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November 15, 2011 - Adoption Exchange Fantasy Ball

What: The Stars Are Out Tonight...For the Kids

Where: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA

When: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $125 and up

Beneficiary: Children awaiting adoption

Honoree(s): Janet Perlstein

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Music: Tunisia

Sponsors: Regal Entertainment Group, Wendy's, Fantasy Baseball Camp for Kids, Fandango, Grills Family Foundation, LottnerRubinFishmanBrown + Saul and Janet Perlstein, Brad and Carol McNealy, Padgett Family Foundation

Auctioneer: Adam Kevil

Menu: Goat cheese relleno, bufala stuffed bouche, Virginia ham petit biscuit, Yorkshire pudding with beef tenderloin, yellow fin tuna on cucumber chip, wintergreen salad, star shaped grilled flatbread, bistro sirloin tower, hearty grain and mushroom crepe, chocolate ribbon mousse cake

Board of Directors: Ray Nutt, Brad McNealy, Paul Egan, Larry Barnaby, Craig Barnes, John Coffman, Candis Goins, Seth Grob, Richard A. Harris, Wes Hutchins, Jamie Jackson, Joe Miller, Melissa Peden, Edward J. Rand, Marjorie Soldan, Elaine Torres, Larry Walker, Vicky Winterscheidt, David Zinger

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Janet Perlstein accepts her Wednesday's Child award
Janet Perlstein accepts her Wednesday's Child award

The 24th annual Fantasy Ball brings together those who are interested in supporting children awaiting adoption. The Adoption Exchange has been connecting children with their forever families since 1983. The Adoption Exchange works to recruit families and then provides pre and post adoption support for families. Right now there are over 100,000 children in the United States waiting for permanent homes.  Adoption Exchange has connected more than 6,500 children to the forever families in Colorado alone.

The special Fantasy Ball evening opened with hors d'oeuvres prepared by Epicurean catering, enjoyed by guests as they mingled and made their auction bids.  Brooke Wagner and Ed Greene of CBS4 welcomed the guests and kept them informed with auction updates.  As the guests sat down to dinner, they were entertained by Soar, the foster-adopted youth and adult choir.  This choir is composed of both foster and adopted children, along with foster and adoptive parents.  The sound they create together is wonderful.

Ray Nutt welcomed everyone and acknowledged the benefactors and volunteers who worked to put the Fantasy Ball together.  The Kerin family, which is composed of Janet and her three adopted sons presented the Wednesday's Child Award to Janet Perlstein, who has served as an Adoption Exchange volunteer for more than 28 years.  Janet, a lawyer, serves as the organization's pro bono general counsel and volunteers in a number of other capacities for the Adoption Exchange.

Janet Perlstein talked about the work of the Adoption Exchange and thanked her law firm LottnerRubinFishmanBrown+Saul, P.C. for generously allowing her to devote so much time to her charitable pursuits.

Auctioneer Adam Kevil got the crowd waving their paddles during the evening and finally the band Tunisia entertained the crowd.

For more information about Adoption Exchange check out their website at 

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