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October 22, 2011 - Western Fantasy Roundup at the VOA Ranch

What: 2011 Western Fantasy at the VOA Ranch

Where: National Western Event Center (1515 East Forty-Seventh Avenue

When: Saturday, October 22, 2011

Time: Reception 5:45 p.m. ; • Dinner 7:00 p.m.; Concert 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual Reservations - $300, Young Professional Ticket - $150, Young Professional Table for 10 - $150

Beneficiary: Volunteers of America

Honoree(s): 2011 Humanitarian Award recipients: Anna and John Sie

EMCEE: Ed Greene, CBS4 Weather Anchor

Gala Chairperson(s): Dianne and Tom Honig

Founders: Sharon Magness Blake and Jean Galloway

President(s): Dianna L Kunz

Staff: Mary Beth Heller, Amanda Gregg, John Drengacz, Sarada Leavenworth, Michael James, Dale Elliot, Torey Dixon, Virdell Miller, Lindi Sinton, Diana Stobnicke, Jim White

Introductions: Ed Greene

Invocation: Dianna L Kunz

Speaker: Governor John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Sara Evans

Sponsors: NEW MILLENNIUM SPONSORS: Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, Phyllis M. Coors Foundation, and Paragon Ranch; DIAMOND STARS SPONSORS: Christian P Anschutz Foundation, Tim & Libby Brown Foundation, CBS4, Century Link, Hyde Park, Yvonne and Bill McCallum, The Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, Starz, Wells Fargo Bank, The Wrangler Store. GOLD NUGGET SPONSORS: 5280 Magazine, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, The Denver Post, Epicurean Catering, First Data Corporation, GA Foods of Pinellas County, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Barbara and Ed Greene, Crystal and Russ Hathaway, Miller Coors, Pinnacol Assurance, United Launch Alliance, Delta Dental. SILVER SPURS SPONSORS: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, ARC Thrift Stores, Barton Family Foundation, Berenbaum Weinshienk PC, Linda Shoemaker and Steve Brett, CoBiz Financial/Colorado Business Bank, Craig Hospital, The Denver Broncos Football Club, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver Management Advisors, Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC, FirstBank, Galloway Group, Graebel Companies, Holland & Hart, Holme Robert & Owens, Dianne and Tom Honig, The Integer Group, Carol and Brad James, Jones International University, Kathy and Rob Klugman, Dixie and Harold Kunz, KYGO 98.5 Radio, Liberty Global Inc, Manuel Martinez and Pat Cortez, MDC Holdings, National Western/Hutchison International, Newmont Mining, Neiman Marcus, Saunders Contruction, Steele Street Bank & Trust, Southwest Airlines, UMB Bank, University of Colorado Hospital, University of Denver, Lee and Mark VanLoucks. STAR & SPURS SPONSORS: Columbine Health Plan, Dianna L. Kunz, Mutual of America, Pam and Jim Smith, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

Quote of the evening: Anna Sie: "Let us appluade the VOA and this wonderful country we live in. God Bless America!"

Menu: Sensational salad: crisp romaine wedge on a bed of spinach and radicchio with french brie, butternut squash, candied pepita seeds, dried mountain cherries and maple balsamic vinaigrette. Bountiful breads: fall bread basket of jalapeno cornbread muffins, dill cheddar biscuits, sliced pumpkin and zucchini bread, Mitch's Italian herb focaccia, buttermilk biscuits and grissini's served with cowboy butter. Enticing entree: premium Angus tenderloin medallion with porcini red wine demi jus, sweet potato mashed with maple syrup, oven roasted baby sunburst pan squashes, grape tomato and micro arugula greens. Dianne's dynamic dessert: warm decadent white chocolate bread pudding with cranberry compote infused with port wine, cinnamon, star anise, colorado pumpkin spiced ice cream and caramel apple rum sauce

Attendance: 1,000+

Attire: Western Elegance

Florist: Bouquets


Steering Committee: David Alexander, Kay Burke, Jennifer Daurio, Kristina Davidson, Christel Dikeman, Stephen Edmonds, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Layne Fleischman, Kelly Ford, Sharon Whiton Gelt, Barbara Greene, Kathy Hatch, Carol James, Gail Johnson, Arlene Mohler Johnson, Lark Katcher, Edie Marks, Bill & Yvonne McCallum, Carol McTavish, Gayle and Ed Novak, Frances Owens, Monica Owens, Gary Pettit, Michael Pollak, Lyn Schaffer, Sarah Sena, Remy Spreeuw, Susan Stiff, Nancy Thompson, Tracy Ulmer, Taryn Walsh, Faye Washington

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Black & Janet Snell-Bergeon

 The 2011 Humanitarians Award is presented to Anna & John J Sie
The 2011 Humanitarians Award is presented to Anna & John J Sie

Founders Sharon Magness Blake and Jean Galloway conceived of the Western Fantasy in 1994 as an elegant gala featuring top country music entertainment for Denver's country music fans. The event is the signature fundraiser for Volunteers of America's programs aimed to assist most vulnerable neighbors. Since it’s inception in 1994, Western Fantasy has raised $16 million to support Volunteers of America helping children and families and our elderly neighbors in need across Colorado.

Guests were welcomed to the National Western Event Center for a cocktail reception on Saturday evening, where the western theme of the night was taken to heart in both the decor and the guests' apparel. 

The evening was officially kicked off with the signature ride of Sharon Magness Blake through the arena on her horse, Bronco's mascot Thunder.  Sharon wore a flowing white dress and carried an American flag, riding to 'God Bless the USA' by Lee Greenwood.

Dinner was served by Epicurean Catering, and started with a sensational salad with a crisp romaine wedge on a bed of spinach with sliced French brie and dried mountain cherries, and a selection of bountiful breads.  A premium angus tenderloin medallion was served with porcini red wine demi jus, sweet potatoes, oven roasted squashes, grape tomato and arugula greens.  A warm white chocolate bread pudding with coffee finished the meal on a sweet note. 

CBS4's Ed Greene introduced Governor Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and VOA President and CEO, Dianna Kunz, gave a prayer.  The 2011 VOA Humanitarians of the Year were John and Anna Sie, both immigrants to the United States and exceptional philanthropists.

Finally, KYGO 98.5 morning DJ Kelly Ford introduced country music star Sara Evans, who brought the crowd to their feet for a high-energy and entertaining show. 

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