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November 10, 2007 - The Hottest Pink Party in Town

What: Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure--A Pink Tie Affair

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: Saturday, November 10, 2007

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual tickets: $150

Beneficiary: Breast Cancer - Denver Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Host(s): RE/MAX International

Mistress of Ceremonies: Marilyn Saltzman and Margaret Kelly

EMCEE: Mark Koebrich and Kim Christiansen from 9News Colorado

Gala Chairperson(s): Keri Christiansen and Susan Pluss

Honorary Chairperson(s): Kim Christiansen and Mark Koebrich

Corporate Chairperson(s): Sponsor Chair: John DellaSalle

Founders: Nancy Brinker

Co-Chair(s): Auction chairs: Misty Halaby and Becky Herb

Executive Director: Valerie Chilewski

Committee Members: David Afraimi, Pat Argall, Kristen Battenfield, Aleece Barr, Gina Berg, Dana Brandorff, Valerie Chilewski, Dale Daniels, Km Hayzlett, Marcia Jamison, Lisa Koenigsberg, Joan Lucas, Maiva Maree, Kay Martley, Nicole Blair Miller, Rachel Pawlak, Judy Santistevan, Lori Shaw, Julie Stone, Nancy Thompson, Michelle Wilkerson, Julie O'Rourke Zaveral

President(s): Marilyn Saltzman

Co-President(s): Vice Presidents: Elyse Gellerman, Bruce Benham

Staff: Valerie Chilewski, Executive Director; Julie Zaveral, Director of Finance & Operations; Jill Adams, Director of Grantmaking; Gina Berg, Director of Development; Marcia Jamison, Education/ Volunteer Coordinator; Pat Reed, Race Assistant; Jeanine Joffer, Fund Development Assistant; Kathy Matney, Administrative Assistant; Dana Brandorff, Public Relations

Entertainment: The Pink Flamingos

Sponsors: RE/MAX International, National Distributing Company Inc., Brown Forman Beverages, Divine Physics, Exempla Healthcare, 5280 Magazine, Marsico Capitol Management LLC, Mix 100, 9News, Northwestern Mutual, Atlantic Trust Company, Barber Architecture, Ross Reels, Shea Properties, 1st Bank, Lehrer's Flowers, Oppenheimer Funds, Safeway, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, Denver Newspaper Agency, John and Angela DellaSalle, Lockheed Martin, Qwest, Saint Anthony Hospital Foundation, Dr. Marty Zamora, Advanced Medical Imaging, Roger and Valerie Chilewski, Encana Oil and Gas, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Tracy Horvath, Terrence P. Murphy, Joseph and Joyce O'Rourke, Saltzman Communications, United Western Bank, Weitz Company, Western Union Foundation, Ruth and James Gaulke, Elyse Gellerman and Mike Fierberg, Patty Hill, Kimberly Hartman, Joan and Mike Lucas, Kay Martley, Maia and Jed Rogers, Kay and Gultekin Savci, Hal and Sandy Stanley

Quote of the evening: "Every single person can make a difference... knowledge and awareness is key!" , Executive Director Valerie Chilewski

Attendance: 725

Attire: Business Formal, Cocktail

Board of Directors: Marilyn Saltzman, President; Vice Presidents: Elyse Gellerman, Vice President, Mission Initiatives; Bruce Benham, Vice President, Fund Development; H. Arthur Graper, Treasurer; Jan Haft, Sherry Jackson, Kathy Magnani, Erika Moore, Diana Pedinielli, JP Pedinielli, Yolanda Quesada, Maia Rogers, Robert K. Shaw, Suzanne Oakes-Steinberg, Martin Zamora M.D. Advisory Directors: Tim Byers, M.D.; Sherri Gabbert, Ph.D.; Andrew Silverman

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 9 News Anchor, emcee and chair Kim Christiansen and her husband Greg Feith
9 News Anchor, emcee and chair Kim Christiansen and her husband Greg Feith

By Howie Grapek:

The Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure followed up its phenomenally successful Race for the Cure® with an opportunity to retire one’s sneakers and put on one’s dancing shoes at its annual Pink Tie Affair on November 10th at Invesco Field at Mile High.

Not just another gala, the Pink Tie Affair closed out Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a splash of hot pink and the opportunity to salsa or rumba the night away. Presented by RE/MAX International, the Pink Tie Affair began at 6 p.m. at INVESCO Field at Mile High and included dinner, dancing, entertainment from the Pink Flamingos and silent and live auction items. Once again, 9NEWS anchors/reporters Kim Christiansen and Mark Koebrich were the evening’s emcees and honorary chairs.

The Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure was founded in 1994 to carry out the mission of the national organization on a local level. As a grant-making organization, the Affiliate distributes the funds raised through special events such as the Komen Denver Race for the Cure® and the Pink Tie Affair™, as well as through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, right back into the community. Since 1994, the Affiliate has raised more than $23 million, and has awarded $17 million to not-for-profit organizations that provide breast health and breast cancer education, screening, treatment and treatment support services to uninsured and underinsured individuals living in the Affiliate’s 12-county service area. The Affiliate has also contributed more than $6 million to research through Komen National over the past 13 years. In April 2007, the Affiliate awarded more than $3 million to fund 35 local projects focusing on breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support. Another $1 million was awarded to international and national breast cancer research through the Komen Award and Research Grant Program. Seventy-five percent of the money raised (minus expenses) supports Denver-area breast cancer programs, clinical trials, and life-saving services for women of all backgrounds and ages.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly known as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the organization is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, Komen fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Through fiscal year 2006, Komen, together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, has invested nearly $1 billion in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.

For more information, please call Komen’s Toll Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I’M AWARE (1.800.462.9273) or visit them at their website at:

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