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September 11, 2010 - A Colorado Celebration of Women in Transition

What: A fund-raiser benefiting Wildflower Women's Foundation, created by women to support women in the transitions of divorce and widowhood.

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

When: Saturday, September 11, 2010

Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75

Beneficiary: Wildflower Women's Foundation

Mistress of Ceremonies: AFTERNOON: KOSI's Jackie Selby

Master of Ceremonies: MORNING: Reggie Rivers

Gala Chairperson(s): Nelia Green

Founders: Joan Rogliano

Committee Members: Paige Bender, Julie Carr, Suzanne Wiggins, Pearl Meulemans

Speaker: Debra Fine, Julie Hammerstein, Mitch Powers, Julie Pech, Deb Sheppard

Sponsors: Sponsors of the WWF: 1st Bank, MY Business Associate Inc., TOS Design, HBS, Argosy University, Peak Visual Communications, Vision Photography, Rogliano Real Estate Group, Fidelity National Title, Hartfield, Sonnier & Johnson PC, Oxford Mortgage Corp., midchix

Attendance: 130, Sold Out

Board of Directors: Joan Rogliano, founder; Marc Gitlitz, treasurer; Toni Sexton, secretary; Charlotte Timmons, founding member; Tim Smith, founding member; Jennifer Vagher, founding member.

Blacktie Photos by: Jim Turley

 Joan Rogliano, left, founder of the Wildflower Women's Foundation and Debra Fine, speaker and author
Joan Rogliano, left, founder of the Wildflower Women's Foundation and Debra Fine, speaker and author

Denver's Botanic Gardens provided a perfect backdrop for well-done benefit for the Wildflower Women's Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 11. A lovely luncheon, engaging speakers and a silent auction were all part of the creative all-day program. The benefit was attended by a sell-out crowd of 130.  Reggie Rivers, former Bronco and current author, emceed the morning portion of the event and Jackie Selby of KOSI emceed the afternoon portion.

A highlight was the award of a new wardrobe and makeover for Maggin McConnell, supported by donations from Bling! salon (Claudine Jacsch and Cyndy Carpenter), Sola Salon (Renee Arnold) and Over the Top Salon (Ed Gillespie).  Maggin left the Botanic Gardens after receiving the award, granted early in the program, returning later to show off her new clothes and the results of her makeover.  

Speakers included:

  • Debra Fine, internationally recognized speaker and author of The Fine Art of Small Talk;
  • Julie Hammerstein, family wellness and nutrition expert;
  • Julie Pech, chocolate therapist;
  • Deb Sheppard, speaking on "clarity and peace;"
  • Mitch Powers, investment expert

In 2010, Wildflower Women’s Foundation was created to inspire and inform women as they transition through divorce and widowhood. On average, after divorce, women experience a 73% reduction in their financial position and a 17% decrease in their income, and yet, they’re frequently the primary care providers for children. Wildflower offers financial, legal, and educational advocacy, as well as guidance and information, to address the immediate and long-term needs of women and their families as they go through challenging times. Wildflower's support for women includes workshops, mentoring programs, and scholarships.

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