007 funniest mom in America contestant for Nick at Nite, had the crowd laughing out loud with her comical versions of “divorced and dating adventures of a single-mom” humor. And if that wasn’t enough, the crowd got a second wave of laughter from Rubi Nicolas, who was the 2006 Nick at Nite's Funniest Mom in America 2. These were two seriously funny moms.

And with that, it was time to shake off the sand, gather up carnival prizes and head home with memories of fun under the boardwalk. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alliance Foundation, whose mission is to help women and girls in the community and around the world achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence. The Alliance Foundation is dedicated to supporting women both locally and globally and have created two programs to achieve these goals. The Scholarship Program helps women in the community achieve their dreams of completing their education to create a better life for themselves and their families. The Village Bank program targets the poorest of the poor, women who live on less than $2 a day, by extending small loans for them to start or expand a business. To read more about these programs and to get information on becoming a member of the Alliance of Professional Women, please visit or call 720-271-7015.

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