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July 29, 2011 - ChildSafe: ArtThrives!

What: An event to benefit ChildSafe

Where: Fort Collins Country Club

When: Friday, July 29, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Host(s): Vince Lubenow

Presenting Sponsor(s): Realities for Children

Executive Director: Jane Bradley

Speaker: Liz Johnson

Music: Dave Hill

Sponsors: D&W, Land Title Guarantee Company, Prudential Rocky Mountain Realtors, Bank of Colorado, Adams Bank & Trust, Ablao Law LLC, Otis, Coan & Peters, LLC, Flowerama of America, Schaefer & Kaines Family Dentistry, LLC

Auctioneer: Jeff Sweeney

Board of Directors: Wanda Zimmermann, President, Sara Stieben, Vice President, Dawn Marsh, Treasurer, Mims Harris, Secretary, Barbara Cohen, Barb Etherton, Pam Franzen, Helen Gray, Becky Morris, Nona Thayer

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Artists Gary Hixon left, and Carl Wilmsen
Artists Gary Hixon left, and Carl Wilmsen

ChildSafe, a community based resource for abused children, hosted a full house at their ArtThrives event at the Fort Collins Country Club on Friday night.  Attendees bid on a large variety of art in both live and silent auctions. One of the auction tables contained art work from ChildSafe child clients.  The art on this table raised hundreds of dollars.  Bidding was fast and furious in both the live and silent auction.  Auctioneer Jeff Sweeney entertained the crowd while he encouraged them to support this worthy cause. Twenty-five dollars bought both a glass of champagne and a raffle ticket for a trip to Aruba, which was donated by Roger and Brenda Jensen of Prudential Rocky Mountain Realtors.  

Guitarist Dave Hill provided the musical score for the evening. Guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner presented by the country club.  At the end of the dinner, speaker Liz Johnson moved the crowd to tears during her emotionally moving speech which told about her abuse as a child and how the ChildSafe staff worked with her so that she could overcome the abuse of her past and become an emotionally healthy young woman. 

A the end of the evening the raffle was held for the trip to Aruba and the very excited Erin Busch claimed her prize.

ChildSafe has worked in Fort Collins to support children abused both physically and sexually for 25 years. Treating over 500 clients last year alone, ChildSafe reaches many victims of abuse including children and their families and the adult victims of childhood abuse.  For further information about their programs check out their website at

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