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October 29, 2011 - SafeHouse Denver Presents The Hope Gala

What: SafeHouse Denver 'The Hope Gala'

Where: Ritz Carlton Denver

When: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m. cocktails, 7:15 p.m. dinner, 9:00 p.m. casino and Hazel Miller Band

Ticket Prices: Table of 10 until September 26th: $1,500; Table of 10 after September 26th: $1,750 Individual Seat until September 26th: $150; Individual seat after September 26th: $175; young professional seat (35 & under): $100; young professional seats for a party of four: $360

Honoree(s): Susan Noble Community Impact Award: Verizon, accepted by Melanie Braidich, regional president; Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Memorial Award: Nancy Lewis, Executive Director of Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance and Denver Police Chief Gerald R. Whitman

EMCEE: Anne Trujillo, 7News Anchor

Gala Chairperson(s): Carrie Wernecke and Janet Woolley

Honorary Chairperson(s): Anne Trujillo, 7News Anchor

President(s): Victoria McVicker, CEO

Introductions: Anne Trujillo

Welcome: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, by video

Libations: Miller-Coors

Catering: The Ritz-Carlton Denver

Entertainment: The Hazel Miller Band

Music: Arielle Wilson, Pianist

Sponsors: Gold Sponsors: Kathy and Brad Coors; Carol and Paul Rose; Auction Sponsor: InTANDEM; Entertainment Sponsor: Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons, LLC; Silver Sponsors: MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Susan and Howard Noble, Wells Fargo Banks, N.A.; Patron Sponsors: Meredit and Pete Coors, Donna Goldin Evans and Earl Evans, Global Technology Resources, Inc, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers; Amethyst Sponsors BKD CPAs & Advisors, Valerie and Roger Chilewski, CoBiz, Inc, COVA, FirstBank Data Corporation, Sherman & Howard, LLC, Tuthill & Hughes LLP, Vertex Construction Services, Inc, Carrie Wernecke

Auctioneer: Bob Fontneau

Menu: Roasted squash soup, grilled flat iron steak, braised fingerling potato, and spinach; vanilla bean creme brulee with hazelnut biscotti and seasonal berries

Special Thanks: The Anschutz Foundation

Board of Directors: Ms. Monica Denler, Chair; Ms. Donna Goldin Evans, Healthcare Consultant; Ms. Julie Mansfield, The Swizzle Group, Private Quarters; Mr. Oscar Martinez, Cloud Peak ENERGY, Past Chair; Ms. Kristi Palmer, Wells Fargo Bank; Ms. Ramonna Robinson, GroundFloor Media; Mr. Rolando Salinas, Centura Health; Mr. Bradley Smith, Karsh Consulting P.C.; Ms. Carrie Wernecke, Coldwell Banker Devonshire; Ms. Joy Woller, Rothgerber Johnson and Lyons LLP; Ms. Janey Woolley, Denver Academy; Ms. Victoria McVicker, CEO

Steering Committee: Carrie Wernecke, co-chair, Janet Woolley, co-chair, Monica Denler, advisor, Valerie Chilewski, Meredith Coors, Ashley Golder, Ingrid Nagy, Ramonna Robinson, Michelle Rose-Hughes and Devon Wisner

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Gala co-chairs Janet Woolley and Carrie Wernecke
Gala co-chairs Janet Woolley and Carrie Wernecke

The Annual SafeHouse Denver Gala took place on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver. The Hope Gala: Celebrating the Women, Children and Youth of SafeHouse Denver featured cocktails, fabulous live and silent auctions, an elegant dinner catered by the Ritz-Carlton, exciting casino games and dancing to the music of a Colorado favorite The Hazel Miller Band. 

Guests arrived at 6 p.m. and enjoyed a cocktail reception while perusing the silent auction items and listening to the beautiful piano music of Arielle Wilson.  Dinner followed in the ballroom at 7:15, and guests enjoyed a fall-themed dinner beginning with roasted squash soup, followed by a grilled flat iron steak with braised fingerling potatoes and spinach.  Dessert was a vanilla bean creme brulee, served with hazelnut biscotti and seasonal berries.

Anne Trujillo, anchor for 7News, was the emcee for the evening, and she introduced remarks by video from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.  Mayor Hancock discussed the importance of the work that SafeHouse Denver does, as he lost his sister to domestic violence.  

SafeHouse Denver CEO Victoria McVicker and gala co-chairs Carrie Wernecke and Janet Woolley then presented the evening's awards.  The Susan Noble Community Impact Award was given to Verizon, accepted by Melanie Braidich, regional president.  There were two recipients of the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Award: Nancy Lewis, executive director of Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA), and Denver Police Chief Gerald R. Whitman. 

The awards were followed by the live auction, with Bob Fontneau and Anne Trujillo urging guests to give generously to SafeHouse Denver.  Finally, guests enjoyed casino games and dancing to The Hazel Miller Band.


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