October 08, 2010 - Dancing for the Youth at Goodwill
What: Goodwill's Inaugural Gala Event
Where: Marriott City Center
When: Friday, October 8, 2010
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $150; patron $225
Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries of Denver
Honoree(s): Martin Pocs, Vice Chairman DHR International
EMCEE: Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS
Honorary Chairperson(s): Mayor John Hickenlooper, Helen Thorpe
Co-Chair(s): Roselyn Saunders, Carrie Mesch
President(s): Jesse Wolff
Entertainment: Colorado Dancesport Professionals
Music: Moment's Notice
Of note: Ms. Colorado Melaina Shipwash
Sponsors: Fox Trot Star: Delta Dental; Rumba Star: BP, The Colorado Trust, Wells Fargo; Salsa Star: Robert and Linda Alvarado, Colorado Concern, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Michale Dichtfield, JING, EKS&H, EON Office, Exempla, Judy Fahrekrog and Larry King, FirstBank, Trisha Hood, Douglas Kerbs, Leo and Susan Kiely, Women With A Cause, Kathy Klugman and Denise Snyder, Dave and Clare Leonard, Michael Moore, Simply Moore, Mile High United Way, Stephanie Odak and Valerie Shane, Edward Romero, Sharon Sweeney, Robert Sweeney, The King Foundation, Fred and Roxanne Vierra, US Bank, Jesse and Molly Wolff, Xcel Energy
Auctioneer: Norm Early
Menu: Celebration Salad: field greens, dried apple rings, dried cherries, honey roasted pumpkin seeds with red wine vinaigrette; rosemary lemon chicken with brandied tomato cream, red pepper risotto, chef's choice of vegetables; white chocolate mousse tort, chocolate covered cheesecake
Attire: cocktail, evening
Donors: Blue Onion, George Bogdewiecz, Juanita Chacon, RE/MAX Alliance, Colorado Trust, Comcast, John Farnam, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, Kaiser Permanente, Walter and Gene Koelbel, Kundinger, Corder & Engle PC, Liberty Global, Inc., Bill Lindsay, Scott Lynes, Geoff McFarlane, Sean Nicholas, Carrie Mensch, Todd Munson, Ruby Nelson, George and Helen Phillips, Martin Pocs, State Farm, Michael Wise
Board of Directors: Chair: Todd Muson, Vice Chair: Carrie Mensch, Treasurer: Michael Ebedes, Secretary: Jason Romero
Blacktie Photos by: David Shults
Co-chair Roselyn Saunders (left)and Ms. Colorado Melaina Shipwash
Goodwill's inaugural event, Dancing for the Youth, paired Colorado dancing professionals from Colorado Dancesport with favorite local celebrities for an exciting and memorable evening at the Mariott City Center in Denver. The gala event raised money for Goodwill youth programs to seek to reverse the cycle of poverty in our community by providing education, opportunity and empowerment to Colorado youth through career development programs in 26 local schools.
Kim Christiansen, of 9NEWS, was the event's emcee, and Ms. Colorado 2010, Melaina Shipwash made a special appearance. Goodwill also honored Martin Pocs, Vice Chairman of DHR International, for his long-term commitment to the community and his passionate, self-sacrificing donation of time and energy. His volunteering for Goodwill has spanned four decades, and helped to raise over $1 million for the organization.
A live auction featured former district attorney, Norm Early. Live auction items included a 6-night Mexico golf vacation, a diamond bracelet from Trice Jewelers, a chinchilla shrug and 3 night Ritz-Carlton stay, and 4 night Exclusive Resorts vacation. 100% of the proceeds from the evening went directly to Goodwill programs.
The gala event capped off the night with a spectacular dancing competition. Celebrity judges Cleo Parker Robinson (founder of Cleo Parker Dance Company), Terry Vitale (publisher of Colorado Expression) and Robert Garner (founder Denver Center Attractions) presented the coveted "Judge's Choice Award." Local celebrity dancers included Edward Romero, Judy Fahrenkrog, Kathryn Paul, Sharon Sweeney, Brent Snyder, Michael Moore, Michael Ditchfield, Lindsey McBride, Kelly Jean Brough and Juanita Chacon. They were paired with the stunning professionals of Colorado Dancesport and thrilled guests with their performances. After the competition, guests enjoyed dancing themselves to the sounds of Moment's Notice.