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April 07, 2002 - Stepping Out For SafeHouse Denver

What: Creative hair designs and spring couture presented by local salons to benefit SafeHouse Denver

Where: Seawell Ballroom/DCPA

When: April 7, 2002

Beneficiary: SafeHouse Denver

Host(s): KDVR FOX 31's Libby Weaver and Phil Keating

Gala Chairperson(s): The Colorado Intercoiffure Group and Goldwell U.S.A.

Executive Director: SafeHouse Denver Director: Ms. Ellen Stein

Co-President(s): SafeHouse Denver President: Susan Noble

Libations: DCPA

Catering: Bistro Adde Brewster and Devil's Food Bakery

Entertainment: Creative hair designs and fashion show

Music: Stage and video crew - Metropolitan State College

Sponsors: Goldwell U.S.A. Karg, stylist to the stars, Radio Unica, Engle Homes, Pureology, Richmond American Homes, Anderson, Aveda, Design & Image, Corporate Business Forms, Bistro Adde Brewster, Devils' Food Bakery, Quizno's, The Denver Post, KDVR-FOX31, New Hope Baptist Church and Colorado Vespa

Gala Production: Executive Producers: Michael James and Peter Friedauer

Quote of the evening: "This is the largest fashion show Denver has seen in a loooong time," Phil Keating from KDVR FOX31.

Menu: Hors d'oeuvres and desserts from Bistro Adde Brewster and Devil's Food Bakery

Attendance: 500

Attire: evening, sassy, classy, funky

Special Thanks: Andy Biazis and Robert Stafford/Goldwell U.S.A.

Florist: Snapdragons

Models/Fashions: Fashions courtesy of: Coquette, Paula's Boutique, Lawrence Covell, Brandis B, Mixed Drinks, White House Black Market, Seams Like Olde Times, The Garment District, Betsy Johnson, Gabriel Conroy, Abby Miller, Auer's Cherry Creek North and Bea's Bridal Nook. Models from: Donna Baldwin Talent Agency, C.A.V. Entertainment, Maximum Talent and John Robert Powers Agency

Information: SafeHouse Denver: 303 318-9959

Blacktie Photos by: Laurie Clark

 Danica Posladek and Janet Vasquez added a lot of color to the evening
Danica Posladek and Janet Vasquez added a lot of color to the evening

The topic was somber but the mood was sassy....

More than 500 people jammed the Seawall Ballroom for a night of fun, fashion and flair. The 2nd annual Stepping Out for SafeHouse was a high energy evening from start to finish. Since the event raised over $70,000,whoever said you shouldn't do a big Sunday event was wrong!

From the moment the "balloon girls" took the stage to the pulsating music until the last "'do" had been seen, men and women of all ages were entertained and informed.

The mood was indeed somber when Ellen Stein Wallace of SafeHouse told the guests that Denver had reported over 6,500 incidents of domestic abuse to the police in 2001. The event was even more timely as guests would soon find out. The evening news reported that a woman had been killed, even as she was on the phone, reporting the abuse to the police.

Hairstylists are on the front line of defense. Not only is it well known that women discuss a lot of things with their hairdressers, but hairdressers see the hair and faces of their customers on a regular basis. This is a very creative program that is being implemented all over the United States! Thanks to the Colorado Intercoiffure Group for pledging their artistry and time to fight domestic violence.

Phil Keating of KDVR Fox 31, was sporting a non traditional "anchor" hairstyle; while colleague Libby Weaver was sporting a pregnant style. They kept the pace moving.

Add food (and hand delivery) by Bistro Adde himself, the silent auction, the stylists, and it made for a wonderful night of "Stepping Out."

Next year's date has already been set. So mark your calendars for Sunday, April 6th, 2003.

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