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March 16, 2012 - MAX Fashion Show Highlights Maria Cornejo

What: Fundraiser for Children's Hospital Colorado

Where: Exdo Events Center

When: Friday, March 16, 2012

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $50-$500; sponsorships are $2,500 to $12,000

Beneficiary: Research The Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Center in the Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado

Host(s): Max Martinez

Co-Chair(s): Kathleen Beatty, Max Martinez, Scott Seale and Tricia Youssi

Committee Members: Maggie Armstrong, Nina Ballenger, Shannon Bangert, Katy Bante, Trish Bragg, Barbara Brooks, Jackie Brown-Griggs, Susan Cantwell, Kimberly Coughlon, Jackie Davis, Courtney Ferer, Layne Fleishman, Jayne Ford, Kristin Freitag, Pam Hatcher, Garret Hommel, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Lisa Jackson, Denise Josse, Tammy Krause, Betsy Leonard, Sharon Leone, Stephanie Lepard, Andria Lewis, Mary Peck, Ann Reidy, Virginia Reiman, Tara Rojas, Holiday Schaldach, Leslie Smart, Janie Stoddard, Laura Tobin, Bobbi Walker, Caro Williams

President(s): Foundation: Steve Winesett

Co-President(s): Children's Hospital Colorado: Jim Shmerling

Sponsors: Premiere: Kathleen and Mike Beatty, Fries Family Foundation, Virginia and Scott Reiman, Keith and Margie Weber Foundation, Tricia and Patrick Youssi Fund; Silver: The Colbert Family Fund, Bridget and John Grier, The Kitchen; Bronze: Tanya and Frank Accurso, Anne and Brad Anderson, Nina and Danny Ballenger, CoBiz Wealth, Jayne Ford, The Golden Hotel, Pamela and Patrick Hatcher, KRG Capital Partners, Mile High Style, The Leslie and Geoff Smart Family, Lucy Ana Walton; Pre-Party Sponsors: The Sushi Den, A Spice of Life, The Brown Palace Hotel; Beverage Sponsors: Chandon, Ruinart; Sweets by Lola's Sugar Rush; Valet: Jay's Valet; Photographs: jensen sutta photography; Media Sponsor: 5280 The Denver Magazine

Attire: High fashion

Board of Directors: Foundation Board: Kelly Kennedy, Chair; Peter Culshaw, Immediate Past Chair; John Ikard, Vice Chair; Molly Broeren, Secretary; Frederick B. Taylor, Treasurer; Ted Antenucci, Laura Barton, Marcy Benson, Jan Cortez, Phil Doty, Katey Driscoll, Steve Farber, Shane Feiman, John Fernie, Cathey M. Finlon, Caleb F. Gates, Jr., Cannon “Cy” Harvey, Walter Isenberg, Therese Ivancovich, Lisa Jackson, Joy Johnson, David P. Kaplan, Rhonda Kay, Steve Kris, Evi Makovsky, Tom McGonagle, Susan Noble, Mary Osborn, Craig Ponzio, Kristin Richardson, Angie Romani, Betsy Searle, Andrew Sirotnak, MD, Richard E. Stoddard, Joseph E. Wagner, Ronald W. Williams, Steve Winesett, Laura Wright; Trustee Emeritus: James C. Cohig; For Children's Hospital Colorado board members, log on to

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Event co-chairs Max Martinez and his husband Scott Seale flank famous designer Maria Cornejo
Event co-chairs Max Martinez and his husband Scott Seale flank famous designer Maria Cornejo

If you haven't seen Max Martinez in a red Maria Cornejo suit, you just haven't seen fashion. And to see Max in the red suit next to the iconic designer herself, that is over-the-top fashion nirvana.

Such was the case Friday evening as Max presented the 2012 fashion show to benefit the Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Center in the Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado. Hundreds of fashionistas filled the Exdo Events Center as Max and his husband Scott Seale welcomed everyone, with fellow co-chairs Tricia Youssi and Kathleen Beatty.

Kathleen's daughter Piper had everyone in tears as she talked about her life's journey battling cystic fibrosis. "I was meeting with my family to pretty much say goodbye because I needed a double lung transplant and all the ones that were presented to me weren't going to work," she said on stage before the show. "And then I got the phone call that saved my life." She credits Children's Hospital Colorado for being the instrumental factor in mitigating her condition from the time she was a little girl.

Thankfully Piper is now a vibrant and happy young lady, which was a great segue into the smashing fashion show from Zero + Maria Cornejo.

Maria Cornejo’s varied career spans London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo where she was part of the ground-breaking design partnership Richmond Cornejo; developed her own signature “Maria Cornejo” collection; and worked as a creative consultant for major retailers like Joseph, Tehen and Jigsaw. Her uncompromising and very personal approach has gained her a loyal following and high praise from clients like Tilda Swinton, Christy Turlington, Cindy Sherman and First Lady Michelle Obama. It has been said of her work: “In Maria Cornejo’s hands, minimalism is not a bland word . . . her clothes have a sleek sophistication and always a sense of surprise.”

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