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October 17, 2008 - Humphrey Bogart helps raise money for Safehouse Denver

What: An Evening in Casablanca

Where: Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

When: Friday, October 17, 2008

Time: 6 p.m.

Beneficiary: Safehouse Denver

EMCEE: Victoria McVicker

Gala Chairperson(s): Kristi Palmer and Natalie Wilkins

Committee Members: Gala: Kristi Palmer (co-chair), Natalie Wilkins (co-chair), Jason Anderson, Valerie Chilewski, Meredith Coors, Monica Denler, Stephanie Feuer, Ashley Golder, Julie Mansfield, Ingrid Nagy, Nicole Ramires (auction co-chair) and Traci Wilhelm (auction co-chair). Sponsorship Committee: Stephanie Feuer, chair, Douglas Bonnie, Terrie Cooper, Ty Lufman, Julie Mansfield, Christine Rondinelli and Dian Wildrick

President(s): Victoria McVicker

Staff: Casandra Aldrige, Children's Advocate; June Angole, Resource Dev Manager; Vibiana Bowers, Office CoordinatorJudy Carrier, Woman's Program Manager; Amy Chianese, Woman's Advocate' Michelle Fuller, Communications Assistant; Bertha Garza, Bilingual Woman's Advocate; Barbara Galicia, Bilingual Woman's Advocate; Ashley Golder, Development and Grants Assistant; Claudia Gonzales, Bilingual Children's Advocate; Cassi Haberler, Director of Shelter Services; Kelly Hooand, Shelter House Manager; Di Holmes, Community Relations Liaison; Ramona Lanford, Woman's Advocate; Dora-Lee Larson, Community Education Program Manager; Victoria McVicker, Chief Executive Officer; Sue Pilcher, Chief Financial Officer; Karina Rodriguez, Bilingual Woman's Advocate; Kara Sanborn, Children's Advocate; Lisel Thompson, Safe at Home Program Coordinator; Lydia Waligorski, Woman's Advocate; Nicolette Watkins, Woman's Advocate and Jessica Zaslav, Woman's Advocate.

Speaker: Captain Joseph Montoya - Crimes Against Persons Bureau Denver Police Department

Entertainment: Jerry Barnett's Moments

Sponsors: Diamond Sponsor: Rita Bass Coors; Platinum Sponsor: Friends of SafeHouse-Denver; Gold Sponsors: Katie & Alan Fox, Republic Financial Corporation; Silver Sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, Key Bank, Susan & Howard Noble; Patron Sponsors: American National Bank, Catering Design, CH2MHill, Citi Smith Barney - Peterson Bonnie Group, Coors Brewing Company, Meredith & Pete Coors, 1st Bank, JE Dunn Construction, Lisa & Roger Koenigsberg, Stephanie & Oscar Martinez, MDC Holding Inc. - Richmond American Homes, The Osborn Foundation, Red Robin, RJL, Terra Firma, UMB, United Western Bank, Verizon, Wells Fargo and Karen & Ian Wolfe

Auctioneer: Norm Early

Menu: Salad - three pepper and artichoke salad topped with sweet marinated goat cheese over shredded romaine with hummus ol pita, Moroccan stuffed chicken breast with sherry soaked currants and apples over a bed of cous cous, sauteed asparagus spears, mushroom ol goat cheese strudel with spinach ol asparagus served on a bed of tomato coulis, assortment of parisian pastries, baklava, almond macaroons

Attendance: 300

Attire: Blacktie, Business Professional

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Mediterranean dolmades, mini beef filet mignon, mini roasted garlic, Feta and black olive pizza, artichoke and sundried tomato wonton, tomato, pesto and Brie crostinis

Board of Directors: Mr. Scott Browning, Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons; Ms. Meredith Coors, Community Volunteer; Ms. Monica Denler, Terra Firma; Mr. Steve Emmons, United Western Bank; Ms. Stephanie Feuer, Commercial Real Estate Services; Ms. Karen Wolfe, The Fox Company; Mr. Robert Kelley, Verizon Wireless; Ms. Kate Lively, Village Homes; Mr. Donald Mares, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment; Mr. Oscar Martinez, Qwest; Ms. Victoria McVicker, CEO; Lt. Matthew Murray, Denver Police Department; Ms. Susan Noble, Coldwell Banker Devonshire; Ms. Kristi Palmer, Wells Fargo Bank; Ms. Mary Phillips, Community Volunteer; Mr. Bradley Smith, Karsh Consulting P.C.; Ms. Debbie Zuege, Kaiser Permanente

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Denver Police Captain Joe Montoya along with CEO of Safehouse Denver Victoria McVicker and Dora-Lee Larson
Denver Police Captain Joe Montoya along with CEO of Safehouse Denver Victoria McVicker and Dora-Lee Larson

Humphrey Bogart was in town to welcome everyone and thank them for coming to the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. The occasion? To help benefit the Safehouse-Denver Organization.

The museum was decorated with not only the aircrafts and space exploration memorabilia of our time but also the Saints and Angels who help make the world a better place for women and children. this event was upbeat and creative, while also keeping in mind the very serious mission of SafeHouse.

SafeHouse Denver was one of the first battered women’s shelters in the nation and played an essential role in the community’s efforts to build systemic support for victims of domestic violence. This is a role SafeHouse continues to play today. SafeHouse Denver is the only agency in Denver providing both emergency shelter and an array of services exclusively serving women, children and youth who are victims of domestic violence. They target their programs to meet community need and as a result have made it mandatory that certain staff are bilingual in direct response to the 200-plus monolingual Spanish-speaking women and children who access their services each year.

SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by:

  • providing shelter and counseling to victims of abuse;
  • working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence;
  • and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence.

Established in 1977, SafeHouse Denver operates the only shelter in the City and County of Denver that exclusively serves victims of domestic violence. SafeHouse also runs a non-residential Counseling & Advocacy Center where we provide all of our support services to women and children who don't need emergency housing.

SafeHouse began as a 16-bed shelter providing a safe place for women and their children. Today, SafeHouse's shelter has 26 beds plus cribs, serving more than 340 women and children in a typical year. In addition, SafeHouse serves hundreds more women and children through non-residential services. More than just keeping women and children safe, SafeHouse services include individual counseling, advocacy support groups, legal assistance and referrals to other services.

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