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February 27, 2010 - The 3rd Celebration of the Heart for Community Ministry

What: Community Ministry of Southwest Denver

Where: El Jebel Shrine Center

When: Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $25 per person, $250 for table of ten

EMCEE: Susan Castillo

Honorary Chairperson(s): Anne Trujillo

Committee Members: Joyce Neufeld, Karen Hamell, Larry Bartz, Mark Vickstrom, Susan Castillo, Davida Gonzales, Jerry Docherty.

Catering: Nuevo Cuisine

Entertainment: Prestige

Of note: Special thanks to Jim Brenneman

Sponsors: Clark & Ann Rose Family; Mark Vickstrom Family; St. Francis Cabrini Parish, 1st Bank; Turner Public Relations, NetSource, Gwen Marshall

Attendance: 200 +

Attire: Business Casual

Special Thanks: Volunteers, Sir Speedy in Englewood, Hanbery and Habery Associates for video production.

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Eunice and Jim Brenneman
Eunice and Jim Brenneman

The El Jebel Shrine Center is tucked away like a hidden ornament that sparkles when the lights come on. So it was for an evening of community gathering, fundraising, fine food and dancing at the 3rd Annual Celebration of the Heart event given by the Community Ministry. The many supporters danced, laughed and enjoyed themselves throughout the evening's festivities.

The ballroom was set up with tables of ten and the tables were full. Friends and neighbors, volunteers and supporters of the Community Ministry joyfully gathered to raise funds for their food bank. The mission of the Ministry is simple: to meet the basic needs of qualified people in Southwest Denver who are experiencing economic hardships and related problems. The course of action used to accomplish this mission is through their food bank, school supply drives and holiday food boxes each year.

Before the food and dancing revved up supporters partook of the hundreds of donated silent auction items. Tables and tables were filled with stuffed animals, wine baskets, autographed sports memorbilia, fine art, jewelry, imported scarves, cheese baskets, dance lessons, dinners and, ballet and symphony tickets. Joyce Neufeld, staff member and event coordinator, commented happily,  "There are over 260 auction items this year, it's been a record year."

Anne Trujillo, the award winning 7News journalist is a proud supporter of the Food Bank and was there to give appreciation to every one who works and volunteers for the organization all year. She thanked every one for being there and for their support of the Community Ministry, and for their much needed contributions to the folks of Southwest Denver.

As the chocolate covered strawberries disappeared, the fiesty crowd was ready to shake a leg when the band Prestige began to play. Let's just say it was a room full of dancers and they tore up the dance floor for the next two hours. The floor was moving and grovin' as the jaunty, jazz group played soul, rythmn & blues, oldies but goodies, and country tunes to-two-step-to.  Whoever won the diamond in the raffle couldn't have left with a bigger smile than all the happy dancers who seemed to love every song from every era.

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