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March 06, 2010 - RMCMA's Crescendo!

What: 4th Annual Gala Benefit for the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

Where: Renaissance Suites Hotel, Broomfield, CO

When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Tickets are $70 per person

Beneficiary: Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts

EMCEE: Mike Hooker of CBS4 Northern Newsroom

Founders: Peggy Bruns and Kathy Kucsan

Co-Chair(s): Pris Walker and Louise Christopher

Executive Director: Catherine Underhill

Committee Members: Louise Christopher, Pris Walker, Carol Ackerman, Gaby Bottcher, Peggy Bruns, Miriam Champness, Shelley Hitchcock, Jane Houssiere, Jane Lippman, Jenny Meyer, Dorothy Myers, Maria Wyshak

Catering: Renaissance Suites Hotel

Entertainment: Casey R., Zac Garcia, Marcelo Sanches, Mountain Music Duo, RMCMA Jazz Combo

Sponsors: Renaissance Suites Hotel at Flatirons, Pasta Jay's, The Law Offices of Julia M. Knearl, Brighton Cardiology, Palace Construction, Mehaffy, Brubaker & Ernst, Faegre & Benson, LLP, BME Federal Credit Union, Integrity Arts, Doty, Lyle and Jones, Superior Liquor, Lafayette Music, Indulge Bakery, Playfair Toys

Gala Production: Bolder Events

Menu: Spinach salad with pears, candied walnuts, feta & balsamic vinaigrette, chicken picatta with onion risotto cake and seasonal vegetables with selection of wines

Attire: Cocktail

Special Thanks: The nearly 100 businesses & individuals that donated to the silent auction

Board of Directors: Victoria Marschner, President, John Bernhard, David Brunel, Bob Bunting, Roger Davidson, Kitty Dawson, Elizabeth Dodds, Norma Eckstrand, Mike Gallucci, Gordon Gamm, Louise Grauer, Marny Harris, Doree Hickman, Shelley Hitchcock, Connie Holden, Madeleine Holland, Jane Houssiere, Jon Hurd, Caryl Kassoy, Kathy Kucsan (ex-officio), Glenn Lenzen, Jane Lippmann, Ron Manka, Jacquie McKenna, Christopher Mueller, Maryann Ruck, Firuzeh Saidi, Timothy Schoechle, Walter Sharp, Alden Sherman, TK Smith, Gordon Ward, Mary Jo White, Jim Williams

Blacktie Photos by: Dan Khadem

 Stanley Guralnick, Victoria Marschner and Janette McKinny
Stanley Guralnick, Victoria Marschner and Janette McKinny

"Music for all...for life!™" This is the vision of the Rocky Mountain Center for the Musical Arts. Saturday's fifth annual "Crescendo!" benefit was the first year since the RMCMA merged with the Colorado Music Festival (CMF).

"Together we will pursue our mission of inspiring and connecting community members of all ages by providing access to the best of the world's music through education and performance," said Crescendo co-chairs Louise Christopher and Pris Walker. Saturday's event was an astounding success for pushing forward their combined mission.

Over 100 businesses and individuals contributed to the silent auction. The auctioned items were presented in adjacent rooms for guests. Bids were placed while enjoying live performances by Nancy Brace and RMCMA students.

After the silent auction, guests were seated in the main ballroom for dinner. Mike Hooker, former student of RMCMA and the Northern Newsroom Reporter of CBS4 began the dinner with a welcome and introductions. The guests were treated to a video of Michael Christie, Music Director for the Colorado Music Festival.

Following the video, guests enjoyed live musical performances. Five-year old Casey charmed the crowd with her violin and vocal version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." This was followed by alumnus Zac Garcia and current student Casey Rosenberg. Emcee Mike Hooker interluded by talking about the importance of the program. With the encouragement of Zac Garcia, supporters raised their bidding numbers to pledge thousands of dollars in generous contributions to the program. The generous support of RMCMA's business partners was acknowledged, followed by more live performances from Marcelo Sanches, the Mountain Music Duo and the RMCMA Jazz Combo. The guests were delighted to see Mike Hooker, the emcee of the evening join in on the closing musical performance.

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