September 13, 2012 - FACES presents annual Grapes Against Wrath
What: Wine 5th Annual Fundraiser for FACES: Family Advocacy, Care, Education, Support.
Where: Denver University Campus, School of Hospitality
When: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $95
Committee Members: Brandon Jundt, Jeff Keil, K.C.Lang, Rick Lang, Nathan Moore, Sarah Mussetter, Christine Jones, Debora Judish.
President(s): Nathan Moore
Co-President(s): Sarah Stoneking
Libations: The Vineyard Wine Shop
Music: Andy Hackbarth & Mike Hyland
Sponsors: Susan Noble, Denim One, AXA Advisors, Betsy Jansen, The Vineyard, Red Robin, 5280, The Denver Post, Bellco Credit Union
Quote of the evening: "92% of the adults we serve say that FACES improved their parenting skills." Jeff Keil, board member
Menu: Featured restaurants: Rootdown & Linger, Park Burger, Ondos Spanish Tapas, Lola's, Elway's Downtown, DU School of Hospitality, City Bakery
Attire: Business casual
Planning Committee: Brandon Jundt, Jeff Keil, K.C. Lang, Rick Lang, Nathan Moore, Sarah Mussetter, Christine Jones, Debora Judish
Board of Directors: Nathan Moore, Pres., Sarah Stoneking, VP, Jeff Ehlinger, Treasurer, Stockton Baker, Ann Cooper, John Eckelberry, Betsy Jansen, Brandon Jundt, Jeff Keil, Rick Lang Sarah Mussetter, Susan Noble, Debora Judish
Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt
Rene Moore & Board President Nathan Moore, left, and Christine Jones
Drinking Wine with fine little Bits of Heaven
It was the 5th Annual Grapes Against Wrath event presented by FACES, an organization that prides itself on helping children and parents live a more tranquil life in these stressful economic times. Their strategy lies with educating families overwhelmed with the daily struggles of raising children while operating with little income, or in some cases, a grandparent has taken on the task of raising another generation of children. Many times, regardless of economics, education and community efforts the experience is beyond one's skills and patience. FACES was designed to help decrease cases of child abuse, neglect and family violence in our community. Accomplished through programs that focus on creating a safer environment for the children in our community.
Thursday's event was a lovely setting on the campus of Denver University's School of Hospitality where chefs are trained in the minute details of the business, including cooking. The beautiful room looked like a wine tasting cellar in Bordeaux, complete with stonewalls as a backdrop and built in authentic wine coolers.
The Vineyard Wine Shop, one of the sponsors, came bearing select wines such as Clos Du Bois, Diseno, Jackson-Triggs, Ravenswood, Ruffino, The Dreaming Tree and kept it flowing throughout the evening. The handful of sponsoring restaurants created unique mouth watering, complementary bites. Fear not sugar lovers, City Bakery created nothing less than exquisite bites of pure confections of joy and lots of it.
Backed up by music from Andy Hackbarth, the crowds mingled and noshed on perfect little sliders from Park Burgers to green chili from LOLA's. Regardless of the libations and food fare, guests stopped to bid on the fun silent auction items. Among the several tables of donated items were gift and food baskets, a deal on a year's worth of car washes, sports tickets, photography packages and gift certificates from spas and restaurants.
It was an evening of food, wine, pastries, friends and advocates for children and families. Jeff Keil, board member, spoke a moment on the mission of FACES and how it has helped many Denver families recognize and overcome parenting challenges. Through FACES he humbly noted parents have become better parents, thus, avoiding harm to their families and eliminating child abuse and neglect in our community.
Debora Judish, executive director, spoke with emotion as she reiterated why everyone was gathered in the room. "We help children by helping Moms and Dads be better parents."
FACES is a 501c3 non-profit organization that believes prevention programs are effective, that programs must focus on the family, that positive parenting skills promote safe and healthy families, and that each member of the community shares responsibility for strengthing families and protecting children.
www.facesonline.org 1325 So. Colorado Blvd. Suite B-509, Denver, Colorado 80222-3320, 720-570-9333