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March 13, 2010 - HOPE Center Lights The Streets of Downtown Denver

What: HOPE Center Presents Vintage Vegas Million Lights of HOPE

Where: The Sherman Event Center, 1770 Sherman St, Denver CO 80202

When: Saturday, March 13, 2010

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: General Admission $75, VIP Admission $125

Beneficiary: Adult and Youth Disabilities

EMCEE: Gloria Neal - CBS4 Commentator/Special Assignment

Executive Director: Gerie Grimes

Staff: Cassandra Johnson, Business Manager; Andi Fishman, ECE Program Coordinator; Bruce Duran, Development Director, Otis Preston, Vocational Program Coordinator

Catering: Michael's of Denver

Entertainment: The Hot Lunch Band

Sponsors: Major Sponsor: Bacardi USA, Marcia's Costumes. Card Sharp Sponsors: Gay & Lesbian Fund, PCL Construction Enterprises, Wells Fargo Bank, Bieber Foundation, AUM Framing & Gallery. High "HOPES" Sponsor: Metropolitan State College of Denver, UPS-United Parcel Service. Gaming Table Sponsors: Center for African American Health, Deep Green Lawn Care, Paster Kamp, Forest City Stapleton, BIT Computer, Exceed Inc.

Auctioneer: Norm Silver

Menu: Quiche bites, gingered pork potstickers, shrimp spring rolls, Beef empanadas, sausage stuffed mushrooms, artichoke dip, compresse, coconut chicken bites, petite dessert assortment

Attendance: 300

Attire: Black Tie Preferred and 1920s Vintage Dress

Special Thanks: Mrs. Colorado, Megan Yarberry


Board of Directors: C.T. Smith, Chairperson; Sid Davidson, Vice Chairperson; Max Skidmore, Treasurer; Dr. Barbara Batey, Secretary; Dr. John Fischer; Charles Leali and Jon Hanson

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Black

 Hope Center Executive Director, Gerie Grimes with Mrs. Colorado, Megan Yarberry at the HOPE Center Vintage Vegas Night
Hope Center Executive Director, Gerie Grimes with Mrs. Colorado, Megan Yarberry at the HOPE Center Vintage Vegas Night

The Hope Center held its fifth annual Vintage Vegas night at the Sherman Event Center on March 13, 2010. This year's event was even more glamourous and dazzling as many guests arrived in the most fabulous vintage costumes looking like they stepped right out of the roaring '20s. 


Marcia's Costumes, one of the event sponsors provided the fun costumes. The ladies wore feathers, headbands, pearls and fringe while the gents dawned flashy pinstriped suits and classic fedoras.  It didn't take much imagination to think one was back in Vintage Vegas, complete with roulette tables, poker tables and the sound of rolling dice at the craps tables. And of course there were cocktails and a fine buffet provided by Michael's of Denver.


Guests cruised the silent auction items, bidding on some very colorful and sweet artistic creations made by the children at the Hope Center, some fun family packages and many fine dining packages. The Hot Lunch Band provided the background music as well as some lively dance music to entertain guests throughout the evening. 


Gloria Neal with CBS4 was back to emcee the event this year. Gloria, along with Hope Center's Executive Director Gerie Grimes, welcomed the guests and gave a special thanks to the sponsors and supporters. Mrs. Colorado, Megan Yarberry was also in attendance to add to the glamour of the evening as well as assist auctioneer Norm Silver with the live auction.


With all of the razzle and dazzle of the evening, the main purpose of this fun Vegas night was to raise awareness and to raise funds for the HOPE Center, providing 48 years of service to special-needs and at-risk children & adults.


Hope Center is a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted children, individuals with developmental disabilities and developmental delays, at-risk and persons in need of specialized vocational or educational services. These services are provided in order to develop, maintain, and enhance the functioning of each enrollee. The philosophy of service is to admit individuals to programs within the agency which meet their needs and requirements as specifically as possible.


Hope offers the following programs:  

  • Toddler Program: 2-1/2 to 3 years
  • Preschool: ages 3 to 5 years
  • Colorado Preschool Program: ages 3 to 5
  • Hope Academy Gifted Preschool: ages 3 to 4
  • Hope Academy Gifted Kindergarten: ages 3 to 8 
  • Child Care: ages 2-1/2 to 8 
  • Rehabilitation and Supportive Employment: ages 18 and older
  • Work Activities Program
  • Basic Skills Program  

For more information about the services at Hope Center, please visit their website at

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