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April 16, 2013 - Dani's Foundation - A Night of Fun & Games!

What: A night of fun and games to benefit Dani's Foundation in their efforts to put an end to pediatric sarcomas.

Where: Punch Bowl Social at 65 Broadway

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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

Ticket Prices: $75 per person; $100 per couple

Beneficiary: Dani's Foundation

Founders: Michele Ashby - mother of Dani Stell

Executive Director: Martha Simmons

President(s): Michele Ashby

Staff: Martha Simmons - Executive Director, Amy Goings - Data & Financial Specialist

Catering: Punch Bowl Social

Entertainment: Bowling, darts, foozball, marbles, ping-pong, shuffleboard

Sponsors: Precious Metals Summit Conferences, LLC, Lasair Aesthetic Health - A Center for Rejuventation, Mine LLC, Key Bank, Farmers Insurance Group - Kristian Fuller of Fuller Insurance Advisors, Mr. Don Mooney, Mr. & Mrs. Tim Simmons

Quote of the evening: "By working together, we can make a tremendous difference in the Campaign to End Pediatric Sarcoma!" Michele Ashby

Menu: Yummy beef sliders, mini reuben sandwiches, chicken wings & salad

Attire: Casual

Special Thanks: Art Design - Valri Blasi Kaleda, Auction Equipment - Blacktie-Colorado & DCNC, Inc., Auction Tabulation Design - Eric Popoff, Photography - Blacktie-Colorado, Site Coordination - Leah Hanson


Event Coordinator: Martha Simmons

Board of Directors: Founder & President - Michele Ashby, Keith Ashby, Christian Bailey, Claudia Cruz, Laura Davis, Kris Fuller, Anne Haggar-Gibson, Steve Kregstein, Nancy Larned, Jessica Levental, Kimbirly Orr, Staci Sanford, Johny Stell, Kate Ziminski-Crabb

Blacktie Photos by: Nancy Koontz

 Supporters Cate & Pat Wisneski with Martha Simmons - Dani's Foundation Executive Director
Supporters Cate & Pat Wisneski with Martha Simmons - Dani's Foundation Executive Director

Gamers of all ages enjoyed a very special night at one of Denver's hottest new entertainment venues - Punch Bowl Social  for a "Night of Fun & Games" to benefit Dani's Foundation. The festivities including metro bowling, Denver darts, mile-high marbles, and snowbird shuffleboard.  A complimentary buffet featured specialties off the Punch Bowl’s menu, and each guest enjoyed a complimentary welcome cocktail of their choice.

In addition to gaming, a "Price Is Right" silent auction took place.  A variety of bargain deals including art, clothing and jewelry, food and beverage, items for kids and pets, home décor, sports and entertainment, travel, and more were up for bid.  

All funds raised from ticket sales and the silent auction will benefit Dani's Foundation's patient assistance programs, its educational outreach and funding for new research grants which are awarded annually to those in the scientific community working to find better treatment protocols for ALL pediatric cancer patients and ultimately the cause and the cure for pediatric sarcomas; those rare forms of cancer that continue to affect and take the lives of our precious children and young adults.


Dani's Foundation was formed in memory of Dani Stell, an active, bright and social young woman who loved fashion, dancing, school and friends. She aspired to become a fashion designer.


Dani was 18 years old when she found a lump on her side. After six months, she was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that typically affects children and young adults. By the time of Dani's diagnosis, the cancer had spread to her lungs. Although she showed no outward symptoms other than the lump on her side, Dani was in critical condition at the time of her diagnosis.


She was hospitalized immediately and began an aggressive schedule of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries and a bone marrow transplant.


Dani was cancer-free for four months when doctors discovered the disease had returned, this time in her brain. Despite more treatments, Dani remained positive and was determined to beat her disease. Dani demonstrated courage and the will to live by graduating from Denver's South High School and enrolling in college courses.


Dani did not fulfill her dream to become a fashion designer.  In April 1999, Dani lost her battle with cancer. She was only 19 years old. 

Your support is needed.  For more information on how you may become involved with Dani's Foundation and the "Campaign to End Pediatric Sarcoma," visit the Foundation's website at or contact Martha Simmons at e-mail:







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