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October 21, 2011 - WCFOC Future For Families Gala at Cielo

What: The Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center held its 'Passport to Hope' Future for Families Gala and Auction Friday October 21, at Cielo at Castle Pines.

Where: Cielo at Castle Pines

When: Friday, October 21, 2011

Time: 6 p.m.

Beneficiary: Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center

Mistress of Ceremonies: WCFOC Exec. Dir. Jennifer Walker

Presenting Sponsor(s): IREA, Land Rover Denver South, Lockton, Sky Ridge Med Ctr.

Executive Director: Jennifer Walker

Committee Members: Keni Johnson, Karen Kostrowski, Joanna Springer, Becky Harvey, Donna Thurlow, Kristy Suda

President(s): Sherry Merrill, Board President

Catering: Exquisite Catering, Azucar Sweet Shop, Monica's Cupcakes, Sweet Nothings

Music: Happy Ever After String Ensemble, followed by DJ 'Line Level Show Tek'

Auctioneer: Adam Kevil

Quote of the evening: 'One in 5 high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner,' from the cast of The OUTRAGE, presented by Chaparral HS

Menu: Salmon, Beef, Wild rice

Attire: Business

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Stuffed mushrooms, bruschetta

Event Coordinator: Heather Orr, Renee Forsythe

Planning Committee: Nancy Smith, Susan Trost, Christina Busse, Kelsey McMillen

Board of Directors: For a full listing of the Board members, to get infomation, or to get involved, see the website at

Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau

 Chaparral HS drama students act out the perils of date rape and assault
Chaparral HS drama students act out the perils of date rape and assault

The Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center held it's Future For Families Gala and Auction, with the theme 'Passport to Hope', on October 21 at Cielo at Castle Pines.  The featured silent and live auctions as well as a presentation by drama students from Chaparral HS which brought to life the prevalence and possible solutions to date rape and assault.

Guests arrived to the sound of music from the Happily Ever After String Ensemble and browsed tables of silent auction items.  As they shopped, they sampled passed hors d'ouvres from Exquisite Catering, who also provided dinner for the evening.  The setting at Cielo highlighted a perfect Colorado Indian Summer evening.

Guests were then seated to a buffet dinner which featured a wedge salad, salmon, and beef filet, served with wild rice, and desserts from Azucar Sweet Shop, Monica's Cupcakes, and Sweet Nothings.  After dinner, Center Executive Director Jennifer Walker began the evening's program by welcoming the guests and introducing the Chaparral students, who presented a performance entitled 'The OUTRAGE'

The presentation raised awareness and understanding of an important issue, teen dating violence and sexual assault, through interaction with the audience as well as dramatizations of potential assault situations.  The students received a standing ovation at the conclusion of the performance and guests received a greater understanding of a complex problem.

Walker then introduced auctioneer Adam Kevil who put several live auction items on the block, including a Dream Vacation in Honduras and an African Safari.  Guests bid with enthusiasm and before the evening was done, silent and live auction items raised more than $40,000 to support WCFOC programs.

After the auction guests were invited to stay and dance to the music of 'Line Level Show Tek', the evenings dance DJ.  For more information about the Gala or about how to get involved or help the Women's Crisis and Family Outreach Center, please visit their website at

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