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May, 16 2002 - Blacktie Bestows 9 "White Glove" Awards

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The Grande Dame of Denver philanthropy and nonprofit work -- Florence Ruston, left, with award winner Helen Hanks Susan Stiff is area director for Starwood Properties, owner of The Westin Westminster, and Scott Weber is the general manager of he Westin Westminster. "Scott was in a very generous mood" right before the awards program, Susan told the Blacktie members, explaining that he is offering to host Blacktie-member nonprofits' board meetings at no charge. Heather Hope, left, and Carrie Hanson from Junior Achievement Kristina Davidson, left, Gail Johnson, Sharon Whiton Gelt, and Karen Possehl enjoyed the luncheon and awards program
The foyer of the ballroom at The Westin Westminster The pavilion's windows look out onto a lake Taylor Swallow and Kelly Donovan are both with Wells Fargo Suellyn Nutt, left, and Executive Director Dr. Dixie van de Flier Davis of the Adoption Exchange hold their White Glove Award. The nonprofit's 14th annual Fantasy Ball on Jan. 26, 2002 received the "Heartstrings Award -- honoring the fundraiser that didn't leave a dry eye in the house." The judges said: "This event was clearly all about the kids. More than raising money, more than having a big party, this gala was about making these fragile kids feel like the most special people in the world.”
Kristina Davidson, left, and Linda Mitchell of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts were on hand to accept the "Gilded Gavel Award -- honoring the fundraiser with the most ambitious auction," for their Saturday Night Alive Gala on March 3, 2001. Kristina was the gala chair this year. The judges said: “With more than 100 luxury items – from a 2002 fully loaded Lincoln Blackwood to a stay at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna to a party at Krispey Kreme donuts, this auction had steak AND sizzle.” Priscilla Brown, left, is with the Black United Fund, and Brenda Roush is with SafeHouse Lori Nelson Carothers of Dress for Success accepts the White Glove Award. The nonprofit took home "The New Kid on the Block Award -- honoring the best first-time event," for its Halloween Ball on Oct. 26, 2001. Said the judges: “Perhaps it should come as no surprise that a group called 'Dress for Success' takes its costumes seriously, but the Halloween characters at this event were over-the-top entertainment in themselves.” Kempe Center Alliance President Gail Johnson accepts a White Glove Award from Georgia. The alliance received the "Kids Who Care Award -- honoring an event which cultivates our next generation of philanthropists," for its Camp Sweet Pea picnic.

Judges said about this event: “Old-fashioned fun in the form of sack races, tug of wars and marshmallows over the fire is a no-brainer. The kids had a ball. Why didn’t someone think of this earlier?”

The Westin Westminster's Lakeside Pavilion provided a sunny, cheerful setting for the inaugural Blacktie White Glove Awards. The chair covers with beige satin bow accents were an especially elegant touch! A dusk shot of one of the hotel's restaurants. Helen Hanks of the Children's Diabetes Foundation accepts the "Focus on Fashion Award -- recognizing the best fashion show benefitting a nonprofit" for the CDF's Brass Ring Fashion Show and Luncheon.

The judges said: “Any group that can put on a fashion show of this caliber for 700 women who’ve just spent an hour at the champagne bar deserves a medal. Well Done. “

Planned Parenthood of the Rockies executives Sue Gallanter, left, and Lisa Tadiri, accept the "Braveheart Award -- given to the fundraiser that overcame the greatest odds againt success" for its "Evening with Magic Johnson Gala."

Said the judges: "Being greeted by picketers outside the front door of your event is bad enough. But then learning two hours before dinner that your keynote speaker is stuck on a plane in Indianapolis because of an Anthrax threat is enough to make an event planner hang up his Day Minder. But Planned Parenthood took the news in stride, substituting sports humorist Rick Reilly and other speakers from inside Planned Parenthood. The spontaneity of this event put it head and shoulders above the normal fare."

Shane Nicholson, left, and Brenda Roush of SafeHouse, and Georgia Imhoff. Brenda is executive director and Shane was one of the coordinaters of the 2001: A Space Oddity Ball, held at the Gothic Theatre for SafeHouse on Sept. 9, 2002. Their event won "The Little- Black-Dress-Is-Cute-But-Boring Award -- recognizing the most creative costuming at a fundraiser."

Said the judges: “Appealing to the 20- and 30-something set is an art in itself. This refreshing, creative, well-attended affair clearly hit all the right buttons, and we hope Denver sees more of the same.”

Accepting a White Glove Award for the Max Fund Animal Shelter is Jan Eckhardt. The Max Fund Gala on Oct. 13, 2001 received the "Beauty and the Beast Award -- honoring the best fundraiser for our four-legged friends."

Said the judges: "Even though the guests were dressed to the nines, it didn't deter them from getting on all fours to play with the pets at this gala. A great time for all ages."

Volunteers of America Development Director Michael James accepts the "Over the Top Award -- honoring Denver's best overall fundraiser" for the 12th Annual Western Fantasy Ball: A Cowboy and His Lady, on Oct. 27, 2001, which raised in excess of $1 million for VOA programs.

Said the judges: "It's not often you have an entire room of 1,200 on its feet and dancing, but this event never fails to do just that. Bravo."

Gateaux Bakery did its usual stand-up job on the lemon-filled white cake
Georgia winds up to blow out the candle on her cake Blacktie's Mary Winter and Georgia Imhoff supervise the cake cutting Jaylene Smith (in gray) chats with Bertha Haugen just before lunch is served in the Lakeside Pavilion Marilee Worchak, left, and Karen Scharf are from Mullen High School
Mona Sandoval, left, is with the Jefferson Foundation and Maryann Cope with the Rocky Mountain MS Center Gift bags (rear) contained a pair of silver-embossed wine glasses, gift certificates and a coupon good for a complimentary board meeting at The Westin Westminster Blacktie's all-star lineup: Georgia Imhoff, David Wardrop and Kenton Kuhn
The staff at the Westin Westminster provided service with a smile Decor in the lobby of The Westin Westminster is described as "High Plains." The hotel is midway between Denver and Boulder off the 104th Avenue exit. Place cards helped the 75 guests find their seats. (Thanks, Joe Franzgrote. We borrowed yours to illustrate.)  
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