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March 08, 2008 - HOPE Center: Vintage Vegas Comes to Denver Again and Again

Where: The Sherman Event Center

When: Saturday, March 8, 2008

Time: 7:30 p.m. until Midnight

Ticket Prices: $75 - General Admission (includes 2 drink tickets and $1,000 play gambling money) $125 - VIP (includes 2 drink tickets, $2,000 gambling money, exclusive access to Private VIP Area and Vintage Vegas boas and top hats)

Beneficiary: The HOPE Center

Honoree(s): George E. Brantley - for 43 Years of Service

Executive Director: Gerie Grimes

Committee Members: Fundraising Committee: Andi Fishman, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator; Bruce Duran, Development Director; Otis Preston, Vocational Program Coordinator; Cassandra Johnson, Business Manager; Van Nguyen, Accounts/Computer Information Specialist; Jackie Long, Social Services Coordinator

Catering: Michael's of Denver

Of note: A big thank you by Denver's First Lady Helen Thorpe

Auctioneer: Cindy Engel

Quote of the evening: "43 years of service... oh my goodness, didn't I start last week? -- It's easy having a good cause!" -- George E. Brantley during his thank you

Attendance: 175

Attire: Evening attire or vintage dress

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Elegant cheese display, spring rolls, Rocky Mountain money bags, herbed chicken skewers, shredded port & pepper jack quesadillas, artichoke dip, tomato bruschetta, sweet & sour meatballs, petite dessert assortment


Board of Directors: Board of Directors: Chairperson -Charles T. Smith - Law Enforcement, Retired; Vice Chairperson – Sid Davidson, Urban Developer; Treasurer – Max Skidmore, Information Technology; Secretary – Dr. Barbara Batey, Educational Consultant; Dr. John Fischer, Doctor, General Practitioner, Retired; Jon Hanson, Senior Vice President Wells Fargo Bank; Charles Leali, Sales, Fundraising, Community Liaison

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Board Member John Hanson (left) with Sue Mergen and Krista Keogh enjoy Vegas Night.
Board Member John Hanson (left) with Sue Mergen and Krista Keogh enjoy Vegas Night.

By Howie Grapek

The HOPE Center hosted an evening event of roulette and riches at the historic Sherman Building in Downtown Denver on March 8, 2008. The third annual event of this kind is now known as "Get Lucky for a Good Cause ...Vintage Vegas comes to Denver Again and Again." It featured the return of Vegas to Denver. The room was a spinning blur of roulette wheels and rich laughter from each of the tables, all rolling the dice for HOPE Center.

VIP attendees dressed the part for the evening, and each guest was given a 1920s bowler hat or a feather boa to top off the outfit. The men tipped their hats and the ladies sashayed through the crowd towards the amazing silent auction tables. The silent auction included items that were fun for all ages, everything from a champagne and glass display set to a classic set of books about Colorado history. The playful feeling of the evening was infectious, and everyone had an amazing time learning how to play a new game, whether it be Craps or Texas Hold'em, or practicing a familiar one.

HOPE Center is a 46-year-old community-based non-profit agency focusing on early childhood education and care and vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities. The Center has one national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the highest rating of 4-Stars from Qualistar Early Learning.

HOPE Center provides a high quality and nationally accredited service to children who are at-risk, children with developmental disabilities/delays and inner city children who are gifted. Many of the children they serve are from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

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