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March 14, 2009 - HOPE Center Goes Green for a Good Cause

What: HOPE Center's Fourth Annual Vintage Vegas

Where: The Sherman Event Center, 1770 Sherman St, Denver CO 80202

When: Saturday, March 14, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: General Admission - $75 VIP Ticket - $125

Beneficiary: children and adults with disabilities served at Hope Center

EMCEE: Gloria Neal, CBS4

Executive Director: Gerie Grimes

Speaker: Gerie Grimes

Catering: Michael's of Denver

Entertainment: 17th Avenue Allstars

Sponsors: Micro Motions, Venoco. Table sponsors: Exceed Inc. and Key People

Auctioneer: Norm Silver with the 17th Avenue Allstars

Attendance: 200

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Special Thanks: Gloria Neal, CBS4 and Norm Silver, auctioneer and his 17th Avenue All Stars Band. Cassandra Johnson, Van Nguyen, Bruce Duran and all the wonderful volunteers

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Elegant cheese display, spring rolls, rocky mountain money bags, herbed chicken skewers, shredded pork & pepper jack quesadillias, artichoke dip, tomato bruschetta, sweet & sour meatballs, petite dessert assortment


Board of Directors: Chairperson: Charles T. Smith - Law Enforcement, Retired. Vice Chairperson: Sid Davidson - Urban Developer, President. Secretary: Barbara Batey - Educational Consultant. Treasurer: Max Skidmore - Information Technology, Jon Hansen - Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo, Charles Leali, Sales, Fundraising, Community Liaison, Dr. John Fischer, General Practitioner, Retired

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 George Brantley and  Executive Director, Gerie Grimes
George Brantley and Executive Director, Gerie Grimes

It was time again to "Get Lucky for a Cause" with the Hope Centers Vintage Vegas night at the Sherman Event Center on March 14, 2009. The theme of the evening was "Vintage Vegas goes Green" as the ladies frolicked among the gaming tables in fun, feathery greens boas. Adorned in some of their very finest vintage attire, guests came to enjoy an evening of music, great food, lots of fun and plenty of Vegas style entertainment.

The room was filled with the action of the roulette tables, poker tables and the sound of rolling dice at the craps table. On stage to provide some exceptional entertainment were the 17th Avenue Allstars. Their fabulous a cappella sound kept the mood lively. Guests also enjoyed cocktails and a sumptuous selection of hors d'oeuvres provided by Michael's of Denver.

There were plenty of silent auction items offered to draw guests away from the tables as they placed bids to raise money to support the Hope Center. Gloria Neal with CBS4 did a fantastic job of emceeing the event this evening. Gloria, along with Hope Center Executive Director Gerie Grimes, made all of the guests welcome and kept the evening fun for all.

A live auction was also a highlight of the evening as Norm Silver from the 17th Avenue Allstars played auctioneer. A few items such as diamond and amethyst necklace from Helzberg Diamonds, a Napa Valley Wine Tour, a Bidjar Rug, a Broadway in Chicago Experience for two and a Private Dinner for six by Michael's of Denver were hot items. But there was plenty of sports themed items as well: a John Elway hand signed helmet, a Terrell Davis autographed used game jersey, a Tiger Woods & Michael Jordan framed photograph and a Mahummad Ali Over Liston photo added a bit of excitement for the crowd.

Overall, this Vegas style evening was filled with fun and excitement. You might want to mark your calendars for next year's fantastic Vintage Vegas night, which will be on March 15th, 2010! Come and try your luck... for a good cause.

The cause is the Hope Center, a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted children, individuals with developmental disabilities and developmental delays at-risk, and persons in need of specialized vocational or educational services. These services are provided in order to develop, maintain, and enhance the functioning of each enrollee. Hope Center provides educational and vocational opportunities for special-needs and at-risk children and adults from 2-1/2 to adulthood.

Hope Center offers the following programs:

  • *Parent Toddler Program: 2-1/2 to 3 years
  • *Preschool: ages 3 to 5 years *Colorado Preschool Program: ages 3 to 5
  • *Hope Academy Gifted Program: ages 3 to 8
  • *Child Care: ages 2-1/2 to 8
  • *Rehabilitation and Supportive Employment: ages 18 and older
  • *Work Services Program
  • *Job Training and Placement Program
  • *Basic Skills Program

For more information about the services at The Hope Center, please visit their website at

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