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October 19, 2009 - Get Ready to Dine & D'art

What: Kickoff party for ArtReach's signature Dine & D'art event

Where: Egg & Dart, Ltd. at the Denver Design Center

When: Monday October 19, 2009

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Ticket Prices: complimentary

Beneficiary: ArtReach

Honoree(s): Adam Lerner

Honorary Chairperson(s): Mary Caulkins

Co-Chair(s): Marc Cutilletta, Nancy Cole and Karye Wilhelm

Committee Members: Marc Cutilletta, Nancy Cole, Karye Wilhelm, Christine Kennedy, Noelle Riccardella, Jean Bushong, Ellen Gysin, Cindy Hayes, Carrie Loeffler, Alexandra Hoy, Ronda Phillips, Tina McKeever, Tricia Schmuki, Molly Ross, Carol Dawson, Dean Prina, Joe McCormack, Molly Ross, Terry Nelson, Denise Seery, Jamie Neuhart, Barrett Miller, Alicia Goranson, Karla Johnson-Grimes

Staff: Karla Johnson-Grimes, Sarah Gulinska, Tricia Schmuki and Nick Brushaber

Sponsors: Denver Magazine, ABC Custom Framing, Sam's #3, Wine Source, Egg & Dart, LTD. and Cimarex Sprint Press, Mercedes Benz of Littleton, Delta Construction, ABC Custom Framing, Pure Vida

Attire: business casual

Board of Directors: Marc Cutilletta, President; Nancy Cole, President-Elect; Jean Bushong, Treasurer; Cindy Bell, Secretary; Additional board members: Noelle Riccardella, Kevin Fonk, Adriene Callahan, Voradel Carey, Cindy Hayes, Ellen Guysin, Alexandra Hoy, Molly Ross, and Terry Nelson

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Yuthas

 Honorary chairperson Mary Caulkins (left), Jamie Harris, Karl Kister, Leanna Harris and honoree Adam Lerner
Honorary chairperson Mary Caulkins (left), Jamie Harris, Karl Kister, Leanna Harris and honoree Adam Lerner

On Monday, October 18th local artists, designers and philantropists got a sneak preview of the highly-coveted artwork featured at ArtReach Denver's 2010 signature Dine & D'Art event. The evening was a fashionable kick off that included hors d'oeuvres, wine sampling and an opportunity to purchase presale tickets to the event. Dine & D'art offers tickets for $400 per couple for not only a lively social event and dinner, but also, to take home an original piece of art that evening. Denver artists donate each of the pieces of artwork, each appraised at $400 or more. Guests have the opportunity to shop and explore the art all evening, then on que they dart to their favorite piece of art, and the first person to reach each piece gets to take home that piece. Hence, "dine & d'art." It's a blacktie affair, but it is suggested attendees wear the proper dashing footwear: tennis shoes. Custom, handpainted tennis shoes are available through ArtReach for only $75. Now that's a haute way to accessorize.

The evening benefits the art programs offered through ArtReach. Their mission is to "change lives through the arts by providing access to arts and clultural experiences for underserved and at-risk people of all ages." ArtReach and their supporting organizations and donors strive to take down barriers so that everyone in the Denver community can open their eyes and their perspectives through art and culture without being held back by financial, phyisical, emotional or mental limitations.

ArtReach reaches more than 60,000 people annually through its programs. The Community Tickets program annually distributes over $1,000,0000 arts and cultural event tickets to 50,000 at-risk and underserved individuals and families.  The programs reaches populations through 170 members (nonprofit
and schools), and is a community outreach arm for more than 100 local cultural, historic and scientific organizations that donate tickets for distribution to populations they don't often reach.  The Arts Benefiting
Kids program brings multi-disciplinary arts learning to workshops, performances and tours and transportation to local museums and cultural centers.  The program is provided through partnerships with more than 75 cultural performance organizations, professional artists, and museums that present, instruct or provide tours for the program.  ArtReach contracts with professional teaching artists/performers to bring kids meaningful and quality art experiences, and a strong commitments to each participant.  The
Arts Express program provides individuals and families with free and safe transportation to events.  Camp ArtReach is an 11-week visual and performing arts summer camp.



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