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March 12, 2011 - Hope Center's Vintage Vegas Casino Night

What: Million Lights of Hope, the Hope Center's 6th annual fundraiser

Where: Sherman Center, Denver

When: Saturday, March 12, 2011

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: VIP $125, Individual $75

Beneficiary: Hope Center

EMCEE: Gloria Neal CBS4

Presenting Sponsor(s): PCL Construction, Bieber Foundation

Executive Director: Gerie Grimes

Catering: Michael's of Denver

Music: Hot Lunch Band

Sponsors: Deep Green Lawn Care, Forest City Stapleton, The Key People

Auctioneer: Debbie Stafford

Attendance: 150

Board of Directors: Chair: CT Smith, Vice Chair: Sid Davidson, Secretary: Dr. Barbara Batey, Treasurer: John Hanson, Charles Leili, Dr. John Fischer

Blacktie Photos by: David Shults

 Janyse Hill (left), and Jeanette West
Janyse Hill (left), and Jeanette West

The Hope Center's 6th annual fundraising event, Vintage Vegas, Million Lights of Hope, took place at the Sherman Center on March 12, 2011.  Guests were greeted by showgirls dressed in vintage sequined costumes and the well known "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.  It was a spectacular fundraising event featuring all the glamour of old Las Vegas and a special night dedicated to raising the necessary funding for the Hope Center to continue addressing the needs of clients, children and families.

Guests could place their bids at the silent auction table, which featured fine dining and get aways, family outing packages, and artistic creations made by children ages 2-6 years old enrolled at the Hope Center. After placing their bids on silent auction items, guests took their envelopes of play money to buy chips and hit the gaming tables to get lucky for a good cause.  Gaming tables included blackjack, poker, roulette, and craps.  The Hot Lunch Band provided musical entertainment throughout the night and kept everyone grooving.

The Hope Center benefits at risk children and adults with developmental disabilities.  The Hope Center's goals are to raise money to help over 200 children ages 2 1/2 to 8 years old prepare for success in school by providing a top rated and accredited early childhood education program and support a high quality childcare program for working parents in the inner city.  The Hope Center also continues to teach job readiness and socialization skills to adults with disabilities enrolled in their vocational program.

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