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March 10, 2012 - Hope Center's 7th Annual Fundraising Event Million Lights of HOPE...Vintage Vegas Casino Night

What: Hope Center's Million Lights of HOPE...Vintage Vegas Casino Night Celebrates 50 Years!

Where: Sherman Event Center

When: Saturday, March 10, 2012

Time: 8 p.m. - Midnight

Ticket Prices: $75 Per Person General Admission $125 Per Person VIP Admission

Beneficiary: Children and adults with disabilities

EMCEE: Gloria Neal, CBS4

Executive Director: Gerie Grimes

Catering: Michael's of Denver

Music: Hot Lunch Band

Sponsors: Corporate Sponsors: Aum Framing, Bieber Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Forest City Stapleton. Gaming Table Sponsors: Holt Group, Alpine Buick Pontiac GMC, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Key People, Deep Green, Vuka Intelligent Energy

Auctioneer: Debbie Stafford

Quote of the evening: "Thank you very much for your support. We're going to keep Hope Alive!"

Attendance: 150

Attire: Vintage Vegas


Board of Directors: Chairperson: Charles T. Smith, Vice Chairperson: Sid Davidson, Treasurer: Jon Hanson, Secretary: Dr. Barbara Batey, Dr. John Fischer, Charles Leali

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Black

 Former Hope Center Executive Director George Brantley with current ED Gerie Grimes, Jacqueline Long and CT Smith
Former Hope Center Executive Director George Brantley with current ED Gerie Grimes, Jacqueline Long and CT Smith

When you think Vintage Vegas, you have to think about the Rat Pack - Sammy, Dino, Frank - right along with the Hope Centers Fabulous Vintage Vegas Night.... complete with a great photo of the Rat Pack boys ( on the silent auction!) and Marilyn Monroe - in person. 

It was another dazzling night for the Hope Center at their 7th annual Vintage Vegas fundraiser, held at the Sherman Event Center, which is a fitting venue for this vintage affair. Guests showed up in their finest flapper dresses and three- piece pinstripe suits to complete the festive theme of the evening. 

It was all Vegas at this event, and gambling tables kept the crowd excited, Micheal's of Denver provided a classic buffet and the Hot Lunch Band filled the room with lively music. Guests got to chose from a wonderful selection of precious art created by the young children from the Hope Center schools for the silent auction. 

For the evening's program, Gloria Neal from CBS4, back again as the fabulous emcee with her sassy and delightful personality, kept the spirit of the evening high. Also addressing the crowd was Hope Center's Executive Director Gerie Grimes, who always looks the part in her awesome vintage costumes. Presenting a special award to Ms. Grimes was Jacqueline Long and Board Chair CT Smith. And a final honor was given to Gerie Grimes and to George Brantley, the former ED, to celebrate Hope Center's 50th anniversary.

And the Hope Center has indeed been serving the Denver area for 50 years, providing service to special needs and at-risk children  and adults. Hope Center is a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted children, individuals with developmental disabilities and developmental delays, at-risk and persons in need of specialized vocational or educational services. These services are provided in order to develop, maintain, and enhance the functioning of each enrollee. The philosophy of service is to admit individuals to programs within our agency which meet their needs and requirements as specifically as possible.

If you would like to learn more about the Hope Center, please visit their website at 

And don't miss their Vintage Vegas Casino Night fundraiser event next year! It will be another fun and exciting night to step back into the past - Vegas style.

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