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November 10, 2001 - Fantasies Come True for Adoption Exchange

What: 14th Annual Fantasy Ball

Where: The Westin Tabor Center

When: November 10, 2001

Beneficiary: The Adoption Exchange

Mistress of Ceremonies: Theresa Marchetta of NEWS4

Honoree(s): Wednesday's Child Award Honors the Denver Security Traders Association, presented by the Knapp Family and the Degeer Family

Gala Chairperson(s): Cindy Wilkinson Reisch & Margaret Johnson

Corporate Chairperson(s): Tracey Engelmann, Jeremy Flug, Gary Lutz, Ray Nutt, John Wilkinson

Committee Members: Auction chair, Suellyn Nutt; Public Relations chair, Renee Rockford; Steering Committee Sharon Babcock, Trish Bechtholdt, Judi Butt, Jane Chrisite, Jill DiPasquale, Angie Flug, Susan Larkin, Mary Rand, Wendy Smith, Jane Soderberg, Karyn Songer, Lisa Sorbo, Sharon Wilkinson, Jean Wolach, Nastassja Zappolo

Welcome: David Zinger

Entertainment: Lannie Garrett and Her Big Band with a special appearance by The Colorado Children's Chorale

Sponsors: Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Bender Foundation, Padgett Family Foundation, Starz Encore Group, Colorado State Bank & Trust, Epicurean Catering, Jeremy and Angie Flug, NEWS4, Lottner Rubin Fishman Brown & Saul PC, Midtown Occupational Health Services PC, Sheridan and Ross PC, SolomonHill, Van Gilder Insurance Company, Wells Fargo, Whiting Petroleum Corporation

Auctioneer: Michael Lindeman and Automated Event Systems

Menu: Mixed greens with vinaigrette, herb encrusted chicken breast with cranberry relish and bordelaise sauce, vegetable medley, garlic whipped potatoes, mixed berry tart with vanilla bean creme anglaise

Attendance: 300

Attire: Blacktie

Information: The Adoption Exchange @ 303.755.4756

Decor/Rental Company: Creative Consultants

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes


 Dashing David Eaton, very elegant in his white dinner jacket, flashes his pearly whites with 2001 Miss Colorado Kelly McKee
Dashing David Eaton, very elegant in his white dinner jacket, flashes his pearly whites with 2001 Miss Colorado Kelly McKee

Elizabeth Byrnes

An unforgettable night was had by the 300 guests at the Adoption Exchange's Fantasy Ball, held at the Westin Tabor Center on Saturday, November 10th.

The Adoption Exchange was established on the belief that every child is entitled to a family filled with love and contentment and safe from abuse. Their mission is to provide the connection between families who adopt and children who wait.

Theresa Marchetta of NEWS4, introduced a video that NEWS4 had produced for The Adoption Exchange's program, Wednesday's Child. "The children (awaiting adoption) change everyone's lives that they touch."

NEWS4 runs the one minute spot, Wednesday's Child, every Wednesday on the 5PM and 10PM news, highlighting the childhood and history of a child awaiting adoption.

The recipient of this year's 2001 Wednesday's Child Award was given to the Denver Security Traders Association. The annual honor is given to a local company or organization that supports the Exchange.

The Denver Security Traders Association has contributed more than $110,000 to the Adoption Exchange over the past three years with proceeds from its annual charity golf tournament.

On hand to accept the award was Tom Mantone, DTSA President and senior equity trader and Vice President of Invesco. "Children need all the help in the world, and we are in a position to help."

The Colorado Children's Chorale entertained the guests with a medley of songs, during the dinner hour. Their voices soared to the rafters during "America The Beautiful," and brought a thundering round of applause.

The evening continued in full swing with Lannie Garrett and Her Big Band. Her show-stopping tunes had the guests out of their seats and dancing the night away.

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