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February 22, 2013 - Excelsior Celebrates 40th Anniversary

What: Triumphant FACES gala

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Friday, February 22, 2013

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $250 or $150 for young professional

Beneficiary: Adolescent girls with emotional and social problems

Honoree(s): 2013 Triumphant Woman -- Susan Kiely

EMCEE: Lannie Garrett

Gala Chairperson(s): Megan Fearnow, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod and Lois Paul

Executive Director: Joan Gabrielson

Staff: Carol Beauchamp-Hunter, associate director; Arnold Goldstein, associate director; Jim Uhernik, director of business development & admissions; Jann Clevenger, principal of middle/high school; Elaine Atwater, quality improvement director; Vivian Zlobec, director of human resources; Kathy Graveley, director of development; see website for more staff

Entertainment: The Pointer Sisters

Sponsors: Triumphant FACES: Fred and Jana Bartlit, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Inspirato, MillerCoors, Sean & Jocelyn Murphy, Pinnacol Assurance, The Salah Foundation, Sysco Denver, Women With a Cause. Transforming FACES: LaFawn Biddle, CoBiz Wealth, Denver Investments, 5 Star Talent & Entertainment Inc., MDC Holdings, The Martichang Foundation, Southwest Airlines

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett

Attire: cocktail

Special Thanks: AnnaFesta LLC, Alexander Smith Design, Barenbaum Weinshienk PC, Factory Design Labs, Fast Signs--Colorado Blvd., Four Seasons Hotel Denver, Joseph Jestes Photography, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod and Lois Paul, Michael McConnell Photography, Oster Jewelers, Dave Parvin, Reign Denver, Ellen Stewart, Tricia Turpenoff Portrait Gallery, Zonta Club of Denver II

Event Coordinator: Kelli Kindel

Planning Committee: Chairs: Megan Fearnow, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Lois Paul; Committee members: Jamie Angelich, Elaine Atwater, Dana Berry, Gary Corbett, John Farnam, Kathy Graveley, Susan Kiely, Kelli Kindel, Aquila McKnight, Lin Patten, Karen Rosen, Ellen Stewart, Wendy Aiello, Melissa Bassett, Carey Conley, Terri Fisher, Holly Franchetti, Cindy Allen Halliday, Gwen King, Paige Lilienfeld, Suzanne Mountfort, Verna Orsatti, Stephanie Rigs, Natisha Walton

Board of Directors: Jim Peters, chair; Dennis Miceli, vice chair; Amos Martinez, secretary/treasurer; directors: Dr. Zelda DeBoyes, Marcia Lujan, Cynthia Hansen, Richard Jones, Jerry Maglio, Molly Ross, Wendy Warren; Foundation board: Bill Harvey, president/chair; Lois Paul, vice chair; directors: Butch Shoup, secretary/treasurer; Joan Gabrielson, Dennis Miceli, M. Sean Murphy, Jennifer Williams,

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Event Co-Chairs: Megan Fearnow, left, Lois Paul and Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod
Event Co-Chairs: Megan Fearnow, left, Lois Paul and Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod

Forty years can seem like just yesterday, or it can represent almost three generations of adolescent youth. Whatever your perspective, the FACES event brought it all together in celebrating Excelsior Youth Center's 40th anniversary, matched with the still highly energetic Pointer Sisters, who are also celebrating their 40th anniversary.

The FACES event proved that things get better with age, and 540+ supporters proved that with an abundance of exuberance during the evening. From the reception and silent auction to the smashingly dynamic peformance by the Pointer Sisters, the Excelsior FACES gala is rising to the top as one of the premiere events of the year.

Several past Triumphant Woman honorees took the stage to honor this year's Triumphant Woman: Susan Kiely. Susan told with poise and grace how she moved from an abused teenager into a confident and successful woman, and how she uses those skills that God gave her to turn around and help troubled youth today.

2008 Triumphant Woman Lannie Garrett was every bit a fireball as emcee of the evening as she is in her musical performances. Add the always entertaining and effective live auction efforts of Gary Corbett and Adam Kevil, the comraderie of the crowd, and the always flawless efforts by event planner Kelli Kindel, and this event was a sure hit.

Excelsior Youth Center offers a home where girls can be truly safe, where structure means safety, and where discipline results in development. They transform young lives, directing and guiding them from a past of tragedy to a future full of possibility and, ultimately, triumph. Excelsior is a residential treatment program established in 1973, serving girls between the ages of 11-18 with emotional and behavior difficulties. They are committed to the treatment and education of these young women and strive to enhance their successful reintegration into their families and their communities. For more information, log on to


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