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October 17, 2009 - Puttin' on the Max is top-dog entertainment

What: Dinner/fundraiser with silent auction

Where: The Brown Palace Hotel

When: Saturday, October 17, 2009

Time: 5:30-10 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $87.50

Beneficiary: MaxFund

EMCEE: Kyle Keefe, Altitude TV personality

Founders: Bill and Nanci Suro

Speaker: Denver Deputy Mayor Bill Vidal, author of "Boxing for Cuba"

Catering: The Brown Palace Hotel

Music: Colorado State Representative Wes McKinley and Billy Whitfield (authentic cowboy songs); Gary Meyers (solo gypsy flamenco guitar)

Menu: Salad: Organic mixed garden baby lettuces, Roma tomato, goat cheese and herb vinaigrette with thyme baguette; Entree options: Roasted, certified black angus prime rib of beef with natural jus...Pan-seared West Coast salmon with lemon-chive beurre blanc, fresh seasonal vegetables and a potato...Grilled vegetable strudel with smoked gouda cream...all entrees accompanied with rolls and butter; Dessert: "Brown Palace Jewel," chocolate mousse with lemon and vanilla bean creme brulee

Attendance: 200

Attire: Business formal/cocktail/blacktie


Event Coordinator: Jennifer Lane

Planning Committee: Jennifer Lane, Julie Faux, Phyllis Eveleigh, Tony Willemse

Board of Directors: Jim Eckhardt, Elizabeth Grice, Simon Melser, Julie Faux, Phyllis Eveleigh, Jennifer Lane

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Board members Simon Melser (left) and Jennifer Lane with MaxFund founder Bill Suro.
Board members Simon Melser (left) and Jennifer Lane with MaxFund founder Bill Suro.

Attend an event at The Brown Palace and you know you’re in for top-dog amenities. Add a terrific silent auction and appearances by cute, cuddly canines, and it’s sure to be a howling success. On Oct. 17, a genial pack of 200 animal lovers gathered for the 21st annual Puttin' On the Max dinner gala to support no-kill animal shelter MaxFund.

Colorado State Representative Wes McKinley and Billy Whitfield sang and strummed cowboy tunes during a cocktail hour that featured a spectrum of silent-auction treats. Gary Meyers followed up, performing a set of solo, gypsy-flamenco guitar music. Guests adjourned to a sit-down feast in the ballroom, where Altitude TV’s Kyle Keefe presided over the evening’s activities as emcee and Denver Deputy Mayor Bill Vidal addressed the group with an anecdote about his own dog. Michael House handled spirited bids for five live-auction items: a complete "night on the town," two Frontier Airlines tickets, a tour of CBS4 with Ed Greene, a Carmelo Anthony-autographed basketball and a Joe Sakic jersey. One lucky raffle winner walked away with an all-inclusive sunny, seven-day getaway to Cozumel. MaxFund’s "Golden Paws" awards went to volunteers Donna Ryan and Donna Cashen, foster coordinators, as well as arson-sniffing “fire dog” Sadie, a valued member of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation team.

Shining stars of the evening were shelter dogs in search of a loving home, spotlighted in a pet parade with the proud pooches strutting their stuff on the “catwalk.” Lovable Millie pulled at heartstrings as she happily greeted guests, traversing the hotel with a cart device to fill in for her disabled back legs. Adorable Max, Gemini and foster dog Millie also upped the “cuteness” factor, each one with personality-plus. Event coordinator and board member Jennifer Lane said, “Puttin’ On the Max is our largest fundraiser of the year in terms of generating the most revenue. It’s super important, because our mission is to take in animals that are sick and injured, which means our medical bills are so much higher than other shelters.”

MaxFund was founded in 1988 to provide medical care for injured cats and dogs with no known owners and to find new homes for the animals once they have recovered. MaxFund is a true no-kill shelter committed to goals that include developing and implementing educational programs pertaining to animal care, with emphasis on the importance of spaying and neutering. Staff members and volunteers are dedicated to be a voice for the animals on issues of animal welfare. To learn about volunteer opportunities, call 303-595-3824. Visit for more information about the shelter, the organization and animal adoptions.


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