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February 19, 2010 - SafeHouse Denver and the Puksta Foundation celebrate New Orleans style

What: 'The Fourth Annual Mile High Mardi Gras Event to Benefit SafeHouse Denver and the Puksta Foundation

Where: Parkside Mansion, 1859 York Street Denver, CO 80206

When: Friday, February 19, 2010

Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $45 per person; $80 for two

Beneficiary: SafeHouse Denver and the Puksta Foundation

Executive Director: Victoria A. McVicker, CEO, SafeHouse Denver, John Mulstay, Director, Puksta Foundation

Committee Members: Monica Denler, John Mulstay, Steve Harris, Brad Smith and Jaclyn Snyder

Catering: Chad’s Grill

Entertainment: David "DJPSYCHO" Lopez

Sponsors: Coors Light

Board of Directors: SafeHouse Denver Board of Directors; Victoria McVicker, CEO, Oscar Martinez, Chair, Monica Denler, Chair-Elect, Kristi Palmer, Past-Chair, Scott Browning, Donna Goldin Evans, Stephanie Feuer, Julie Mansfield, Brad Smith, Carrie Wernecke, Debbie Zuege

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Puksta scholars and future community leaders
Puksta scholars and future community leaders

By Marcelo Mainzer 

Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Outside the Parkside Mansion, at 1859 York Street in Denver, it was snowy Colorado. Inside, however, it was warm and steamy New Orleans. Guests of SafeHouseDenver and The Puksta Foundation joined to celebrate Mardi Gras and raise awareness for both organizations.
Since 1977, SafeHouse Denver has operated the only shelter in the City and County of Denver that exclusively serves victims of domestic violence. SafeHouse also runs a non-residential counseling & advocacy center where they provide support services to women and children experiencing intimate partner violence who don't need emergency housing.
The SafeHouse mission statement: “SafeHouse Denver assists women, children, and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence.”
SafeHouse's shelter has 26 beds plus cribs, serving more than 340 women and children in a typical year. In addition, SafeHouse serves hundreds more women and children through non-residential services. More than just keeping women and children safe, SafeHouse services include individual counseling, advocacy support groups, legal assistance and referrals to other services.
The Puksta Foundation is a non-profit, educational foundation. The mission of the Puksta Foundation is to provide the opportunity for Colorado students to pursue a college education and to develop a commitment to citizenship, leadership and civic engagement. The Foundation encourages scholars to be engaged in the community and to commit time and energy to the betterment of Colorado. Two of the organizations that foundation scholars have volunteered with are Foothills United Way and CU Volunteer Clearing House.
Just like on the streets of New Orleans, guests’ modes of dress ranged from the casual jeans and shirts to the most elegant of gowns. The sumptuous rooms of the mansion were alive with talk and laughter. Two wet bars kept the thirsty crowd satisfied and DJ David "Psycho" Lopez kept the music hot and bluesy.
The next, not to be missed, event is the 2010 SafeHouse Denver Gala SomeEnchanted Evening, on October 2, 2010. Mark your calendars and join us at Infinity Park Event Center.  Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, an elegant dinner prepared by Catering by Design, fabulous live and silent auctions, dancing and exciting games of chance! 
Lets put our minds together and see what kind of life we can make for our children.
Sitting Bull

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