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November 07, 2012 - Stout Street Foundation Fall Luncheon Serves Up Camaraderie and Hope

What: Annual fall fundraiser, with luncheon and silent auction

Where: Renaissance Denver Hotel

When: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Ticket Prices: $50

Beneficiary: Stout Street Foundation recovery community

EMCEE: Joe Bevilacqua, Clear Channel FM Program Director

Executive Director: Tom Knight, President and CEO

Staff: Tom Knight, President and CEO; Brad Lucero III, VP Operations; Christopher Conway, Chief Operating Officer; Darcy Narans, Chief CFO; Sharon Sieh, Logistics Director; Pamela Fisher, Program Director; Nicholas Petrucelli, Director of Operations, Serenity Program ; Teri Smith, Development Director; Tom Pino, Education Director; Derek Espinosa, Industries Manager; Eugene Brydon, Night Supervisor; Deidre Tygart, Orientation Coordinator; Timothy Connors, Aftercare Coordinator; David Spieth, Counselor

Speaker: Darrell Anderson, Denver artist; Osvaldo Cabral, LPC, MA CAC III, Stout Street graduate

Catering: Renaissance Denver Hotel

Sponsors: Colorado Business Bank, CoBiz Insurance, CoBiz Financial, Sysco, Marriott Hotels, Matheu's Fine Watches & Jewelry, KeyBank, Grand Hyatt, Aramark, Sephora, Weifield Group, Denver Concierge, Community First Foundation with corporate partner FirstBank, ARC Thrift Stores

Menu: Caesar-style salad, parmesan-crusted chicken breast with house-made basil marinara risotto, mixed vegetables, freshly made rolls and butter, tiramisu

Attendance: Around 150

Attire: Business; business casual

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Assorted fruit and cheeses


Event Coordinator: Teri D. Smith, Development Director

Board of Directors: President: Dr. Kenneth Wilson, PhD; Secretary: Dawn Sieh; Members: Joann Lah, Bob Graf, Kendra Cliver, Kirk Small, Adam Helie, Clyde Lay, Joe Gerardi, Carol Wiltse, Dale Algrim

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Stout Street's President and CEO Tom Knight, with board member Clyde Lay
Stout Street's President and CEO Tom Knight, with board member Clyde Lay

Put supporters and program graduates of Stout Street Foundation in the same room and you’ve got an instant family reunion. No matter what the event may be, guests comfortably run the gamut of emotions, from jokes and jibes to heartfelt stories of growth and change…and there are hugs galore. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, around 150 brought their appetite, generosity—and always, personality—to the Renaissance Denver Hotel for the group’s annual fall fundraiser. This year a luncheon and silent auction was designed to raise needed funds for Stout Street’s spectrum of programs and services addressing recovery from substance abuse.

The event began with a reception and bidding on an array of enticements and artwork, followed by a lively lunch program emceed by Clear Channel’s FM program director, Joe Bevilacqua. Denver artist Darrell Anderson talked about his world travels, art career and 26 years of sobriety. SSF program graduate Osvaldo Cabral followed with his own account of turning his own addictions into recovery and a career helping others through training and speaking engagements. Raffle tickets were drawn in front of an enthusiastic crowd and two surprise sets of Bronco tickets were auctioned off on the spot. Staff members Christopher Conway, COO, and Development Director Teri D. Smith also addressed the crowd, thanking supporters, and discussing the importance of program funding and Stout Street’s “Celebrating Growth…Embracing Change” mantra. SSF President and CEO Tom Knight was recognized for his work and devotion the organization, and the crowd stood to honor him with a standing ovation.

For 36 years, Stout Street Foundation has been a community leader in the field of recovery from substance abuse, operating under a “helping people help themselves” mission statement. Programs are designed to enhance each individual’s genuine motivation to change, providing the necessary tools to do so. Stout Street Foundation is a two- to three-year residential treatment program that enables residents to attend therapeutic classes and learn to reside in the world as responsible, sober adults. Serenity at Stout Street Foundation recognizes substance abuse as a spiritual, social, physical and family problem, and strives to reinforce clients’ strengths and hopes while providing skills to live a life of recovery. The 28-day IRT program provides intensive inpatient services to adult men and women who have identified substance abuse as a major life problem. For more information about programs and upcoming events, visit:

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