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August 01, 2009 - Salt on the Rim is "Muy Caliente"

What: Annual fundraiser for Kempe Foundation and Center

Where: private home of James and Pamela Crowe in Englewood

When: Saturday, August 1, 2009

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $65.00 for early bird; $75 for patron

Beneficiary: Kempe Foundation and Center

Host(s): James and Pamela Crowe

EMCEE: Jason Boyer

Gala Chairperson(s): Ryta Sondergard and Marsha Temple

Committee Members: Ryta Sondergard, Marsha Temple, Miriam Abreu, Virginia Bray, Angela DellaSalle, John Farnam, Sandra Hagen-Solin, Georgia Imhoff, Teresa Kennedy, Nancy Koontz, Kelly Moroney, Lisa Porcella, Pamela Wharton

President(s): and CEO of Kempe Alliance: Jesse F. Wolff

Staff: Sandi Garcia - Communications and Public Affairs Director; Angela DellaSalle, Officer - Major Gifts; Mae Desaire, Officer - Community Partnerships; Laurie Nielsen, Officer - Database Management; Sharon Schonhaut, Officer - Foundations and Corporations; Beth Stefl - Coordinator; Gene Liffick - Director, Operations and Human Resources; Rob Tallmadge - Director of Finance; Leigh Clasby - Foundation Assistant; Kelley McHale - Receptionist/Assistant

Libations: Vodka 14 martinis, Vuka Energy Drinks

Catering: Your Way Gourmet, Lime Cantina, Campo de Fiori, Tambien, Mezcal, Morton's Steakhouse, Zink Kitchen + Bar, Baur's Risorante, Jing, Pappadeaux

Entertainment: 17th Avenue Allstars

Sponsors: Steve & Ryta Sondergard, Petroleum Development Corporation, First American State Bank, Georgia & Walt Imhoff, Atlantic Trust, Mimi & Keith Platte, Tony Sharp, Robert & Elaine Wagner, Karen Woods, Jana & Fred Bartlit

Quote of the evening: "I feel like I'm here in a boxing ring, and I'm the only one fighting." --Ryta Sondergard as she took the stage

Attendance: 400

Attire: garden party

Special Thanks: James & Pamel Crowe, Morgridge Family Foundation, Independent Austin Video, Design Works, Distinctive Tents, Sauza Tequila, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Dinah Sink, Fast Lane Productions, Kent Denver School, Marshall Austin Entertainment, Bull & Bush Brewery, John Quam, Denver Magazine, 17th Avenue Allstars, Pink Dahlia Designs, Vodka 14, Vuka

Florist: Pink Dahlia Designs

Board of Directors: Jon B. Kruljac, Board Chair, Bathgate Capital Partners; Kenneth A. Friednash, Board Treasurer, Dakota Fresh-Mex, LLC; Gail B. Johnson, Board Secretary, Community Leader; Jesse F. Wolff, The Kempe Foundation, President/CEO; Robert B. Clyman, MD, The Kempe Center, Executive Director; Stephen R. Daniels, PhD, MD, CU School of Medicine/The Children’s Hospital Dept. of Pediatrics, Chairman; Richard D. Krugman, MD, CU School of Medicine, Dean; Nicole R. Ament, Esq., Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Andy Boian, dovetail solutions; Reynolds Cannon, Windsor Capital Partners, LLC; Steven A. Cohen, Anschutz Investment Company; John D. Faught, Esq., Fognani & Faught, PLLC; Georgia R. Imhoff, Community Leader; Walter F. Imhoff, Community Leader; Ruby Kadota, M.D., Colorado Permanente Medical Group, LLC; Wendy V. Kane, Mantucket Capital Management; Agatha Kessler, Fentress Architects; Bill Mackiernan, Miller Weingarten Realty, LLC; Tate McCoy, Lockton Companies; Martha Rubi, International Investments Company; Richard C. Saunders, Saunders Construction, Inc.; David B. Savitz, Esq., Attorney at Law; Mark Smith, M.J. Smith & Associates; Ryta Sondergard, The Kempe Foundation Alliance; Lisa L. Taussig, Community Leader; Dylan Taylor, FirstService; Kareina Westlund, US Bank; Advisory Committee: Chris Christmas, Bruce Fowler, Dean Prina, MD, Jeannie Ritter, First Lady of Colorado, Landri Taylor, Anne Trujillo; Honorary Members: Jules Amer, MD, John Elway, Frances Owens, Former First Lady of Colorado, Howard Torgove.

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 The gracious hosts, James and Pamela Crowe  flank Kempe Foundation President and CEO Jesse Wolff
The gracious hosts, James and Pamela Crowe flank Kempe Foundation President and CEO Jesse Wolff

"Dr. Kempe was a tenacious researcher and a relentless advocate," states the invitation for the 2009 Salt on the Rim. "He worked tirelessly to change policy, laws and perceptions to better protect children. For his efforts, he was nominated for a Nobel Prize. He continues to be the inspiration for the tremendous work of The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect."

The staff and volunteers with the Kempe Center and the Kempe Foundation Alliance might not be nominated for a Nobel Prize, but perhaps they should be for the out-of the park event they orchestrated Saturday evening. They continue in the tradition of tenacity, persistance and tireless advocacy. These efforts were effervescent in the wondrous garden party that was offered this year by Kempe Foundation Alliance volunteers, hosted at the gorgeous home of James Q. and Pamela Crowe.

More than 400 partygoers enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, the numerous silent auction opportunities, and the unique food and drink offerings presented by area restaurants and distributors. Participating restaurants included Baur's Ristorante, Mezcal, Campo de Fiori, Morton's Steakhouse, Jing, Pappadeaux, Lime, TambienYour Way Gourmet Limon and Zink, along with Attitude Spirits offering martini specials and Vuka offering their energy drinks.

And all for a special cause: the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The Kempe website tells the story of children such as Anna. At only five years old, Anna has experienced more loss and grief than most of us could ever imagine.  This should not be a sentence anyone ever has to write. Events such as the Salt on the Rim, along with the tireless efforts of the staff and volunteers year-round, work to eradicate such atrocities.  

The Kempe Center hosts nine innovative programs that treat abused children (from birth to age 18), trains medical professionals and researches new treatment methods to help and heal the most children. For more information about how you can get involved, log on to

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