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September 21, 2012 - Women's Foundation 25th Anniversary Luncheon

What: The Women's Foundation of Colorado 25th Anniversary Celebration

Where: Colorado Convention Center

When: Friday, September 21, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $125

Honoree(s): Dottie Lamm Leadership Award: Aztzin Lopez and Ginny Creager; Lockheed Martin STEM Award: Ashlen Lemon, Jigyasa Sharma

EMCEE: Karen Leigh, CBS4

Presenting Sponsor(s): FirstBank

Gala Chairperson(s): Elsa Holguin, Marilyn Taylor, Elaine Torres

Honorary Chairperson(s): Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Dottie Lamm, Daniel Ritchie

Corporate Chairperson(s): Colleen Dougherty, Kelley Duke

Co-Chair(s): Corporate Chairs: Colleen Dougherty and Kelley Duke

Committee Members: Corporate Committee: Colleen Dougherty & Kelley Duke, chairs; Rachel Allon, Dolores Atencio, Samara Blum, Steph Bruno, Carol Burt, Paula Edwards, Michele Falivene, Veronica Figoli-Fleischer, Carol Frank, Tonya Frank, Margie Gart, Cathy Hart, Elsa Holguin, Ann Jordan, Douglas Kerbs, Amy Klefeker, Patti Klinge, Lynda McNeive, Sarah Miller, Deborah Norris, Stacy Ohlsson, Kim Patmore, Anahita Pazirandeh Kemp, Lisa Pease, Katie Reilly, Christina Saunders, Pam Smith, Erica Tarpey, Marilyn Taylor, Elaine Torres

President(s): /CEO: Louise Atkinson

Staff: Jessica Black, executive assistant/marketing coordinator; Chrissie Butz, annual fund officer; Denise Delgado, manager of community initiatives and investment; Laurie Hirschfeld Zeller, VP for community initiatives and investment; Nancy Jo Hauk, VP of philanthropy; Jonathan Resnick, VP of finance & adminstration; Diane Tomecek, technical donor development manager

Speaker: Award winning actress Geena Davis, along with former First Lady Dottie Lamm, Louise Atkinson, John Ikard, Governor John Hickenlooper and Gill Foundation's Karla Rikansrud

Catering: Centerplate

Entertainment: The Silhouettes and Hazel Miller

Sponsors: Corporate Partners: Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Fastlane Productions Inc., Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, MorEvents, Southwest Airlines, UMB, Xcel Energy; Media Sponsors: CBS4, Comcast, Rocky Mountain PBS, The Denver Post; VIP reception sponsor: Hunt Alternatives Fund; VIP dinner sponsor: Wells Fargo; Video sponsor: Barbara Bridges Family Foundation; Entertainment sponsor: Macy's Cherry Creek; Education sponsors: Carol Burt & Ray Hilliard, EMSC, Vladimir Jones; Mentorship sponsors: Brownstein Farber Hyatt Schreck LLP, Libby Anschutz Brown Foundation, The Piton Foundation; Many thanks to additional Self-Sufficiency sponsors and Empowerment sponsors

Menu: Pan seared rosemary marinated breast of chicken presented with artichoke and roasted garlic Risotto; grilled asparagus, spaghetti squash confit, roasted red pepper and toasted pine nuts; dessert centerpiece including lemon cheesecake and chocolate mousse cups, brownies dipped in chocolate, white chocolate truffles, fresh strawberries

Attendance: 1,000+

Attire: Business

Special Thanks: Eileen M Byrne, Gina Comminello, Colleen Dougherty & Joseph Enteneuer, Barbara Grogan, Doug Fugate/August Wines, Great Divide Brewing Company, Cydney Marsico, Nina McLemore, Hazel Miller, Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florist, Odell Brewing Company, Swoozie's, The Capital Grille, The Silhouettes

Florist: Newberry Brothers

Board of Directors: Current trustees: Barbara Bridges, Stephanie Bruno, Carol Burt, Susan Campbell, Kelly Condon, Christine Daly, Paula Edwards, Veronica Figoli-Fleischer, Mary Ann Franklin, Nayantara Ghosh, Cathy Hart, Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, Patti Klinge, Lynda McNeive, Kit Mura-smith, Kim Patmore, Anahita Pazirandeh Kemp, Lisa Pease, Pam Smith, Sandy Stein, Elaine Torres, Gaye Woods; For a list of honorary trustees:

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Geena Davis, center, poses with Trustee Board Chair Carol Burt, left, and WF President and CEO Louise Atkinson
Geena Davis, center, poses with Trustee Board Chair Carol Burt, left, and WF President and CEO Louise Atkinson

Many people can't quite remember if she was Thelma or she was Louise, but everyone remembers that Geena Davis was a terrific actress in that movie and a champion and icon for women's equality across the nation.

Ms. Davis was on hand at the 25th anniversary of the Women's Foundation, where the largest group of women in the state converged at the Colorado Convention Center to celebrate camaraderie, success and progress.

The audience knew they were in for a good time when the program began with Hazel Miller singing "Seed to Sow" and The Silhouettes putting on a grand dance performance, just as they did when they appeared on "America's Got Talent."

The memorable program's speakers began with emcee Karen Leigh of CBS4 greeting everyone, and event chairs Elsa Holquin, Marilyn Taylor and Elaine Torres thanking everyone for their support .The program had many poignant moments, including a parade of past board chairs, starting with the inimitable Dottie Lamm,  each of whom spoke of an issue dear to them regarding women's equality and symbolically poured sand into a glass bowl. President and CEO Louise Atkinson said a few words, as did presenting sponsor John Ikard of FirstBank. Winners of this year's Dottie Lamm Leadership Award, the Lockheed Martin STEM Award and members of the Girl's Leadership Council were also on stage, with Jigyasa Sharma and Aztzin Lopez demonstrating in their speeches why the next generation will be more than able to carry the torch for women's causes.

It was only fitting that an "actor" (as Ms. Davis explained she really was, according to the dictionary) give the keynote. She humorously took the audience through her life's high and low points and everyone adored her even more after hearing her speak.

The Women's Foundation seeks to engage volunteers, grantees and donors to work together at the community level. To that end, they have established local committees and partner relationships across the state. For more information, log on to

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