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September 07, 2007 - Local Artists Raise Money for Project Angel Heart

What: Project Angel Heart's - Art for Life

Where: Abend Gallery - 2260 E Colfax Ave

When: Friday September 7, 2007

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $45.00 and $50.00 at the door

Beneficiary: Project Angel Heart

Host(s): Abend Gallery

Founders: Charles Robbins

Executive Director: Erin Pulling

President(s): BJ Dyer, Bouquets

Staff: Joy Armstead, Betty Aldworth, Brandy Brogan, Kathryn Brinkmann, Mindy Davidson, Liz Dymond, Jon Emanuel, Amy Fleming, Megan Gibbons, Margaret Kapla, Mary Linder, Robin List, Leanne Loewenthal, Jason Medrano, Sandy Nagler, Russ Nesiba, Thom Olson, Erin Pulling, Lindsey Purves, Anne Treacy, Jeralynn Trujillo

Catering: Omega Marketing

Sponsors: Presented by: MAC AIDS Fund and Abend Gallery Sponsors: American National Bank, LIVE Urban Real Estate, Gerretson Realty,, Lynn & John Grigsby, Michael Ragsdale MD, Don Wilder & Michael O'Shea, Pamela & Jim Basey, Paula Boyka, Michael O’Donnell and Deidre O’Callaghan, David Q. McGrath & Andrew J. Silver, Kay & Bill Fogge, Charles Hull, Mary & Art Otten

Auctioneer: automated bidding provided by Auction Automations

Attendance: 600

Attire: cocktail

Special Thanks: 5280 Magazine, Omega Marketing, Auction Automations, Bouquets, SouthwestArt, Out Front Colorado, Frederic Printing, CooranBong Australian Vodka, Pannotia Vineyards, Westword, Barnes Bros Creative, The Espresso Affair, Reed, Pepsi, Ambretta Foods, Jones Dairy Farms, Anco Fine Cheese, Mille Locs Wild Rice Corp., Azar Nut Co, Mozzarella Fresca, Pappardelle's, Foster Farms, Udi's, Galaxy Desserts, White Toque Inc., Daniele Meats


Donors: More than 100 local, regional and national artists donated a peice of art to the silent auction

Board of Directors: Lee Rudofsky, Vice-President, Remax Cherry Creek; Dr. Mark Thrun, Vice-President, Denver Public Health; Dean McConnell, Secretary, Kennedy, Childs & Fogg, PC; John Grigsby, Jr., Treasurer, Transcom Creditors' Trust; Directors: David Alexander, David Alexander Designs; Jeremy Anderson, Mellon Private Wealth Management; Erika Hanson Brown, Stellar Connections; Jeff Giadone, United Healthcare; Rosalie Goldman, Retired Educator - State of Colorado; Paul Jeselnick, Paul. R. Jeselnick Architecture, PC; Lori Rabinowitz, 9News;
Governance Council Members: Val Armstrong, Jim Coyle, Esq., Lanny Dick, Lannie Garrett, Dr. Rebekah Gass, Rhondda Grant, Rev. Al Halverstadt, Gary Hard, Jeffrey Hopper, Pat Long, Sandy McConnell, Anne Mack, Elliott Morgan, Carol Shepard, Brenda Whiteman, Don Wilder

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Art supporters gather at Project Angel Hearts Art for Life
Art supporters gather at Project Angel Hearts Art for Life

It was one fun and fabulous evening as Project Angel Heart held the 2007 Art for Life benefit on Friday September 7th. Over 500 guests came to view, and bid on, the work of more than 100 artists who participated in this fundraiser.

One of the event's presenters, Abend Gallery, located at Colfax and York in Denver, once again welcomed the many guests and supporters to a silent auction of some extraordinary art pieces which were donated by local, regional and national artists. The local artists line-up included featured artist, Michelle Torrez, who donated a piece titled "Peacock Air." Her piece was also available as a poster print with all proceeds going to Project Angel Heart.

Other local artists included Quang Ho, Lu Cong, Mikael Olsen, Ken Valastro, Sandra Pratt and Jim Beckner. New to this year's event was the unique automated bidding. A new Australian vodka from Cooranbong was donated and featured as a signature drink - the Angel Martini.

The patio behind the Abend Gallery was a favorite spot as guests enjoyed the beautiful fall evening and the company of friends and fellow supporters. It was a lively and colorful place to meet and mingle and talk art. By the size of the crowd that had filled the gallery, the laughter and happy faces of those who came to support this event, one would conclude that it was a very successful evening for Art for Life. Not only will there be many happy guests taking home a newly acquired piece of art, but everyone who attended, volunteered or participated will know that the real success of Art for Life will help Project Angel Heart deliver over 375,00 free meals to 1,500 men, women and children this year. So it was with very generous hearts, that over $70,000 from the art auction was raised this evening, with over $100,000 in all - including sponsorships, that will benefit Project Angel Heart. 

The mission of Project Angel Heart is to promote the health, dignity and self-sufficiency  of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing nutritious, home-delivered meals with care and compassion. If you would like more information on how you can help or to learn more about Project Angel Heart, go to or call 303 830-0202

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