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November 01, 2007 - Raising Spirits, Indeed!

What: Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network's 3rd Annual

Where: The Sanctuary Golf Course, Sedalia

When: Thursday, November 1, 2007

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $50.00

Beneficiary: Uninsured and underinsured families in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment services.

Committee Members: AUCTION COMMITTEE: Jamie DeBartolomeis, Lt. Attila Denes, Melissa Dundas, Don Echtermeyer, Jean Flynn, Jen Koberstein, Breanne Mendlin, Carolyn Moershel, Tiffany Radel

Libations: Baroness Wines, Bella Vita Wine, CTS, Dionysus, E-Corp, Elite Brands, Wine Merchants of Colorado, Summit Distributing, Superior Brands, Synergy Fine Wines

Sponsors: CONNOISSEUR: Citywide Banks, Astra Zeneca; AFICIONADO: Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., Kaiser Permanente; EPICURE: Bank of Choice, Christian Living Communities, Community Reach Center, Signal Behavioral Health Network

Attendance: 250

Attire: Business Casual

Special Thanks: to Davidson Liquors in Highlands Ranch for securing the evening's wines!


Event Coordinator: Tiffany Radel

Board of Directors: Steven L. Kelly, President; Gail E. Ploen, Vice President; John R. Phillips, Secretary/Treasurer; Anita R. Brown; Attila C. Denes; Thomas J. Flanagan; Jean M. Flynn; Margaret M. Gordon; Michael J. Hankinson; Thomas Bay; Paul F. Staley; Dr. Jose Reyes; Dr. Richard F. Spiegle; Kimberley Payne; Appointed Directors: Melanie A. Worley; Susan Beckman

Blacktie Photos by: Stacy Ohlsson

 Board members Paul Staley, Tom Bay and Jean Flyyn with Steve Ray and Dick Horrocks
Board members Paul Staley, Tom Bay and Jean Flyyn with Steve Ray and Dick Horrocks

What image does the term, "Raising Spirits" conjure up on the day after Halloween?
Something supernatural?
Maybe it's a term relating to booze?
Or trying to get someone to be in a better mood?

Perhaps it's simply a couple of hundred of mental health professionals getting together for all of the above, (Although very few would admit to the supernatural spirits...) to raise funds for uninsured and underinsured families in need of mental health and substance abuse treatment services.

Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network held their 3rd annual “Raising Spirits” Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia on November 1, 2007. It was a perfect setting on a splendid autumn evening, with views from Long’s Peak to Pike’s Peak. Many patrons took their kabobs and pork tenderloin outside to dine.
Tables of unique and creative silent auction items filled the expansive rooms. “Spend the Day as a Firefighter” was donated by South Metro Fire District. “CSI: Douglas County” included a trip to the Coroner’s office and the Douglas County Crime lab with a DC officer. “Brewmaster for a Day” was donated by New Belgium Brewery, for those who dream of learning the ins and outs of the beer making business. 850 KOA included a Rockies game from their broadcast booth in Coors Field. Many of the silent auction items sold for up to 25% more than their stated value.
Davidson Liquors of Highlands Ranch organized the vendors for the wine tasting. Baroness Wines included wines from Washington, Oregon, Italy and Spain. Bella Vita provided a wide variety of California wines with creative names, such as “Zinful Thoughts” Zinfandel and “Tractor Shed Red.” CTS brought the only wine from Chile: “Tabali Chardonnay Reserva Especial.” Dionysus provided two types of Champagne along with Argentinian and Californian wines. E-Corp and Summit Distributing only had four wines each; talk about quality over quantity! Wine Merchants of Colorado brought several wines that were difficult to pronounce, but really easy to drink.  “Pretty Sally” was the star of the show at the Superior Brands table (she’s a wine from Australia, not the vendor, by the way). Elite Brands pulled out eleven different wines, from Spain to New Zealand. Synergy Fine Wines had a delightful variety from Germany, Spain, Australia and California.
Needless to say, the atmosphere was very festive as spirits were raised along with wine glasses in toasts to new and old friends and colleagues. And the celebration of so much money being raised lightened the mood even more.

Arapahoe and Douglas counties together are expansive and have a wide range of socio-economic levels. The general perception is that families in these two counties can afford health insurance or treatment for substance abuse, but the fact is that insurance rates in Colorado increased by nearly 100% over the last ten years. In Douglas and Arapahoe Counties alone, there are over 100,000 people without health insurance. That’s where “Raising Spirits” comes in. The money raised at this event is earmarked for people with limited resources who need mental health or substance abuse treatment.
Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network turns away hundreds of people who are in dire need of mental health support every year due to lack of funds to pay for their treatment. Generous donors tonight made it possible to provide services for people with low incomes and no health insurance.

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