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November 19, 2010 - A Piece of My Heart Fantasy Ball

What: 23rd Annual Fantasy Ball benefiting the Adoption Exchange

Where: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA

When: Saturday November 20, 2010

Ticket Prices: $250 patron, $175 Individual, $125 Young Professional

Beneficiary: The Adoption Exchange

EMCEE: Ed Greene and Brooke Wagner

Gala Chairperson(s): Co-chairs: BJ Dyer & Guenther Vogt, Auction/Raffle Chair: Jamee Smith, Event Chair: Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Sponsorship Chair: Janet Perlstein, Young Professionals Group Chairs: Kate Sutton & Quinn Washington

Committee Members: Committee: Larry Barnaby, Laura Boggs, Judi Butt, Marcia Christofferson, Jane Christie, Sherri Crider, Jill DiPasquale, Karen Haley, Lisa Harris, Dee Kennedy, Susan Larkin, Shery McDonald, Galbreath, Barb McGuire, Brad & Carol McNealy, Hillery Meier, Jane Moe, Teri Newland, Penny Newton, Laura Ng, Ray & Suellyn Nutt, Jen Pauls, Pam Piro, Dale Pope, Brooke Schmidt, Rhonda Schneider, Stanton Sobol, Marj Soldan, Karyn Songer, Teresa Summerfield, Marsha Temple, Jackie Walden, Nancy Weaver, Birgit Whitelaw, Vicki Winterscheidt, Nastassja Zappolo, Bonnie Zueger

Libations: Mark West Winery

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Sponsors: Dinner Sponsor: Regal Entertainment Group; Gold Sponsors: Fandango, Grills Family Foundation, Brad & Carol McNealy, Padgett Family Foundation; Auction Sponsor: Wendy's; Adoptive Family Sponsor: Jeremy & Angie Flug; Silver Sponsors: Bouquets, Larry & Jill DiPasquale, Epicurean Catering, Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado, The Kiely Family Foundation Fund, Masque Publishing, MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation, National CineMedia, Oster Jewelers, Janet Perlstein, Mark & Marianna Tanguay; Bronze Sponsors: Abdoulah Family Fund, CBS4, Davis, Graham & Stubbs, FirstBank, Lottner Rubin Fishman Brown & Saul, Masters Gallery, McDonnell Family Foundation, Steele Street Bank & Trust, The Kiker Team - Keller Williams Realty DTC (2), The Shipman Family Trust, Jerre & Mary Joy Stead, Wendy's (2), Ron & Nastassja Zappolo; Raffle Sponsor: Continental Airlines

Menu: Bistro baby green and romaine salad, bistro coffee spiced short ribs, bistro cassis poached pear

Attire: Evening attire, business formal or cocktail attire

Florist: Bouquets

Board of Directors: Chairman: Ray Nutt; Vice-Chairman: Brad McNealy; Treasurer: Paul Egan, Larry Barnaby, Craig Barnes, Gloria Chavez, John Coffman, Candis Goins, Seth Grob, Richard A. Harris, Wesley D. Hutchins, Jamie Jackson, Joe Miller, Melissa Peden, Edward J. Rand, Marjorie Soldan, Elaine Torres, Larry Walker, Vicky Winterscheidt, David Zinger

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Co-Chair BJ Dyer, left, Linda Goto, Co-Chair Guenther Vogt
Co-Chair BJ Dyer, left, Linda Goto, Co-Chair Guenther Vogt

The twinkling lights, the outstanding floral arrangements and beautifully set tables combined to create a magical atmosphere at the Piece of my Heart Fantasy Ball, benefitting the Adoption Exchange.  Guests arrived and eagerly placed silent auction bids while they socialized with friends and colleagues.  

During dinner Ed Greene and Brooke Wagner, of CBS4, welcomed the many guests.  CBS4 has long been a supporter of the Wednesday's Child program. Ray Nutt, the Chairman of the Adoption Exchange talked to the audience about the work of the Adoption Exchange and the importance of the support of those in attendance.  He thanked the committee for all their valuable work.  BJ Dyer, event co-chair and co-owner of Bouquets, spoke about the efforts of volunteers.

The Niblo Family talked about the Wednesday's Child Award and how adoption built their family. Brooke introduced the winner of the Wednesday's Child Award, Pam Kiker.  Pam has been a volunteer with the Adoption Exchange for over 20 years, serving on the board of directors, learning about the needs of foster children and working on their behalf.  Pam talked to the guests about the "power of one," how each individual has the power to create change.

Then it was time for the excitement of the live auction and raffle.  The Jakarta Band entertained guests for the rest of the evening.

The Adoption Exchange does valuable work connecting children in the foster care system with parents who are seeking to adopt.  The Exchange offers education for potential adopters, support for children newly placed in permanent homes and training for child welfare professionals. For more information about adoption and the work of the Adoption Exchange, check out their website at

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