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November 17, 2001 - A Jolly Time at 23rd Festival of Trees

What: ArtReach's 2001 Festival of Trees Winter Gala

Where: Marriott City Center

When: November 17, 2001

Beneficiary: ArtReach and Post-news Season to Share, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation

Gala Chairperson(s): Katherine Honnen and Martha Kelce

Honorary Chairperson(s): Jan and Bill Hart

Corporate Chairperson(s): Chair Tom Meade, Emmelt Duemke, Mark Honnen, Richard Kylberg, Jr.

Co-Chair(s): Advisory Chairs, David Alexander, Jamie Angelich, Holly Kylberg; Design Chair, Patrick Williams

Music: Holiday Jump Start, Carolers, and Salvation Army Brass Sextet

Sponsors: Marriott City Center, KOSI 101.1 FM, David L. Tandy Foundation and Playnix Toys, Evolving Systems Inc., Extra Graphics, FastSigns DTC, Diane and Charles Gallagher Family Foundation, Johnson Storage & Moving Company, Lakeside Center, Swingle Tree, U.S. Bank, AT&T Broadband, Beco Equipment, Robert and Ruth Beriault, Colorado Parent Magazine, EVENTeur, First Data Corp., Forest Oil Corp., Shelley and Sandor Fuss, Honnen Equipment, Key Production Co., Rich and Holly Kylberg, M.D.C. Holdings Inc., Joan and Ron Maclachiam, The Medical Center of Aurora, Wells Fargo

Attire: Blacktie

Special Thanks: Apple Jack Liquors, Beatrice Bell, Central Parking, Colleen George, Hilton Times Square, The Humrich Family, Innovative Events, K-T Enterprises, Salvation Army Brass Sextet

Information: ArtReach @ 303.433.2882

Event Coordinator: Sue Ellen Goss of Innovative Events

Planning Committee: Co-chairs, Shelley Fuss and John Tobey; Meghan Arnold, Ruth Beriault, Victoria Damone, Marty Davis, Tonya Everist, Angie Fetter, Liz Frawley, Shelley Froelich, Barb Gallagher, Patsy Gallery, Christy Honnen, Sherri Huseby, Leeann Iacino, Gail Johnson, Bradley Joseph, Ellen Lynch, Justine Nathanson, Jennfier Rothschild, Cheryl Solano, Cheri Aguayo, Debbie Ingoldsby, Jae Leist, Marge Nicholas

 Larry Choquette, left, and Festival of Trees Design Chair Patrick Williams of Aesthetics Unlimited
Larry Choquette, left, and Festival of Trees Design Chair Patrick Williams of Aesthetics Unlimited

By Blacktie Staff

They came, they saw, they bid.

More than 300 ArtReach friends supporters helped kick off the holiday season Nov. 17 by snapping up more than 150 uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths, swags, centerpieces and baskets.

The event was the Festival of Trees 2001 Winter Gala. Now in its 23rd year, the festival is one of Denver's favorite holiday traditions.

The holiday items are decorated and donated by leading designers and artists, and then sold at silent auction.

This year's raffle prize was a beautifully decorated six-foot tree along with two round-trip tickets from Frontier Airlines to New York City and three nights' luxury accommodations, plus a Broadway show.

ArtReach is a Colorado nonprofit arts and human services organization dedicated to changing lives through the arts. Working with more than 200 agencies, ArtReach last year provided free tickets to major cultural and art events to 77,000 individuals with disabilities and economic needs.

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