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September 30, 2003 - LFS Finds Plenty of Room at This Inn

What: Innkeeper Dinner - Benefiting vulnerable children and families in Southern Colorado

Where: Wyndham Hotel in Colorado Springs

When: Sept. 30, 2003

Beneficiary: Lutheran Family Services (LFS) of Southern Colorado

EMCEE: Sandra Mann, Adelphia Public Relations and Media Director


Event Coordinator: Lynn Peterson, LFS Special Events Coordinator

Blacktie Photos by: Tim Harris

 Lynn Peterson and Ardice Meeske welcome attendees to the event
Lynn Peterson and Ardice Meeske welcome attendees to the event

by Tim Harris Lutheran Family Services held their Tenth Annual Innkeeper Dinner Fundraiser & Silent Auction on September 30th at The Wyndham Hotel in Colorado Springs. Approximately 350 valued supporters and guests of Lutheran Family Services were in attendance for the elegant and meaningful occasion. Coordinated by LFS Special Event Coordinator Lynn Peterson, the annual event consisted of an elaborate dinner, silent auction, delightful entertainment and a purpose-driven program – all benefiting LFS programs in adoption, counseling, foster care, refugee resettlement, senior outreach and disaster response. Inspired by the compassionate love of Christ, Lutheran Family Services is an “Innkeeper” to whom abused and neglected children and refugees - in need of healing, strengthening and hope - can be brought. Gold Sponsors for the event were Adelphia Digital Cable, First Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial Garden of the Gods Chapter. Gene and Sally Warrington represented the Silver Sponsorship, while the Bronze Sponsors included: Arlene and Ray Avischious, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, People Mortgage, Penrose St. Francis Health Foundation and Redeemer Lutheran Church. Distinguished attendees also included the Friends of Lutheran Family Services: Chairperson Diana Keys, Assistant Chairperson Sue Currey, Ardice Meeske, Nancy Albertson, Arlene Avischious, Susan Curtis, Ruth Fetler, Vanda Franowicz, Nola Gosch, Elaine Halvorson, Jennifer Heiny, Tom Janecek, Karen Kolseth, Pastor DuWayne Kirkeide, Suzanne Leclercq, Lynn Peterson, Dr. Amilu Rothhammer, Sally Warrington, Ed Weagel, Elaine Weagel and Art Ziemann. The Table Hosts included: Ascension Lutheran Church, Ray and Arlene Avischious, Bethel Lutheran Church, Betty Bockstahler, Kimberly and Doug Cather, Sue and Dick Currey, Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, First Congregational Church, First Lutheran Church, Nola and Tom Gosch, Jerry and Sandy Harkins, Tom and Rebecca Janecek, Diana and Bob Keys, Andre and Suzanne Leclercq, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Mary and Bill Montie, Lane and LaVon Pinnow, Norm and Lynn Peterson, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Thrivent Garden of the Gods Chapter, Thrivent Pikes Peak Chapter and Gene and Sally Warrington. The ballroom was filled with over 100 donated items - from heralded paintings and artwork, to tasty treats and luxury items. But, the prized treasure throughout the bustling Silent Auction was none other than “Luther” (the Chocolate Lab puppy) who stole the show…and many hearts too! At the Live Auction during dinner, led by Mr. Gene Warrington, Luther charmed the crowd once more - as he was auctioned to the highest bidder. The delicious dinner was followed by Emcee extraordinaire, Sandra Mann, host of “The Sandra Mann Show” on Channel 2. Ms. Mann entertained the attendees with her wit, charm and sincere appreciation of Lutheran Family Services and their contribution to society. Entitled, “Lutheran Family Services – Opening Doors,” her program showcased a media presentation, live interviews, the refugee testimonies of Dagmiris Castillo and Ernesto Gonzalez, and several inspirational stories of families who’ve opened their doors to “Sibling House” foster care and adoption programs. Lynn Peterson presented Chairperson Diana Keys with the prestigious “LFS Volunteer of the Year Award” for her dedication, spirit and tireless efforts. President and CEO James Barclay recognized the event sponsors and volunteers who made the memorable night possible. As he conveyed the mission of Lutheran Family Services, he thanked the LFS staff who “on a daily basis transform charitable instincts into lifelong community change.” Relaying vital statistics of LFS’ impact throughout the world, he echoed the “opening doors” theme as he stressed, “we are called to remove barriers and provide services that provide strength and hope to those that are hurting in our world.” As the evening came to a close, Ms. Gwen White, a program director at LFS and member of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, culminated the evening through song. Her spirited rendition of “To God Be the Glory,” not only inspired and uplifted, but truly conveyed the ultimate mission of Lutheran Family Services.

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