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June 20, 2007 - "Would you prefer Salt on the Rim?"

What: Mexican fiesta party for Kempe Children's Foundation Alliance

Where: Home of John and Anna Sie

When: June 20, 2007

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $20 for Kempe Alliance volunteers

Beneficiary: Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

Host(s): Kempe Alliance board, committee and staff members at the home of John and Anna Sie

Master of Ceremonies: Jason Boyer, meterologist at CW2

Honoree(s): Georgia Imhoff

Gala Chairperson(s): Virginia Bray and Lani Hood

Founders: Dr. C. Henry Kempe

Executive Director: Robert B. Clyman, M.D., Executive Director of the Kempe Children's Center

Committee Members: Renee Lowe Bregman, Bev Church, Helen Hanks, Trisha Hood, Georgia Imhoff, Sydney Lapidus, Genia Larson, Lynne Napolilli, Cathy O'Connor, Pauline Donohue, Michael Scanlon, Lyn Schaffer, Wendy Simkowitz, Ryta Sondergaard, Salye Stein, Mary Tabacchi, Janet Woods

President(s): newly announced: Jesse Wolff

Welcome: Mary Tabacchi

Libations: Blue Margaritas

Auctioneer: Linda Tegtmeier, Gold Star Auctions

Quote of the evening: "I ordered up 96 degree weather, not 110!"--Meterologist Jason Boyer, CW2

Menu: scrumptious dishes prepared by Alliance board and committee members

Attendance: 250

Attire: Margarita sipping attire

Special Thanks: John and Anna Sie, Mary McNicholas and her fabulous volunteers

Board of Directors: Steven C. Demby, chair; Robert B. Clyman M.D., Steven A. Cohen, vice chair; David J. Bregman; Stephen R. Daniels, Ph.D., M.D.; Zack M. Davidson; Rick L. Ellis; John D. Faught, Esq.; Kenneth A. Friednash; Michael B. Hancock; Bruce Hunter; Georgia R. Imhoff; Walter F. Imhoff; Gail B. Johnson; Wendy V. Kane; Richard D. Krugman, M.D.; Donna Lynne, Ph.D.; Kimberly A. Mitchell; Charles K. Monfort; Richard C. Saunders; David B. Savitz, Esq.; Gretchen Seefried; Michael J. Shaw; Mary Tabacchi; Lisa L. Taussig; Howard H. Torgove. Advisory Committee: Jim Basey, Janet Elway, Dean Prina, M.D., Ron Williams. Honorary Members: Jules Amer, M.D., John Elway, Frances Owens.

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Director of the Kempe Children's Center, Rob Clyman M.D., left, with newly named President/CEO of the Kempe Foundation Jesse Wolff and board chair Steve Demby
Director of the Kempe Children's Center, Rob Clyman M.D., left, with newly named President/CEO of the Kempe Foundation Jesse Wolff and board chair Steve Demby

As Kempe Alliance members arrived on the afternoon of June 20 to begin to set up for the summer fundraiser for the Kempe Foundation Alliance, "Salt on the Rim,"  they felt a sense of anticipation. They dedicated their time and energy in the sweltering heat to put together one of the most colorful and spirited get-togethers of the summer, and they did it all because of the important and prevelant issue, the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Little did the members know that their efforts would be so appreciated and successful, as more than 250 guests converged in the back garden of the palacial home of John and Anna Sie in Cherry Hills Village. "Spirited" was a very apt description all around as guests indulged in blue margaritas, Mexican fiesta dishes created by Alliance members and lively conversation.

Silent and live auction items galore were available to help raise funds (which topped more than $12,000, according to auction chairs!) for the Kempe programs, and guests were welcomed first by Alliance president Mary Tabacchi and followed up with comments by CW2 meterologist Jason Boyer and Chairman of the Board, Steve Demby.

The epitomy of dedication and hard work was recognized in the presentation of a gift to Georgia Imhoff, whose name is synonomous with Kempe in the Denver community for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Kempe Foundation Alliance. The crowd raised their margarita glasses to pay tribute to Georgia.

As the sun began to set and the party began to wind down, the organizers looked around and felt a great sense of satisfaction, knowing that if even one child sleeps better because of these efforts, everything is worth it.

The Kempe Center provides and improves direct clinical services, improves clinical service delivery systems, and provides training, education and consultation programs to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect in Colorado and throughout the nation. Kempe accomplishes this mission through several programs, including the Child Protection Team, the Fostering Healthy Futures program, Infants in Foster Care program, Perpetration Prevention program, the Policy program, Postpartum Depression Intervention program, Therapeutic Preschool, Training, Education and Consultation program and the Under Sixes program. For more information, log on to


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