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October 21, 2010 - Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network Raising Spirits Once Again in 2010

What: 6th Annual Raising Spirits Wine Tasting & Auction

Where: Sanctuary Golf Course

When: Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network

Presenting Sponsor(s): Citywide Banks and Lukas Liquor Superstore

Gala Chairperson(s): Melanie Worley, Carla Vellos

Executive Director: Scott Thoemke

Committee Members: Carolyn Moershel, Meryl Glickman, Attila C Denes, Christine Carter

President(s): Todd M Helvig

Libations: Various Wines in Tasting

Auctioneer: Tom Wiens, State Senator

Event Coordinator: Meryl Glickman

Board of Directors: Todd M Helvig, PhD, President; Attila C Denes, Vice President; John R Phillips, Secretary/Treasurer; Mario A Harding, MHA, FACHE; Robert L Ireland; Kelli Kane; Oksana Navratil; Patricia S Opper, LCSW; José Reyes, LPC, EDD; Capt. Vince Sauter; Carla A Vellos; Melanie Worley; Appointed Directors: Commissioner Susan Beckman, Arapahoe County; Barbara Drake, Douglas County; Community Board Member: Tom Burger; Ex Officio: Scott R Thoemke, MEd, CACIII

Blacktie Photos by: Steven Shoppman

 Tom Wiens, State Senator, doing the live auction
Tom Wiens, State Senator, doing the live auction

One year ago, Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network held its 5th Annual Raising Spirits Wine Tasting & Auction event.  With the unpredictable weather of October in Colorado, guests were forced to brave their way through giant snowflakes, bad roads and freezing temperatures.  Even with the adversity, last year was a great success.

One year later, co-chairs Carla Vellos and Melanie Worley, with the help of others, put on an equally impressive event once again at the Sanctuary Golf Clubhouse. This time, the weather decided to lean in their favor with a beautiful fall evening and an equally stunning sunset to bring in the generous supporters of the cause.

Attendance was impressive, with enthusiastic event-goers tasting the 62 varieties of wine available from five distributors that Lukas Liquors, a presenting sponsor, helped to organize.  Citywide Banks, the other presenting sponsor, was there to bolster support!

The cozy atmosphere and live jazz kept everyone at ease. Guests milled between the bountiful tables of silent auction items, bidding against one another in friendly competition. As the evening carried on, the live auction came to live with Senator Tom Wiens as the auctioneer. He had the pleasure of auctioning off everything from a motorcycle riding lesson donated by the Lone Tree Police Department to a chance to try out the United 747 simulator.

Helping those in need of mental health services since 1955, Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network provides mental health and substance abuse treatment to those in our community and beyond.  But, for the thousands of people in our two counties who have low incomes or no health insurance, there is increasingly less money to pay for these desperately needed services. That is why this event was created…and continues to be a successful way to raise some of the extra funds needed for those who might otherwise not receive the treatment they deserve.

Those who came out this year, and for the last five years before this, are the ones that make this possible.  Last year through the snow and cold, this year in the beauty and glow of an October sunset, but either way the enthusiasm and graciousness of the patrons of Raising Spirits continues to be a true benefit to many thankful individuals in Colorado.


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