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February 09, 2012 - Horizons at Colorado Academy Presents Wine and Dine

What: fundraiser for Colorado Academy student programs

Where: Colorado Academy, 3800 South Pierce Street

When: Thursday, February 9, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $80 per person

Beneficiary: Horizons

Co-Chair(s): Molly Wallace and Emie Watters

Executive Director: Horizons, Ingrid Moore

President(s): Michael G. Davis, PhD- Head of School

Welcome: Board co-chairs: Peggy Phillips and Jim Kidder

Speaker: Head of School: Dr. Michael Davis, Horizon Students: Liliana Contreras and Rafael Guzman

Sponsors: Food & beverage sponsors: Colt & Gray, Lime, Mad Greens, Vesta Dipping Grill & Steuben's, Colorado Acadamy, Dazbog Coffee, Strange Brewing Company. Desserts by Michael Bortz of City Bakery. Wine donated by Christian and Tripp Devers, Laura and David Dungan, Karen Regnell and Adam Goldman, Denise & Mark Kay, Christine & Jonathon Logan, Maggie & David Shapiro, Stephanie and Steven Schwartz

Auctioneer: Don Martin of Martin Auctioneers

Attendance: 200

Attire: Business casual


Planning Committee: Auction committee: Eleanora Archie, Gayle Erickson, Olga Garcia, Laura Lee Gastis, Ingrid Moore, Stephanie Schwartz, Jen Wolkon

Board of Directors: Board co-chairs: Peggy Phillips CA '80 and Jim Kidder '80; Executive Director: Ingrid Moore; Head of School: Dr. Michael Davis; Irene Aguilar, Cristina Bansch-Schott, Dana Batey, David Colodny, Jay Dickman, Judi Dodson, Olga Garcia, Marshall Gile, Cecilia Gomez, Leslie Harvey, Mary Henning, Dick Louden, Selma Luna, Nicole Luskey, Leticia Macias, Brooke Maloy, Sara Resnick, Stephanie Schwartz, Steven Schwartz, Ned Timbel, Molly Wallace, Emie Watters, Maribeth Younger

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Black

 Kass Patterson with Horizons Director Ingrid Moore and Cate Cohen
Kass Patterson with Horizons Director Ingrid Moore and Cate Cohen


Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future

 John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Colorado Academy has been recognized for their commitment to excellence in education for over 100 years. They have added to those high standards by hosting the Horizons program since 1998, where the program has grown to serve over 130 students for six weeks every summer and six selected “Super Saturdays” during the school year

To raise funds for the Horizons programs, Colorado Academy held their Wine and Dine fundraiser, giving under-privileged kids in the Denver area an opportunity to further their education and continue on to college. This fun-raising evening was a combination of a fantastic silent auction along with a sampling of wonderful food from some of Denver's favorite restaurants  such as Steuben's, Vesta Dipping Grill, Colt & Gray, Lime, Mad Greens and more!  Guests also enjoyed a variety of tasty wines from around the world, and beer from Denver's own Strange Brewing Company.

Speaking during the evening about the success of the Horizons program were the board co-chairs, Peggy Phillips and Jim Kidder. They gave a much deserved thank you to everyone who has contributed to the program's success. They also, in appreciation for their work on the Wine & Dine event, acknowledged event co-chairs Molly Wallace and Emie Watters with a special gift. Also speaking was Head of School Michael G. Davis.

Two Horizon program students, who have now graduated--Liliana Contreras and Rafael Guzman--spoke of their experience in the program and their future plans for collage.

Wrapping up the evening with his entertaining style was Don Martin, engaging the audience with his interactive Heads & Tails game and setting the mood for the live auction, bringing in the funds to continue the mission of Horizons programs through Colorado Academy.

Horizons at Colorado Academy is a non-profit program that offers student enrichment designed specifically for Denver Public School children from low-income families.  Horizons is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that enhance self-esteem, foster responsibility, build problem-solving skills and encourage a life-long interest in learning. The program emphasizes academic enrichment, social growth with structured group dynamics, swimming lessons and sports participation, life-skills, cultural experiences, and the arts.

To learn more about the Horizons program at Colorado Academy, please visit their website at





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