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October 13, 2007 - The Harvest Moon Ball Swings, Slides and Rocks

What: 6th Annual Harvest Moon Ball, singles black-tie dance event for singles 40 and over

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Saturday, October 13th

Time: 7 to 12:30 p.m..

Ticket Prices: $60.00

Beneficiary: Camp Fire USA, Central Rockies Council

Mistress of Ceremonies: Marty Pickert

Master of Ceremonies: Mark McIntosh, CEO Camp Fire USA (Central) and TV Host of KNUS 9, Colorado & Company

Gala Chairperson(s): Marty Pickert, Susan Martin and Carmen Owens

Founders: Marty Pickert

Catering: Denver Marriott City Center

Entertainment: DJ Farrell Woods

Music: Pam Hughes and Dejo

Attendance: 700

Attire: Blacktie

Special Thanks: To the 80 wonderful volunteers!

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Co-Chairs Marty Pickert, left, and Susan Martin
Co-Chairs Marty Pickert, left, and Susan Martin

Everybody Dance Now! The Harvest Moon Ball, now in its sixth year, is the premier place for singles over 40 to meet, mingle and of course dance. In an age of jeans and sports jackets over flannel shirts, it's refreshing to attend an event where the tux and bow tie are de rigueur. An event where ladies don their finest gowns and jewelry sparkles in the moving lights.

Marty Pickert, of Parties by Marty, is a tiny lady with a huge heart and the abilities of an army general that she hides behind an always-smiling face. Marty graciously shared credit for the success of Harvest Moon Ball with her co-chairs, Susan Martin and Carmen Owens, and 80 volunteers. But during the event she was always on the move, and not only on the dance floor. Marty founded the event as part of her mission which “has always been to provide singles (40 & over) with an elegant, up-scale (yet also fun and affordable) party and dance venue where they can connect with friends, meet new friends, network their businesses, find romance and/or meet their mate!”

DJ, Farrell Woods, played the top dance hits from the '60s through current 2000s, chosen for their variety and appeal. The music he played included: Michael Jackson - "The Way You Make Me Feel," Isidro Infante Salsa - "Asi Sequoza," Marcia Griffiths - "Electric Slide," Frank Sinatra Foxtrot - "September in the Rain," Elvis Presley - "Jailhouse Rock," and Madonna - "Into The Groove." Farrell's mission is to cater to all of the different types of dances and combine popular hits that people are familiar with. As a special treat, Pam Hughes and Dejo gave a live performance.

To fuel the dancers, the caterers of the Denver Marriott City Center kept the buffet full of hearty and tasty treats like Swedish meatballs, crab cakes, sautéed vegetables, two different pasta salads, black and white cake and a quesadilla bar. And of course the two bars on either side of the room were kept quite busy.

The event was hosted by Mark McIntosh, co-host of Channel 9's Colorado & Company and CEO of Camp Fire USA. This year’s ball donated a portion of the proceeds to the Central Rockies Council of Camp Fire USA. Their mission is: to better the lives of children and families through fun and educational experiences that encourage the value of hard work, healthy choices and respect for self, others and community. As Mark McIntosh said, “With contributions from community members though fundraising events like “Harvest Moon” we are able to provide quality after-school programs and summer camp experiences for deserving youth."

Not only were guests given the opportunity to dance and romance all night, but some also went home with silent auction items and door prizes, which included a donated a photo shoot by Michael Cooper of Creative Exposures. Host Mark McIntosh donated several gifts, including a tour of Channel 9 and lunch with Mark; his Run to Daylight presentation was also donated. Sue and Mahmood Hasson of Mar-Nad American Trade Co. donated a gorgeous Aurora Borealis rhinestone necklace and earring set. Farrell Woods of A Sharp DJ donated a gig. Sandy Skaggs of Apollo Security USA donated a security system and Nancy Wilson donated a harvest basket from a nursery.

Beautiful women, elegant men, great music and delicious food make for a night to remember. All that and supporting at risk youth make a night memorable.

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