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May 17, 2013 - Art for Life

What: Benefit for Project Angel HeartArtCommunity leaders and art lovers join Project Angel Heart for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, wine, desserts, good company, and fine art. Guests have the opportunity to view and bid on the works of art of dozens of local and internationally recognized artists.

Where: Abend Gallery

When: Friday, May 17, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $65

Beneficiary: Project Angel Heart

Host(s): Abend Gallery

President(s): Erin Pulling

Patrons: Bank of the West, Elise Brenninkmeyer, Angela and John DellaSalle, Amanda and Sean Donovan, Nancy and Dan Freeberg, Lynn and John Grigsby, Richard S. Hegstad in honor of David Hale, Dr. Christopher Ott and Mr. Jeremy Simons, Michael R. Ragsdale, MD and Kevin A. McLane, Jerome S. Schroeder, MD

Libations: Great Divide, Smirnoff

Catering: Omega Marketing, Haut Mess Catering

Sponsors: Michael Ragsdale, MD and Kevin McLane, Abend Gallery, Omega Marketing, ANB Bank, 5280 Magazine, Outfront Magazine, Denver School of the Arts, ASLD, Frederick Printing, Tony Tores Interiors, CIROC, Great Divide, Smirnoff,

Attendance: 475

Attire: Dressy casual

Decor/Rental Company: Tony Tores Interiors

Board of Directors: Deidre O'Callaghan, Joyce Pashel, Rosalie Goldman, Mark Thrun, Lorii Robinowitz, David Westman, Katie Seyl, Dean McConnell, Karsten Riggs, David Alexander, Paul Jeselnick, Lee Rudofsky, Michael O'Donnell, and Jeremy Anderson, BJ Dyer, Jen Eiteljorg, Jeff Giadone, John Grigsby, and Arnie Tinter

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Evelyn Wolf, Roger Day, Patti & Mike Blackman
Evelyn Wolf, Roger Day, Patti & Mike Blackman

 The Art of Working Angels

The setting was reminiscence of a Fellini movie crossed with a Paris 19th century artist’s salon. The pervasive artistic ambiance set the tone for the 12th annual Art for Life exhibition and sale benefiting Project Angel Heart.  Abend Gallery generously hosts and gathers under one roof Denver’s best artists, who proudly participate to support this most important event. They give big by donating their paintings, sculpture and time. Many of the artists actually stand at an easel and paint throughout the evening. At the evening's finale the works are auctioned to the crowd.  

Each year Abend Gallery is brimming with new works as the excitement of the salon gets underway and hundreds of guests make their way through the gallery.  It’s an art show that intrigues collectors and brings out the curious for a good cause.  All proceeds go to support the organization and the job of feeding hundreds of people with a life-threatening illness.

Founded in 1991 by Charles Robbins and caring members of the community, Project Angel Heart has grown exponentially and delivered over 445,581 meals to 1,950 clients, free of charge, in 2012 alone. During the more than 20 years of phenomenal growth, the goal of Angel Heart has always remained the same: ‘meals with love’ for men, women, and children living with life-threatening illness.

The Denver art community has readily supported this worthy and much needed organization year after year. Over 800 clients are served each week. Project Angel Heart embodies stability and hope by providing nutritious meals, free of charge. Project Angel Heart in addition provides lifesaving nutrition necessary for physical, emotional, and financial health.

The art peeps were out in droves Friday night goose necking the art and feeling awe-inspired by the billowy, romantic salon designed by Tony Tores Interiors. The transformed gallery was filled with easels, gauzy drapes, hardworking artists and, models wearing white angel wings. The wings separated the models from the rest of the angels who came to support Project Angel Heart.  

Everyone can make a critical difference in the lives of people living with life-threatening illness by joining the Angel Heart volunteer team! Please contact the volunteer resources team at or call (303) 830-0202 for more information.   

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