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March 09, 2013 - HOPE Center's 8th Annual Million Lights of Hope

What: Dinner, Silent Auction & Dance...All That Glitters

Where: Sherman Center

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75.00

Beneficiary: Hope Center

Honoree(s): Mayor Michael Hancock

EMCEE: Gloria Neal

Presenting Sponsor(s): Wells Fargo Foundation

President(s): Gerie Grimes

Catering: Michael's of Denver

Entertainment: Mary Louise Lee

Music: The Mary Louis Lee Band

Sponsors: Wells Fargo Foundation, Forest City Stapleton, The Key People, Deep Green Lawn Care, Pasterkamp Heating & Air, AUM Framing & Gallery, Disguises Costume, Design Works, Odell Brewing Co.

Auctioneer: Debbie Stafford

Quote of the evening: "HOPE Center is the beacon for special needs children. It has made a difference in the lives of Denver families. Denver is a world class city where every one matters. The City of Denver is a proud partner with the Hope Center." Mayor Michael Hancock

Attire: 1920s, evening attire

Board of Directors: Charles T Smith, chair; Sid Davidson, vice chair; Jon Hanson, treasurer; Dr. Barbara Batey, secretary; Dr. John Fischer; Gerie Grimes

Blacktie Photos by: Jan Mcnutt

 Mayor Michael Hancock & Gerie Grimes, HOPE Center President
Mayor Michael Hancock & Gerie Grimes, HOPE Center President

 Building a Bridge to HOPE

The tone for the evening at HOPE Center's 8th annual Million Lights of Hope fundraiser was glitz, glitter and glam. Embracing a 1920s theme was appropos for the event's yearly gathering at The Sherman Events Center. The original Masonic Lodge was built one hundred years ago. The interior of this historic landmark, in all it's refurbished original glory, still speaks of elegance and opulence.

It was great fun to see the beautiful ladies in flapper dresses and the men in raccoon coats, top hats and spats. Spirits were high. The gambling tables were whirling. The speakeasy drinks were flowing while The Mary Louise Lee Band set a Hollywood attitude with jazzy tunes.

It had snowed all day with no relief in sight yet, it didn't deter supporters for the HOPE Center. Guests checked their down coats and snow boots in that order to segue effortlessly into a Jazz Age mode. 

For over 50 years, the HOPE Center has served as a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, developmental delays and persons in need of specialized educational or vocational services. Current average daily enrollment of over 200 children and 35 adults makes HOPE Center one of the largest community based organizations in the Denver area.

Kudos to the HOPE Center for it's 51 years of service to Denver. It has achieved a distinguished record of helping special needs children and adults advance intellectually, vocationally, emotionally and socially to become contributing members in their families and productive members of their community. 

Special guests of the night who turned a fancy foot were April Hurst, award recipient; Stephan Swanson and Denver's Mayor Michael Hancock

For more information about the HOPE Center please contact Gerie Grimes, 303-388-4801. Email:,



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