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February, 22 2013 - Excelsior Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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Supporters John Farnam and Paul Heitzenrater with emcee and former Triumphant Woman honoree Lannie Garrett Mike Meisinger, left, Lannie Garrett and David Zupancic of the DCPA Will LeBahn with Carmel Koeltzow and event planner Kelli Kindel Frances Owens and Monica Owens, always smiling and gracious
Auctioneer Gary Corbett chats with Jay Mancuso Bill and Maryann Davis, left, with Board Chair Dennis Miceli Craig Crescas, left, Melissa Bassett, Chris Perschbacher and Travis Fasching Lannie Garrett, left, Lois Paul, Will LeBahn, Melissa Bassett, Lawrence French, Carmel Koeltzow, Gregory Sargowicki, Craig Crescas
Event Co-Chair Lois Paul, left, Auction Chair Melissa Bassett and Carmel Koeltzow Bill and Marilyn Schmidt, left, and Paul and Carol Rose Esther Kidwell, left, Bill Kiely, honoree Susan Kiely, Abigail Bach and Michael Day Last year's Triumphant Woman honoree Jamie Angelich and her husband Al
Barbara Stone, left, Sandra Roberts-Taylor, Tracy Taylor, Moses and Gwen Brewer Amy Couchman with a very svelte-looking therapy dog, "Fancy" Dan McCarthy and Jana Barlit with therapy dog "Murphy." Jana says there will be a very special guest at this year's Lulu's Barkin' Barbeque. Vivian Zlobec, left, Arnie Goldstein, Sara Goldstein and Anita Carlisle
Jocelyn Murphy, left, Andrea Horan, board member Sean Murphy and Tom Cousins Terri Fisher, left, Lee Bowen and Louise Richardson Saxophonist Dave Camp entertained during the reception. David and Annette Jewell, left, with DA and Dick Franklin
Event Co-Chairs: Megan Fearnow, left, Lois Paul and Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod Arlene Hirschfeld, left, with Layne Hunt and her fiancee Tom Jensen Julie Faber, left, Kathleen Beckwith, Mary Pat Shannon LaFawn Biddle, left, Pam Kelsall, Doug Kelsall and Jill Baber
Chris Forkner, left, Jeff Troftgruben, Marlo and Rich Wagner Dr. Linda Lang-Peralta, left, Tammy Monaco, Rhonda Hyatt and Sandy Robnett DJ Rock Star says hello to some curious bystanders. Aquila McKnight is in the red dress, center. Past Triumphant Woman honorees Glory Weisberg, left, and Victoria Aguilar. Glory and her husband Dave have been instrumental in forming a new mentoring program for Excelsior.
Jim Hansen, left, Jan Robbins and Karen Hansen Kevin Dines, left, Elizabeth Hamilton, Jeremy Oster and Melissa Oster David Coder, left, Kathy Pernice, Lisa Coder and Dan Pernice Kurt and Patricia Byrne, left, and Kurt and Sherrye Fisher
Former Triumphant Woman honoree Ryta Sondergard, left, with Linda Scott Brian Griese, left, Victoria Aguilar and Blair Rosenthal: all Michigan grads Foundation Board Chair Bill Harvey and his wife Sally John Peters, Susan Street, Dale Flowers, John Farnam, Karen Flowers and Paul Heitzenrater
Tom Jensen and John Farnam show off their impromptu color coordination Portrait photographer Michael McConnell and Dorie Lisowska Honoree Susan Kiely and John Farnam share a chuckle Chairs Lois Paul, left, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod and Megan Fearnow join emcee Lannie Garrett on stage
Executive Director Joan Gabrielson thanks everyone for their support Joan Gabrielson talks about the ruby anniversary of Excelsior Honoree Susan Kiely tells a poignant tale. Susan Kiely reflects on what has made her the Triumphant Woman of today.
Susan Kiely thanks supporters, especially her husband Leo Joan Gabrielson, right, talks to the crowd with Alena, one of Excelsior's successful students Auctioneer Gary Corbett does a great job ratcheting up bids. A happy auction winner smiles after winning an Inspirato vacation package
Noreen Burpee on stage with Gary Corbett--she matched dollars raised in the paddle auction. The Pointer Sisters did not disappoint. There weren't many people who weren't dancing by the end of the evening. Anita Pointer, center, is joined by granddaughter Sadako Johnson and niece Issa Pointer They still got attitude.
Guests having a great time Susan and Leo Kiely show why their marriage has been successful for the past 43 years.    
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