October 10, 2009 - SafeHouse Denver: Monte Carlo Nights
What: Annual gala to benefit SafeHouse Denver.
Where: Infinity Park Event Center
When: Saturday, October 10, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $90-$150
Beneficiary: SafeHouse Denver
Host(s): Monica Denler and Meredith Coors
Mistress of Ceremonies: Victoria McVicker
Gala Chairperson(s): Monica Denler and Meredith Coors
Executive Director: Victoria McVicker, CEO
Welcome: Monica Denler & Meredith Coors
Catering: Catering by Design
Entertainment: Casino Games, Bob Taylor Casino
Music: Soul School
Sponsors: Katie & Alan Fox, Susan & Howard Noble, Anthem, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, Aflac/ Krista Price, Meredith & Pete Coors, Kaiser Permanente, Qwest/ Stephanie & Oscar Martinez, MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation, MillerCoors, TerraFirma, FirstBank, Red Robin, UMB Bank, United Western Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, CO Insurance Counselors, Inc. Sheridan Ross.
Auctioneer: Joe Bevilacqua
Quote of the evening: "I am grateful for my healing through Safehouse, thank you." by Kellie Raffa.
Menu: Maple & apple salad with mixed green, homemade breadsticks, pesto & brie stuffed chicken breast with whole grain mustard cream sauce, julienne vegetables in butter sauce, roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Dessert, Black Forrest "Martinis.'
Attendance: 300 - 400
Special Thanks: Anschutz Foundation, Auction & Events, Awards USA, Bank of Denver, Cassidy Bednark, Joe Bevilacqua, Bob Taylor Casino, Catering by Design, Valerie & Roger Chilewski, Rita Bass Coors, Cottrell Printing, Wick Downing, Event Rents, Exempla, Stephanie Feuer & Norman Friedman, Infinitey Park, J Design, Jay's Valet, Steve & Margie Kerr, KeyBank, Carol Kresge, Kresge & Assoc., Kroenke Sports, Martha Long, Phil Lucero,, Mitch-Stuart, Inc. MorganStanley, SmithBarney,Peterson Bonnie Grp., Elisabeth & Tom Niedermeyer, Susan Noble, PIP Printing, Nicole Ramirez, Paul & Carol Rose, SafeHouse Denver volunteers, SCRUM, Soul School, Michael Upp, Carrie Wernecke, Joy & Jim Woller, Ulrick DeWachter, Phil Lucero, Steve Roberts, Thomas Weiss.
Hors D'Oeuvres:: Smoked salmon lolllips, meatballs in chipotle cream sauce, tomato, pesto & brie crostinis, asparagus & three cheese tartlett, yellow fin tuna Yakatori
Information: Safehouse acknowledges the support of the Anschutz Foundation whose generosity helps provide emergency shelter, counseling and support services to women and children in our community when they need it most.
Decor/Rental Company: Event Rents
Board of Directors: Kristi Palmer, Chair, Oscar Martinez, Scott Browning, Monica Denler, Stephanie Feuer, Julie Mansfield, Susan Noble, Mary Phillips, Brad Smith, Karen Fox Wolfe, Debbie Zuege, Victoria McVicker, CEO.
Steering Committee: Monica Denler, Meredith Coors, Kate Horle, Katherine Lane, Julie Mansfield, Ingrid Nagy, Carrie Wernecke, Joy Woller, Valerie Chilewski, Ashley Golder
Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt
Co-Chairs: Pete & Meredith Coors, left, Monica & John Denler
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MONTE CARLO NIGHTS IN GLENDALE
Though the weather was cold and snowy, supporters of SafeHouse Denver, came to Glendale's Infinity Park Event Center to mingle and raise dollars for their favorite non-profit.
Monte Carlo Nights proved to be a smashing success with donations and auction items topping SafeHouse's 2009 fundraising goals. For those who aren't familiar, SafeHouse Denver offers emergency shelter as well as nonresidential counseling and support services for women, children and youth who are victims of domestic violence.
Everyone was dressed for the occasion and ready to get the dice and money rolling for this crucial annual, non-profit event. SafeHouse Denver remains thankful for it's many volunteers and supporters.
Joe Cannata, Executive Director of Voices of Victims, accepted the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award in honor of his murdered daughter, Lynn.
After Lynn was killed by her boyfriend, Cannata and his wife were successful in introducing into law Lynn's Law, which supports victim's families and victim's rights. His tireless efforts on behalf of his daughter and all abuse victims has made Denver a better place to live. The sadness remains potent for Cannata. It will never leave him or his family. He remembered sadly, "Last Christmas I realized, I have spent more holidays without my daughter than I had with her."
When Kellie Raffa found herself in a terrible abusive, stalking situation her solution led her to SafeHouse Denver which saved her life and her daughters.
Raffa relayed her horrific and terrifying experience and gave much gratitude and importance to SafeHouse Denver for what it does in the community. SafeHouse became her final refuge from her ongoing nightmare. The organization allowed her to be standing there talking about the past she all too clearly remembered.
The evening went smoothly and generated a lot of fun and excitement. People left with their silent and live auction winnings-- baskets under their arms, envelopes holding a Colorado Avalance Package, dinner for 10, Teton Pines, 4 nights/5 days in Jackson Hole, two nights at The Lodge at Carolina in the Pines in Dillon, A Night with the Nuggets!, and trip for two to Maui, Hawaii.
For more information on how you can help SafeHouse Denver, or they can help you, log on to www,safehouse-denver.org or call 303-318-9989 (24-hour support and crisis line) or 303-318-9959.