May 04, 2004 - Wok & Stroll: Blacktie and Kroenke Luncheon
Where: Blue Sky Grill/Pepsi Center
When: May 4, 2004
Time: 11:30 AM - 1PM
Beneficiary: Blacktie-Colorado.com and Kroenke Sports Enterprises
Host(s): Co-hosts: Kroenke Sports Enterprises and Blacktie-Colorado.com.
Honoree(s): Jean Galloway
Introductions: Elizabeth Byrnes
Speaker: Jean Galloway
Catering: Lisa Gullikson and Clay Williams from Levy Restaurants Premium Food Service at the Pepsi Center
Of note: Additional Speakers: Kenton Kuhn, President and co-founder of Blacktie, LLC ; Deb Dowling, VP of Community Relations for Kroenke Sports Enterprises.
Menu: Sample a tantalizing array of Asian-inspired chefs' tables, compliments of the Ridgeline Restaurant.
Attire: Business Casual
Event Coordinator: Bradley Joseph and Marqui Hansen for Kroenke Sports Enterprises
Decor/Rental Company: Wendy Foster with TDA -* Design and Production.
Blacktie Photos by: Mollybeth Lombard
Sue Ellen Goss, left, and guest speaker Jean Galloway of the Galloway Group. Jean was honored for her “Lifetime Contributions to the Community.”
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Over three hundred business and community leaders and several dozen nonprofits executives attended the uniquely themed lunch. This luncheon, held at the Ridgeline Restaurant in the Pepsi Center, offered guests the opportunity to view the venue and sample the Asian cuisine.
Kenton Kuhn, President and co-founder of Blacktie, LLC spoke about the many services offered at Blacktie. Kuhn indicated that the luncheon was fulfilling the mission of Blacktie; which is to bring together nonprofits and the people who support them.
Kuhn went on to say that Blacktie now averages $100,000 a month in online credit card transactions for their over 300 nonprofit members.
Deb Dowling, VP of Community Relations for Kroenke Sports Enterprises, spoke about KSE involvement in the community and the many philanthropic and community efforts of KSE and the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche Community Funds; part of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.
Jean Galloway of the Galloway Group spoke about how fundraising committees can grow and sustain themselves by branding their special event. She said you need to, “Kick up your heels,” and, “You have to be distinct.” Her three insightful keys to success, gave all who attended a glimpse at what makes an extraordinary event: First, to consider and look at your own special attributes of the cause you support, secondly, ask yourself, “Can it sustain itself?” and finally, can you carry it off, make it happen, and grow with the event.
Jean then graciously said that she is always willing to be a sounding block, she said, “I am always a phone call away,” and with gratitude, thanked everyone for feeding her heart by attending.
At the close of the luncheon, Georgia Imhoff, co-founder of Blacktie, LLC, Kenton Kuhn, Elizabeth Byrnes, VP of Marketing for Blacktie, and Deb Dowling presented Jean with the honor.
“I am both honored and humbled by this recognition,” Galloway told the guests.