March 14, 2009 - My Big Greek Roast!
What: A toast and roast dedicated to Steve Antonopulos, benefitting Dani's Foundation
Where: West Club Lounge at Invesco Field at Mile High
When: Saturday, March 14, 2009
Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $200 per seat
Beneficiary: Dani's Foundation
Master of Ceremonies: Dave Logan, Ron Zappolo
Honoree(s): Steve Antonopulos
EMCEE: Dave Logan, Ron Zappolo
Presenting Sponsor(s): KOA Radio, the Denver Bronco Alumni, Friends of Steve Antonopulos and Dani’s Foundation
Gala Chairperson(s): Jim Jensen
Founders: Michele Ashby, Dani's Foundation
Executive Director: Martha Simmons
Speaker: Michele Ashby
Libations: Bud Light
Catering: Epicurean Catering
Of note: Many Denver Bronco alums in attendance, with special appearances by members of the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders, the Barrel Man and Miles the Denver Broncos mascot.
Sponsors: KOA Radio, Bud Light, Jay Cutler, Denver Bronco Community Development, Friends of DaniFriends of Dani's Foundation, KPI Properties, Key Bank, LABS, Inc., McGhee Productivity Solutions, Mine, LLC, Next Level Sports Performance, Tim & Lynn Simmons, Steadman Hawkins, ClinicWest Tech, Inc.
Gala Production: Martha Simmons
Attire: Cocktail, business casual.
Hors D'Oeuvres:: Spanikopita and other traditional Greek items
Event Coordinator: Martha Simmons
Board of Directors: Founder & President: Michele Ashby; Secretary: Claudia Cruz; Treasurer: Cynthia DeLarber; Assistant Treasurer: Carla Cervi; Members: Keith Ashby; Timothy Bishop; John Stell; Executive Director: Martha Simmons
Blacktie Photos by: Jeff Pistana
Michele Ashby (founder of Dani's Foundation), Keith Ashby, and honoree Steve Antonopulos
"My Big Greek Roast" was the theme of a March 14 event that took place in the West Club Lounge at Invesco Field at Mile High and which paid tribute to an amazing man: Steve “The Greek” Antonopulos and his 33 year career as Athletic Trainer for the Denver Broncos. The evening was sponsored by KOA Radio and members of the Denver Bronco Alumni and was billed as “A Night of Love and Laughter” in recognition of Antonopulos but also raised funding for Dani’s Foundation, a Colorado non-profit organization who is working to find the cause and the cure for Ewing’s Sarcoma and the other pediatric sarcomas that are affecting and taking the lives of children and young adults.
Antonopulos, who grew up in
This event was organized to pay satirical respect to Antonopulos’ career but also served to raise much-needed funding for Dani’s Foundation and their efforts to fund greater programs, education and research with the goal of finding the cause and the cure for Ewing’s Sarcoma and the other forms of pediatric sarcomas that are taking the lives of children and young adults.
Dani's Foundation was formed in memory of Dani Stell, an active, bright and social woman who, at the young age of 18, was diagnosed with
Dani’s Foundation Founder and President Michele Ashby took the stage prior to the roast program and captivated the guest’s attention as she told the story of her daughter Dani and read excerpts from Dani’s personal journal during her battle against
Following Ashby’s appeal, the festivities of the Roast began with short jabs from My Big Greek Roast Hosts: KOA Personality and Denver Bronco Broadcaster Dave Logan and Fox 31 Anchor Ron Zappolo. CBS 4 Sport Anchor Vic Lombardi represented the sport media in roasting Antonopulos and came prepared with a photo from Steve’s grade school years. “Same hairstyle,” quipped Lombardi as a full-haired Antonopulos appeared on the big screen.
Other Denver Bronco personnel who joined in on the festivities included Denver Bronco Owner Pat Bowlen and CEO Joe Ellis, who dropped by prior to dinner to congratulate Antolnopulos on the festivities; Larry Brunson, Steve Busick, Keith Burns, Mark Cooper, Bucky Dilts, Ron Egloff, Steve Foley, Jack Gehrke, John Grant, Dale Hackbart, Jim Jensen, Mike Harden, Rich Karlis, Keith Kartz, Claudie Minor, Dave Studdard, Ralph Tamm, Denver Bronco Ring of Fame Member Billy Thompson, Billy Van Huesen, and NFL Hall of Fame Member Gary Zimmerman.
Mayor John Hickenlooper could not attend the March 14 Roast but sent a video greeting. Ron Zappolo then read a proclamation from the Mayor proclaiming Saturday, March 14 as “Steve ‘The Greek’ Antonopulos Day in the City and
Tim “The Barrel Man” McKernan and his wife Becky traveled from their home out of state to make a special appearance at the Roast event. In addition to McKernan, members of the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot were in costumed attendance at the Bud Light cocktail portion of the event.
My Big Greek Roast featured a silent auction with over 200 items donated by businesses and organizations from throughout
All in all, everyone had a wonderful time honoring a great man and a great cause.
To learn more about Dani's Foundation and how you can help, visit the Foundation’s website at: www.danisfoundation.org