August 20, 2009 - The Dani's Foundation hosts Kiss the Bluz Goodbye
What: Kiss the Bluz Goodbye, Cocktails for a Cause
Where: Denver's City Park Pavillion
When: Thursday, August 20, 2009
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $75/person $100/Couple
Beneficiary: Dani's Foundation
Host(s): Sharon McNally, Chairwoman
Master of Ceremonies: Jesse Csincsak
Founders: Michele Ashby
Libations: Ceren Vodka
Catering: Continental Divine
Music: CBS Recording Artist Keaton Simmons and Jaden Carlson
Sponsors: 95.7 The Party, ZClub Colorado, Bazi, Ceren Vodka, Guitar Center, Mine LLC, Providers' Resource Clearinghouse, The Westin Tabor Center, VBK Designs
Quote of the evening: "You are all making a difference in the world, you are all beautiful."
Special Thanks: Jess Parrish for the Ice Sculptures
Board of Directors: Founder and President: Michele Ashby; Secretary: Claudia Cruz; Treasurer: Timothy Bishop; Assistant Treasurer: Carla Cervi; board members: Keith Ashby, Christian Bailey, Kimbirly Orr, Patti Pansa, Staci Sanford, John Stell and Kate Ziminski
Blacktie Photos by: Steven Shoppman
Ty and Gretchen Ricker
The Kiss the Bluz Goodbye invitation noted that this was to be Denver’s Hottest Party, and finally,
As the event progressed and the social mingling transpired within the auction area, the sights of the party gave way to the magnificence of the sun beginning to set over the
Dani’s Foundation was established after the death of Daniele “Dani” Stell, a Denver South High student who was diagnosed with
Between musical acts, Csincsak presided over a short program with the goal of educating the audience on Dani’s Foundation and recognizing the event sponsors. Martha Simmons, Executive Director of Dani’s Foundation, explained to the audience that “we are still treating
Johnny Stell followed Simmons to represent in memoriam his sister Dani and his family. “We started this foundation in memory of my sister and now we work for all children diagnosed with pediatric sarcomas. We will not stop until this disease is stopped.” He then thanked the assembled audience for their support of Dani’s Foundation. “You are all making a difference in the world. You are all beautiful.”
Event Chair Sharon McNally was then introduced. She had the honor of recognizing those special guests who helped to make Kiss The Bluz a smashing success for Dani’s Foundation. Recognized with award plaques were Issa Lopez, morning host on 95.7 The Party; Will Coleman from ZClub Colorado, Jeremy Resmer from Bazi, Doug Gott from Ceren Vodka, Tony Buffalo from Guitar Center, Val Kaleda of VBK Designs, Jess Parrish of Jess Parish Ice Carvings, Carey McDowell of Continental Divine Catering, Sarah Boyd from The Westin Tabor Center and Andrea Siebert from Providers Resource Clearinghouse.
McNally then had the pleasure of introducing her personal friend and event headliner Keaton Simons who traveled to CO from CA for the Kiss performance. Simons is a CBS Records recording artist with a presence in radio, television and film. Simons performed songs from his current CD “Can You Hear Me”.
On this hot summer night, at the