February 20, 2009 - SafeHouse Denver and Puksta Foundation Enjoy a Mile High Mardi Gras
Where: Mile High Station
When: Friday, February 20, 2009
Time: 8 p.m. to midnight
Ticket Prices: $60-$80 per person
Beneficiary: SafeHouse Denver & Puksta Foundation
Co-Chair(s): John Mulstay & Monica Denler
Entertainment: Aerialist Cathy Gauch
Music: Live Music by Chris Daniels & the Kings; DJ Bedz from 107.1 FM
Attire: Evening attire, business formal or cocktail attire with mask
Board of Directors: SafeHouse board: Kristi Palmer - Chair; Oscar Martinez - Chair Elect;
Scott Browning, Monica Denler, Steve Emmons, Stephanie Feuer, Kate Osborn Lively, Donald Mares, Susan Noble, Mary Phillips, Brad Smith, Karen Wolfe, Debbie Zuege.
Puksta Foundation Board of Directors: John Mulstay and Laurie Mulstay
Blacktie Photos by: Sharalyn Hartwell
Jason Anderson (L) and Kristi Palmer (Chairman of SafeHouse Board of Directors)
The third annual Mile High Mardi Gras to benefit SafeHouse Denver and the Puksta Foundation was Friday, February 20 at Mile High Station. Attendees enjoyed delicious Cajun food, complimentary drinks and lots live music by Chris Daniels & the Kings. When the band took a break, DJ Bedz from 107.1 FM kept the tunes going and aerialist Cathy Gauch stunned the crowd.
SafeHouse Denver has helped women and children overcome domestic violence for over 30 years. In addition to emergency shelter services, SafeHouse Denver offers individual counseling and advocacy, support groups, safety planning, referrals to community resources, entrepreneurial training programs, specialized services for lesbians and bi women and short-term support groups for children. Trained staff and volunteers man a 24-hour crisis hotline to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, education and referrals to community resources.
“We are enormously grateful to the Puksta Foundation for helping us,” said Victoria McVicker, Chief Executive Officer of SafeHouse Denver, as she thanked everyone for their support at the event. John Mulstay, President of the Puksta Foundation, was co-chair of the Mile High Mardi Gras.
The Puksta Foundation awards scholarships to Colorado natives who demonstrate a passion for community involvement and have financial need. As the Puksta Scholars obtain their college educations, they focus on a project to better the community, said Charla Agnoletti, Puksta Scholar attending Univeristy of Denver. Agnoletti and Kim Roesch attended the event to support SafeHouse Denver and find others interested in community service to become involved in future projects.
Even though its annual gala is traditionally SafeHouse Denver’s largest fundraiser of the year, they have high hopes for Mile High Mardi Gras.
“We’re really hoping this event will take off,” said McVicker. She noted it has gotten a little bigger each year. “It’s got huge potential. It's really a great time!”