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October 27, 2012 - City Slicker Soiree 2012

What: A rhinestone cowboy event serving appetizers and cocktails from Denver's finest food establishments. Exquisite silent and live auction items to the highest bidder staged on the 4th floor of the new and beautiful History Colorado Center in downtown Denver.

Where: Colorado History Museum

When: Saturday, October 27, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $125

Beneficiary: Roundup River Ranch

Mistress of Ceremonies: LIbby Weaver, Fox-31, KDVR

Gala Chairperson(s): Craig Foley, Chair; Dick O'Loughlin, Vice-Chair

Honorary Chairperson(s): President Gerald R. Ford & Mrs. Betty Ford, Gerald Gallegos

Founders: Alison Knapp

Speaker: Lia Gore, MD

Libations: Robert Sickler

Music: Pete Martinez

Sponsors: Tanner Seebaum Foundation, Wagner/CAT, Murray Motor Imports, The Beck Group, Holland & Hart, UofC Sch. of Med., ANB Bank, Children's Hospital, Kim & Steve Winesett, Fuller Sotheby's, Debra Fagan & Wendy Handler, Judy & Bob Holmes, Michael Handler, MD, Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, Englewood Mortgage Co., Richard Dehncke, Mile High Real Estate Valuations.

Auctioneer: Adam Kevil

Quote of the evening: "Roundup Ranch is about children having fun." Lia Gore, MD

Attendance: 214

Attire: Evening attire

Special Thanks: Restaurants: Rootdown, D'Italia, Linger, Edge, Elway's, Tamayo, City Bakery, eat+drink, Continental Divine, The Petroff Family, Libby Weaver, VonFeldt Design, Robert Sickler, Pete Martinez, Momence Events

Planning Committee: Debra Fagan, Brenda Allerton, Craig Foley, Ruth B. Johnson JD

Board of Directors: Brenda & Derik Allerton, Pamela Bard, Tim Beyer, Cliff Buchholz, Betsy Cheroutes, Kathy Cole, Marla & Geo Coleman, The Honorable Wiley & Ida Daniel, Mary Davies, Monique Davis, Andrew Duke, Cindy Engles, Kathy Ferguson, John Forester, Laurie Galbreath, John Galvin, Marcy & John Gates, Georgia Wall Gogel, Lia Gore, MD, Shelie Gustafsun, Rick Hermes, Greg Johnson, Ruth Johnson, Donna Martin, Merv Lapin, Sally O'Loughlin, Rebecca Riff, Anne Roberts, Kenneth Siegel, Beth Slifer, Beverly & Bruce Wagner, Carole Watters, Kim & Steve Winesett, Dianne Woolfolk, Joni & Scott Wylie

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 12-year-old Grace Petroff and mother, Karen
12-year-old Grace Petroff and mother, Karen

Big Night for Roundup River Ranch 

The History Colorado Center at Broadway and 12th Avenue is one of Denver’s newest destinations. It is housed in an exquisite building designed to accommodate historical artifacts, interactive exhibits about Colorado and events such as Saturday night's City Slicker Soiree 2012. This event, in its second year, benefitted the Roundup River Ranch. This organization is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, which is a medically supported camp for kids with chronic life-threatening illnesses. It's a growing global community of innovative camps and programs founded by Paul Newman. The Roundup River Ranch site in Vail Valley enriches the lives of children and their families by providing a week away from hospitals, beds, appointments, and is always completely free of charge to the child and family. 

As the live auction got underway, pocketbooks and hearts flowed with donations from $100 to $5,000. It was sincere validation for an organization that is dear and near to the hearts of Denver and all of Colorado. Located in the Vail Valley, this Western locale SeriousFun camp has allowed hundreds of sick children to experience the great outdoors, where for the first time they catch a fish, climb a rock wall, sing, dance and socialize with others who have been isolated due to illness. 

The setting for the event was the 4th floor of the HCC overlooking a Halloween-inspired October sunset. As guests mingled on the outdoor terrace before the program, they were treated to the sight of the majestic Rocky Mountains and Denver’s skyline fading into the evening's light. Inside, the guests noshed on tasty appetizers from local eateries such as Rootdown, D’Italia, Linger, Edge, Elway's, Eat + Drink, Tamayo and Continental Divide.  Singer /performer Pete Martinez sang a nonstop medley of down-home vintage country tunes. The sold out event was a triumph for the organizers, the guests and especially for children who have experienced the Roundup River camp in the Vail Valley. The rousing event helped to secure future camp experiences for hundreds more children living with a life-threatening illness.

Learn more about supporting Roundup River Ranch:; PO Box 8589, Avon, CO 81620. 970-748-9983.


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