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November 15, 2012 - Bright Beginnings Goodnight Moon gala

What: Fundraising gala to benefit the Bright Beginnings program.

Where: Grand Hyatt Denver

When: Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150 individual ticket; $250 patron-level ticket; $1,500 table for 10; $3,000 Goodnight Bear sponsor; $5,000 Goodnight Bunny sponsor; $10,000 Goodnight Moon sponsor

Beneficiary: Bright Beginnings

EMCEE: Theresa Marchetta, 7News anchor and investigative reporter

Co-Chair(s): Nancy Butler Accetta and Robynn Krueger

Welcome: Shepard Nevel

Speaker: Jim Fay

Catering: Grand Hyatt

Music: Jazz piano by Judy Boyd

Sponsors: Goodnight Moon sponsor: Denver Investments; Goodnight Bunny sponsors: CoorsTek, Hogan Lovells, the Kern Family Foundation, Matha Records and Rich Rainaldi, Bea & Roy Romer, The Piton Foundation; Goodnight Bear sponsors: Nancy and Tony Accetta, Amgen, El Pomar Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and MillerCoors

Auctioneer: Adam Kevil

Menu: baby green salad with dried blueberries, toasted pistachios, Haystack Mountain goat cheese ane Gruet sparkling wine vinaigrette, followed by White Rascal ale-brined Red Bird chicken breast with wildflower honey and cranberry gastrique, fingerling potato coins and asparagus. For dessert, guests enjoyed a 'moon pie' with coffee and tea.

Attire: Evening attire, business formal or cocktail attire

Planning Committee: Nancy Butler Accetta and Robynn Krueger, co-chairs; David Alexander, Erin Brenengen, Terry Biddinger, Steve Edmonds, Paul Mesard, Monica Petersen, David Swanson and Sumaya Vanderhorst

Board of Directors: Shepard Nevel, chair; Nancy Butler Accetta, immediate past-chair; Greg Geissler, vice-chair; Beverly Eagle, treasurer; Steve Berman, M.D., program co-chair; Bernie Buescher, secretary; Elizabeth Kincannon, M.D., program co-chair; Eric Anderson, director and principal/CEO; Chris Nienhuis, CPA, director; Patrick H. Pugh, director; Chalyse Robinson, director; Bea Romer, director; George Sparks, emeritus president and CEO; The Honorable John Hickenlooper, honorary; Erna and Brad Butler, in memorium

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Terry Biddinger (left), CEO Jean McSpadden, event Co-Chair Robynn Krueger and Steve Edmonds
Terry Biddinger (left), CEO Jean McSpadden, event Co-Chair Robynn Krueger and Steve Edmonds

The Goodnight Moon gala, benefitting Colorado Bright Beginnings, was held on Thursday, November 15th at the Grand Hyatt in Denver.  Guests enjoyed jazz piano by Judy Boyd as they browsed the silent auction items and enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres.  

Guests were then welcomed into the festively decorated grand ballroom to enjoy a scrumptious dinner and enjoy the program. The emcee for the evening event was Theresa Marchetta, an award winning news anchor and Investigative reporter with 7News, who introduced the chairman of the board, Shepard Nevel, for welcoming remarks. 

A live auction with auctioneer Adam Kevil was followed by a moving story from Ana Lucia Martin Del Campo about how Bright Beginnings helped her give her daughter the best start.  Then, guests were entertained and enlightened by the keynote speaker Jim Fay, one of America’s most sought-after presenters in the fields of parenting and positive discipline. He is the co-founder of The Love and Logic Institute and co-author of the bestseller Parenting with Love and Logic. His background includes 31 years as a teacher and administrator, over two decades as a professional consultant, and many years as the parent of three children.

Colorado Bright Beginnings is a non-profit organization providing early childhood education tools at no cost to parents. Materials focus from prenatal to birth to age three. For more information, log on to


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