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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

Attendance: 800+

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
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.


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