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July 21, 2007 - 2007 Debutantes presented at "The Royal Court Garden"

What: 2007 Debutante Ball

Where: University of Denver

When: Saturday, July 21, 2007

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: by invitation only

EMCEE: Chris Dunn, Fox 31 meterologist

Gala Chairperson(s): Mrs. Mark Steven Palmer, escorted by Mr. Mark Steven Palmer

Founders: Mrs. Robert Elliot Green, Mrs. W.S. “Bing” Law, Mrs. Douglas W. Macomber, Mrs.Charles William Tate

Co-Chair(s): Mrs. Benjamin Liebmann Brown, escorted by Mr. Benjamin Liebmann Brown

Committee Members: 2007 Summer Debutante Ball Committee: Mrs. Charles Paul Andersen, Mrs. John Henry Bell, Mrs. Brooks Walter Betts, Mrs. Benjamin Liebmann Brown, Mrs. Keith Verne Burge, Mrs. Thomas Aquinas Cullen, Mrs. Kenneth Peter Dueck, Mrs. Christopher Philip Elliott, Mr. Stephen Anthony Edmonds, Mrs. William Kevin Fisher, Mrs. Marshall Howard Fishman, Mrs. Jack E. Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Douglas Alan Foulk, Mrs. Joseph H. Franzgrote, Mrs. David Alan Frawley, Mrs. Casey Stanton Funk, Mrs. John Arnold Green, Mr. Donald Winfield Gregg, Mrs. Donald Winfield Gregg, Mrs. Rick A. Harrison, Mrs. Steven Ray Hinkle, Mrs. Donald Hogoboom, Mrs. Jerald Ralph Kaiser, Ms. Martha Finnes Kelce, Ms. Janet Ann McCusker, Ms. Thomas Alden Oldenberg, Dr. Steven Ray Osa, Ms. Angie Crystal Palmer, Mrs. Mark Steven Palmer, Mrs. Robert Frederick Phelps, Ms. Alice Sawaya Prendergast, Mrs. Patrick Thomas Prendergast, Mrs. Michael James Pushchak, Mrs. Scott Roger Scholbe, Mrs. Michael Edward Schwander, Mrs. Malcolm Lloyd Shannon, Mr. Malcolm Lloyd Shannon, Mrs. Richard Joseph Smeltz, Ms. Mary Starkey, Mr. David William Stone, Mrs. David William Stone, Mrs. Charles William Tate, Ms. Charle Rene Louise Tate, Mrs. John Henry Tatlock, Mrs. David Guest Tilton, Mrs. Douglas Dale Williams

Staff: Nancy Palmer, Kathy Brown, Karen Fisher, Janie Prendergast

Introductions: Tiara Mistresses: Miss Skylar Carolyn Vaughn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Gordon Vaughn and granddaughter of Mrs. Carolyn Dunn Kepner; Miss Madison May Gosselin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Alan Gosselin and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Park Gordon

Welcome: Receiving line escorts: Mr. Jonathan Ryan Kaiser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Ralph Kaiser; Mr. Jeremy Rhys Loftness, son of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Leland Loftness

Catering: Gourmet Fine Catering

Music: New Society

Sponsors: FINE ARTS FOUNDATION AND ENDOWMENT FUND PARTNERSHIP CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS: Gold: Jackson H. Fenner Foundation and Mrs. Richard Hartman, The William Bacon MacMillan Family Trust, The Don Dean Schlup Family Foundation. Silver: Mr. and Mrs. Scott Lourie Blackett, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ross Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. James Park Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Ray Hinkle, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kevin McNicholas, Mrs. Ruth S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. L. Darby Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stevenson Watt. Pewter: Colorado Data Mail, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Cowan Erek, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Erwin Goldstein, Mrs. Carol Moore, Mr. and Mrs. John Howard Stamper.
SUMMER DEBUTANTE BALL DONORS: Angels: The Charles Henry McKenney Irrevocable Trust. Supporters: Mr. and Mrs. P. Gary Reece, d’Anelli Bridals, Mister Neats Formal Wear, The Bridal Collection. Patrons: Mr. and Mrs. James Park Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. John Warren Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Sanford Naiman, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Lloyd Shannon, Jr. Contributors: Mr. and Mrs. David Alan Duke, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Philip Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. William Kevin Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Allen Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Allen Harvey, Mrs. Shirley J. Hull, Mrs. and Mrs. John Stephen Lehigh, Miss Jessica Anne Lehigh, Mr. and Mrs. William Folmer Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. John Wayland Low, Mr. and Mrs. Garrette L. Matlock, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Michael Reiff, Mr. and Mrs. Don Dean Schlup, Mr. and Mrs. Otavio Robert Tabacchi, Mr. John Walker and Dr. Eljana Walker, Mr. Jon D. Williams.

Menu: Salad of Boursin and grilled pear with hazelnuts, green beans, and mixed greens; tenderloin Wellington served with a green peppercorn goat cheese demi glace; white and green asparagus bundle tied with leek; baby red new potatoes oven roasted and tossed with a red pepper walnut pesto; vegetarian entree: wild mushroom strudel with cranberry glaze; a gorgeous traditional layered English trifle with fresh peaches and berries with a chocolate crown

Attendance: 540

Attire: formal

Florist: Bouquets

Board of Directors: Mrs. Scott Lourie Blackett, President; Mrs. Malcolm Lloyd Shannon, President-Elect; Mrs. Steven Ray Hinkle, Past President; Mrs. Philip Barnes Nash, Vice President; Mrs. Harrison Fradd Kepner, Assistant Vice President; Mrs. Robert Frederick Phelps, Vice President of Grants; Mrs. Michael James Pushchak, Assistant Vice President of Grants; Mrs. Stanley Leland Loftness, Vice President of Membership; Mrs. John Arnold Green, Assistant Vice President of Membership; Mrs. Jerald Ralph Kaiser, Recording Secretary; Mrs. David William Stone, Treasurer; Mrs. Rick A. Harrison, Assistant Treasurer; Mrs. Christopher Philip Elliott, Administrative Secretary; Mrs. Mark Steven Palmer, Ball Chair; Mrs. Benjamin Liebmann Brown, Ball Co-Chair; Mrs. Charles William Tate, Mrs. Richard Eugene Hartman, Advisors; Mrs. William Kevin Fisher, Fine Arts Foundation Jubilee Chair; Mrs. Patrick Thomas Prendergast, Fine Arts Foundation Jubilee Co-Chair; Mrs. Thomas Kevin McNicholas, Mrs. James Alan Wiltshire, Development Committee Co-Chairs; Mrs. Richard Eugene Hartman, Nominating Committee Chair; Mrs. John Henry Bell; Mrs.Keith Verne Burge; Mrs. Craig Irvin Cahen; Mrs. David Alan Frawley; Mrs. Raymond Andrew Girardot, Mrs. Robert Conn Melland, Foundation Fund Co-Chairs; Mrs. Don Dean Schlup, Strategic Planning Committee Chair; Mrs. Joseph H. Franzgrote, Publicity Chair; Mrs. Thomas Kevin McNicholas, Mrs. Patrick Thomas Prendergast, Newsletter Co-Chairs; Mrs. Richard Allan Schulte, Hospitality Chair; Mrs. Steven Ray Hinkle, Parliamentarian, D.U. Liaison; Ms. Janet Ann McCusker, Mrs. Bruce Cowan Erek, Historians; Mrs. Steven Ray Osa, Mrs. John Howard Stamper, Honors Selection, Members at Large; Mrs. Richard Terrance Barcheski, Mrs. William Edward Wise, Education Co-Chairs; Mrs. Harold W. Force, Mailing Chair; Mrs. Thomas Mark Denkenberger, Webmaster; Mrs. Donald Winfield Gregg, Marketing Chair, Proofing Chair; Ms. Toni Oakes Sexton, Debutante Grant Liaison; Mrs. Bertha Bjorke Haugen, Mrs. Marlis Earl Smith, Mrs. Richard Stevenson Watt, Honorary Members

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Relaxing before the presentation, from left: Ellese McKenney, Emily Lozow, Maggie Morton and Jennifer Miller
Relaxing before the presentation, from left: Ellese McKenney, Emily Lozow, Maggie Morton and Jennifer Miller

The grounds of the DU Law Center had turned into the most elegant night of the summer.  The Debutantes of 2007 looked beautiful in their full gowns and the escorts on their arms. Try as he would, Fox 31 meteorologist and emcee for the evening Chris Dunn tried to forestall the rain, but the clouds came and the rain started to come down just as the procession was about to begin. But that did not dampen the spirits of the participants or the festivities.  This evening marked only the second time in 30 years that the rain and particularly the lightning affected the proceedings, but Mother Nature seemed to honor the Debutantes in other ways instead.

When the guests first arrived, the Debutantes were doing their last minute primping.  "Is my hair ok, how about my make up?"  Of course they all looked beautiful from the start.  In the corner you could see one Debutante practicing with her father how to waltz.  Others were practicing how to wave to the guests.  And others just took the time to relax and consider the future events that the night had in store. As the ladies and their escorts made their way from the building into the tent, each girl had a smile that was brighter than any rainbow outside. 

Once inside the tent the music was playing and the girls were ready for the formal introductions.  They all looked so beautiful the escorts helped to create the perfect Prince Charming. 2007 will go into the history books as a wonderful evening for presenting 31 lovely young ladies into society.  The 2007 Debutantes are: Miss Kelley Marie Andersen, Miss Caitlyn Ann Bell, Miss Katherine Elizabeth Bell, Miss Kylie Kyanne Borgias, Miss Alexa Leigh Carpenter, Miss Chelsey Barrett Coles, Miss Melanie Lynn Colman, Miss Brianna Renee Dix, Miss Amanda Elizabeth Foulk, Miss Hillary Ann Fronk, Miss Andrea May Gordon, Miss Alexandra Yvonne Hansen, Miss Nicole Lynn Hemstad, Miss Amy Christine King, Miss Stephanie Flinn Kort, Miss Emily Jordan Lozow, Miss Ellese Sedwick McKenney, Miss Alyssa Danielle May, Miss Jennifer Lee Miller, Miss Margaret Anne Morton, Miss Casey Diane Orzech, Miss Jill Marie Petre, Miss Erica Lynn Radke, Miss Marissa Marie Sampias, Miss Allison Kate Scholbe, Miss Danielle Kristen SellersMiss Callie Oakes Sexton, Miss Anita Chelsey Stone, Miss Catharine Amanda Tilton, Miss Katherine Elizabeth Ferguson Wong, Miss Sarah Faye Zanotti.

The Fine Arts Citizen of the Arts award was presented posthumously to Carol Gossard, longtime community supporter and advocate. Although she was supposed to be in the procession, she was there in spirit nevertheless.

The Fine Arts Foundation has raised and distributed over $1 million in funds to a broad array of cultural arts organizations in the Denver metro area since 1986. This past year, grants were awarded to the following organizations: Arapahoe Philharmonic, ArtReach, Inc., Central City Opera House Association, Colorado Children’s Chorale, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras, Denver Art Museum, Denver Lyric Opera Guild, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Englewood Arts, Golden Eagle Brass Band, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra, John Philip Sousa Band of Colorado, KBDI, Channel 12 Public Television, Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver, Opera Colorado, Paragon Theatre Company, Strings in the Mountains, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, The Denver Brass, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Friends of the Denver School of the Arts, University of Denver, Up Close and Musical, Young Audiences, Young Musicians Foundation of Colorado, Young Voices of Colorado.

This is a truly amazing accomplishment. It is obvious that through fundraisers like the Summer Debutante Ball, Citizen for the Arts Awards and the Fine Arts Jubilee, Fine Arts Foundation cultivates and supports a truly diverse artistic community.


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