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February 20, 2010 - Bingo Ball: Not Your Grandmother's Fundraiser

What: Annual fundraiser for Howard Dental Center

Where: Mile High Station

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual: $125; Young professional: $75; Patron: $175; Host Table: $1,000; Patron Host Table: $1,400

Beneficiary: Patients needing dental care

EMCEE: Mike Nelson, Channel 7's Chief Meteorologist

Executive Director: Ernest Duff

Committee Members: Brenda Ayala, Nicole Ayala, Richard Chan, Clay Cousins, Debbie Gray, Julie Himelstieb, Heather Hutchinson, Janel Loud-Mahany, Lara Makinen, Kelly McClure, Michael Meis, Karol Miodonski, Christiana Nelson, Cindy Nelson, Jennifer Solms, Christopher Walker

President(s): Christopher Walker

Staff: Dr. Joan Grcevic, D.D.S., Dental Director; David T. Zamboni, R.D.H., Dental Hygienist; Mercy Diaz, EDDA, Chair-side Assistant; Lydia Perez – Dental Assistant; Hazel Ann Harris - Medical Case Manager; Mary Salsich - Development Director

Catering: Lifestyles Catering

Entertainment: Bingo with Nuclia Waste

Sponsors: Anthem, 1st Bank, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, COPIC, 7 News, Peebles Prosthetics

Quote of the evening: "The strawberry shortcake is soooo good I wanted to take my clothes off to eat it."

Menu: Chicken cordon bleu w/ white wine mushroom cream sauce, Grilled beef tenderloin medallions with fennel & dijon mustard, Dill roasted baby red potatoes, Cedar plank grilled vegetables w/ balsamic drizzle. Strawberry shortcake martinis and chocolate covered brownies.

Attendance: 300

Attire: "Sassy, stunning and spectacular"

Special Thanks: to Peebles Prostheics for donating the red eco bags

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Scallops wrapped in bacon; bleu cheese mousse with dried cherry relish & fresh steamed asparagus; prosciutto wrapped melon; smoked salmon crustini w/ lemon cream cheese & fresh dill, deviled eggs

Event Coordinator: Mary Salsich

Board of Directors: Joseph F. Mauro, HDC Board President, Fundraising Consultant/Community Activist; Christopher Walker, HDC Board Vice President, Senior Counsel, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; John A. Serfling, HDC Board Secretary, Xcel Energy, retired; Michael R. Strand, HDC Board Treasurer, Corporate Counsel, Vail Resorts; Ernest Duff, HDC Executive Director; Gerald Borden, Client Representative; David Bryant, Student, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine; Natalie Frei, Deputy State Public Defender, Denver Trial Office; Kari Hartel, Client Representative; James Jenkins, Student, Community Volunteer; Judith Jung, Vice President, Arcus Financial Bank; Janel Loud-Mahany, Underwriter, COPIC Insurance; Ronald VanWechel, DDS, Private Practice Dentist, Colorado Cosmetic Dentistry.

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Dr. Christopher Ott, left, Dr. Marty Yussman, Dr. David Wagner, Jeremy Simons
Dr. Christopher Ott, left, Dr. Marty Yussman, Dr. David Wagner, Jeremy Simons

Sweets and Divas on a Saturday Night

No one really likes to visit the dentist, but if you are living with HIV/AIDS and have trouble receiving dental care, going to the dentist can be a blessing, and Howard Dental Center makes sure this is possible for hundreds of patients.

Howard Dental Center began as a collaborative effort between dentists and dental educators who were concerned about the lack of oral health services available for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Center began seeing HIV+ patients on December 16, 1994. On an annual basis, they perform close to 6,000 dental procedures and treat 450 patients.

Howard Dental Center was named in memory of Dr. John Howard, who was one of the first dentists in the community to treat patients with HIV and AIDS.

Dr. Howard would have been pleased Saturday night. It was an over the top, splendicious night for people who care. The 2010 Bingo Ball was a smashing success while hosting divas, enthusiastic patrons, generous sponsors and hundreds of auction items including trips to Costa Rica, New Orleans, San Diego, an African Safari and a tour of Denver's Channel 7 television station.

Bingo is simply not bingo without Denver's best dressed diva, Nuclia Waste. She entertained with ribald laughter, jokes and, certainly not a person left Mile High Station without one good belly laugh.

For the large crowd Mile High Station capably housed the 300 + guests and used the entire second floor as a stage for auction items. Who has ever seen so many donated auction items at a fundraiser? Kudos to the committee who rounded up the top notch money making books, art, baskets, vacations, spa days, athletic clubs, jewelry, and much, much more. Seems no door was shut in the face of this timely and essential organization.

Although it was blowing snow outside, not even that could keep good people away from the 2010 Bingo Ball. Guests left with a red eco shopping bag containing toothpaste (what else?) and the latest copy of Colorado Homes and Lifestyle magazine. Whadayawanna bet,  the smart ones snuck a chocolate covered brownie or two into their roomy bag.

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