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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)
Jason Anderson (L) and Kristi Palmer (Chairman of SafeHouse Board of Directors)

Attendees may have arrived incognito, donning brightly colored masks and beads, attempting to keep their identities secret, but the reason for the Mile High Mardi Gras was certainly no secret. 

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!”

For more information on SafeHouse programs, log on to For more info on the Puksta Foundation, the link is


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