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February 24, 2012 - Excelsior's Triumphant Faces

What: Fundraising gala for Excelsior Youth Center

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Friday, February 24, 2012

Time: 6 p.m - 10 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $250 per person

Beneficiary: Excelsior Youth Center

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kelly Brough, President of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Honoree(s): Jamie Angelich

Gala Chairperson(s): Megan Fearnow, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod and Lois Paul

Honorary Chairperson(s): Kelly Brough

Executive Director: Joan Gabrielson

Committee Members: Jamie Angelich, Elaine Atwater, Dana Berry, Gary Corbett, Kim DeVigil, John Farnam, Kathy Graveley, Bill & Sally Harvey, Kelli Kindel, Dorie Lisowska, Michael McConnell, Lin Morrison, Karen Rosen, Ellen Stewart, Wendy Aiello, Melissa Bassett, Christina Brickley, Michelle Cottrell, Terri Fisher, Andrea Hair, Auna Jornayvaz, Bill & Jackie Lane, Jane McAtee, Aquilla McKnight, Suzanne Mountfort, Stacy Ohlsson, Gregory Sargowicki, Suzanne Wille

President(s): Excelsior Youth Center President, Jim Peters

Welcome: Joan Gabrielson

Speaker: Josie - Excelsior client

Entertainment: Lyle Lovett

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett

Attendance: 550

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Special Thanks: Kelly Brough, Jim Cottrell, May Kitt, Fast Signs, Tom Fletcher (in memoriam), Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod and Lois Paul, Michael McConnell, Stephen Peterson, Sage Hospitality, Donald Scott, Suzanne Wille, Chris Tetzell, Fred & Roxanne Vierra

Board of Directors: Zelda Deboyes, William Gregory, Cynthia Hansen, Richard Jones, Marcia Lujan, Amos Martinez, Dennis Miceli, Jim Peters, Molly Ross, Wendy Warren; Foundation Board: Victoria Aguilar, Zachary Broyles, William Harvey, Sara Hill, Dennis Miceli, M Sean Murphy, Lois Paul, Mary Shay, Butch Shoup, Jennifer Williams

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Jamie's Angelich's family listens as she speaks: sisters Lynn Miles and Susan Arnold and her brother Cris Barber
Jamie's Angelich's family listens as she speaks: sisters Lynn Miles and Susan Arnold and her brother Cris Barber

 A crowd of over 500 gathered in the Capital Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency at the Denver Convention Center to support the Excelsior Youth Center and honor Jamie Angelich, this year's Triumphant Woman.  

The Excelsior Youth Center works with young girls ages 11 to 18, who are having extreme difficulty coping with their lives.  This residential program provides treatment, education and reintegration into their families. Founded in 1973, Excelsior treats 180 girls per year, generally for 12 months at a time, providing therapy, education and life skills.  New to Excelsior is a day treatment program, which serves another 20 local girls on an outpatient basis.

This year's Triumphant Woman is Jamie Angelich, who overcame an abusive childhood to go on to lead a rewarding life as a wife, mother and philanthropist.  Jamie has long volunteered for a number of charities and non-profits, serving as a board member for many of them.

A large crowd opened the evening mingling and bidding on silent auction items. Excelsior uses therapy dogs in its programs and a number of these dogs were meeting attendees. Moving into the ballroom, everyone enjoyed dinner, while emcee Kelly Brough introduced Jamie, who in turn introduced her brother and sisters--Lynn Miles, Susan Arnold and Cris Barber-- talking about the difficulties of their childhoods, and their ability to rise above their circumstances.

Excelsior Executive Director Joan Gabrielson spoke to the crowd about the work of the center and talked introduced Josie, an Excelsior girl.  Josie went on to speak about her personal difficulties and how Excelsior staff and volunteers have worked with her to build a positve life.

Auctioneer Gary Corbett excited the crowd with both a live auction and a paddle raiser.  The paddle raiser alone raised over $80,000.

Then it was time for the main event, Grammy winning singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett, alone on stage with only a guitar, entertained the crowd with both songs and witty rapartee.  His electic blend of country, bluegrass and folk music spoke to the crowd about the American experience. Lovett was whimsical and personable; at one point he had the entire audience singing "Fat Babies Have No Pride."

For further information on the Excelsior Youth Center and the work that they do creating brighter futures, check out their website at:



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