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May 05, 2011 - Sunset in Boots and Bling for ALS

What: ALS Fundraiser

Where: The Fort Restaurant, Morrison, Colorado

When: Thursday, May 5, 2011

Time: 6 p.m.

Master of Ceremonies: Bill Clarke

Executive Director: Pam Rush-Negri

Staff: Leslie Ryan - Patient Services Director; Suzanne Schrag - Patient Services Coordinator; Tiffany Pittman - Development and Marketing Manager; Janet Kawamura - Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator; Mary King - Program Manager

Music: Hazel Miller Band

Menu: Mixed greens salad with Damiana vinagrette; fresh seasonal vegetable; honey chile glazed salmon; teriyaki marinated quail, chile pork tenderloin; buffalo prime rib; sherry garlic mushrooms; chipotle bacon cheese grits; braised spinach

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Peanut Butter and mango stuffed jalapeni escabeche; hot sausage and bean dip with tortilla chips; guacamole with tortilla chips; citrus lamb riblets; cheese and fruit; sundried tomato and goat cheese tartlet; salmon cake with jalapeno aioli; coffee BBQ duck quesadillas; shrimp and avocado canape

Board of Directors: Marty Skolnick - President; Robert L. Behrens - Vice President; Chris Setter - Treasurer; Mark Williams - Secretary; Tom Carley - Past President; Brian Cook - Director; Kevin Corley - Director; Justin Griffin - Director; Renata Hewett - Director; Robert Mellwig - Director; Mike Newman - Director; Eric Palmer - Director; Patricia Reisinger - Director; Yvonne Rollins M.D. - Director; Josh Rudin - Director; Allen Shaw - Director

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Tom Fincken, left, with Ron Hauptman, Tim Steinhouse and Bill Iwata
Tom Fincken, left, with Ron Hauptman, Tim Steinhouse and Bill Iwata

The early west was in evidence at the Fort restaurant Thursday night as the Rocky Mountain chapter of the ALS Association held its annual fundraiser "Sunset in Boots and Bling." The sun shone brightly as event guests got into the spirit of the event, wearing their best western duds. 

The Fort served its traditional western menu, including bison and salmon and demonstrated opening a champagne bottle with a hatchet. Many of the guests took advantage of the wonderful weather to eat outside on the patio and enjoy the Colorado scenery. Master of Ceremonies Bill Clarke talked to the guests about the importance of the ALS cause and even tried his hand at being an auctioneer. Hazel MIller and her band wowed the crowd with her renditions of many blues classics including "Mustang Sally," which had the audience up and dancing.

Throughout the evening, bidding on silent and live auction items raised money for this great cause. ALS Association President Marty Skolnick talked about the effect of this disease and the many people working hard in the association to benefit those affected by ALS.

The ALS Association works tirelessly for ALS patients and their families.  A variety of support services are offered, equipment loaners are provided, and respite care is available.  The ALS Association is a public policy advocate lobbying for long term health care, research and caregiver support.  Finally, the ALS Association has a research arm working for meaningful therapy for ALS patients. 

For further information about ALS check out their website at

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