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February 18, 2011 - Women With a Cause Foundation: Play it forward

What: Women With A Cause Foundation's first annual fundraiser and talent showcase

Where: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA

When: Friday, February 18, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: individual $150, young professional $75

Beneficiary: Women With A Cause Foundation

Honoree(s): Jill Dipasquale, Sandee Walling

EMCEE: Denise Plante

Presenting Sponsor(s): Schomp Automotive

Honorary Chairperson(s): Dottie Lamm, Bea Romer, Frances Owens, Jeannie Ritter

Executive Director: Susan Kiely

Committee Members: Christy Bergen, Annie Green, Monica Kosanovich, Gail Plemmons, Rhonda Sheya, Faye Washington, Heather Faircloth, Janoe Armstrong, Kerry Plemmons, Alex Thorne, Amanda Amoroso, Whitney Moehle, MJ Porras, Kara Cassidy, Colleen Gormley, Rebecca Satlman, Joy Knox, Tommy Collier, Patti Shyne, Marycate Lumpp, Tristen Amador, Mary Brozovich, Diane Sant, Erika and Kovas Lapsys, Hilda Delgado, Tangu Buchanan, Peggi Hunt, Kerri Abbott, Christine Benero, Cindi Burge, Lisa Busse, Layne Fleischman, Barbara Gibson, Lisa Holtze, Caz Matthews, Briana Mahaney, Jim Polsfut, Judi Wolf, Cacey Mc Greavy, Quinn Washington

Sponsors: Chief Medical Officer: Schomp Automotive, Miller Coors, Kiely Family Foundation; Medical Doctor: Colorado Rockies; Registered Nurse: 9News, KOSI 101, Icosa, John Atencio, Integer, Cap Logistics, Margot and Allan Frank, Kathleen and Rob Klugman; X-Ray Technician: Denver Magazine, Brent and Karen Scott, Blacktie; Lab Assistant: Marilyn and Peter Coors, Sharon and Ernie Blake, Wells Fargo Bank

Attendance: 400

Special Thanks: The Colorado Trust, The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

Executive Producer(s): Tommy Collier, Patti Shyne

Board of Directors: Tristen Amador, Marion Amoroso, Judy Benda, Brenda Davis, Idella Kircher, Susan Kiely, Neyeska Mut, Mandy O'Neill, Lucille Schietler, Teresa Van De Bogart, Jamie Van Leeuwen, Joni Van Oortmarssen, Dr. Reginald Washington

Blacktie Photos by: David Shults

 MJ Porras (left), Susan Kiely, Maggie Roswell
MJ Porras (left), Susan Kiely, Maggie Roswell

Women With A Cause Foundation celebrated their commitment to women by playing it forward at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in Denver.  The first annual fundraiser and talent showcase featured some of Colorado's most gifted entertainers. Guests enjoyed international cuisine from the area's top chefs while honoring non-profit unsung heroines, Jill Dipasquale and Sandee Walling.  The goal of the event was to promote economic development for women by raising money for homeless mothers and women veterans to attend nursing school at local universities.

"The goal of Play It Forward is to celebrate our commitment to women," says Susan Kiely, CEO and Founder of Women With A Cause.  Women With A Cause Foundation is dedicated to women helping women to help themselves.  The programs provided by Women With A Cause focus on education and skills training for women which enable them to be lifted out of poverty and lead them to self-sufficiency while earning a sustainable income.  

Celebrity judges Wende Curtis, Barry Fey, Kirk Montgomery, Maggie Roswell, Jake Schroeder, Quinn Washington and Tim Wolf, along with audience participation, judged the talent showcase featuring Artistic Fusion, School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Raeanna Clarke, Rebecca Colvin, Red Fox Run, T Strickland, and Rikka Zimmerman, who were competing for cash prizes for their favorite charities or scholarships.

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