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October 02, 2010 - An Evening in the South Pacific with Safehouse Denver!

Where: Infinity Park Event Center

When: Saturday, October 2, 2010

Time: 6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: Safehouse Denver

Honoree(s): Michael Hancock, District 11 Councilman, Wells Fargo Banks & The Wells Fargo Foundation

Honorary Chairperson(s): Susan Noble, Karen Fox Wolfe and Meredith Coors

Committee Members: Monica Denler, Co-Chair; Julie Mansfield, Co-Chair; Carrie Wernecke, Co-Chair; Jacque Campbell, Auction Chair; Valerie Chilewski, Staff; Ashley Golder, Staff; Ingrid Nagy; Ramonna Tooley

Welcome: Monica Denler, chair-elect, board of directors, gala co-chair

Speaker: Victoria McVicker, CEO

Entertainment: Casino Games

Music: Soul School

Sponsors: Entertainment Sponsors: Kristin Bronson, Partner, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP

Auctioneer: Bob Fontneau

Quote of the evening: "Safehouse Denver assists women, children and youth in reclaiming their right to a life free from domestic violence"

Board of Directors: Mr. Oscar Martinez, Cloud Peak ENERGY, Chair; Ms. Monica Denler, Terra Firma, Chair-Elect; Mr. Scott Browning, Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons; Ms. Donna Goldin Evans, Healthcare Consultant; Ms. Julie Mansfield, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Ms. Kristi Palmer, Wells Fargo Bank; Mr. Bradley Smith, Karsh Consulting P.C.; Ms. Ramonna Tooley, GroundFloor Media; Ms. Carrie Wernecke, Coldwell Banker Devonshire; Ms. Debbie Zuege, Kaiser Permanente; Ms. Victoria McVicker, CEO

Blacktie Photos by: T. DeVolder

 Oscar Martinez, left, Andy Kerr, Victoria McVicker and Michael Hancock
Oscar Martinez, left, Andy Kerr, Victoria McVicker and Michael Hancock

Some Enchanted Evening! This year’s 2010 SafeHouse Denver Gala was held on October 2, 2010 at the Infinity Park Event Center with guests enjoying the romance and beauty of the Pacific islands.  This enchanting evening provided cocktails, live and silent auctions, a moving program, delectable dinner, dancing to the music of Soul School and concluding with lots of casino fun.

District 11 Councilman Michael Hancock, gracefully received the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Award.  SafeHouse Denver proudly recognized the Councilman due to his outstanding efforts in providing inspiration and leadership to end domestic violence in the community.

The Wells Fargo Foundation received the Susan Noble Community Impact Award.  The foundation was sincerely recognized due to their outstanding efforts to assist victims of domestic violence and their ability to create community change.

This touching program reminded the participants that domestic violence can impact so many areas of the victim's life, from physical, mental and emotional health.  Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for woman and children.  The SafeHouse Denver ensures that victims are physically safe and helps them to improve their emotional well-being.  The advocates provide tools to improve safety, decrease isolation and increase knowledge about how domestic violence affects decision making.

Established in 1977, SafeHouse Denver operates the only shelter in the City and County of Denver that exclusively serves victims of domestic violence. SafeHouse also runs a non-residential Counseling & Advocacy Center where they provide all of their support services to women and children experiencing intimate partner violence who don't need emergency housing.

SafeHouse Denver works to eliminate domestic violence in our communities by

    * providing shelter and counseling to victims of abuse;
    * working with public and community agencies to improve the way our systems respond to domestic violence;
    * and by offering educational programming to prevent future violence.

SafeHouse began as a 16-bed shelter providing a safe place for women and their children. Today, SafeHouse's shelter has 26 beds plus cribs, serving more than 340 women and children in a typical year. In addition, SafeHouse serves hundreds more women and children through non-residential services. More than just keeping women and children safe, SafeHouse services include individual counseling, advocacy support groups, legal assistance and referrals to other services.

Monica Denler, chair-elect, board of directors, gala co-chair enthusiastically states, "This gala is one of our best events, especially as it is held in October, the domestic violence awareness month.  I am thrilled to see such a wonderful turnout this year with so many loyal and generous supporters.  They make all the difference to us as they are helping us to save lives."

SafeHouse Denver relies on the generosity of individual and corporate donors to support their mission.  If you would like to contribute to SafeHouse Denver:

Donate online through the "Giving" link on the website.  100% of donations made through come directly to SafeHouse Denver.

Mail a check to 1649 Downing St., Denver, CO 80218

Call them at 303-318 -9989.

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