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October 24, 2002 - More Treats Than Tricks For Court House

What: Shannon Sharpe's Gridiron Halloween Costume Party and Auction

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: October 24, 2002

Beneficiary: Cherish the Child Guild provides support for Court House, Inc.

EMCEE: Scott Hastings of KOA Radio

Presenting Sponsor(s): AT&T Broadband, Denver Broncos, Wells Fargo

Gala Chairperson(s): Shannon Sharpe and Annabel Bowlen

Founders: Judge Marvin Foote

Executive Director: Anne Robinson of Court House, Inc.

Staff: Court House, Inc. Guild Officers: Annabel Bowlen, President; Becky Alfrey, Kathy Rubin, Julie Romanowski, Sharon Sweeney, Pamela O'Neal, Donna Guzzo

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Of note: Presentation of the Sharpe Leadership Award

Sponsors: 24-Hour Fitness, Anheuser-Busch, National Football League

Gala Production: Lily Sports and Entertainment

Attendance: 450

Attire: Halloween costume

Special Thanks: Reinke Brothers, Inc. for providing a discount on costume rentals

Information: Please call 303.761.6756

Planning Committee: Anne Campbell, Greg Carney, Shelly Davis, Margaret Ebeling, Cindy Galloway, David Hunt, Don Martin, Matt Meehan, Dave Mellin, Michael Miller, Mike Ornstein, Donna Orr, Tracy Perlman, Anne Robinson, Karin Rutstein, Steve Slaughter, Billy Thompson, Lisa Young

Board of Directors: Anne Robinson, Executive Director; Michael Miller, President; Sherry Burt, Immediate Past President; Bob Trujillo, Georgianna Contigugulia, Don Seyfer, Vice President; Kevin Reidy, Treasurer; Ralph Klomp, Secretary; Steve Slaughter, David Kikumoto

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 Event co-chairs Annabel Bowlen, President of the Court House, Inc. Guild, and Shannon Sharpe of the Denver Broncos teamed up for Sharpe's annual Gridiron Halloween costume party
Event co-chairs Annabel Bowlen, President of the Court House, Inc. Guild, and Shannon Sharpe of the Denver Broncos teamed up for Sharpe's annual Gridiron Halloween costume party

Elizabeth Byrnes

When one thinks of the Denver Broncos Football team, the first thought is big, muscular men, right? These men may have the tough-guy exteriors, but inside they have the heart of children and they are not afraid to show it. On October 24, the Denver Broncos Football team dressed up in wild, over-the-top costumes to help support their colleague, Shannon Sharpe, and to raise money for Cherish the Children, a fundraising arm of Court House, Inc.

A crowd of over 400 philanthropic supporters and excited football fans packed the United Club Level at INVESCO Field for Sharpe’s annual Gridiron Halloween costume party.

Shannon Sharpe, the Broncos’ all-time leader in receptions (552) and yards (6,983), re-signed with the Denver team as a free agent in April 2002, after two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He returned to the city in which he first embraced stardom and helped the Broncos win back-to-back World Championships.

He has hosted the Gridiron Halloween event for the past two years in Baltimore, where he played with the Ravens, and then brought his successful fundraising idea back to Denver. He co-chaired this year’s event with Annabel Bowlen, President of the Cherish the Children Guild.

“We love you Shannon and are so happy that you are back in Denver,” Annabel shared with the crowd.

"I am honored to be part of the team, with Annabel Bowlen and the Guild, to help Colorado children...especially those who have faced abuse and need our extra support," said Sharpe, dressed as a ‘70’s character. “Thank you Mr. Bowlen for bringing me back to Denver, and to you, Mrs. Bowlen, for signing off on it!”

Pat Bowlen, President and CEO of the Denver Broncos team, transformed himself into a dashing pirate, eye patch and all. Even with one eye covered, he could still see "Goddess of the Sea" Annabel, dressed as a mermaid.

Shannon presented the Sharpe Leadership Award to Ray Cunningham, President and CEO of INVESCO Funds Group. This honor is given to a local corporation that has made a significant contribution to the sport of football and to the local community. Shannon selected the INVESCO Funds Group for their role in the development of the Denver Broncos' new home turf...the state of the art stadium known as INVESCO Field at Mile High.

An incredible array of auction items were there for the picking including trips to away Broncos' games, ski trips, autographed memorabilia from National Football League MVPs and electronic equipment.

The costume contest was a big highlight of the event. Imaginations and creativity ran wild in order to gain the attention of the judges.

First place went to "Denver Bronco Barrel Girl," Theresa Casey; "Slim Jim" Tavi Wolf received second place and third place was awarded to the "Picture Frame" couple.

The Broncos had their own contest, attempting to "one-up" each other. First place went to "Hollywood Hairstylist" Herb Haygood; "Dr. Evil," also known as Keith Burns, took home second and "Mel Gibson and Danny Glover" of the movie Lethal Weapon, played by Jeb Putzier and Donnie Spragan, took home third place.

Cherish the Children provides support for Court House, Inc. through fundraising and community awareness. Court House helps youth redirect their lives by providing a safe, structured therapeutic living environment for both boys and girls from ages 10 to 18. As a licensed Residential Treatment Center (RTC), Court House, Inc., has served thousands of young people since its inception in 1970.

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