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March 12, 2011 - Dashing 3rd Annual Dine & D'art

What: Fundraiser for ArtReach programs

Where: Mile High Station

When: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $400 per couple

Honoree(s): Jamie Angelich, recipient of the 2011 Ginger Merelli Special Events Volunteer Award

Honorary Chairperson(s): Judi Wolf

Co-Chair(s): Michael Ledwitz and Joseph McCormack

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, Helenn Franzgrote, Arlene Hirschfeld, Trisha Hood, Gail Johnson, Lark Katchur, Pamela Kelker, Cathy Klein, Jimmy Lambatos, Susan Larkin, Kalleen Malone, Edie Marks, Mary McNicholas, Jane and Skip Nerzorg, Dean Prina MD, Louise Richardson, Phyllis Stewart, Sandee Walling, Marie Belew Wheatley

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

Welcome: Nancy Cole and Karla Johnson-Grimes

Libations: Mile High Station Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir

Catering: Footers

Music: Manuel Molina Trio

Sponsors: ABC Custom Framing, Archer Design, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, Cimarex and F.H. Merelli, denver Magazine, Fred and Jana Bartlit, Merrick & Company, National Distributing, Reynolds and Maureen Cannon, Saunders Construction, Steve and Ryta Sondergard, Sprint Denver, Walter F. Imhoff in honor of Ryta Sondergard

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett

Menu: Spinach Mandarin orange salad or roasted red pepper salad; oven roasted baron of beef, chicken Roulade, grilled seasonal vegetable bundles tied with chive, roasted fingerling potatoes, trio of mousse

Attendance: 300

Attire: Black tie invited or black tie optional and tennis shoes

Board of Directors: Nancy Cole, President; Cindy Bell, President-Elect; Jean Bashong, Treasurer; 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

 Co-chair Joe McCormack, left, ArtReach Executive Director Karla Johnson-Grimes, co-chair Michael Ledwitz and honoree Jamie Angelich
Co-chair Joe McCormack, left, ArtReach Executive Director Karla Johnson-Grimes, co-chair Michael Ledwitz and honoree Jamie Angelich

As the Paris fashion houses prepare for the fall and winter shows, fashion icons everywhere are continually looking for the most stylish gowns, jewelry, makeup, hairstyles and shoes?? That's the beauty of Dine & D'art, a benefit for Denver's ArtReach programs that had guests running in high gear.

The third annual soiree provided entertainment just by watching guests dash for their coveted piece of art. The hobby stores must have been very busy in the past few weeks, judging from all the bling and glitter on some beautifully crafted shoes. Supporters Judi and Marvin Wolf, Teresa Kennedy, Ryta and Steve Sondergard, Edie and Mort Marks, Trisha Hood, John Farnam and Paul Heitzenrater, Gail and George Johnson, Louise Richardson, board members Nancy Cole, Marc Cutilletta and his wife Adrienne, Kevin Fonk, Alexandra Hoy, Cindy Hayes, Denise Seery and Molly Moss and many others were seen sporting elegant dresses and tuxedos, but in order to move the fastest, they employed the most unique and fashionable tennis shoes around.

Many artists who contributed art to the event, including John Atencio, Darrell Anderson, John Guthrie, Brad Ramsey, Deborah Griffith, Bethany Knode, Gary Reed, Barb Pullin, Michael Keating, Howard Neville, Homare Ikeada and Pam Kelker were also on hand to support this wonderful event.

Executive Director Karla Johnson-Grimes was everywhere, greeting guests, thanking artists and welcoming and thanking attendees from the stage. Event chairs Joe McCormack and Michael Ledwitz also took to the microphone for a few comments before the evening's honoree was introduced, Jamie Angelich. Jamie gave a heartfelt acceptance speech for the Ginger Merelli Special Events Volunteer award, and tearfully reminisced about volunteering with Ginger, who passed away in 2002. Both are known for their high energy, dedication and enthusiasm.

Auctioneer extraordinaire Gary Corbett brought a few other supporters on stage for the live auction and true to his unique style, seemed to be personally speaking to every member of the audience.

Add to the mix a superb catered dinner by Footers, and that would have been a full evening in itself. But everyone was waiting for their moment when they could put those rubber soles to good use, and dash for their favorite piece of art, so everyone went home happy, especially the beneficiaries of ArtReach.  

ArtReach exists to ensure people of all ages who struggle with physical, mental, behavioral or severe economic challenges have an opportunity to experience arts and culture. Every year ArtReach programs ensure that more than 70,000 individuals and families in our community have the opportunity to experience the Arts. 

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