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November, 07 2009 - No Place Like Home: Adoption Alliance celebrates 20 years

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Volunteers (l to r): Anne Markus, Jana Sizemore, Destin Sims Hilary Ketterson (left) and Emily Rodgers (l to r): Richard Rogers, Bill Huron, Lindy Frolich and board member Diann Shannon (l to r): Sue Haeberle, Kari Stutz, Cheryl Wisdom
(l to r): Board member Michele Mamet, Moose Mamet, Jeanine and John Harfman, with sleeping baby Riley. Anna Stein (left) and Candy Pruett Nick Ciancio and Afeyok Fien Jane Chrisler (left) and Sue Haeberle
The auction tables were buzzing all night long. Logan Giger (left) and John Wheeler (Back, l to r): Chelsea Taylor and Anney Morris with Valerie Nelson and her baby Kaden (l to r): Van, Koko and Emily Le
(l to r): Michele and board member Scott Foust; and Cara, Olivia and Judd Snyder Vickie Quinn with daughter Gabby Stacey Okubo-Davis (left) and Aubrey Davis Kids listened intently to storyteller Bailey Phelps.
Storyteller Kate Lutz gets the kids' attention. High school volunteers helped the reception run smoothly. Don, Katie (center) and Abi Bell Bob Dremann (left) and Galen Achten
(l to r): Michael, Karen and Ben Melusky (l to r): Katie, Ryan and Scott Foust Executive director Tracey Blustein (center) with Colleen and Don George (back row, l to r): Mary, John and Kass Schwappach, and Sarah Moia, with Julia Schwappach in front.
Mike and Robin Shahan (l to r): Joan Fritsche, Rich D'Ambrosio, Linda Donovan Desiree Hilliard and Barb Rush at the check-in table. Marcia Baird with son Tim
Jim and Pat Gilson (l to r): Chelsea Taylor, Mary Stone and Anney Morris Kristen Gentala (left) and Carmen Munsch Proud parents Laura and Mike Honeyman with Jami (center) and baby Adyn
Barb Rush and Jenny Phillips Renee Kallesen and Ian Johnson Virginia Appel's daughters flew in from New York for the celebration. Left to right: Heather, Beth, Virginia and Lauren Appel. Shanice and JoAnne Anderson
(l to r): Ben, Krista and Michael Melusky The Grieve and Dwyre families Diana and Ben Stordeur Anthony D'Ambrosio and Joan Fritsch
Maya and Jason Otsuki Two families feel like one at the "No Place Like Home" gala. Executive director Tracey Blustein welcomes the crowd at dinner. Maureen Cain, chair of the board, addresses guests.
Anna Stein recites her poem "I Am From." Dan Sweetser and Krista Melusky perform "The Adoption Song." Dan Sweetser, an adoptive dad, and Krista Melusky, who was adopted from Korea by the Melusky family. Guest of honor Virginia Appel (center) is welcomed to the stage by Joy and Sajal Klee. Joy was adopted from Vietnam, Sajal from India.
Virginia Appel (center) is presented with a plaque for her years as Adoption Alliance founder and executive director. Also pictured: Joy and Sajal Klee. Adoption Alliance founder Virginia Appel (left) with executive director Tracey Blustein Asia Lo cradles baby Adyn. Natalie and Diego Quaratino
Dan (right) and Ryan Eddy Sam and Ben Schwartz Peter Mackintosh introduces his original song about the adoption experience that was featured in a video.  
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