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November 22, 2008 - The Adoption Exchange follows The Road Home

What: 2008 Adoption Exchange Fantasy Ball

Where: Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: Saturday, November 22, 2008

Time: 6 p.m. cocktails & silent auction w/ dinner; live auction & dancing; featuring "Asleep at the Wheel"

Ticket Prices: $175 per person, $500 patron couple; various table prices

Beneficiary: The Adoption Exchange

Mistress of Ceremonies: Brooke Wagner of CBS 4

Master of Ceremonies: Tom Mustin of CBS 4

Honoree(s): Ed Adams

Executive Director: Dixie van de Flier Davis, Ed.D.

Committee Members: Auction Committee: Rhonda Schneider, Laura Boggs, Carol Burks, Judi Butt, Jane Christie, Marcia Christofferson, Faye Crowe, Linda Dean, Mary Denman, Jill DiPasquale, Cynthia Doerr, Margie Drake, Candis Goins, Susan Gorman, Lorin Haube, Deni Karr, Susan Larking, Chris Leonard, Sarah Lewis, Carol McNealy, Hillery Meier, Melissa Peden, Michelle, Pedigo, Janet Perlstein, Barb Ridgway, Marj Soldan, Eva Spain, Samantha Tanenholtz, Becky Treece, Vicky Winterscheidt, Nastassja Zappolo

Patrons: Afterhours Group, Bouquets, Don & Judi Butt, Doug & Cynthia Evans, Ben & Marlene Krell, Dennis & Michele Leonard, Rick & Jackie Watkins, Terry & Jan Wiedeman

Welcome: Pam Kiker, Chair - The Adoption Exchange Board of Directors

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Headliner: nine-time Grammy winners: Asleep at the Wheel; Pre Dinner: Catherine deWard, Kellen O'Neill & Shannon O'Neill

Sponsors: Platinum Sponsors: Padgett Family Foundation & Venoco, Inc.; Auction Sponsor: Regal Entertainment Group; Gold Sponsors: Edgemark Development LLC, Epicurean Catering, Grills Family Foundation, Regal Entertainment Group; Silver Sponsors: Anonymous, The Diane & Charles Gallagher Family Fund, HC Companies, Masque Publishing, McDonnell Family Foundation, REA Development Corporation, Mark & Marianna Tanquay, UPS, Wells Fargo, Ron & Nastassja Zappolo; Bronze Sponsors: Ed Adams, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, CBS4, David & Marcia Christofferson, DCP Midstream, Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC, Jeremy & Angie Flug, Global Village Academy, The Harris Law Firm, Hitachi Consulting, Johnson Capital Group, The Kiker Team - Keller Williams Realty DTC, Liberty Acqusitions, Lottner Rubin Fishman Brown & Saul PC, Merrill Corporation, Micro Motion, Inc., MillerCoors, Oster Jewelers, Panattoni Development Company, Inc., Barb Ridgway, Steele Street Bank & Trust, TriNet, Walgreens, Wendy's, Whiting Petrolelum Corporation

Auctioneer: Terry Wiedeman

Quote of the evening: "All they want is a home to call their own - all they want is to find the road home..."

Menu: Southwestern Caesar salad, buttermilk biscuits, buttermilk cornbread, short rib smokestack tender beef, creamy polenta with mushrooms, Epicurean grilled vegetables, individual peach crisp with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert

Attendance: 550

Attire: Blacktie Tie Western

Florist: Bouquets

Information:; (303) 755-4756

Donors: Special Contributors: Anonymous, Brown & Tedstrom Estate Planning, Inc., William Beckham, Carol Burks, Dale & Marguerite Bussman, Mike Carney, Mark Conklin, DPC Development Company, Kurt & Cynthia Doerr, David & Melissa Evans, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Anthony Giordano, Chuck & Honey Goldberg, Kevin & Diane Grierson, Richard & Pamela Hansen, Klate Properties, Inc., Machon & Machon, Inc., Micro Motion, Inc., Perception Design Group, Inc., Jordan Perlmutter, Harry McMahon & Nichola Renfrew, Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Cyndi Lyden & Paul Rumler, Schaus & Associates, LLC, Burton & Irene Stevens, Sarah & Steve Stratton, Sundown Development, Inc., Unique Properties, LLC, UPS, Waner Construction Company, Sharon Wilkinson, Nancy Williams-Johnson

Event Coordinator: Jacki Propernick, Laura Lemon

Planning Committee: Event Committee: Carol McNealy, Judi Butt, Jane Christie, BJ Dyer, Pat McDonnell, Guenther Vogt

Decor/Rental Company: Bouquets - BJ Dyer & Gunther Vogt

Board of Directors: Pam Kiker - Chairman, Ray Nutt - Vice Chairman, Paul Egan - Treasurer; Larry Barnaby, David Christofferson, Lesley S. Craig, Barbara Dahlberg, PhD, Annetta Gallagher, Cynthia Gambill, Honey Goldberg, Candis Goins, Richard Harris, Jamie Jackson, Greg Karl, Susan Larkin, Pat McDonnell, Melissa Peden, Edward Rand, Marjorie Soldan, Karyn Songer, Elaine Torres, Larry Walker, David Zinger; Honorary Directors: Tangy Buchanan, Larry DiPasquale, Jeremy Flug, Elaine Gantz-Berman, Marlene Krell, Jane Moe, Roger Ogden, James Padgett, Marv Rockford, Charles Steinbrueck; General Counsel: Janet Perlstein, Thomas Grisley.

Steering Committee: Sponsorship Committee: Brad McNealy, Mike Cantwell, David Christofferson, John Elofson, Rich Harris, John McKinny, Janet Perlstein

Blacktie Photos by: Nancy Koontz

 Brad McNealy and his posse!
Brad McNealy and his posse!

One of fall's "fabest" yearly fetes' in the Mile High City is the Fantasy Ball benefiting The Adoption Exchange. This year's theme was "Western" with guests dressed up in their finest duds, all towards the goal of providing children who are waiting with loving homes.

Known for having one of the best silent and live auctions in town, the 21st Fantasy Ball delivered with some early holiday shopping items such as Guitar Hero, Wii, a pastel/acrylic piece by artist, Carrie Fell, a Jay Cutler autographed football - and $100 gift certificates to great restaurants such as Elway's and The Capital Grille.  The live auction also proved to be first rate with items such as a bracelet from Oster Jewelers, a foursome of golf at Sanctuary Golf Course, a Montana fly-fishing trip and a wine cellar with a collection of more than 30 bottles of quality wine.

Ed Adams was honored with The Adoption Exchange's highest honor, "The Wednesday's Child Award."  Mr. Adams became involved with The Adoption Exchange in 1991 when his company, Professional Travel Corporation, began looking for a charity to support with the proceeds from a golf tournament.  The Adoption Exchange was chosen as that charity.  Seventeen years later, The Adoption Exchange still enjoys this honor, and the golf tournament has raised more than $1.8 million for programs and services for children and families through these annual golf events.  The beautiful Janssen Family, an adoptive family, presented the prestigious award to Mr. Adams.    

Guests spent the evening dancing to music by the nine-time Grammy winning Kings of Texas Swing - "Asleep at the Wheel."  Catering for the evening was tastefully prepared by Gold Sponsor - Epicurean Catering.  

The Adoption Exchange opened its doors in 1983 with a goal of helping place 25 children a year.  Thanks to the love, support and encouragement of caring individuals, they are now celebrating their 25th year and the adoptions of more than 5,300 children.

Funds raised at "The Fantasy Ball" are used for the recruitment of families for children who are waiting to be adopted into loving homes.  More than 129,000 children across the country are waiting to be adopted, living in a series of foster and group homes for an average of four years, hoping for the stability and love of a permanent family.

For more information on the children waiting - or to give a gift of hope - go to:


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