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May 02, 2013 - Dominican Derby

What: The 1st Annual Dominican Sisters Derby Event

Where: Palazzo Verdi, Greenwood Village

When: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $90

Beneficiary: Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency

Master of Ceremonies: Les Shapiro of ESPN Denver and David Aylmer, Corporate Chef/Comedian

Presenting Sponsor(s): The Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado

Gala Chairperson(s): Larry and Jill DiPasquale

Honorary Chairperson(s): Senator Michael Bennet, Congressman Michael Coffman, Congressowman Diana DeGette, Congressman Cory Gardner, Attorney General John Suthers, Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, Honorable Robert and Claudia Beauprez, Honorable Governor Bill Ritter, Former First Lady Jeannie Ritter, Honorable Wellington and Wilma Webb, Honorable Josh Penry & Kristin Strohm, Former First Lady Frances Owens

Executive Director: Krisandra Panting

Catering: Epicurean Catering and Baby Cakes, and pizza from Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria, Pizza Republica, Mama Louise, Mangia Bevi, and James Vacek

Music: Tory Leviton and Peter Olstad

Sponsors: The Catholic Foundation of Northern Colorado, Jim and Kay Burke, Larry and Jill DiPasquale Family, Fox Rothschild LLP, Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC, The Kiely Family Fun at the Denver Foundation, Pete and Marilyn Coors, Epicurean Culinary Group, MDC Holdings, Inc/Richmond American Homes Foundation, John Madden Company, John Strohm and Mary Pat Link, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, Chorske Family Foundation, Craig and Mary Morroni, Eleanore Mullen Weckbaugh Foundation

Decor/Rental Company: Event Rents

Board of Directors: Mary Morroni, Vincent Collison, Scott R. Bialecki, Matthew J. Chorske, Father Thomas Jost, Naida Lounsbury, Elizabeth Mitchell, Les Reitman, Marian Stumpf, Patricia Tobin Vickery

Blacktie Photos by: Libbie Holmes

 Kelly Berger, Jaime Angelich and Deb Smith
Kelly Berger, Jaime Angelich and Deb Smith

Guests tasted the top pizza in Denver and donned their best derby apparel at the Dominican Derby Party held at Palazzo Verdi in Greenwood Village on Thursday, May 2nd. Mint Juleps, southern cuisine, and racetrack-inspired decor set the mood for the party, which served as a fundraiser and 90th anniversary celebration for the Dominican Sisters Home Health Agency.

Former First Lady Jeannie Ritter, Terry Vitale, editor of Colorado Expression Magazine, former Bronco John Lynch and newscaster Ron Zappolo served as the celebrity judges for the event. After sampling pizza from Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria, Pizza Republica, Mama Louise, Mangia Bevi, and Johnson and Wales student James Vacek, guests purchased derby dollars and placed bets on who they thought the judges would determine Denver's best pizza chef. The proceeds of the festive event benefit the organization and its efforts to provide free healthcare programs to low-income elderly patients.

Started in 1923, the Dominican Sisters provides free in-home nursing care and related services to the poor, sick and elderly who are uninsured, underinsured, or who have exhausted their home care benefits. Their nursing care and related services allow patients to age with dignity and to remain safe, healthy and independent in their own home-delaying or avoiding nursing home placement.


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