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November 09, 2007 - Mixin' It Up at the Bartenders' Martini Miracle Ball

What: The Children's Hospital Foundation Bartenders' Martini Miracle Ball

Where: The Church Nightclub

When: Friday, November 9, 2007

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual tickets $100

Beneficiary: The Children's Hospital Research Institute

President(s): Steve Winesett, President & CEO

Libations: Serving up the cocktails were celebrity bartenders: Slacker, Sam and Steve - ALCE 105.9, Kathy Lee - 103.5 The Fox, Susie Wargin - 9News, Firefighter - 2008 Firefighter Calendar, Anne Trujillo - Channel 7, Amelia Earhart - 9News

Entertainment: Boogielicious, Soul School

Sponsors: Miracles Sponsor: Republic National Distributing Company; Dream Sponsors: CoBiz Financial, Pernod Ricard,The Tanner Seebaum Foundation; Hope Sponsors: American Airlines, American Lighting, D.H. Friedman Properties & Village Plaza Lofts, Phipps/McCarthy, Saunders Construction, The Children's Hospital Department of Pediatrics; Cure Sponsors: Shea Properties, IP 5280; Hotel Sponsor: Denver Marriott City Center

Menu: Participating Restaurants and Bars: Avenue Grill, Bender's Brat Haus, B.U.F.F. Brothers, Catering by Ava & Sons, Chopper's Sports Grill, The Church, D. The Great Room, Dewey's American Grill, D-Spot Lounge, French 250, Funky Buddha Lounge, Hapa Sushi Grill, The Loft Denver, Max Gill & Grill, Mezcal, The Palm, Purple Martini, Red Room, The Shelter, Tambien, Vinyl, Washington Park Grill, Yia Yia's

Attire: Party attire

Special Thanks: Alice 105.9FM, BlackJack Pizza, Boogielicious/Pro Entertainment.Inc, Peter Christou, Regas Christou, EJ Photography, Saunders Construction, Shea Properties, Soul School, Westword

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Gyros, Sheboygan bratwursts, toasted arum sandwiches: pesto chicken, smoked salmon, and vegetarian, blackened chicken alfredo and southwest Caesar salad, tuna poke and infusion sake, talapia ceviche and ravioli, red chile pork tamales, mahi mahi ceviche, guacamole and chips, creamy lobster risotto


Board of Directors: Marcy Benson: Chair, Joy Johnson: Vice Chair, Frederick B. Taylor: Treasurer, Walter Isenberg: Secretary, Don Elliman: Immediate Past Chair, Michele Ashby, Kaia H. Borgen, Barbara Bridges, Molly Broeren, Jan Cortez, Mary Gittings Cronin, Peter Culshaw, Phil Doty, Brad Dusto, Steve Farber, John Fernie, Caleb F. Gates, Jr., Cannon “Cy” Harvey, John Ikard, David P. Kaplan, Kelly G. Kennedy, Rich L. Kylberg, Manuel L. Martinez, Tom McGonagle, Mary Osborn, Virginia Reiman, Pat Spieles, Mona Stephens, Richard E. Stoddard, Michelle Kuhn Thatcher, Brian Thomson, Joseph E. Wagner, Ronald W. Williams, Steve Winesett, Laura Wright. Trustees Emeritus: James C. Cohig, J.H. Silversmith, Jr.

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Tom Ethington and Nick Carlson with the Colorado Mammoth, a couple of the celeb bartenders at the Martini Miracle Ball
Tom Ethington and Nick Carlson with the Colorado Mammoth, a couple of the celeb bartenders at the Martini Miracle Ball

It was not your traditional night at church last Friday, November 9th. It was a gathering for one of Denver's most fun and fabulous parties, The Bartenders' Martini Miracle Ball for The Children's Hospital, held at The Church Nightclub in downtown Denver.

There was a sold out crowd that literally packed every level in The Church. Guests came to eat, drink and dance. There were celebrity bartenders like Slacker, Sam and Steve from ALICE 105.9, Kathy Lee from 103.5 The Fox, Susie Wargin and Amelia Earhart from 9News, Anne Trujillo from Channel 7 and a few of the hot firefighters featured in the 2008 Firefighter Calendar. There were also a number of guest bartenders from many of Denver's most popular bars like The Funky Buddha, Vinyl, Dewy's. Purple Martini, Red Room, B.U.F.F. Brothers, Avenue Grill, Chopper's Sports Grill, Yia Yia's, Hapa Sushi and The Shelter.

Now, one can not party on cocktails alone, so some of Denver's finest restaurants were on hand to serve the guests a varity of hors d'oeuvres. A few of those included Ava and Sons Catering, Bender's Brat Haus, Hapa Sushi, Max Gill and Grill, Washington Park Grill, D.../The Great Room, set to open January 2008, Dewey's, The Dish Bistro, D-Spot Pub and Grill, Chama, The Palm, Siena At The Courtyard, Mezcal and French 250.

Set back in the lower level there was the tequila tasting room, which drew quite a crowd all evening. Whether one preferred their tequila in a margarita or straight up, this was the place to hang out. Mezcal and Tambien were serving up some Mexican food fare as well. To complete this fabulous party, there was a Vegas style casino, a martini tattoo parlor, where many of the guests gathered to get an airbrushed tattoo and of course some lively entertainment.

On the main level was Boogielicious, who rocked all evening with some popular dance tunes that had the dance floor packed. On the lower level dance floor was Soul School, where guests were dancing to the tunes of Prince, Beyonce or slow groovin' to Al Green. This party started out with a punch and was still going strong well into the evening. It was certainly one of Denver's best parties of the year. But not to forget the most important part of this party night--the real purpose was to support The Children's Hospital Foundation and to benefit The Children's Hospital Research Institute.

The Children's Hospital was founded in 1908 in Denver, Colorado, The Children’s Hospital set out to be a leader in providing the best healthcare outcomes for children. They are one of the top ten children’s hospitals in the nation, as well as a place parents have come to trust. As a private, not-for-profit pediatric healthcare network, The Children’s Hospital is 100-percent dedicated to caring for kids of all ages and stages of growth. That dedication is evident in more than 1,000 pediatric specialists and more than 2,400 full-time employees. It is through their continual dedication that has placed them at the forefront of research in childhood disease with several nationally and internationally recognized medical programs.

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