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August 04, 2010 - High spirits at Rebuilding Together winetasting

What: Second annual summer winetasting

Where: Denver Design Center

When: Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $30

Beneficiary: Rebuilding Together

Executive Director: Kathryn Arbour

Sponsors: McLain Financial

Attendance: 100

Attire: Business casual to festive

Special Thanks: Denver Design Center

Donors: Corks The Wine Store, Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, Udi's Handcrafted Foods, CTS Distributing, Grand Vin, Republic National Distributing, Southern Wine & Spirits

Planning Committee: Mary Eisenstein and Deborah Jourdan

Board of Directors: Chair: Glenn Renner; Immediate Past President: Carolyn McGrane; Vice-Chair: Vince Rosales; Treasurer: Rocky Hackman; Secretary: Tim Odil; Pam Beightol, Troy Denike, Peggy Edington, Debra Havins, Deborah Jourdan, Cory Peterson, David Pocs, Mark Noonan, Craig Smith, Marc Wheeler

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Sharon Malion (left) with board chair Glenn Renner and Brenda Renner
Sharon Malion (left) with board chair Glenn Renner and Brenda Renner

Keep it simple in the summertime, say partygoers. Great wine, tidbits to nosh on, and a focus on mingling with old and new friends. Add onsite free parking and attendees have struck gold. Rebuilding Together Metro Denver figured out what people really like, and put it all together within the stylish digs of the Denver Design Center for its second annual summer winetasting fundraiser on Aug. 4, 2010.

Mary Eisenstein, development manager and event co-planner, said the organization received such positive feedback from its inaugural event that it was destined to become a calendar staple. “It’s a fun way to meet new people and reconnect with supporters, and celebrate what we do,” she said. More than 100 guests enjoyed a selection of summer wines, from bubbly and crisp to full-bodied and dessert varieties. They were complemented with a buffet of cheeses, chocolate and fruit during the two-hour event.

The only speeches were brief, sincere thank-you’s to event sponsors and donors, as well as volunteers and supporters who take part in Rebuilding Together projects throughout the year. Guests had the opportunity to meet new CEO Kathryn Arbour, who talked about the organization's concept of paying it forward with the subsequent bonus of strangers working together and becoming friends.

For more than a decade, Rebuilding Together Metro Denver has brought together volunteers and communities to help low-income elderly and disabled people live independently in warm, safe and dry homes. Projects begin with home repairs, but have the ultimate goal of providing homeowners with health, safety and dignity. Locally, more than 1,200 homes affecting 2,500 people have been repaired, and six nonprofit facilities serving hundreds of clients have also been renovated. The work, primarily done by volunteers, is valued at more than $3.7 million. Upcoming fall events include the Home on the Green Mini-Golf Classic on Sept. 11 and Fall Rebuilding Day on Oct. 2. For more information, visit


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