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June 10, 2010 - The VOA Guild Presents "A Chance to Believe"

What: A benefit for Volunteers of America's Brandon Center and Theodora House

Where: Grand Hyatt Denver

When: Thursday, June 10, 2010

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Ticket Prices: Patron $150, Friend $100

EMCEE: Denise Plante from Colorado & Co., and KOSI 101.1FM

Presenting Sponsor(s): The Integer Group, Grand Hyatt Hotel, MillerCoors, LaFawn Biddle, Denver Post/Media News Group, Diana Murdy, Newmont Mining Corporation

Honorary Chairperson(s): Patricia Robertson

Committee Members: Ann DeGroat, event chair; Herminia Vigil, reservations chair; Emily Tarleton, wishing well chair; Terrie Fontenot, wishing well chair; Ann DeGroat, Guild president

Patrons: Jamie Angelich, Sue Anschutz-Rogers, Susan Barnhill, Mary Lee Beauregard, Judy Bowman, Daniels Fund, Kristin Duncan, Dianne Eddolls, Layne Fleishman, Kaye Lynn Fote, Victoria Frank, Janis Hampton, Judith Hirsch, Arlene Hirschfeld, Elaine Jones, Susan Kiely, Taffy Lee, Susan Mostow, Jane Netzorg, Judith Ann Newman, Susan Noble, Adrienne Ruston-Fitzgobbons, Roselyn Saunders, Gayle Wheeler

Introductions: Patricia Robertson

Speaker: Marni Jameson, best-selling author and nationally syndicated columnist

Catering: Grand Hyatt Hotel

Sponsors: Sue Anschutz-Rogers, Betty Damon Blecker, Colorado Business Bank, Ann DeGroat, IMA of Colorado, Carol James, Jones International University, Kathy Klugman, Dianna Kunz, Lockton Benefits Group, Qwest Communications, Denise Kenny Snyder

Menu: Summer rocket pansy salad, sliced chicken breast with Orriechiete pasta, Asiago cheese sauce, Julienne vegetables, pear and almond Frangipane tart with cinnamon cream and honey Tuille

Attendance: 240+

Board of Directors: Chairman: Kalleen Malone, Immediate Past Chairman: Dave Rye, President & CEO: Dianna L. Kunz, Vice Chairman: Bob Bardwell, Secretary: Myrna Mourning, Treasurer: Glenn Rippey

Blacktie Photos by: David Shults

 Denise Plante (left), and Denise Snyder (Mariel Clothing)
Denise Plante (left), and Denise Snyder (Mariel Clothing)


The Volunteers of America Guild was proud to present “A Chance to Believe” on June 10, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The gala luncheon was held to benefit Volunteers of America’s Brandon Center and Theodora House. Theodora House was established in 1994 to provide emergency lodging for women who are homeless or victims of domestic abuse.
Attendees were treated to a pre-lunch reception featuring a wishing well raffle with prize packages from Tiffany & Co., Colorado Rockies, DirectTV, designers, spas, restaurants, and VOA Guild members. A table of couture costume jewelry displayed pieces from Stone Legends, designed by Cathy Marquis. A lucky few attended a VIP reception to personally meet featured speaker, nationally syndicated columnist and best-selling author of The House Always Wins, Marni Jameson.
The Grand Hyatt served up an Italian themed lunch. From a Tuscan kitchen garden came a summer rocket pansy salad with arugula, red currant tomatoes and haystack mountain goat cheese. A main course from a Venetian terrazza treated guests to sliced chicken breast with orrecchiete pasta, asiago cheese sauce and julienne vegetables. Dessert from an Assisi orchard finished with pear and almond frangipane tart with cinnamon cream and honey tuille.
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.
Through more than 30 distinct human service programs throughout the state of Colorado, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps more than 200,000 Coloradoans each year. 
Since 1896, its ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, low-income families, homeless individuals and families, women and children escaping domestic violence, and those seeking affordable housing solutions. Their work touches the mind, body, heart — and ultimately the spirit — of those they serve, integrating their deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.
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