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May 01, 2004 - A Big Boogie Bash at 14th Annual Brown Bag Benefit!

What: Presented by: The Gathering Place Association.

Where: Marriott City Center

When: May 1, 2004

Time: 6:00pm

Beneficiary: The Gathering Place

Mistress of Ceremonies: Molly Hughes, Anchor, CBS 4

Honoree(s): Rhonda and Tommy Vickers

Presenting Sponsor(s): Joyce and Kal Zeff

Co-Chair(s): Sue Combs, Cy DeBoer and Debbie McCarty

Committee Members: Addressing: Katie Johnson Auction: Sue Combs, Margie Hunter Computer Expertise: Victor Barczyk, Joe Ignat, Mindy Crowe Jaouen Corporate Sponsors: Sandy Autrey and Bruce Deboer, co-chairs, Lisa Ullsperger Corporate Sponsor Party: Carolyn Fancher, Lucy Kissinger, Rhonda Vickers Day of Warmth: Melinda Cabanilla and Linda Zimmerman, co-chairs, Kelli McCarty Decorations: Alice Tiritas, chair, Sandy Autrey, Ann Bailey, Melinda Cabanilla Patches Caskey, Deb Fagan, Liz Frawley, Margie Hunter, Pam Ignat, Holly Johnson, Barbara Justice, Daria Kane, Kelly Keogh, Heidi Keogh, Bertha Krull, Jill Lucas, Arlene Peery, Glenda Richter, Kate Tribbet, Donna VanderBaan, Marge VanderBaan Invitations: Pam Ignat and Alice Tiritas, co-chairs, Ann Bailey, Patches Caskey, Katie Johnson, Lucy Kissinger, Sarah Leffen, Toni Mertens, Jill Offerson, DeeDee Parker, Carol Richardson, Kathy Schmidt, Elaine Senter, Karla Sweany Public Relations: Heidi Keogh and Sarah Leffen.

Co-President(s): The Gathering Place Association President: Heidi Keogh The Gathering Place President and CEO: Leslie Foster

Introductions: The Gathering Place President and CEO: Leslie Foster

Entertainment: Big Bang Beat - music from the 50's though 80's presented by The Gathering Place Association in cooperation with Wemus Entertainemnt, Midland, Texas.

Sponsors: Benefactors: The Autrey Foundation, Sandy and Gary Autrey; Tom Brown, Inc. Associate: Janice and Jim Campbell, Dan and Angela Japha Family Charitable Fund, Great-West Life Annuity Insurance Company, Margie and Dave Hunter, Marriott Hotels Honorary: Baker & Hostetler, LLP., Ruth and Bob Beriault, Bowne Printing of Denver/ Mike and Lynne Murphy, Sink Comb Dethlefs, Architects/Sue and Dick Combs, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Faegre & Benson, LLP., FirstBank Holding Company, HealthOne Hospitals, Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP., Pam and Joe Ignat, Joanne Justus-Justice, Meadow Gold Dairy, Inc., Nord Family Foundation, Red Robin Gourmet Hamburgers, TIAA-CREF, Wells Fargo, Lucy and Jim Wallace.

Auctioneer: Paul Behr

Attire: Polka Dot Chic

Special Thanks: Sportique Scooters, Max Burgerworks, Peggy Tarpley, Perfection In Embroidery, Denver Marriott City Center, Adare Manor, Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Kane, Daria Kane, Sandy and Gary Autrey, Jean Dennison, Beaver Creek Resort Company/Beaver Creek Internaitonal Culinary Classic, Rhonda Vickers, Margie and Dave Hunter, Tommy Vickers, Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos, The Denver Nuggets, Bill Hanzlick, Alpha Graphics, Littleton, Sarah Leffen and Jill Lucas, Alice Tiritas, Liz Frawley, Wynkoop Brewery, Lucy Kissinger, The Young and the Fretless, Molly Hughes, Party Time, Mountain State Audio Video, Bob Sweeney/Compass vehicle Rentals, Inc., William and Liz, Whitney DeBoer and Quynh Mai, Dick, Bruce, and Mike, our friend Sharene Reed.

Information: 303-321-4198 or

Blacktie Photos by: Mollybeth Lombard

 It's time to Boogie in polka dot chic! with Carolyn Fancher, left, and Lucy Kissinger at the 14th Annual Gathering Place Brown Bag Benefit.
It's time to Boogie in polka dot chic! with Carolyn Fancher, left, and Lucy Kissinger at the 14th Annual Gathering Place Brown Bag Benefit.

Mollybeth Lombard

The ‘Big Boogie Bash’ was a non-stop blast on Saturday, May 1st at the 14th annual Brown Bag Benefit for The Gathering Place. Clothed in polka-dot chic, guests were dancing in the isles to the rock n’ roll extravaganza on 24 legs, Big Bang Beat; not for the faint of heart or feet.

The night began with a cocktail reception and ‘Day of Warmth’ project. This project was to help The Gathering Place cover the cost of replacing a boiler that unexpectedly was in disrepair. Molly Hughes, CBS News4, and Bill Hanzlik made a dynamic duo selling Days of Warmth. And Bill really got people motivated by offering a spur of the moment drawing for someone to spend a day with the Nuggets. $17,000 was raised that night just for the ‘Day of Warmth’ project.

The Gathering Place Association honored Rhonda and Tommy Vickers for their years of commitment and friendship to The Gathering Place. Rhonda began as a direct service volunteer working directly with the women and kids of The Gathering Place. She is the kind of person who would see a need and just get it done, and would go beyond the call of duty. Ultimately, Rhonda came to serve as President of The Gathering Place Governing Board. It was during this time that she made a personal commitment toward fundraising. She and Tommy not only gave personally, but went out of their way to find friends and others to invest their giving dollars.

The live auction was one big bidding war of generosity. The live auction raised $43,000 and in total, The Gathering Place was given over $100,000 for this event. Their association and volunteer chairpersons absolutely make this event happen bigger and better every year. The co-chairs, Sue Combs, Debbie McCarty, and Cy DeBoer did a fabulous job in planning this event.

About The Gathering Place and Brown Bag Benefit:

It is Denver’s only daytime center for women and children and those experiencing homelessness or poverty. The staff and volunteers of The Gathering Place are committed to a long held philosophy: ‘Every woman, no matter what her circumstance, is worthy of respect and is a valuable human being just as she is.’

In 2003, over 53,424 visits from women and children were made to the Gathering Place. In addition to providing shelter and food (5,000 meals each month), they also provide adult education opportunities to help women get back on their feet.

The Brown Bag Benefit is presented by The Gathering place Association, a dedicated and caring four-hundred member group of volunteers. The primary focus of the Association is to provide fundraising and financial support for The Gathering Place. In the fourteen-year history of the Brown Bag Benefit, the Association has generated nearly one million dollars in revenue for The Gathering Place, which is privately funded.

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