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April 04, 2002 - Girlfriends Gather at Shanahans'

What: Benefit for Kempe Children's Foundatoin Alliance

Where: Home of Peggy and Mike Shanahan

When: April 4, 2002

Beneficiary: Kempe Children's Foundation Alliance

Mistress of Ceremonies: Alliance President Gail Johnson

Catering: Epicurean

Attire: Dressy casual

Special Thanks: The Shanahans, Event Rents, Newberry Bros. Greenhouse, Epicurean Catering, LaPoint's Fashion, Colleran Concepts Invitations

Event Coordinator: Shery McDonald-Galbreath

Blacktie Photos by: Mary Winter

 Kempe Children's Foundation Alliance President Gail Johnson announces that George Lucas' new movie,
Kempe Children's Foundation Alliance President Gail Johnson announces that George Lucas' new movie, "Star Wars--Attack of the Clones," will debut in Denver on May 12, with all proceeds benefitting Kempe. Mr. Lucas chose Kempe as the only nonprofit in Denver to receive the honor "because he's...

By Blacktie Staff

More than 230 players showed up at Mike and Peggy Shanahan's swank Cherry Hills Village spread April 4.

Dressed casually in slacks and strappy sandals, they sipped champagne and nibbled truffled brie as statuesque models cruised the flagstone-and-marble floors in the latest spring fashions.

The players were, of course, Denver's starting lineup of socially prominent women.

Gracious Peggy Shanahan opened her stunning home ("It looks like Bellagio!" offered one guest) for the Second Annual Girlfriends are the Best Friends fund-raiser.

The $30-a-head event was one of the year's hottest tickets, with proceeds going to the Kempe Children's Foundation Alliance.

The Kempe Children's Foundation in Denver was founded in honor of Dr. Henry Kempe, who wrote the first paper on Battered Child Syndrome in 1942.

Today, the Kempe Center is recognized as a world leader in research and treatment of child abuse, said Alliance President Gail Johnson.

"But the sad thing is Kempe is better known around the world than it is in Denver," she said. This year, she and Alliance members have worked to raise awareness of Kempe with a series of mini-events, including the party at the Shanahans.

Mrs. Johnson and Shery McDonald Galbreath helped host the event with Mrs. Shanahan.

Guests included Edie Marks, Aimee Sporer, Georgia Imhoff, Judi Wolf, Victoria Damone, Sherri Huseby, Ann Ellis, Cindy Shultz, Syndey Maraco, Christi Austin, Victoria Damone, Terri Dennis, Carol Barr and her daughter Tanya Maierhofer, Heide Morris, Bonnie Mandarich, Kristie Richardson, Valere Shane, Patty Imhoff, Karen Ellis, Karen Possehl, Roselyn Saunders and Paula Newberry.

Epicurean Catering provided an-over-the-top buffet, filled with such delicacies as artichoke cheese dip and truffled brie with double cream.

Mrs. Johnson thanked Epicurean, Eat Dessert First, Newberry Brothers Greenhouse, Event Rents, LaPoint's Fashions and Kathy Colleran of Colleran Concepts and Invitations for helping with the party.

Mrs. Johnson's big announcement was that filmmaker George Lucas chose Kempe as the only nonprofit organization in Denver to debut his new movie, "Star Wars, Episode II -- Attack of the Clones."

Organizations in about 10 cities are chosen for the honor. Mr. Lucas chose Kempe because "he's very interested in organizations that help children," she said, adding that 100 percent of proceeds from the May 12 screening will benefit Kempe.

Tickets, $250 for adults and $125 for children, are available at, or by calling 303.864.5540, but they will go fast, Mrs. Johnson warned.

The Shanahan home has the ambiance of an Italian villa, including water cascades and marbled expanses.

"No wonder he didn't take the job in Florida," quipped Helen Hanks, past Alliance president.

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