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November 16, 2010 - ArtReach Presents Preview of Dine & D'art

What: preview party for Dine & D'art 2011

Where: private residence of Gene and Louise Schneider

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $25

Gala Chairperson(s): Michael Ledwitz and Joe McCormack

Honorary Chairperson(s): Judi Wolf

Executive Director: Karla Johnson-Grimes

Committee Members: Composition Committee: Jamie Angelich, Fred Churbuck, Karla Johnson-Grimes, Michele Kaup, Ryta Sondergard; Visionary Committee: Christine Kennedy, Eric Matelski, Tina McKeever, Denise Seery; Masterpiece Committee: Maureen Brooks, Susan Carskadon, Keri Christiansen, Michael Dunahay, Tamara Emmanuel, Helen Franzgrote, Arlene Hirschfeld, Trisha Hood, Gail Johnson, Lark Katchur, Pamela Kelker, Cathy Klein Esq., Jimmy Lambatos, Susan Larkin, Kalleen Malone, Edie Marks, Mary McNicholas, Jane and Skip Netzorg, Frances Owens, Dean Prina MD, Louise Richardson, Luisa Staerkel, Phyllis Stewart, Sandee Walling, Marie Wheatley

Staff: Sarah Gulinkska, Director of Education and Community Tickets; Nick Brushaber, Community Tickets Coordinator; Karye Wilhelm, Office Manager

Speaker: Judi Wolf, Michael Ledwitz, Joe McCormack

Libations: open bar

Catering: Footers

Sponsors: Skip & Jane Netzorg, Sprint Press Denver, abc custom framing, Denver Magazine, Baurs, 901, Breckenridge Brewery, & Eric Phillips with Archer Design, Ferrari of Denver

Menu: Display: bacon wrapped tenderloin stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese, mini crab cakes with Remolaude, chicken and sun dried tomato wonton with pesto dipping sauce, fresh vegetable crudites garden with hot spinach and artichoke dip; dessert display: chocolate Ganache truffle bites, petite chocolate cups filled with mousse, lemon curd tartlets, mini Italian cannolis

Attendance: 200

Attire: business/casual

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Passed: Boursin cheese and cinnamon walnut truffles, stuffed baby pattypan squash with three cheeses and spinach;

Board of Directors: President: Nancy Cole; President Elect: Cindy Bell; Treasurer: Jean Bashong; Directors: Marc Cutilletta, Voradel Carey, Ellen Gysin, Terry Nelson, Noelle Riccardella, Kevin Fonk, Adriene Callahan, Alexandra Hoy, Cindy Hayes, Eric Matelski, Joe McCormack, Denise Seery. Ex Officio: Molly Ross

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Artist Zoe Tessier, left, and Honorary Chair Judi Wolf stand in front of one of Zoe's unusual pieces, which will be available at Dine & D'art
Artist Zoe Tessier, left, and Honorary Chair Judi Wolf stand in front of one of Zoe's unusual pieces, which will be available at Dine & D'art

Patrons are revving up their tennis shoes in anticipation of the annual art dash known as Dine & D'art, slated for March 12, 2011.

A preview of the fun to come for the third annual ArtReach event was held on Sunset Drive on Tuesday, hosted by Honorary Chair Judi Wolf and Event Chairs Michael Ledwitz and Joe McCormack. Each said a few words about their involvement and urged supporters to purchase their tickets early and start hunting for fast shoes. Guests treated themselves to scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and beverages served up by Footers Catering and were able to preview artwork and hobnob with artists.

The Dine & D'art dash mixes tuxedos and ballgowns with eclectic tennis shoes as bidders are able to dash to retrieve their coveted piece of artwork, valued at a minimum of $400. Executive Director Karla Johnson-Grimes told the attendees that there are some pieces of art that are valued at over $4,500, but that doesn't necessarily mean that is the one to dash for. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It's a fun, unique way to raise funds for the programs at ArtReach, including Community Tickets, Arts Express and Camp ArtReach, giving more than 70,000 at-risk and underserved individuals the opportunity to attend some of the most enriching experiences of their lives.

Founded in 1974, ArtReach works with area schools, member agencies, cultural facilities, numerous foundations and supporters to bring the arts into the lives of children, young adults and seniors. For more information about how you can get your tennis shoes revved up for ArtReach Dine & D'art 2011, log on to


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