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November 03, 2011 - Supporting Project Angel Heart at the Tastiest Event in Town!

What: A Taste for Life

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $95.00 (mix and mingle), $1,000 (2 patron tickets, valet parking and name listed in event honor roll), $1,200 (table for 10), $2,000 (lounge for 10).

Beneficiary: Project Angel Heart

Host(s): Project Angel Heart

Master of Ceremonies: Stand-up comedian Chuck Roy

Gala Chairperson(s): Laura Gillespie Lhevine & Deidre O'Callaghan

Executive Director: Erin Pulling

Committee Members: Jeremy Anderson, Julie Carroll, Robb Green, Paul Jeselnick, Christopher K.M. Leach, Lee Rudofsky and John Skogstad

Staff: Erin Pulling, Executive Director / Jon Emanuel, Executive Chef

Libations: Open bar provided by: Hangar 1 Vodka | Gallo Wines | Great Divide Brewery

Catering: Altitude Restaurant at Hyatt Regency | Annie's Cafe and Bar | Beatrice and Woodsley | Biker Jim's Dogs | Blue Bell Ice Cream | The Bread & Butter Club | City O'City | The Corner Office Restaurant | Elway's Cherry Creek | Encore on Colfax | The Espresso Affair | Gateaux Specialty Cakes and Pastries | Haute Touch Catering | Il Mondo Vecchio | Johnson & Wales | Jonesy's Eat Bar | The Kitchen Denver

Sponsors: BKD CPAs & Advisors LLP, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck, Chevron, Sage Hospitality 20th Anniversary Sponsors: Barkley Martinez, P.C., Lynn & John Grigsby, Al Halverstadt & Susan Weeks, Synergy HomeCare Community Partners: 5280 The Denver Magazine, Bouquets, Corie Walker Graphic Design, McBoat Photography,Out Front Colorado, Swank AV, Westword

Attendance: 800+

Event Coordinator: Mindy Davidson, Director of Development, Project Angel Heart

Board of Directors: Officers: Mark Thrun, M.D., President, Denver Public Health; Dean McConnell, Vice-President, Kennedy Childs & Fogg, P.C.; Lorii Rabinowitz, Secretary, 9NEWS K*USA-TV and KTVD My20 Denver; Jeremy Anderson, Officer At-Large, BNY Mellon Wealth Management; John Grigsby, Jr., Treasurer, John Grigsby and Associates, Inc.; Directors: David Alexander, David Alexander Designs; BJ Dyer, Bouquets; Jen Eiteljorg, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schrek; Jeff Giadone, United Healthcare; Rosalie Goldman, Retired Educator - State of Colorado; Paul Jeselnick, Paul. R. Jeselnick Architecture, PC; Deidre O'Callaghan, Anschutz Exploration Company; Landman Michael O'Donnell, Independent HR Consultant; Joyce Pashel, Ceramicist; Arnie Tinter, Corporate Finance Group; Katie Rehrig, First Bank; Karsten Riggs, Sage Hospitality; Lee Rudofsky, RE/Max of Cherry Creek; David Westman, Design with Bite; Governance Council: Project Angel Heart's Governance Council is a group of former board members who have committed to ongoing support of and involvement with Project Angel Heart. Former Presidents: Daniel Brogan, John Connell, Esq., CPA Mark Cornetta, Peter Di Leo, Charles Robbins, Project Angel Heart founder Cheri Vargo; Governance Council Members: Val Armstrong, Pam Clifford, Jim Coyle, Esq., Lanny Dick, Lannie Garrett, Dr. Rebekah Gass, Rhondda Grant, Rev. Al Halverstadt, Gary Hard, Jeffrey Hopper, Pat Long, Sandy McConnell, Anne Mack, Carol Shepard, Don Widler

Blacktie Photos by: Steven Shoppman

 Rion Smith, left, Brinnn Pfeiffer, Steve Hammack
Rion Smith, left, Brinnn Pfeiffer, Steve Hammack

Each fall Project Angel Heart organizes a fun event showcasing delicious food from the Denver area.  Generous restaurants come with selections from their menus to delight the taste buds of the hundreds in attendance at a Taste for Life.  The drinks and well-crafted food are an excellent complement to the expansive silent auction full of items across the board.  It is just about impossible for someone to have anything but a spectacular time, but this event is not about having a good time.  It is about helping people in dire need.

As with most fundraisers, the purpose is to raise money for a good cause.  In the long list of events looking for support each year, many causes are complex, focusing on much more indirect beneficiaries and missions. Project Angel Heart keeps it simple. Everyone can understand exactly where their support is going and see direct benefits to their contributions.  It is because Project Angel Heart focuses on the basic need of nutrition.  For those with life threatening illnesses, preparing the meals they need to prolong their life can be extremely difficult, and in many cases, impossible.  This is where their programs step in.  At times, the people that receive Project Angel Heart’s meals have felt helpless, wondering if they will simply go without a meal, let alone something that has the nutrition they need.

For anyone that attends the event and listens to the stories of those receiving meals, there is no one in disagreement of the importance of the programs.  For every dollar spent in support, the majority of it goes right back into serving the meals.  How?  The organization makes every donation count with their corps of volunteers.  In 2009, 3,017 people donated time to the organization, so the overhead costs stay low and the organization is able to make sure that every dollar goes farther than ever.

After 20 years of a first class event, 2011 was no disappointment.  A Taste for Life continues to be a not to be missed affair. While the event is about helping those in need, it is no lack of fun and excitement.  And as Project Angel Heart continues their success, more and more people continue their fight for life, and that fight for life is a world easier with Project Angel Heart here to help.

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