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May 06, 2010 - Sunset in Boots & Bling for the ALS Association

What: An evening dinner and silent auction to raise money for The ALS Association - Rocky Mountain Chapter

Where: The Fort Restaurant, Morrison

When: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $125 per person

Beneficiary: The ALS Association - Rocky Mountain Chapter

Master of Ceremonies: Bill Clarke

Executive Director: Pamela Rush-Negri

President(s): Marty Skolnick

Entertainment: Flamenco guitar and dance by Vicente and Churumbela

Menu: Grilled salmon filet, teriyaki marinated quail, bacon wrapped garlic cilantro chicken, buffalo prime rib with au jus and horseradish, sherry and garlic sauteed button and shiitake mushrooms, damiana herbed wild rice, fresh milled seasonal cheese grits, fresh seasonal vegetables, fresh baked breads and muffins; Fort cheesecake, chocolate chili bourbon cake, Vera's carmel canola blonde brownie

Attire: Western wear

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Hot sausage bean dip with tortilla chips, imported and domestic cheese platter, peanut butter and mango stuffed jalapeno escabeche, duck quesadillas, smoked salmon on a petit potato pancake, petit buffalo gyro with cucumber tzatziki, bison sausage wrapped quail eggs with raspberry jalapeno jam

Planning Committee: Pam Rush-Negri, Executive Director; Leslie Ryan, Patient Services Director; Suzanne Schrag, Patient Services Coordinator; Tiffany Pittman, Development and Marketing Associate; Janet Kawamura, Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors: Marty Skolnick, President: Robert L. Behrens, Vice President; Chris Setter, Treasurer; Mark Williams, Secretary; Tom Carley, Past President; Brian Cook, Director; Kevin Corley, Director; Payman Farrokhyar; Renata Hewett, Director; Scott C. Mitchell, Director; Mike Newman, Director; Yvonne Rollins M.D., Director; Josh Rudin, Director; Allen Shaw, Director

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Pamela Rush-Negri, ALS Executive Director, left, Marty Skolnick, ALS board president, Tom Ryan, Leslie Ryan, Patient Services Director greet guests
Pamela Rush-Negri, ALS Executive Director, left, Marty Skolnick, ALS board president, Tom Ryan, Leslie Ryan, Patient Services Director greet guests

Guests at Sunset in Boots and Bling, the ALS fundraiser, were transported back to the Old West while partying at the Fort Restaurant in Morrison Thursday evening.  The Fort dished up a bountiful menu of food based on early western dining. The restaurant's adobe construction, southwestern art and historical traditions set the atmosphere. Prickley pear margaritas were enjoyed by guests as they arrived. Many of the guests were wearing their best western duds in the spirit of the event.  

Master of Ceremonies Bill Clarke, retired Channel 7 reporter, led the festivities. Wearing a buffalo head hat, he gave the Mountain Man Toast, which set the tone for the event.  On a more serious note, he encouraged those present to bid generously on the silent auction items and talked about the wonderful work the ALS Rocky Mountain Chapter does for patients and their families.  The chapter provides equipment loans, caregiver information, respite care, support groups and educational information, just to name a few of their activities. Nearly 6,000 people per year are diagnosed with ALS also known as Lou Gehrig's disease after the famous Yankee baseball player. The motor neurons of patients with the disease degenerate causing severe disability and leading to an early death.

Many of the guests at the fundraiser had been personally impacted by this disease and were eager to support this cause. They bid on a large variety of silent auction items, while sampling the large variety of food.

Marty Skolnick, Rocky Mountain Chapter President, thanked everyone present and talked about the recent promise of stem cell research. He talked about the hard work of the Chapter staff and the volunteers who planned this event.  Members of the board of directors mixed with the guests and reconnected with friends.

Flamenco guitarist Vicente and flamenco dancer Churumbela added southwestern flair to the event as they entertained throughout the evening. Despite the rainy weather, the heat of the food, fireplaces and music warmed everyone up.

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