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November 03, 2011 - ADMHN Raises Spirits With Wine Tasting and Auction

What: Annual wine tasting event to beneft the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network

Where: The Sanctuary, 7549 Daniels Park Road, Sedalia, CO 80135

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $50 - Individual ticket, $1,000 - Epicure - (2 tickets), $1,500 - Aficionado (3 tickets), $2,000 - Connoisseur (5 tickets), $5,000 - Proprietaire (10 complimentary tickets)

Beneficiary: Mental health programs in Arapahoe and Douglas counties

President(s): Todd M Helvig, PysD

Welcome: Scott Thoemke, Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network CEO

Libations: Wine Sponsors were: Beverage Distributors Company, Republic National Distributing Company, Unity Selections, Baroness Wines, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Vincopia/Loscano

Catering: Sanctuary Golf Course

Music: Peneplain Jazz

Sponsors: Presenting: Citywide Banks, Lukas Liquor Superstore, Mountain Crest Properties; Aficionado: Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., City of Glendale, Intermountain Rural Electric Association, Mercer; Epicure: Aurora Mental Health Center, Community Reach Center, Kaiser Permanente

Auctioneer: Shelly St John and The Auction Divas

Menu: Buffet, with coffee and dessert bar featuring s'mores

Attire: Business casual

Board of Directors: Todd M Helvig, PysD, President; Capt. Attila C Denes, Vice President; Robert L Ireland, Secretary/Treasurer; Thomas J Flanagan, Jr., Former President; Wayne Barnard, 'Nita Brown, Mario A Harding, MHA, FACHE, Kelli Kane, LCSW, Jeffrey Nelson, LCSW, Capt. Vincent E Sauter, Carla A Vellos, Melanie Worley; Appointed Members: Susan Beckman, Arapahoe County Commissioner, Barbara Drake, Douglas County Human Services Director; Community Member: Tom Burger

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Marsha and Chuck Wahler with CEO Scott Thoemke and Michael Ellis
Marsha and Chuck Wahler with CEO Scott Thoemke and Michael Ellis

The beautiful clubhouse at the Sanctuary Golf Course provided an elegant backdrop for the 7th annual Raising Spirits Wine Tasting and Auction for Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health network. Incorporating a traditional wine-tasting format, Raising Spirits featured plentiful food, desserts, coffee and of course, elegantly served national and international wines.

Guests enjoyed visiting a total of ten wine tasting stations and dining on a buffet of appetizers and pasta.   Peneplain Jazz provided a selection of Jazz music throughout the evening, a perfect complement to the gorgeous surroundings at the Sanctuary Golf Course.

The purpose of the evening was Raising Spirits for those less fortunate, as all proceeds provide direct services to uninsured and under-insured individuals in critical need of mental health and substance abuse treatment services in our community. 

The silent auction and brief live auction by Shelly St. John and The Auction Divas offered unique, adventure-based items that are perfect for both personal enjoyment and holiday gift giving.

The evening ended on a sweet note, as guests enjoyed coffee and a selection of desserts, including a unique s'mores buffet. 

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