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July 27, 2012 - Kempe's Salt on the Rim goes Botanic!

What: The Kempe Foundation's annual summer fundraiser planned and presented by the Kempe Foundation Alliance

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens

When: Friday, July 27, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $100 general - $75 for young professionals 39 or younger

Beneficiary: Kempe Foundation and Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

Honoree(s): Kempe Foundation 2013 Community Award Recipient - Gail Johnson

Gala Chairperson(s): John C. Farnam, Paul Heitzenrater, Terri Fisher, Lawrence French & Gregory Sargowicki

Founders: Dr. C. Henry Kempe

Committee Members: Miraim Abreu, Virginia Bray, Carol Core, Karen Flowers, Heather Fowler, Christine Grant, Christine Jenkins, Mallory Watson, Teresa Kennedy, Nancy Koontz, Sydney Lapidus, Michael Scanlon, Gerald Shuster, Salye Stein, Sandee Walling

President(s): Patricia L. Peterson - President and CEO

Staff: The Kempe Center Professional Staff in attendance at the event: Dr. Des Runyan, Executive Director and wife Carol; Dr. Richard D. Krugman, CU School of Medicine and his wife Wendy

Welcome: Patricia L. Peterson

Catering: Benny's Restaurant, Brio Tuscan Grille, Chinook Tavern, The Edge, The Food Guy, Japoix, Lifestyles Catering, Lime Majestic Fine Wines, Mezcal, The Palm, Piatti, Sam's #3, Sauza Blue, 16 Mix Cocktail Lounge at The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and Twisted Pine Brewing Company. Catering by Design provided all vendors with help throughout the evening.

Entertainment: Flamenco guitarist Rene Heredia, Flamenco dancers, classical guitarist Michael Lancaster, sitar player Roshan, and Native American flautist Jon Romero

Of note: Restaurants participating in the Margarita Challenge: Lime, Mezcal and Benny's

Sponsors: Walt Imhoff, Sandee Walling, John Farnam, Paul Heitzenrater, Four Seasons Hotel Denver, Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, 5 Star Talent and Entertainment, Inc. U.S. Bank

Auctioneer: Registration: Bolder Events

Attendance: 381

Attire: Garden Party

Special Thanks: Christopher Goetz - Kempe Development Associate and Event Manager - and all the volunteers!

Information:; 303-864-5300

Donors: Mystery envelope donors: Dr. Cheryl Arnold, As you Wish, Aspen Music Festival, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management, Ballet Nouveau, Bandimere Speedway, The Blue Jean Bar, Bovine Metropolis Theater, Build-a-Bear, Cano's Welsh Dragon Tea Room, Celebrity Lanes & Tap House, The Cherry Cricket, Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Rockies, Comedy Works, The Container Store, Coohills, D2K Fitness, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Broncos, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Concierge, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Destiny, Robert & Lisa Douglas, Elways, Enstrom Candies, John Farnam & Paul Heitzenrater, Fogo de Chao, Foster and Son Fine Jewelers, The Hawt Dog & Sausage Eatery, Michael & Betsy Holweger, Ben Irvin, La Dolce' Vita, Mariel, Mayfair Liquors, Michelle Martinez, McNeil Designer Portraits, Newberry Brothers, Racines, Gerald Schuster Photographer, Salon Contage, Salon Noelle, Soignee Boutique, Sola Salon, The Summit Steakhouse, Town Hall Arts Center, David & Glory Weisberg, White Fence Farms, The Wildlife Experience, Wooden Table, Wraps Nail Salon,and Yard House

Board of Directors: Andy Boian, Board Chair; Reynolds Cannon, Board Vice Chair; Ruby Kadota, MD, Secretary; Dan Seff, Treasurer; Nicole Ament, Esq.; Jamie Angelich; Yvonne Camacho; Stephen Daniels, PhD, MD; John Faught, Esq.; Bruce Fowler, Esq.; Patrice Gendelman; Walter Imhoff; Gail Johnson; Richard Krugman, MD; Jon Kruljac; Bill Mackiernan; Tate McCoy; Martha Rubi; Des Runyan, MD; Dr Ph; David Savitz, Esq.; Mark Smith; Patricia L. Peterson, B.S.N., J.D.; Lisa Taussig; Dylan Taylor; Kareina Westlund; Kurtis Hooley; Kempe Foundation Alliance represented by Sandee Walling, John Farnam, Paul Heitzenrater; Honorary Board Members: Jules Amer, MD; John Elway; former first lady of Colorado Frances Owens; Howard Torgove; Advisory Council: Dennis Engel; Edward Goldson, MD; Dean Prina, MD; former first lady of Colorado Jeannie Ritter; Landri C. Taylor; Anne Trujillo

Blacktie Photos by: Nancy Koontz

 Steven Morrow and Cindy Detlefs with event co-chair - John Farnam, Patricia Peterson - Kempe Foundation President/CEO, volunteer - Launcelot Hawk, and event co-chair Paul Heitzenrater
Steven Morrow and Cindy Detlefs with event co-chair - John Farnam, Patricia Peterson - Kempe Foundation President/CEO, volunteer - Launcelot Hawk, and event co-chair Paul Heitzenrater

If you like the feeling of instant jubilation once you walk into a place, then being at the Kempe "Salt on the Rim" fabulous summer garden party at the Denver Botanic Gardens was the event for you.  Aside from the enjoyment, the fact that everyone who bought tickets or donated to the event was doing something to heal and help the children affected by child abuse and neglect.   

The yearly twilight event didn't disappoint with musical entertainment by Flamenco guitarist Rene Heredia, classical guitarist Michael Lancaster, sitar player Roshan and Native American flautist Jon Romero.  Nineteen vendors provided exceptional food and drinks.

New this year, a margarita challenge among several Denver restaurants was held where guests voted on their favorite margarita of the night.  The winner was Mezcal Restaurant, and they were given a beautiful Pismos Gallery glass trophy.  Guests also were given the opportunity to buy a "mystery envelope" that contained gift certificates of at least the same value of their purchase price - or higher.

The beauty of the newly expanded Japanese Garden "Shofu-en" with the additions of the new "Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion and Tea Garden" - and a special signature exhibit "Kizuna: West Meets East" (which brought together two artists working in bamboo - Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik) helped to define the botanic theme of the evening.  The chance to mingle with old and new friends, in a magical garden setting, couldn't be more ideal on another successful under the "Kempe stars" perfect summer night. 

This year, The Kempe Center celebrates its 40th anniversary.  It also marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. C. Henry Kempe's publication of "The Battered Child Syndrome."  Kempe has accomplished much during the last 50 years, but with more than 11,000 children abused or neglected in Colorado last year alone, your support is important - and needed - until organizations like The Kempe Center and Foundation are no longer needed. 

If you suspect or witness a child being abused, take immediate action and call the toll-free "Childhelp" hotline: 1-800-422-4453.


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