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March 24, 2012 - Dani's Foundation presents the Mad Hatter's Ball

What: A Night of Magic & Mayhem to raise money for Dani's Foundation

Where: Denver’s Mile High Station, 2027 W Colfax Ave, Denver

When: Saturday, March 24, 2012

Time: 6- 11 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75 per individual, $100 per couple

Beneficiary: Dani's Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Brian Howe

EMCEE: Woody Roseland

Executive Director: Martha Simmons

Speaker: Founder Michele Ashby, Diana Dremen (Miss Colorado), Woody Roseland

Music: Starkey Productions and Colorado AV

Sponsors: MiNE LLC, Robinson, Waters & O’Dorisio PC, RealNet Realty, Forte Advertising, KeyBank & 93.3 Radio and 3rd Avenue Studio in association with Castle Rock Photo Booth, Starkey Productions, D2P and Colorado AV

Menu: A cocktail buffet was provided by Chinook Tavern, Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que, Garcia's Mexican Restaurant, Serioz Denver Style Pizzaria, and Strings. Desserts were provided by Happy Cakes and Cows Gone Coconut, and coffee was provided by Boyer's Coffee

Attire: Whimsical cocktail attire and a fabulous hat

Special Thanks: Miss Colorado, Diana Dreman

Models/Fashions: Fedora fashion show, with assistance from Denver Bronco cheerleaders and Glendale Raptor rugby team, Walter Davis, Denver Nugget community ambassador

Board of Directors: OFFICERS: Michele Ashby, President; Keith Ashby, Vice President; Laura Davis, Secretary Treasurer; Members: Christian Bailey; Emily Brown; Anne Haggar; Steve Kregstein; Kimbirly Orr; Staci Sanford; Johny Stell; Kate Ziminski Crabb; Staff: Martha Simmons; Amy Goings

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Executive Director Martha Simmons, left, with speaker Woody Roseland and Board President and founder Michele Ashby
Executive Director Martha Simmons, left, with speaker Woody Roseland and Board President and founder Michele Ashby

The 2nd Annual Mad Hatter's Ball was “The Place To Be” on Saturday, March 24 for its guests who arrived dressed in whimsical attire and sporting fabulous hats at Denver’s Mile High Station. 

The evening began with the guests being greeted at the front door by the Queen of Hearts and her Army of Cards (portrayed in costume by members of the Brighton High School National Honor Society).

Once inside, the guests were directed to the many areas of Wonderland including an amazing silent auction, offering more than 300 items donated by local businesses and individuals; booths of wonder hosted by CA Brooks, Laura Lozano and Erin McHugh; and a photo booth run by Brian Clements from Castle Rock Photo Booth. 

At 6:30 p.m., the dinner bell rang and guests were then escorted into the Queen’s Feast Buffet which was hosted by some of Denver’s finest restaurants including Chinook Tavern, Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, Serioz Denver Pizzeria and Strings Restaurant. 

The annual Mad Hatter Stage Program began at 8:30 p.m. and was hosted by both DJ Brian Howe and Pediatric Sarcoma Survivor Woody Roseland.

A short video was presented which told the story of Dani’s Foundation and their work in the areas of patient support, education and research.

Michele Ashby, the founder and president of Dani's Foundation and the mother of Daniele Stell (who lost her battle with Ewing's Sarcoma in 1999) welcomed guests to the second annual Mad Hatter celebration.  Ashby thanked everyone for attending – doubling attendance this year -  and then took a few minutes to recognize those individuals who assisted with making this year’s event a success including Lynn Simmons, auction patron and chairman; Tim Simmons, auction patron; Eric Popoff, auction processing chairman; Amy and Randy Goings, Jason and Shelley Suta and Marc and Kimberly Jefferson, auction tabulation committee members; Glenn Parker, food chairman and Martha Simmons, executive director and Mad Hatter event coordinator.

Woody Roseland then recognized the evening’s sponsors including MiNE LLC; Robinson, Waters & O’Dorisio; Forte Advertising; KeyBank and 3rd Avenue Studio.

Miss Colorado Diana Dreman was then introduced to share her personal association with cancer and her mother’s battle against the dreaded disease.  Dreman commended the work of Dani’s Foundation and she encouraged all guests to become actively involved with Dani’s Foundation and their efforts to fund the research that is working to put an end to pediatric sarcomas; those rare forms of cancer that continue to affect and take the lives of children and young adults.   

The lights were then dimmed and the music rose for the staging of the annual Fedora Fashion Show.  Pediatric cancer patients took to the stage wearing amazing creations which were made especially for Dani’s Foundation by local and national artisans.  The young models were escorted on to the stage by members of the Denver Bronco Cheerleaders, members of the Glendale Raptor Rugby Team and Walter Davis, Denver Nugget Community Ambassador. 

Woody Roseland closed out the stage program with a short comedy routine and cancer rap that proved to turn a lighter side to his cancer experienceRoseland served to offer his message of hope, perseverance and positivity which have helped him to stay strong and leads him to inspire so many others as they battle cancer.

Following the stage program, guests were treated to sweet treats from Cows Gone Coconut, Happy Cakes and a coffee bar from Boyer's Coffee.  DVD DJ GFunk then presided over the evening’s dance party that had the guests out of their chairs and onto the dance floor until the event concluded at 11 p.m.

Proceeds from the annual Mad Hatter's Ball support Dani's Foundation, which funds pediatric sarcoma research, education and patient assistance. For more information about how you can become involved in Dani's Foundation, log on to


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