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November 19, 2009 - The Adoption Exchange Honors Ron & Nastassja Zappolo

What: Fantasy Ball fundraiser for Adoption Exchange programs

Where: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA

When: Saturday, November 21, 2009

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Sponsorships: $3,000-$30,000

Mistress of Ceremonies: Brooke Wagner, CBS4

Master of Ceremonies: Tom Mustin, CBS4

Honoree(s): Ron & Nastassja Zappolo

Presenting Sponsor(s): Regal Entertainment Group

Gala Chairperson(s): Brad and Carol McNealy

Co-Chair(s): Vice Chairs: BJ Dyer and Guenther Vogt

Executive Director: Dixie van de Flier Davis

Committee Members: Sponsorship Committee: Larry Barnaby, David Christofferson, John Coffman, Paul Egan, Candis Goins, Rich Harris, Pam Kiker, Susan Larkin, Pat McDonnell, Brad McNealy, Joe Miller, Ray Nutt, Melissa Peden, Janet Perlstein, Edward Rand, Marj Soldan, Elaine Torres, David Zinger. Auction Committee: Dale Pope, Laura Boggs, Judi Butt, RoxAnne Capstick, Jane Christie, Marcia Christofferson, Laura Falkenberg, Jill DiPasquale, April Gomez, Susan Gorman, Lisa Harris, Lorin Haube, Susan Larkin, Carol McNealy, Hillery Meier, Jane Moe, Feona Mulholland, Teri Newland, Penny Newton, Jen Pauls, Janet Perlstein, Rhonda Schneider, Jamee Smith, Stanton Sobol, Marj Soldan, Eva Spain, Jackie Walden, Vicky Winterscheidt, Nastassja Zappolo.

Staff: Jacki Propernick, VP of Development; Laura Lemon, Colorado Director of Development; Robin Parks, Manager of Volunteer Services

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: singer and songwriter Kelley Hunt

Sponsors: Dinner Sponsor: Regal Entertainment Group; Platinum Sponsor: Padgett Family Foundation; Auction Sponsor: Wendy's; Gold Sponsors: Fandango, Grills Family Foundation, Brad & Carol McNealy; Silver Sponsors: Larry & Jill DiPasquale, Jeremy & Angie Flug, Masque Publishing, Midtown Occupational Health Services, P.C., MillerCoors, REA Development Corporation, Mark and Marianna Tanguay, UPS, Wells Fargo Bank, Ron and Nastassja Zappolo; Bronze Sponsors: American Exteriors, Bernstein Global Wealth Management, CBS4, David Hicks Lampert Brokerage, Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP, FirstBank, The Harris Law Firm, P.C., Heritage Title Company, Hein & Associates LLP, The Kiker Team, Keller Williams Realty DTC (2), Liberty Acquisitions, Lottner Rubin Fishman Brown & Saul, P.C., Masters Gallery, McDonnell Family Foundation, National CineMedia, Oster Jewelers, Jerre & Mary Joy Stead, Steele Street Bank & Trust, Variety Club of Colorado, Venoco, Inc., Wendy's.

Quote of the evening: "There are just too many kids without families."--co-chair Brad McNealy

Menu: Roasted beet and poached pear salad, rustic Epicurean bread basket, Tuscan braised short rib, creamy Marscapone Polena, carrots in a rosemary demi sauce, pumpkin New York flavored cheesecake

Attendance: 500

Attire: Black tie invited or optional

Board of Directors: Chairman: Ray Nutt, Regal Entertainment Group; Vice-Chairman: Brad McNealy, Edgemark Development, LLC; Treasurer: Paul Egan, Community Leader; Larry Barnaby, Loudmouth Media, LLC; Craig Barnes, Media Marketing, Inc.; David Christofferson, Plexus Capital, LLC; John Coffman, Carlson Wagonlit Travel; Candis Goins, Wendy’s International; Richard A. Harris, The Harris Law Firm, P.C.; Jamie Jackson, UnitedHealth Group; Greg Karl, Epicurean Culinary Group; Pam Kiker - Past Chair, Keller Williams Realty DTC LLC; Susan Larkin, The Eye Center; Pat McDonnell, McDonnell Family Foundation; Joe Miller, Steele Street State Bank; Dan Minnick, Rent Media Solutions; Melissa Peden, CoBiz, Inc.; Edward J. Rand, American Exteriors, Inc.; Marjorie Soldan, New England Financial; Larry Walker - Past Chairman, Community Leader; David Zinger - Past Chairman, Masque Publishing, Inc.; Elaine Torres, KCNC News 4; *Honorary Directors: Tangy Buchanan, Community Leader; Larry DiPasquale, Epicurean Culinary Group; Jeremy Flug, Gulfco, Ltd.; Elaine Gantz-Berman, Community Leader; Marlene Krell, Krell Family Foundation; Jane Moe, Community Leader; Roger Ogden, Community Leader; James Padgett, Padgett Family Foundation; Marv Rockford, Community Leader; Executive Director: Dixie van de Flier Davis, Ed.D., The Adoption Exchange; General Counsel: Janet Perlstein, Lottner, Rubin, Fishman, Brown & Saul, P.C.; Thomas Grisley, Esq.

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Honorees Ron and Nastassja Zappolo
Honorees Ron and Nastassja Zappolo

129,000 children are awaiting adoptive homes in America. That means no Santa coming down the chimney; no laughter at the dinner table; no baseball games or family dog or a kiss goodnight. Things many of us take for granted, and no child should be without.

Nastassja Zappolo knows what it's like to grow up awaiting adoption to a loving family. That is why she gives tirelessly of her time, talents and resources to ensure that as many kids as possible do not have to endure what she had to endure during her childhood. Her dedication and tenacity were acknowledged and honored at this year's Adoption Exchange Fantasy Ball, entitled "You are the Missing Piece."

More than 500 people converged at the Seawell Ballroom Saturday night, but it was a cohesive and friendly crowd. Emcees Tom Mustin and Brooke Wagner of CBS4 expertly guided the program, which included a few words from board chair Ray Nutt and event co-chair Brad McNealy, a lively paddle raiser involving the McNealys and vice-chairs BJ Dyer and Guenther Vogt (who outdid themselves with gorgeous centerpieces and flower arrangements throughout the the room), an upbeat auction byTerry Wiedeman and a few words from Executive Director, Dr. Dixie van de Flier Davis. Ron and Nastassja Zappolo received the Wednesday's Child Award, and the well-known news and sportscaster quipped upon taking the stage, "I'm not usually accustomed to public speaking...."  Nastassja spoke direcrly from her heart directly to the hearts of all in the room as she described her wish to make sure as many children as possible were in loving and caring homes. "Thank you for loving the children and opening your hearts," she told the crowd. The end of the evening segued into some sultry blues by popular songstress Kelley Hunt, providing a perfect finish to a perfect evening.

From the puzzle pieces expertly placed in the flower arrangements to the little cookie puzzle pieces in the dessert, "You are the Missing Piece" had a special balance and flourish to it from beginning to end. The goal of the event is to raise funds so that children will have a place in the world. As one child, recently adopted, said to her new mother: "You did not give birth to me, but you brought me into this world."

The Adoption Exchange is a non-profit child welfare organization founded in 1983 to work for safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. Initially an exchange point for caseworkers to discuss placement of children with families seeking to adopt in the Rocky Mountain region, the organization has grown considerably over the years and now impacts national trends in child welfare, employs over fifty paid staff and counts on scores of volunteers to carry out its mission.

Headquartered in Colorado, The Adoption Exchange offices now operate in Missouri, Utah, New Mexico and Nevada. Oklahmoa, South Dakota and Wyoming are also participating member states, and The Adoption Exchange's National Education Center has established a national presence.

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