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April 20, 2001 - A Smash at Bash

What: Project Angel Heart Fashion Forward Gala

Where: Bash nightclub, 19th and Blake Street

When: April 20, 2001

Beneficiary: Project Angel Heart

Attendance: 400-plus

 Sean and Mike Porricelli, left, and Julie Van Gilder.
Sean and Mike Porricelli, left, and Julie Van Gilder.

By Blacktie Staff

It was not your mother’s fund-raising fashion show.

In fact, Project Angel Heart’s eyebrow-raising lingerie lollapalooza April 20 was bawdy and brash, and it put a whole new face on charity benefits in this city. By most all accounts, it was a fresh, welcome face.

Pouty models with 15-inch waists, 36-inch busts and bed-head ‘dos plied the runway of the gritty nightspot in sexy tankinis, silk boxers and thongs, while the crowd of 400 high-achieving hotties drank at white-table-clothed cocktail tables and enjoyed the show. Techno music, colored lights and the crowd sophisticated young philanthropists gave this fund-raiser a decidedly fashionable flavor.

Carol Carlson, director of development, was extremely pleased with the turnout. “It was a whole new crowd for Project Angel Heart,” she said. Kevin Larson, owner of Pandora’s Toy Box lingerie shop and founder of Kevin Larson Presents promotions, gets the credit.

“Honestly, (the crowd) came through Kevin,” said Carlson. “He’s just got this incredible personality and he loves to throw a fabulous party.” Project Angel Heart was founded 10 years ago to bring nutritious meals to people with AIDs and the HIV virus. Today, the organization reaches out to people with cancer and terminal illnesses, as well.

Volunteers cook and then deliver the meals to 230 people in metro Denver daily, working out of their headquarters at 4190 Garfield St.

For information about Project Angel Heart, call 303-830-0202.

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