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October 17, 2012 - Parkinson Association of the Rockies presents Dazzle & Delight

What: An evening celebrating determination - 5th Annual Gala

Where: Ritz Carlton, 1881 Curtis Street, Downtown Denver

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $195, or $350 for two; Young Professionals $75

Beneficiary: Parkinson Association of the Rockies

Executive Director: Cheryl Siefert

President(s): Rick Schwartz

Staff: Cheryl Siefert, Executive Director, Cari Friedman, Patient and Family Services Director, Lindsay Vassar, Program Communications Director Kari Buchanan, Director of Development, Susan Lanzer, Administrative Assistant

Welcome: Cheryl Siefert

Speaker: Lane Feingold

Catering: Ritz Carlton

Entertainment: Rhythm & Grace Denver dance class

Music: Boulder Tremble Clefs

Sponsors: Littleton Adventist Hospital, Homewatch Caregivers, Jay’s Valet, InnovAge, Accessible Systems, Active Rx, Bentley Baths, Carbon 8, InnovAge, Life Care Centers of America, Medtronic, Springwood Retirement Campus, TEVA Neuroscience, University of Colorado Hospital, US Bank, and Land Title Guarantee Company

Auctioneer: Don Martin, Martin Auctioneering

Quote of the evening: An evening celebrating determination

Menu: Arugula and goat cheese salad with shallot viniagrette and truffle honey, beef tournedos and parsley crusted halibut, ricotta spinach gnocchi, vanilla bean creme brulee with fresh berried and butter bisquit

Attendance: 300+

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Special Thanks: Event & table sponsors: Gary & Donna Antonoff, Lea Ann & Craig Fowler, Tom Gamel & Brenda Crain, Buck & Janie Hutchison, Mike Knaisch, Lee & Barbara Mendel, Darrell & Donna Miller, Kathy Schwartz, Ruth Ann Schwartz, Rick Schwartz & Lynda Brecke, David & Leslie Sogge, Lynn & Lisa Taussig, David VanSickle and Bill & Leslie Vollbracht

Information: (303) 830-1839 or

Event Coordinator: Kari Buchanan, Director of Development

Planning Committee: Event committee & volunteers: Karen Blackman, Tynda Brecke, Laura Bright, Lea Ann Fowler, Barbara Mendel, Sheila O'Connor, Melissa Schreiber, Donna Sovern and Ashley Tillman

Board of Directors: Rick Schwartz, President, Lea Ann Fowler, Vice President, Lee Mendel, Treasurer, Dr. Heather Ene, Mike Knaisch, John McDonald, Barbara Emery-Mendel, Darrell Miller, Mark Mitton, Dr. Lynn Taussig, Dr. David VanSickle

Steering Committee: Event chairs: Lea Ann & Craig Fowler, Barbara & Lee Mendel, Rick Schwartz & Lynda Brecke and Dr. Lynn & Lisa Taussig

Blacktie Photos by: Kimberly Johnson

 Event Chairs Lynda Brecke and Rick Schwartz (board president)
Event Chairs Lynda Brecke and Rick Schwartz (board president)

The Parkinson Association of the Rockies hosted its 5th annual gala on Wednesday, October 17th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Denver. Dazzle & Delight, an evening celebrating determination, was a classy event filled with glamour and prestige. Over 300 guests attended this year’s event. The association expected to raise over $50,000  to support its many programs and offerings for individuals with Parkinson’s and their families.

The evening began with a formal cocktail hour, followed by entertainment by the Boulder Tremble Clefs singing group and the Rhythm & Grace dance class. The Parkinson Association of the Rockies knows that these types of therapeutic singing and dancing activities help to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Executive Director Cheryl Siefert opened the evening with a gracious welcome. Next, keynote speaker Lane Feingold honored his late mother, Sue Feingold, who passed away on May 13, 2012 - Mother’s Day. Sue had lost her 20 year battle with the disease. “The Parkinson Association of the Rockies gave my mom the confidence and the knowledge she needed to effectively fight this disease for as long as she could,” he said. “Through the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, my mom was able to figure out how to best battle the effects of Parkinson’s, and that it was absolutely an art, not a science.” Feingold received a standing ovation from supporters and guests.

In the United States alone, nearly one million people are living with Parkinson’s disease, with an estimated 60,000 new diagnoses each year. The cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, and there is currently no cure.

The Parkinson Association of the Rockies’ mission is to “enhance the quality of life for individuals with Parkinson's disease through education, research, awareness and support for those with the disease, their families and the community.”

For more information: (303) 830-1839 or


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