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September 14, 2012 - Boys and Girls Clubs Take Flight to Luxury

What: Cuvee Ventures and Jet Linx present the annual Flight to Luxury to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver at the Signature hangar at Centennial Airport, Friday, September 14.

Where: Centennial Airport

When: Friday, September 14, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Mistress of Ceremonies: Lauren Whitney, News4

Corporate Chairperson(s): Larry Mueller (Cuvee Ventures), Jeff Puckett (Jet Linx)

President(s): John Arigoni, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Libations: Offerings from Arta Tequila

Music: Hip-hop violinist Maestro Hughes and local talent Tunisia

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsors: Cuvee Ventures, Jet Linx; Platinum Sponsors: DaVita, Ascent, Signature Flight Support; Gold Sponsors: Northern Trust, QEP, Chairlift Concepts, Noir Concepts, EnergyIV, Tabor Capital Conferences, Magnolia Lifestyle + Benefits; Silver Sponsors: EKS&H, Holland & Hart, Johnson Financial, Lockton, Suncor, Sill-Terhar, Marsh, Four Seasons Denver, Cascade Financial, Griffin Design Source, UMB, Behr Team; Bronze Sponsors: RJ&L, Naylor & Co., JP Morgan, The Colorado Trust, Charles Schwab, Moye White; Media sponsors: Colorado Expression, News4, Focus 4; Fashion Sponsors: Andrisen Morton, Alicia, Cry Baby Ranch, Mariel, Jaeger, Goldyn, Reign, ML Furs, Scruples, Simply Moore, Sue Wong, XOXO, Molton Brown; Food Sponsors: Strings, TheKitchen, Del Frisco's, The Tavern, Ocean Prime, Root Down, Linger, Nothing Bundt Cakes

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett

Quote of the evening: "Would you like a glass of champagne?" Acrobat Grace Ramsey hanging upside by her knees

Menu: Samplings of food from the menus of Denver's finest restaurants, including Strings, Del Frisco's, The Kitchen, The Tavern, Ocean Prime, Root Down, Linger, and Nothing Bundt Cakes

Attire: Cocktail

Planning Committee: Laura Quintana, Dir. of Mktg., Cuvee Ventures; Jessica Prasser, Boys and Girls Clubs Metro Denver

Board of Directors: For a full listing of the Boys and Girls Club board, or for more information on how to get involved helping provide programs for kids in the metro area, check the website at

Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau

 Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver take a Flight to luxury
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver take a Flight to luxury

On Friday, Sept. 14, Cuvee Ventures and Jet Linx presented the annual Flight to Luxury, benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.  The event was a showcase of luxury which raised $550,000 to fund the important work of the Clubs in the metro Denver community.

Almost 1,000 partygoers walked the long red carpet to the runway in front of the Signature Services hangar where they mingled among high performance cars from Ferrari of Denver, and private passenger jets.  They arrived to the upbeat music of hip-hop violinist Maestro Hughes and local musical performer Tunisia.

There were cocktail offerings from Arta Tequila and food from some of Denver's best restaurants, including Strings, Del Frisco's, The Kitchen, The Tavern, Ocean Prime, Root Down, and Linger.  Fare included tender lamb shanks, seasoned cocktail shrimp, steak sandwiches, and a variety of hors d-oeuvres.  Dessert was pastries from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

As guests sampled food and drink, they also browsed silent auction tables full of luxurious offerings from local donors.  Items were from the worlds of sport, food, entertainment, and relaxation.  An acrobat, Grace Ramsey, was suspended upside-down from the ceiling as she poured champagne for guests as they passed by.  More luxury cars and aircraft were inside the hangar, including a vintage bi-plane.

When the silent auction closed, it was time for the main event, a presentation hosted by News4 on-air personality Lauren Whitney, who took the stage and opened the program.  Whitney introduced presenting sponsors, Larry Mueller, of Cuvee Ventures, and Jeff Puckett, of Jet Linx, who explained the purpose of the evening and told why it is so important to support the Boys and Girls Clubs.  They also introduced a short film about the work of the Clubs in the community.

Next up on the stage were Boys and Girls Clubs President and CEO John Arigoni and several kids from the Clubs, who told their own personal stories of the difference that the programs made and continue to make in their lives.  Their moving stories brought home the importance of the programs and the need to support them.

Whitney then introduced auctioneer Gary Corbett, who opened the bidding and enthusiastically led the crowd through a list of distinctive luxury vacations. These included an insider road trip with the Denver Broncos and a VIP evening with Bruce Springsteen.  The evening's highest-selling item, a private jet to a Cuvee pied-a-terre in Manhattan's Art District, brought in $35,000 from Joel Tucker.

For fashion mavens, there was a couture show with pieces from Cherry Creek North boutiques Mariel, Andrisen Morton, and Alicia's.  Cry Baby Ranch in LoDo and Goldyn in LoHi also contributed fashions.  Hair was styled by William Whatley of XOXO Salon and makeup by Jaeger Stander and Michael Moore.  The fashion show was produced by local fashion event planner Cynthia Petrus.

After coffee and dessert, guests poured out into the cool Colorado evening, many mildly amazed by the luxurious and extravagant offerings, but all knowing they were part of a record-breaking evening on behalf of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.  For more information about how you can support the programs of the Clubs, visit the website at:



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