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November, 19 2005 - 'Tis the Season at Annual Festival of Trees

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Ginger Merelli Award Honoree Marilyn Dana, left, and ArtReach Board Member and Volunteer Chair Tami Lack Judge Larry Naves and wife Bertha Lynn, the emcee for the gala, center, posed with Jerry and Betty Arca Robert Skonieczny and Jolanta Letowska Mary McNeill donated "A Country Christmas Sleigh" a lighted mantelpiece decor, which featured a beautiful sleigh and reindeer sitting on Christmas greens with angels and assorted holiday trim of red velvet ribbons, cones, berries and sugar fruits.
Blake and Diane Liberty Corey Sisler and Shannon Burkitt, left, with Mary DiMartino and Atif Siddiqi Kathryn McNamee, left, with Charlotte and Justin Apt The 2005 ArtReach Christmas tree, was decorated by Swingle, Tree and Lawn Care...
...and showcased artwork made by the Arts Benefiting Kids after school program. Charlie Milne and Susan Goiser, left, with Aly and Rick Yohn. Both Susan and Rick are with RE/MAX International, the Presenting Event Sponsor. Jennifer Richards, left, Michele Apodaca and Rene Holtam are with Colorado Parent Magazine, one of the Media Sponsors Dave Kolstad and Linda Watson, former Event Co-Chair, left, with her parents Carolyn and John Sheehan
These " Arbor Bear Welcome" won second place and were donated by Charles Krumenacker Jolanta Letowska posed with the first place "Victorian Lady" Christmas tree that she designed with her husband Robert Gary and Barb Reece, left, with Murphy and Carol Huston "Harvest Touch" was the name of the unusual shaped wreath. There were two wreaths, sold as a pair and created by Jolanta Letowska, winner of the "Victorian Lady" six foot or taller Christmas tree.
Sharon Linhart, left, Board Member Barbara Reasoner, Kay Ray, Robin Wise and Mary K. Lowe "I'm Dreaming of Christmas at the Beach" three foot tree was decorated with beach glass, shells and driftwood. Donated by Sharon Samson, this unique tree won third place for trees under four feet. Eric Matelski created a one-of-a-kind painting during the cocktail hour, that sold for $350 during the live auction. "A Child's Christmas" was donated by Lacey Den Hartog and was valued at $420
Lee Keatinge, left, Shelley Burnett, Courteney Keatinge and Barb Anderson Kathy Davie and Don Campbell. Kathy was one of the artists that worked with ArtReach students to create the unique Christmas tree centerpieces. Each table was set with unique centerpieces that were created by kids in the Arts Benefiting Kids after school program, with the assistance of Carole Campbell and Kathy Davie. Karye Wilhelm, former Board President, left, Ginger Merelli Award Honoree Marilyn Dana, Board Member and Volunteer Chair Tami Lack and Board Member and Santa's Breakfast Chair Connie Wyckoff
John Elliott and Vicki Anderson, left, with Trish and Greg LaCasse New this year, the surprise gift boxes, cleverly wrapped as holiday gifts, had a guaranteed value of twice the asking price The "Blizzard" tree was donated by David Rosentrater, husband of ArtReach Executive Director Jil Rosentrater. Richard and Lauretta Stahl, left, with Kent Ridl and Barbara White
Girlfriends Katharine Honnen, left, Sue Evans and Diane Liberty This "Cranberry Ice Door Swag" was decorated with a large burgundy poinsettia, green and burgundy fabric pears and apples, feather bells, glass bells, ice garland and beautiful berrry garland with a burgundy pheasant feather plume in the center. Wings of Hope, a white fiberoptic tree decorated with pink lights, silver birds, glass ornaments, white feathers, and pink ribbons. The beautiful hand strung beaded garland includes Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls, pink granite and bali silver beads was designed by, and dedicated to Breast Cancer Survivors. Dean and Jennifer Richards, left, Rob and Rene Holtam and Craig Olson and Michele Apodaca
First place went to Maureen Wells for her "Ho Ho Ho, Places to Go" wreath. It was decorated with ornaments and items reflecting popular places to visit within the greater Denver area. Includes a copy of Ageless Outings guidebook. ArtReach staff "What a pleasure to share the season with you all," said Executive Director Jil Rosentrater, as she thanked everyone. Ricki Harada, born in southern Japan, began his dance career in 1986 as a funky jazz dancer in a professional company while studying ballet, mime and traditional Japanese dance, all of which he incorporates into his unique style.
Ricki Haradam, the Artistic Director of Soul Motion, performed with his group “Usherism” Soul Motion performed “Usherism.” “Thank you so much for this honor,” Marilyn Dana told the guests, as she accepted the Ginger Merelli Special Event Volunteer Award. “This is a wonderful honor and a nice surprise.” During dinner, guests were treated to the storytelling of Marta Barnard, a professional actor, director and choreographer.
Marta Barnard, left, brought the story “Winter Solstice” to life with the assistance of audience members. Here she had the presenting sponsor, RE/MAX International table involved. Dan Egger-Belandria's primary musical inspiration is rooted in Afro-Cuban and Caribbean tradition. He first explained and then demonstrated... ...the lights went to dark and he created “the rainstorm” through his drumming, complete with a spectacular light show and high arcing sprays of water. Former Board President Karye Wilhelm created this "Splendor in the Patch" stocking.
These one-of-a-kind Glass and Light trees were handmade and donated By Brent Simon      
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