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March 09, 2013 - Dine & D'art supports community access to art

What: A gala and art showcase benefiting ArtReach, a community organization providing access to the arts to everyone, regardless of financial, physical and emotional difficulties

Where: Mile High Station, Denver, CO

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time: 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $400 per couple, including dinner and artwork // $150 Individual, dinner only

Beneficiary: ArtReach Denver

Honoree(s): Betty Emmanuel, winner of the 2012 - 2013 Art Star Award; Sharon Gravelle, posthumous winner of the 2012-2013 Ginger Merelli Special Events Volunteer Award

Co-Chair(s): Denise Seery

Executive Director: Karla Johnson-Grimes

Committee Members: Denise Seery, Gala Chair, Barbara Reasoner, Benjamin Sawyer, Carol Dawson, Eric Matelski, Karla Johnson-Grimes, Karye Wilhelm, Sarah Dempster, Sarah Gulinska, Tricia Miller and Wanda Lindsay

President(s): Denise Seery, President

Co-President(s): Noelle Riccardella, President-Elect

Staff: Karla Johnson-Grimes, Executive Director, Brandon Beardsley, PR/Marketing Intern, Carol Petitmaire, Grant Writer, Felicia Sabartinelli-Abeyta, Programs Assistant, Karye Wilhelm, Office Manager, Nick Brushaber, Community Tickets Manager, Sarah Dempster, Arts Enrichment and Camp Manager, Sarah Gulinska, Development and Special Events Manager

Speaker: Cooper Wickham, Fred Churbuck

Catering: Footers

Entertainment: Spoke 'N' Motion dance team

Music: Students from the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts

Sponsors: Colorado Doorways, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Cimarex, Footers Catering, Frame de Art II, Jay's Valet Parking, Luxury Transportation and Pedicab Services, Noelle Riccardella, Pat Kennedy, Steelock Fence, RCVisual and The Salah Fooundation

Auctioneer: Rick Rolph

Menu: Pear and gorgonzola salad, grilled beef medallions, honey glazed salmon, wild rice pilaf, roasted asparagus, fresh berry and lemon tartlets, tiramisu

Attendance: 300+

Attire: Black tie and tennis shoes

Special Thanks: Tammy Emmanuel, Art Solicitor Extraordinaire and all of the Mystery Box donors and event Volunteers, contact ArtReach Denver for full lists


Donors: Bernadette Berger, Cindy Hayes, Denise Seery, Denver Center Theater Company, Gray Line New Orleans, Jay's Valet Parking, Luxury Transportation and Pedicab Services, Kathleen Stewart, Kerry Caraghar, Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group, Lee Wyma, Meg Sabella, Michael & Sarah Gulinska, Molly Ross, Sandy Adams & Ron Sherbert, Sarah Dempster and Tricia Miller

Board of Directors: Denise Seery, Board President, Noelle Riccardella, President Elect, Jean Bushong, Treasurer, Benjamin Sawyer, Secretary, Cindy Hayes, Eric Matelski, Sandy Adams, Tricia Miller

Blacktie Photos by: Kimberly Johnson

 ArtReach Board President Denise Seery with Diane Seery
ArtReach Board President Denise Seery with Diane Seery

ArtReach Denver, a non-profit organization dedicated to universal art access celebrated its 5th annual Dine & D’art gala this year. Proceeds will help expand and support the community by bringing art to underserved individuals and youth across the Denver area. This year’s ArtReach Dine & D’art gala was attended by artists and art-lovers alike to collectively raise funds for ArtReach Denver. The proceeds from this event are important to continue to serve the over 52,000 people that have access to art thanks to the organization and its mission. “This ensures that we can continue to do all these programs for people who might not otherwise experience the arts,” said Development and Special Events Manager Sarah Gulinska.

The evening began with an art preview and cocktail hour. The guests were able to get up close and take a look at the various pieces to start to decide which ones they would try to “dart” for when their name was called. Included in the $400 ticket prices was one piece of art, though guests wouldn’t know which one…yet. Every 20 seconds, a name was drawn, and that guest would be able to pick which piece they wanted. Winners were also able to have their picture taken with the artist.  

Attire was black tie and tennis shoes, a casual and fun nod to a classy evening. Lively jazz music was performed by students of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts and the Spoke ‘N’ Motion dance team performed a moving routine, featuring dances by abled and disabled alike.

This event was very special as it honored two honorees, one posthumously, Sharon Gravelle, winner of the 2012-2013 Ginger Merelli Special Events Volunteer Award and Betty Emmanuel, winner of the ArtReach Art Star Award.

ArtReach Denver is an important pillar in the community. “Really, our mission is to provide access to the arts to people who would not otherwise access them. So whether it is a financial access problem, or an educational access problem, or maybe a physical access problem, we are there to make sure that people can get to the arts,” said Gulinska.

ArtReach Denver is the only organization helping people of all walks of life with economic, physical, emotional and behavioral struggles enjoy the gift of art through its community liaisons and dedication to culture and the arts. It exists solely to enrich other’s lives through the expression of art, in all its various mediums.

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