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September 22, 2011 - "Grapes against Wrath"


Where: Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver

When: Thursday, September 22, 2011

Time: 6-9:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $85.00

Host(s): Christine R. Jones

Presenting Sponsor(s): The Lang Family

Executive Director: Debora Judish

Staff: Christine Jones, Development Director; Debbie Hart, Program Director; Chris Char, Intake Coordinator/Family Counselor; Brad Hanson, Jesse Carollo, Donovan Webb, Erin O'Sullivan, Family Counselors

Libations: The Vinyards Wine Shop

Catering: City Bakery, Elway’s-Cherry Creek, DU School of Hospitality, Fruition, Linger, and LoLas

Sponsors: Susan Noble, Coldwell Banker Devonshire, Wynkoop, LLC, The Vinyard Wine Shop, 5280--The Denver Magazine

Attire: Business Casual

Event Coordinator: Christine Jones

Board of Directors: President-- Nathaniel J. Moore, M.D.; Vice President/Secretary-- Sarah Stoneking; Treasurer-- Jeff Ehlinger; Stockton Baker; Ann Cooper; John Eckelberry; Betsey Jansen; Jeffrey Keil; Richard Lang; Sarah Mussetter; Susan Noble

Blacktie Photos by: Sarah Lugo

 Lisa Bailey and Chef Keegan Gerhard
Lisa Bailey and Chef Keegan Gerhard

FACES held it’s annual “Grapes against Wrath” fundraising event on Thursday, September 22, 2011. The event was held at the beautiful Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality management at the University of Denver.  

The event hosted sponsors from some of Denver’s finest restaurants, including: Linger, Elway’s Cherry Creek, Lola’s, Fruition and The Vineyard Wine Shop. These restaurants prepared delicious samples of their cuisine and elegantly plated them for guests to enjoy. The guests were also treated to quaint wine displays with the wine generously provided and served by The Vineyard Wine Shop. While enjoying these treats, the guests browsed the silent auction, which included items from a crystal ball to an autographed John Elway cap.

There was also a great food demonstration given by Executive Chef, Keegan Gerhard. Chef Gerhard is an award winning pastry chef and the former host of the Food Network series "Food Network Challenge."  He is also the owner and Executive Chef of D-Bar Desserts in Denver.

FACES (Family Advocacy, Care, Education, Support) is an organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse, neglect, and family violence.

FACES works on eradicating domestic child abuse through their Home Visitation Program. The program provides services for the prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect and family violence through:

  • therapeutic counseling
  • parenting education
  • case management
  • advocacy and support services

Visits are conducted weekly or bi-weekly (as the intensity of need diminishes). The length of service (which can range from three to eighteen months) is tailored to each family’s needs. Counselors also assist parents in accessing community health care and social services, housing opportunities, childcare, and other circles of support within their community.

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