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October 24, 2008 - A Star is Born at Mapleton

What: 4th Annual Mapleton Education Foundation Gala

Where: Omni Interlocken Hotel

When: Friday, October 24, 2008

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: Mapleton education programs

Mistress of Ceremonies: Channing Puchino (Executive Director) and Charlotte Ciancio (Superintendent)

EMCEE: Don Quick

Executive Director: Channing Puchino

Introductions: Don Quick

Catering: Omni Interlocken

Entertainment: Burgandy Brown

Music: Mapleton Chamber Orchestra - for cocktails and silent auction, Kenny Saccomano - national anthem and dinner music.

Sponsors: Orchestra Level $5,000 Sponsors: Insight Lasik, Domenico Transportation Co., Time to Change; Mezzanine Level $3,000 Sponsors: Colorado Lighting, AXA Financial Protection, Kaiser Permanente, George K. Baum & Company

Auctioneer: Don Quick

Menu: Baby mixed green salad with toasted pumpkin seeds, orange segments & citrus vinaigrette, grilled tenderloin & seared Atlantic salmon with potato puree & asparagus, dark chocolate mousse parfait

Attendance: 200

Attire: Business Professional

Board of Directors: Mapleton Education Foundation Board of Directors: Jennifer Alderfer, Angela Barbosa, Regina Barros, Damon Brown, Craig Carlson, Charlotte Ciancio, LaVon Condon, Katherine Duncan, Patrick Flores, Kelli Frank, Elizabeth Fuselier, Christiopher Kemm, Lisa Marchi, Robin O'Dorisio, Scott Perriman, Don Quick, Natalie Scarpella, Dr. Lori Scott, Todd Snidow, Joseph Talarico, Larry Dean Velente, Hillary Watt
Mapleton Public Schools Board of Education: Cindy Croisant, Craig Emmert, Patrick Flores, Norma Frank and Carol Yantorno

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Charlotte Ciancio, left, Pam and Sam Molinaro, Jackie and Tony Kapushion
Charlotte Ciancio, left, Pam and Sam Molinaro, Jackie and Tony Kapushion

You did not have to look too far to see that new stars were shining Friday night. All you had to do was look out west near Broomfield and especially towards the Omni Interlocken Hotel and see how bright it was. This was the night for the 4th annual Mapleton Education Foundation Gala and the night was filled with glittering stars.

The Mapleton staff had come in full force to honor new and upcoming stars. The students, faculty and parents have all done a wonderful job to further the education and well-being of their futures. Mapleton Schools have come a long way since the early 1960s when I became involved with them in many different ways. The school district and surrounding neighborhoods have grown into a well-rounded community. And it showed Friday night.

With the help of the Omni Interlocken Hotel this was a night to remember. When you entered the silent auction area and heard the Chamber music the students were playing, it was not only heaven but it also set a great mood for the silent auction. There were items amongst the bidding tables for everyone. There was everything from great gifts for infants such as baskets filled with learning experiences like games, books, tools to help with dexterity up to items for the older generation. Sport packages, fine dining and overnight stays at some of Colorado's finest places were just some of the highlights.

Upon entering the ballroom for dinner, you could hear the sounds of Mr. Kenny Saccomano and his magical fingers running up and down the keyboards. Kenny graduated from the Mapleton School District and is now famous in Las Vegas as well as Colorado. And if you are a country music fan, Burgandy Brown - another graduate of the school district - has a voice that will be heard for years to come. Burgandy sang songs from her newest album and was accompanied on guitar by Joe Hertzog.

The night was definitely a big success. With the numbers still coming in from the silent auction as well as the live auction, the proceeds were nearing the $20,000 mark.

For more information on the Mapleton Education Foundation, please call 303-853-1008 or log onto the website I look forward to a 5th annual gala and hope to see you there!

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