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October 23, 2009 - Fashion Group International of Denver RISING STAR 2009

What: FGI of Denver's 5th Biannual signature fundraiser will salute emerging new designers throughout Colorado in several categories in Academy Awards style and...THE Rising Star 2009 will be announced.

Where: Mercedes-Benz of Westminster

When: Friday, October 23, 2009

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Glamour Patron $250 premier seating, name in program,Starlight Lounge; Style Siren $125 designated seating area; Fashionista $75 seating; Chic Attendee $50 general admission

Beneficiary: Fashion Group International of Denver

Mistress of Ceremonies: Jacquie Palisi

Honoree(s): Julie Hill and Lisa Welch, Born Fit; Stephanie Ohnmacht, Smooch; Susan Kiely, Women with a Cause; Maureen de Haan, Denver Couture; Phoebe Stapleton, Sierra Designs; Rustin Coburn and Noah Price, DVLP Clothing; Holli Gibson, LamanBlu; Eulanda Sanders, Yo-San Studio; Andrea Li, Andrea Li Designs; Mona Ludero, Mona Lucero; and Jean Connolly, Vintage Renewal.

Presenting Sponsor(s): Mercedes-Benz of Westminster, Outlets of Colorado, Occasions by Sandy

Gala Chairperson(s): Scottie Taylor-Iverson

Honorary Chairperson(s): Frances Owens, former First Lady of Colorado, and her daughter, Monica

Founders: March 1958 by Gretchen Weber

Committee Members: Programming, Rosemary Anna; Membership, Celine Sabo; Membership, Wendy Weil; Education, Vicki Nolan; Career Day, Carol Engel- Enright; Nominating, Janet Wagner; Publications, Maggie Burns; Publicity, Jenny Baker Strasburg; Publicity, Nadine Mantooth; Public Relations, Scottie Taylor-Iverson; Website, Ray Higgins; Historian, Leann Nelson

Catering: Occasions by Sandy

Event Coordinator: Scottie Taylor Iverson

Executive Producer(s): Stu Wyatt, Stu Wyatt Productions

Board of Directors: Regional director, Bea Khan Wilhite; Regional Director-elect, Scottie Taylor-Iverson; Treasurer, Stephan Replin; Treasurer-elect, Linda Jennings; Treasurer-elect, Davene Coutts; Secretary, Nathalia Faribault; Secretary-elect, Holly Nitsche

Blacktie Photos by: Jim Turley

 Monica Owens, left, with Cyndy Everett and former First Lady Frances Owens.
Monica Owens, left, with Cyndy Everett and former First Lady Frances Owens.


More than 250 high-fashion supporters descended upon Mercedes-Benz of Westminster for this year's Rising Star Awards Gala, Friday night, October 23rd.  Eleven Rising Stars were honored, plus David Jacobs of Spyder Active Sports was given the STAR LEGEND award.


The biannual Rising Star Awards Gala, is modeled after that of its parent chapter in New York City.  This glamorous event salutes outstanding new individuals in fashion, selecting among candidates who have been in business for no more than five years.   Showcase and selection of winners is based upon creativity and originality, quality and construction, balance and timelessness in the collection, proven business success and soundness of business plan.

Fashion Group International (FGI) is a non-profit association of  professional executives worldwide, promoting the advancement of careers in the fashion and related lifestyle industries.  FGI Denver organized its chapter in 1958 and is rapidly approaching its 50th anniversary in the community.  Of the 42 chapters around the world, Denver is an award-winning chapter that has been recognized yearly for its outstanding leadership in member support and special events.  The Denver chapter is also recognized within the metro area for its support of the fashion industry and the people who bring it to life.

As a non-profit organization, FGI Denver hosts  events and programs that help the community at large,  bringing together speakers and industry leaders to address the state of business in  retailing, cosmetics, health and beauty, accessories, apparel, home décor, marketing/communications, publishing, international trade/development as well as sociological trends.  The group gives back to the community through events such as clothing drives that provide support to well-deserving community services.

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