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October 12, 2007 - With the help of The Mapleton Education Foundation - A Star is Born

What: Mapleton Education Foundation Gala

Where: The Westin Westminster

When: Friday, October 12

Time: 6 p.m. - midnight

Ticket Prices: $100/person, $200/couple, $800/table of 8, $1,000 Balcony Level Sponsorship, $3,000 Mezzanine Level Sponsorship or $5,000 Orchestra Level Sponsorship

Beneficiary: Mapleton Education Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Don Quick and Scott Perriman

Executive Director: Channing Ciocchetti Puchino

President(s): Elizabeth Fuselier

Speaker: Professor Corey Ciocchetti - Daniels College of Business/University of Denver

Entertainment: Mapleton Chamber Orchestra performed during the cocktails and silent auction, Kenny Saccomoano playing piano during dinner, Jessica Gelski singing our National Anthem, violin solo by Ivanna Vega, Mapleton Public Schools Marching Band and the Mapleton Public Schools Choir

Sponsors: Mezzanie Level $3,000 Sponsors: Colorado Lighting, Inc, Domenica Transportation Company, and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated.
Balcony Level: $1,000 Sponsors: Adams 12 Five Star School District, Caplan and Earnest LLC, Center Greenhouse, Ciancio Family, Communication Infrastructure Group, The Jared Polis Foundation, Tony and Jackie Kapushion, Metro North Newspapers, North Valley Bank and Trust, Sherman & Howard LLC, Talarico & Associates, Valley Bank & Trust and Walmart # 1231 Thornton

Auctioneer: Don Quick and Scott Perriman

Quote of the evening: Professor Corey Ciocchetti quoting Socrates: "Wisdom begins in wonder"

Menu: Selection of high plains garden greens with tomato, cucumber, carrot curls and croutons, O's house zinfandel dressing, creamy homemade ranch dressing, fresh assorted rolls and butter, grilled shoulder steak w/merlot demi glaze, paired with pacific salmon w/thai chili glaze, garlic mashed potatoes, julienne vegetables. Dessert - toffee tantrum cake with kahlua cream, butter crunch sprinkles and carmel nut compote, almond cake with ginger mousse paired with caramelized pears and starbucks coffee

Attendance: 500

Attire: Black tie, business professional

Florist: Center Greenhouse

Board of Directors: Carole Adducci, Jennifer Alderfer, Angela Barbosa, Regina Barros, David Bell, Craig Carlson, Charlotte Ciancio, Corey Ciocchetti, LaVon Condon, Katherine Duncan, Joy Duran-Shew, Matt Flores, Patrick Flores, Christopher Frank, Elizabeth Fuselier, Scott Perriman, Don Quick, Dr. Lori Scott, Joseph Talarico and Frank Yantorno.
Mapleton Public Schools Board of Education: Cindy Croisant, Craig Emmert, Patrick Flores, Norma Frank and Carol Yantorno.

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Kenny Saccamano, who is famous in Las Vegas as a pianist and is a Mapleton High School graduate
Kenny Saccamano, who is famous in Las Vegas as a pianist and is a Mapleton High School graduate

Education has always been a big priority in the Mapleton School District. And tonight was no exception. The "stars" were on hand October 12 to show off their talent - from the graduates to the students who attend the district.

The dedication that is shown by all the supporters was very much in evidence. During the silent auction, the guests were able to listen to the beautiful music that filled the house by the Mapleton Chamber Orchestra. These children showed talents that only few could achieve. This made the mood even more exciting while guests mingled and viewed the many items up for silent auction. There was anything from a large gift basket for children to enjoy to the trips for the adults to enjoy - quiet time at a spa, enjoying the wine baskets, or maybe take in a sporting event. This was one of the longest lines I have seen at a silent auction. The bids were flying fast and if you were not keeping an eye on your favorite item(s) you might be outbid by one of the hundreds of other bidders.

When it was time for dinner and the doors to the ballroom opened, guests were treated to some of the best piano music performed by Mr. Kenny Saccomano. Kenny has performed in Las Vegas with many orchestras and also happens to be a graduate of Mapleton High School. Kenny not only played for ten years at the Mirage but also conducted the Caesar's Palace and Riviera orchestras.

When it was time for dinner, Jessica Gelski, who is a student with the Mapleton Education District sang the National Anthem. Don Quick and Scott Perriman introduced Superintendent Charlotte Ciancio, who gave her thanks to the many supporters and volunteers who made the night's dreams come true for education.

When dessert was served, a video of the Mapleton Education Foundation was shown. It showcased the many successes that have been made possible because of the wonderful support shown by all. Not to be missed was the beautiful and soothing sound of Ivanna Vega, who performed "Bach Partita No. 2 Allemanda and Corrente."

Keynote speaker, Professor Corey Ciocchetti, spoke about the constant need for education. He presented stories that touched everyone about students that have come to him and the school looking for guidance and support in life. He spoke of the many ways that he has seen students turn their lives around with the help of education.

The night was not complete, though, without performances by the Mapleton Public Schools Marching Band and the Mapleton Public Schools Choir. These children expressed their love for education in music and that was evident as they got the ballroom tapping their feet, getting up and singing the "Fight Song." The choir also performed a song from "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," which was just beautiful to listen to.

But the night was not over. There was still the live auction to be had. With the help of the "Masters" Don Quick and Scott Perriman, the auction had table after table, bidder against bidder going for the items. The night ended by everyone getting on the dance floor and showing their moves.

The Mapleton Public Schools have been around for a long time. I know, I have been involved with it one way or the other since 1970. And with the continued support shown at this event, they will continue to make great strides and students can go on to be "stars" in life and help with the other rising stars who will be moving up in life.

If you would like to help support this foundation please contact 303-853-1008 or log onto the website

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