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August 07, 2009 - Make-A-Wish "Wine & Wishes" celebrates spirit of aloha

When: Friday, August 7, 2009

Time: 5:30-9 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $40

Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado

EMCEE: Karlyn Tilley, CBS4

Entertainment: Hawaiian Hula Hips dancers, African Grey exotic birds

Music: Jeff Donavan, DJ on Demand

Sponsors: "Aloha" sponsors: Rich and Sue Jones, Starz Entertainment, Money Tree; "Surf's Up" sponsors: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Kaiser Permanente, Presidential Limousine, Mark and Janice Spears, The Children's Hospital, Holme Roberts & Owen, Micro Motion; "Don Ho" sponsors: Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, Jim Nussbaum

Menu: Gourmet cheeses, fresh fruit, french bread and crackers; grilled veggies with ranch dressing, pesto and hummus; macadamia-crusted chicken satay with coconut cream sauce; teriyaki beef kabobs; rum-roasted pineapple rice pudding; mango mousse; strawberry pannacotta

Attire: Island attire/business casual

Special Thanks: Kerri Butler, event planner: A Touch of Bliss

Florist: The Perfect Petal

Event Coordinator: Patti Murphy

Board of Directors: William D. Myers, Chair; Beau Stark, Co-Chair; Brett Hanselman, Treasurer; Gary Aboussie, Outgoing Chair; Dennis Brown, Scott Esmond, Patricia L. Gruber, Dr. Kelly Maloney, Dr. William Marsh, Jim Nussbaum, Bobbee Musgrave, Edward Pine, Suzanne Phillips-Klein, Kelly Potter

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Board co-chair Beau Stark with his wife Lucy
Board co-chair Beau Stark with his wife Lucy

With palm trees, hula dancers, live exotic birds and an overall atmosphere that shouted “island getaway,” Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado virtually whisked 200 guests to the Land of Aloha—in the middle of downtown Denver. Before the first-ever “Wine and Wishes” celebration took place, event coordinator Patti Murphy said the plan was for guests to get into the spirit by wearing island garb…and they did so with gusto. For once, men could wear their loudest Hawaiian shirts with nary a peep from fashion-conscious ladies seen in fun, flowered variations of their own. Wine? Indeed, it was fine...and a focus of party libations. But in true tropics fashion, partygoers were also seen enjoying fruity adult beverages accented with tiny umbrellas.

The festivities seamlessly went hand-and-hand with the true purpose of the evening: raising funds to send five “wish kids” and their families to Hawaii. Guests had numerous opportunities to donate beyond their nominal admission cost, from sponsorships to purchasing individual activities for the Hawaii trips that included a helicopter tour of island scenery. Around 150 silent-auction items were a draw throughout the night, from restaurant certificates to spa treatments and mountain getaways, among a slew of coveted goods and services. A lively live auction featured bids on an electric guitar autographed by Denver-based band The Fray, as well as eight blissful days and seven nights at Canyon Ranch resort and spa in Tuscon. While guests noshed on an array of appetizers provided by the Marriott City Center, the ladies of Hawaiian Hula Hips performed authentic dances, and Karen Goodman of African Grey brought a small flock of feathered friends to meet guests. Wish kids took to the stage and related their recent recent wish experiences: Austen met singer Demi Lovato and Alex spent a week cooking with some of Denver’s top chefs. CBS4 reporter (and Golden High School grad) Karlyn Tilley served as a genial emcee, and Mrs. Colorado, Megan Yarberry, helped preside over raffle-ticket sales for a $500 Tiffany giftcard.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, Inc. grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded in 1983, the chapter has granted more than 3,200 wishes to eligible Colorado children. For more information, visit .


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