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June 06, 2013 - Alzheimer's Memories in the Making

What: A Summer Night in Paris--Alzheimer's Organization Art Auction

Where: Coors Art Gallery- Hall of the West National Western Complex

When: Thursday, June 6, 2013

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $185

Beneficiary: Alzheimer's Association of Colorado

Mistress of Ceremonies: Cheryl Preheim, 9News

EMCEE: Cheryl Preheim, 9News

Committee Members: Jean Black, Monica Black, Evelyn Brown, Julie Busby, Rose Campbell, Nancy Chesnutt, Kay Conger, Jane Courtright, Cynthia Del Ponte, Lani Dill, June Easterling, Terrie Fontenot, Kim Henderson, Michelle Hartlage, Lisa Hut, Hilary Johnson, Chris Kannen, Robin Korn, Mary Beth Lambuth, Lisa Miller, Gretchen Norman, Belinda Nygren, Betty Phillips, Patty Price, Hannah Rottman, Kathy Rowan, Kay Sandler, Erica Sprenkel, Rebecca Sturtz, Audrey Walker, Liz Walker, Jill Williams, Carolyn Williamson

President(s): Linda Mitchell, President and CEO

Libations: French Martinis provided by Genesis Imports

Catering: Continental "Divine" Catering

Entertainment: Cliff Spratt French Band

Sponsors: Visiting Angels, Frasier, Garden Terrace of Aurora, E Light, Julia Temple Healthcare Center, The Colorado Health Foundation, Balfour, Christian Living, Emeritus, InnovAge, Sunrise Senior Living, Two Men and a Truck, Park Place, The Abaquis Quality Management System by Providigm, Don Bechter, RBM Capital Management, Cherry Creek Nursing Home, Linda and Dr.Val Dean Emeritus- Green Mountain and Roslyn Guaranty Bank and Trust, Jackson National Life Insurance, Kaiser Permanente, MorningStar Senior Living, Kerry and Donald Oberndorf

Auctioneer: Chuck and Bryson Miller

Quote of the evening: "The Alzheimer's Association serves individuals and families across Colorado. We're encouraged the White House recently laid out the first details of a $100 million project that aims to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain." --Cheryl Preheim

Menu: Plats Principaux, chicken coq cu vin, shrimp au pomes, haricote verts, au gratin potato flight, crisp pancetta and bleu cheese, traditional cheddar and dream, grilled asparagus, fresh European salads, roasted fennel salad with oranges and olives, spinach and berry salad with feta and pine nuts, fresh french baguettes, french cheese and honey tasting, savory pecan cheesecake, port salute, french brie, roquefort, dried fruits and nuts, cracked pepper honey, infused honeys, flatbreads and crackers; french endings, macaroons, lemon curd, almond tarts

Attendance: 600

Attire: Evening, cocktail

Event Coordinator: Nancy Thompson, Chrissy Deal

Decor/Rental Company: Lisa Hut, artist

Board of Directors: Sarah Lorance, CPA, chairman; Tom Hurley, vice chair; Phillip Heath, secretary; Daniel Thomas, treasurer; Adam Duerr; Kelly Rogers, immediate past chairman; Don Bechter; Chris Binkley; Francis Brown; Margy Christian; Perry Herrmann; Mark Oorio; JJ Jordan; Venetia Marshall; Donald Oberndorf; Linda Peotter; Greg Pfahl; Bernard Poskus

Steering Committee: Jean Black, Monica Black, Evelyn Brown, Julie Busby, Rose Campbell, Nancy Chesnutt, Kay Conger, Jane Courtright, Cynthia Del Ponte, Lani Dill, June Easterling, Terrie Fontenot, Kim Henderson, Michelle Hartlage, Lisa Hut, Hilary Johnson, Chris Kannen, Robin Korn, Mary Beth Lambuth, Lisa Miller, Gretchen Norman, Belinda Nygren, Betty Phillips, Patty Price, Hannah Rottman, Kathy Rowan, Kay Sandler, Erica Sprenkel, Rebecca Sturtz, Audrey Walker, Liz Walker, Jill Williams, Carolyn Williamson

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt


 Great paintings for a wonderful cause, the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado
Great paintings for a wonderful cause, the Alzheimer's Association of Colorado

A Summer Night In Paris was Sponsored by the Visiting Angels

It was close to an evening in Paris Thursday night. The French theme and gaiety was infectious as Cliff Spratt's French Band played sing-alongs while band member Marta Barton high-kicked her fishnet stockinged legs to a Denver-style can-can. While everyone else sipped French martinis by Genesis Imports and enjoyed French cuisine such as coq au vin, haricote verts, pancetta, baguettes, cheeses and delightful little Parisian pastries provided by Continental "Divine" Catering. The hundreds of guests strolled through the large space to view canvases and painted wooden palettes created by well-known artists and not so well-known artists.

The beauty and uniqueness of the artworks at this event each year warms the heart. The way it is designed, artists living with the disease contribute a painting or mimic a work of art by a professional artist. The art committee then pair the works, i.e., the two different cats by professional artist Jean Shom and Larry Schwartz. Both works are lovely revealing each artist's unique artistic style, even though one makes a living creating art and the other creates art as therapy.

For more than 25 years, the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter has led the fight against Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 72,000 Coloradans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Through its statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, counseling, support groups, Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® and a 24- hour helpline, at no cost to families.  Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease. The vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease.

The artwork selected for the 2013 auction was created in the Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making (MIM) art programs in 45 locations throughout the Denver/Boulder area. More than 4,000 pieces were submitted for the jury process. That means Alzheimer’s artists were engaged in an activity that provides socialization, improves self esteem, creates a sense of purpose and often times simply joy. A MIM artist recently had this to say about painting in the program: "I was a little blue. It snapped me out of it. Color makes me happy!”

Proceeds support Alzheimer’s programs and services as well as research to develop better treatments and to eventually find a cure.

For more information on this important organization call their 24-hour helpline, 800-272-3900. Visit their website alz.org/co

 

 

 

 

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