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May, 18 2012 - “Serving up a Brighter Future with Invest In Kids"

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The Exdo Event Center welcomes Invest in Kids IIK Executive Director Lisa Merlino (center) with event Co-Chairs Diane Reed and Catherine Goodwillie Lisa Merlino with auctioneer Gary Corbett Décor Chairs Amy Middlekauff and Tricia Youssi outdid themselves
Each table was exquisitely arranged IIK staff members: Carolyn Rubenstein, Julie Steffen, Judi Vongsakoun, Lisa Mulligan and Cathleen Strom Over a hundred marvelous silent auction items were up for grabs Volunteers Vangi McCoy and Kristy Johnson
Miss Colorado 2011 Diana Dreman presides over the gumball guess and lemonade stand IIK staffers; Clayton Rohman, Lisa Mulligan, Christy Ricker, Di Burke, Kathleen McCarron, Annie Weidel and Brant Weidel From live auction sponsor Inspirato--Alissa Heim, Maggie Berranta and Rachel Winning IIK director of development and outreach Patrick Sablich (center) with Lisa Merlino and Catherine Goodwillie
Diane Reed, left, Patrick Sablich, Lisa Merlino and Catherine--part of the leadership team for the event Event coordinators Micah Dhonat and Kelli Kindel from Kelli Kindel Events Jon and IIK program director, Nurse-Family Partnership Michelle Neal Carol and Skip Spensley
Cork raffle volunteers George and Sara Sliwiak Steve and Elena Stophel Barb and Gary Spinelli
Larry Ketch with Heidi Tamilson, sporting a fabulous hat Tom Jenkins with IIK board member Eric Hilty IIK Staff Zuzy Hannen and Cathy Morrissey with Brian Hannen (center) Board member Marc, and Monica Bradac with Michael and Staci Ballasch
Hollis Hope with David Chapman Jennifer Nevins with Mike Yankovich, President and CEO of the Children's Museum of Denver Lisa Merlino with her dad Bob Hill, former board and founding member of IIK Past Executive Director Jennifer Atler Fischer
Tim and Lesha Van Binsberger from Mountain States Toyota Silent auction items draw intense bidding Phyllis and Bob Hanfling with Harvey and Roberta Bolin Cari Berget NFP, with Anahi Miranda, guest speaker and Michelle Neal
Lori and Max Potter, 5280 magazine writer From sponsor Colorado Trust, Tom and Christie McElhinney placing bids From the AG's office, John Walsh with Laura Hill Board members: Denver District Court Judge Cathy Lemon, attorney Gregory Kanan with John Walsh
The Piton Foundation's Lisa Montagu and Dave & Debbie Younggren The Inspirato table contingent Lisa and Bruce Burley Auctoneer Gary Corbett with emcee Anne Trujillo, News 7 anchor
Anne with husband Mike Kalush, Anne Trujillo welcomes supporters of Invest with Kids Andrew and Jake Higdon Invest in Kids staffers: Kyle Briggs, Stephanie Madrid, Karen & Sam Niebrugge
Who will guess the number of gumballs in the jar????? Co-Chairs Diane Reed and Catherine Goodwillie share the successes of Invest In Kids Diane and Catherine recieved tokens of gratitude for their generous contribution of time to the event Executive Director Lisa Merlino thanks everyone for their ongoing support of Invest in Kids
IIK Supporters Denver DA Mitch and philanthropist Maggie Morrissy Gary Corbett starts the auction rolling With Gary at the helm the bids come hot and heavy The generosity of Invest in Kids supporters was inspiring
Cari Berget NFP, who participates in the Nurse Family Partnership supported by Invest in Kids Anahi Miranda shares her story and her gratitude with supporters of Invest in Kids Cari and Anahi were paired by Nurse Family Partnership All of the fabulous resturants were asked to rise and be recognized for their contributions to the event
Anne Trujillo closes the program and invites everyone to stay and dance Patrick and Meaghan Burns Sablich Holly and Seth Wikler Holly with sister Kindle Higgins
The first people on the dance floor      
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