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October 04, 2012 - ADMHN 8th Annual Raising Spirits Wine Tasting and Auction

What: Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network fundraiser

Where: Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, CO 80138

When: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Time: 5.30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $50 and up

Beneficiary: People living with mental illness

Executive Director: Scott Thoemke, MEd

Entertainment: Peneplain Jazz

Sponsors: Connoisseur: Citywide Banks, Colorado Community Media, Lukas Liquor Superstore; Aficionado:Behavioral HealthCare Inc., City of Glendale, Mercer Health & Benefits; Epicure: Aurora Mental Health Center, Colorado Access, Community Reach Center, CRW Inc., Parker Real Estate, Scott R. Thomke, Signal Behavioral Health Network Inc.

Auctioneer: Debbie Stafford

Board of Directors: Todd Helvig, PhD, President; Thomas Flanagan Jr., Secretary/Treasurer; Wayne Barnard; Nita Brown; Mario Harding; Kelli Kane; Jeffrey Nelson; Patricia Opper; Vincent Sauter; Carla Vellos; Melanie Worley

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 CEO Scott Thoemke, left, is congratulated on his retirement by Todd Helvig
CEO Scott Thoemke, left, is congratulated on his retirement by Todd Helvig

Corks were popping and the wine was flowing as a crowd of nearly 200 sampled wines from an international group of wineries for the 8th annual Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN) "Raising Spirits" event.  As guests arrived at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center, they had the opportunity to purchase a random, numbered cork for $20, which entitled them to the matching bottle of wine.  Then it was time for sampling; the various wine distributors had knowledgeable representatives at each table, who were able to talk to guests about the qualities and histories of each of the types of wine.  

A variety of hors d'oeuvres were served, which guests enjoyed as they mingled with friends and bid on the large selection of silent auction prizes. Auctioneer Debbie Stafford, who brings a wealth of experience and dedication in the area of mental health services, encouraged those in attendance to purchase grapes from the Grape Grab, which were individual service commitments.

Board President Todd Helvig thanked everyone, introduced the board members present and then introduced the Scott Thoemke, the CEO of Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, and congratulated Scott on his upcoming retirement. ADMHN serves children, teens and adults affected by mental health issues, with education, counselling and residential treatment programs.  One in five American families will be affected by mental health issues.

Scott then introduced and thanked the sponsors and talked about the recently opened Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center and complimented them on a wonderful hosting job.

Debbie Stafford, then took over entertaining the crowd with a live auction, with intense bidding.

For further information about the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, please check out their website at


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