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July 31, 2010 - Salt on the Rim Continues to Refresh Summer Partygoers

What: Fundraiser for Kempe Center

Where: Home of Mike & Peggy Shanahan

When: Saturday, July 31, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $100

Committee Members: Executive Committee: Nancy Koontz, Ryta Sondergard, Marsha Temple, Sandy Weigand; Committee Chairs: Miriam Abreu, Andy Boian, Peter Bryant, Steve Edmonds, Helen & Warren Hanks, Gail Johnson, Teresa Kennedy, Maureen Leif, Louise Richardson, Deborah Smith

Staff: Kempe Foundation: Steve Harrell - Director, Marketing & Communications; Sanya Andersen-Vie and Katie Kosters- Communications and Marketing Associates; Angela DellaSalle, Officer - Major Gifts; Laurie Nielsen, Officer - Database Management; Tracey Nilson - Special Events Manager; Sharon Schonhaut, Officer - Foundations, Corporations, Government

Libations: Breckenridge Brewery, Lime Cantina, Sauza Tequila, Schweiger Vineyards & Winery, Vuka, Oak Tavern

Catering: Brio Tuscan Grille, C'est Chic Cupcakes & Cakes, The Food Guy, Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, Gourmet Fine Catering, Jing, The Melting Pot, Mezcal, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Piatti, pinkberry, The Porker, Ted's Montana Grill, Zink Kitchen + Bar, Great Range Bison, Oak Tavern

Entertainment: Wide Open Band

Sponsors: Tequila Blanco, The RJC Family Foundation, 1800 Reposado, The Walter Imhoff Family, Steve Sondergard, PDC Energy, Tony Sharp, Encana Oil and Gas, NetZets, El Gimador, Edie Marks, Sandy Weigand, Mimi and Keith Platte, Sheraton, Merissa Pratt, Denver Lincoln Limousine, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

Auctioneer: Paul Borrillo

Menu: samplings from area restaurants

Attendance: 625+

Attire: garden party

Special Thanks: Mike & Peggy Shanahan

Board of Directors: Kempe Foundation Alliance: Jon B. Kruljac, Board Chair; Kenneth A. Friednash, Board Treasurer; Gail B. Johnson, Board Secretary; Andrew Sirotnak, MD, Kempe Center Interim Executive Director; Stephen R. Daniels, PhD, MD; Richard D. Krugman, MD; Nicole R. Ament, Esq.; Jamie Angelich; Andy Boian; Tim Brown; Yvonne Camacho; Reynolds Cannon; Steven Cohen; John D. Faught, Esq.; Bruce Fowler; Walter Imhoff; Ruby Kadota, M.D.; Beth Klein; Bill Mackiernan; Tate McCoy; Ellen Robinson; Martha Rubi; Richard Saunders; David B. Savitz, Esq.; Mark Smith; Lisa L. Taussig; Dylan Taylor; Sandee Walling; Kareina Westlund; Advisory Committee: Dean Prina, MD; Jeannie Ritter, First Lady of Colorado; Landri Taylor; Anne Trujillo; Honorary Members: Jules Amer, MD; John Elway; Frances Owens, Former First Lady of Colorado; Howard Torgove

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Executive Committee member Ryta Sondergard, left, with Committee Chair Steve Edmonds and Executive Committee member Marsha Temple
Executive Committee member Ryta Sondergard, left, with Committee Chair Steve Edmonds and Executive Committee member Marsha Temple

If you missed your invitation to the Chelsea Clinton wedding Saturday evening, the next best party ticket was to the incredible Salt on the Rim soiree for the Kempe Center at the home of Mike and Peggy Shanahan.

A sold-out crowd of more than 625 brightly-clad partygoers converged in Cherry Hills, most transported in by vans and limos to the party site, where they indulged in the obligatory margarita and other scrumptious dishes provided by several popular restaurants (see list above). Add to the mix some rockin' tunes by the Wide Open Band, tempting live and silent auction items, a beautiful summer evening that escaped the rain forecast and some lively camaraderie amongst friends, and you have yourself one memorable party.

The Kempe Foundation Alliance did an incredible job of putting on this year's over-the-top gathering. Executive Committee members Nancy Koontz, Ryta Sondergard, Marsha Temple and Sandy Weigand became superhuman in orchestrating this fundraiser, joined by many talented committee chairs. This dynamic force of energy is all to benefit the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, where children can find a safe haven after having to go through horrific experiences that no one, much less a child, should have to go through. The program aptly said, "If you want to make the most difference in the fight against child abuse, support the place the rest of the world looks to for answers."

Founded in by 1972 by Dr. C. Henry Kempe, the Kempe Center is now a leader in stomping out child abuse and neglect. Dr. Kempe has always been a great inspiration, even to this day. Nominated for a Nobel Prize, his work--advocating to change policy, laws and perceptions to better protect children--is the hallmark of the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. The Kempe Center is directed by some of the nation's leading experts, and it is comforting to know that the children, after what they have been through, are in exemplary hands.

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