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April 09, 2011 - LFS Hosts A Mile High Evening to Remember

What: The 18th Annual Lutheran Family Services Benefit Gala

Where: Four Seasons Hotel

When: Saturday, April 9, 2011

Time: 5:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $150.00

Beneficiary: Lutheran Family Services of Colorado

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kim Christiansen, 9News anchor and reporter

President(s): Jim Barclay

Invocation: Rev. Dr. Werner K. Boos, Our Father Lutheran Church

Entertainment: Lannie Garrett and her Errand Boys of Rhythm Quintet

Sponsors: The Augustana Foundation, Our Father Lutheran Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Robert and Judi Newman, Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, Bethany Lutheran Church, Doug and Nancy Sims, FirstBank, Les and Marianne Woodward, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, The Publishing House, Wilbanks Reserve, Del and Millie Hock, EKS&H, RBC Wealth Management/Tom and Kim Monson, Edward Kraemer & Sons, Inc. and IMA

Auctioneer: Adam Kevil

Attire: Cocktail

Planning Committee: Vivian Bengtson, Lana Farrington, Mary Gardinier, Alana Hankins, Karla Kalahar, Jeanne Maloney, Lisa Parsons, Dolores Parsons, Bonnie Pascoe, Ruth Peterson, Debbie Payne and Charlotte Rohrig

Board of Directors: Mike Porter, Debbie Payne, Will Schippers, Jennifer Bick, Rev. Keith Hedstrom, Kim Monson, Karl A. Berg, Jr, , Phyllis Eifler, Doug Eisenbrandt, Alana Hankins, Rev. Douglas Hill, Rev. Ann Hultquist, Greg Johnson, Keith LaShier, Ron McFarland, Cheryl Olson, Mathew Rauh and James Swaeby

Blacktie Photos by: Corey Holton

 Urim Apocalypse, Aden Ismael, Goshen Carmel and Silvie Apocalypse
Urim Apocalypse, Aden Ismael, Goshen Carmel and Silvie Apocalypse

The 19th Annual Lutheran Family Services Benefit Gala truly was an evening to remember. Guests of LFS filled the Grand Ballroom at the Four Seasons Denver on April 9 and enjoyed cocktails and a silent auction as they awaited dinner.

Kim Christiansen, 9News anchor and reporter, welcomed the guests as the Mistress of Ceremonies and had everyone laughing with her candid stories. Following her welcome, Christiansen played a video relating the story of a very talented young man whom LFS helped.

Urim Apocalypse is a refugee from the Congo and lives in Denver with his two brothers and sister. Aside from his amazing story of determination and resilience, Apocalypse is an amazing artist. Guests were in awe at the drawings that were on display in the ballroom when they found out Apocalypse had never taken an art class. As the crowd cheered and Apocalypse exited, Jim Barclay, CEO and president of LFS, took the stage to address the guests and discuss the good work that LFS has been doing in the community.

The crowd was on the verge of tears as Barclay related the story of Nellie Watson, a "seasoned citizen" who LFS supported and befriended. Watson passed away in 2009 but left LFS $318,000 from her estate "to help the poor and the hungry..." Barclay described to the crowd how much good LFS will be able to in the community with such a generous donation.

As dinner came to a close and coffee was being served, Barclay presented awards to distinguished partners of LFS. Award recipients included Mount Olive Lutheran Church of Aurora, Jerry Doebele, Community First Foundation and Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver.

Following the presentation of awards, the mood became jovial and energized as auctioneer Adam Kevil took the stage. Kevil moved quickly between tables making jokes and interacting with the crowd as people bid on various items.

After the live auction, Kim Christiansen gave her concluding remarks and Lannie Garrett took the stage with her Errand Boys of Rhythm Quintet to amaze the crowd.

As the guests filed out at the end of the night, it was clear that this had both been an evening to remember and a great success for Lutheran Family Services.

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