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By Glory Weisberg
The Denver Center Theatre Saturday Night Alive raised a net $640,000 to bring live theatre Arts in Education programs to 50,000 Denver area children, and guests had a ball doing it.
The gowns were gorgeous, the men stunning in their tuxedoes and the silent auction a lot of fun. Susan Kiely chaired the auction, overseeing a selection of elegant trips to London and Paris and other places, paintings, sculpture and, of course, jewelry that brought tight bidding, friends sometimes bidding against friend, a humorous competition.
Jamie Angelich chaired SNA and teamed up with florist B.J. Dyer to turn the Seawell Ballroom into a wonderland. They decorated each seat back with white shirts and black bow ties and centerpieces raised the bar for color and elegance.
Hyde Park Jewelers provided surprise boxes, offered in denominations of $100, $200 and $300. Buying a $300 box, 2012 SNA co-chairs Ryta and Steven Sondergard showed off an elegant garnet necklace they’d just won, spurring onlookers to dash to buy tickets that sold out fast.
The legendary Four Tops and the Temptations hit the lights of the Stage Theatre and at the first downbeat they truly made Saturday Night come alive.
Joy Burns & Dan Ritchie
The MDC/Richmond Homes Foundation sponsored the after party and there to witness the fun were David Mandarich, president and CEO, and his wife Bonnie.
As DCPA Chairman and CEO Dan Ritchie noted in its 33 years of operation, the SNA has netted almost $10 million. This year’s corporate chair Mimi Roberson was quite pleased at her committee’s success and kudos to her leadership.
Serving on the event committee were Alice Foster, Ren and Maureen Cannon, Gayle Novak, Gayle Ray, Sarah Sena, Sandee Walling, Faye Washington, Chris Yaros, Jill Hamilton, Robin Heppler, Cathey Herren, Luann DePuy, Stephen Edmonds, Terri Fisher, Ann Conlan, LaFawn Biddle, Liz Orr, Kelly Kiefer, Peggi Hunt, Denisa Tova and others
Jodyn Charmatz created this colorful glass necklace.
Margot Gilbert Frank received auction-bidding help from volunteer Gabby Housley.
Craig Fleishman was quite dapper in his velvet hat and walking stick.
Jamie and Alan Angelich flank Gayle Novak
Debutantes Maeve Monahan, Kathryn Eliot, Julia Secor & Bridget Barker
The elegant rotunda of the historic Brown Palace will once again be the site for the equally historic Denver Debutante Ball this December.
The 19 young women met for the first time officially at the home of Cherry Hills Villager Katie Stapleton, one of the ball’s founders.
Stapleton greeted the Debutantes and their mothers, as Sharon Martin and Sally Rippey had a place of honor, serving tea in the formal dining room. Judy Newell McIntyre Grant is ball chairman and Patty McConaty and Eileen Morton chaired the Announcement Tea.
The following are the names of the 2013 Debutantes, the schools they attend and the names of their parents.
Bailey Rose Abernathy, Colorado Academy, daughter of Lauren and Brett Abernathy of Denver; Bridget Lauren Barker, Denver Academy, daughter of Maureen and John Barker, Jr. of Denver; Kathryn Grace Eliot, Colorado Academy, daughter of Melissa and John Eliot of Denver; Kailey Mackenzie Geary, Arapahoe High School, daughter of Shannon Kalin and Patrick Geary of Denver
Katie Stapleton and Judy Grant. Photos by Glory Weisberg
Haeley Christine Hutchison, Kent Denver School, daughter of Jeannine and Heath Hutchison of Greenwood Village; Payge Hooper Kerman, Loomis Chaffee Boarding School, daughter of Beth Hooper and Marc Kerman of Denver; Hallie Anne Kurtz, Littleton High School, daughter of Susan and Stephen Kurtz of Littleton; Victoria (Tori) Marie Link, Cherry Creek High School, daughter of Sharon and Robert Link, Jr. of Cherry Hills Village; Meghan Elizabeth MacDonald, Regis High School, Kathleen and Kirk MacDonald of Denver; Caitlin Ann McCann, Rock Canyon High School, daughter of Susan and Henry McCann of Highlands Ranch; Maeve Lernan Moynihan, Colorado Academy, daughter of Mary Moynihan and Michael Moynihan of Denver.
Emilie Suzanne Padgett, Bishop Seabury Academy, daughter of Melissa and Brent Padget of Lawrence, Kansas; Sofia Records Rainaldi, Kent Denver School, daughter of Martha Ellen Records and Richard Joseph Rainaldi of Denver; Emma Blair Rosenblum, Colorado Academy, daughter of Gregory and Judi Rosenblum of Denver; Julia Bertina Secor, Regis High School, daughter of Karen and Stephen Secor of Greenwood Village;
Elizabeth (Betts) Thompson Talbot, St. Mary’s Academy, daughter of Mary and Bradford Talbot of Greenwood Village; Eleanor (Noni) Lowry Wurzweiler, Kent Denver School, daughter of Lisa Gould and Wendel Wurzweiler of Greenwood Village.
Bailey Abernathy helped build a school library in Senegal during a science trip. She will be a pre-med student this fall at the University of Minnesota. Bridget Barker’s mother Maureen Kelly Barker was presented at the Denver Debutante Ball in 1974 and Bridget is a fifth generation Coloradan. Kathryn Eliot is also a fifth generation Coloradan. Her mother, grandmother and great aunt all served on the ball committee. The family ran the Colorado Stank Bank and Trust until 2003. Last February Kathryn won the MUSE Artist of the Month honor at Arapahoe High School. Haeley Hutchison is a Kent Denver honor roll student; Payge Kerman goes to Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut and was named Head of School.
Eileen Morton & Patty McConaty
Hallie Kurtz is a sixth generation Coloradan and is an International Baccalaureate student and is a member of the high honor roll. Cherry Creek High School senior Tori Link is also an honor roll student. She was named to the All League Lacrosse Team in 2012 at CCHS and is already committed to play lacrosse at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Meghan MacDonald was a student ambassador for a Colorado People to People delegation; Caitlin McCann will attend the University of Oklahoma and last summer she attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Washington, D.C. Her mother Susan Warner McCann was presented as a Denver Debutante in 1985.
Maeve Moynihan is co-leader of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Colorado Academy, Emilie Paggett’s grandmother is Sue Anschutz-Rodgers. Emilie’s aunts Sarah Hunt and Melinda Couzens are serving on this year’s ball committee.
Sofia Rainaldi is Speech and Debate Team captain at Kent Denver; Emma Rosenblum is a competitive ballroom dancer and was an A1 National Finalist in Smooth & Rhythm and placed third in the Youth Smooth Nationals. Julia Secor was presented with the Girl Scouts of America Gold Award and her mother Karen Secor is on the ball committee. Betts Talbot has a four-year varsity letter in lacrosse at St. Mary’s Academy. Her godmother, Amy Whalen, is a past ball chairperson. Debutante Noni Wurzweiler is off to Bucknell University this fall and is connected to many relatives to have been active with the ball, which is Dec. 21. Funds will go to the Denver Botanic Gardens.
Kathryn Ryan and Sofia Rainaldi
Kelly Stava and Sally Rippey
Haeley Hutchison, Noni Wurzweiler and Hallie Kurtz
Michelle Hanley, Sharon and Tori Link, and Betts TalbotPhotos by Glory Weisberg
Amy Whalen and Sharon Martin
Ashley Dolan, a former Cherry Creek High School feature twirler and now featured at the University of Texas, took home top honors in the Collegiate Solo event at the Ninth U.S. Intercollegiate and National High School Baton Twirling Championships. Courtesy photos
Former Cherry Creek High School feature twirler Ashley Dolan, who is now the feature twirler at the University of Texas, took top honors in the Collegiate Solo event at the Ninth U.S. Intercollegiate and National High School Baton Twirling Championships, held Feb. 3 at William Jewell College in Liberty, Miss. Dolan, a 2012 CCHS graduate, also earned second place in the Collegiate 3-Baton and Fight Song events.
Athletes from California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas took part in the competition, which is sponsored by National Coalition for the Advancement of Baton Twirling, an organization working to establish baton twirling as a scholastic sport at the high school and collegiate level.
“These talented twirlers add excitement and entertainment value to the game day experience for thousands of fans at high school and collegiate sporting events across the country,” said Sandi Wiemers, NCABT spokesperson. “At the same time, they are athletes themselves, who train very hard to represent their schools and bring home national honors in the sport of baton twirling.”
As the feature twirler for the University of Texas Longhorn Band, Dolan performs for 101,000 fans at every home football game. This fall, she also performed in the 2012 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, at the Formula I Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, and for University of Texas events honoring former First Lady Laura Bush and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
This summer, Dolan will represent the United States at the 2013 International Cup Championships, to be held in August in Almere, Netherlands. More than 500 of the world’s best baton twirlers, representing 20 countries, will compete in individual and group events at the championships, which are sponsored by the World Baton Twirling Federation.
Dolan is a freshman at the University of Texas where she majoring in Elementary Education and English.
The Academy Awards may have been the big event of the past weekend, but The Villager took home 18 honors in the Colorado Press Better Newspaper Awards at the 2013 Colorado Press Association convention.
The ceremony, which was held Feb. 23 at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Denver, honored newspapers from across the state for excellence in such areas as editorial, advertising and layout/design.
Among The Villager’s nine first-place awards was a staff award for Best Public Service for both page design and editorial coverage of the 2011 local elections.
A complete listing of The Villager’s awards:
Best Health Feature Story:
(1st and 3rd place)
Best Editorial Writing:
Best Sustained Coverage:
Best Public Service:
Elizabeth Denton, Peter Jones, Tom McTighe, Cynthia Meschke
Best News Story:
Best Humorous Column Writing:
Best Picture/Story Combination:
Tom McTighe, Peter Jones
Best Black and White Ad:
Cynthia Meschke, Linda Kehr
Best Small Space Ad:
Tom McTighe, Sharon Sweeney
Best News Story:
Best Business Feature:
Best Feature Page Design:
Elizabeth Denton, Tom McTighe
Best Restaurant or Dining Ad:
Linda Kehr, Tom McTighe, Cynthia Meschke
Best Use of Color in an Ad:
Cynthia Meschke, Linda Kehr
(2nd and 3rd place)
Best Advertising Layout and Design:
Elizabeth Denton, Tom McTighe, Cynthia Meschke
Best Small Space Ad:
Cynthia Meschke, Sharon Sweeney
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