Rita Bergman and Sharon Magness Blake
Photos by Glory Weisberg
Doug and Pamela Adams
The Fifty Shades of Fabulous “Tease” Party for the National Repertory Orchestra’s June 21 Gala drew a houseful of supporters last week.
Ernie Blake and Sharon Magness Blake opened their Cherry Hills Village home for the upbeat party that featured a “Shades of Elegance” fashion show by Neiman Marcus.
Those intending to go to the Tease Party were warned in the invitation: “In addition to, or in lieu of ticket purchases, gifts with a minimum value of $200 would be accepted with sincere appreciation.” Great idea!
The June 21 gala at the Convention Center Hyatt will feature this summer’s 89 orchestra members, who will play for dancing and that’s a top attention getter.
Rita Bergman is the gala chair and Ernie and Sharon are honorary chairs. There are 45 “Patrons of Distinction.”
Now about those shades. Selected designers will compete for best rendering of lampshades and the top three will get free gala tickets.
Among guests at the kickoff were NRO CEO Doug Adams and wife Pamela Adams, Steve Edmonds, Jim and Kate Taucher, Ben and Jean Galloway, Chris Agnew, Robert and Judi Newman, Pam and Sonny Wiegand and Marv and Judi Wolf.
For gala tickets, visit NROmusic.com or call 970-453-5825.
More than 450 friends of The Gathering Place chose April 12 to celebrate and support the work of the nonprofit organization at its annual gala, “Global Getaway” at The Wildlife Experience. Profits from the event fund the agency’s programs and services.
Special guests for the evening included “Above and Beyond” award honorees Suzanne Burm, Kirsten Morgan and members of the Junior League of Denver.
Aaron LaPedis, author of The Garage Sale Millionaire and owner of Fascination St. Fine Art Gallery, was emcee.
Among their auction items was a three-night Las Vegas getaway at Caesar’s Palace with first class airfare on United, a Dierks Bentley signed guitar, a farm to table dinner for eight by Three Aprons Catering, and a trip to Seattle for a tour of the Pilchuck Glass School.
The global event theme featured the Kusogea Nobi Drum Ensemble and silent auction items from France, Ireland, Japan and Mexico.
Among guests were Becky and Eric Jacobson, Alexandra Theriault and Ron Guillot, Heidi and Ed Winter, and Sandy and Gary Autrey.
The Gathering Place’s next event is actually going on through May, an art show at Hangar 41, 825 Santa Fe Drive in Denver, featuring art works created by The Gathering Place members. Their works are for sale and their second of two special evening events is May 17. Also, the NextGen YPs has a special event at the gallery as well.
The Gathering Place provides essential services to those in the metro area facing homelessness and poverty and here there is hope, a place to get a shower and necessities for those who may not know about essential services that are available to them from a variety of local resources.
The Gathering Place always needs donations of unopened, unexpired toiletry items and food for Betsy’s Cupboard.
For information, call 303-996-9028 or visit www.tgpdenver.org.
Rita Bergman and Sharon Magness BlakePhotos by Glory Weisberg
The Sewall Child Development Center has its Champions for Children Awards Breakfast May 21 at the Ridgeline Restaurant at the Pepsi Center. John Elder Robison is keynote speaker. Call 303-399-1800 for information.
The Hospice of Saint John has its annual Mad Hatter Tea party at a new location, the Kent Denver Dining Hall, May 19. This is a fabulous facility for them as children are welcome parts of the party with balloon artists, face painters, music and a specialty cakes auction we featured in The Villager last year. These cakes are works of art. The Marks family women are event chairs again and Gayle Novak will play the part of the Queen of Hearts.
For tickets and an afternoon of fun call 303-322-7900.
Advocates for Children has a Fiesta Time complete with taco bar at Las Brisas, next to the Target at East Arapahoe Road and Clinton Avenue. This is where you can take Mexican food affectionados who bring along folks who like American fare as well, and it’s a classy spot with linen tablecloths and great guacamole. The bar is huge too but easily avoided if you want to stay after the 5:30-7:30 p.m. party time and meet up with family members.
Call Jaime Weibel at 303-328-2357.
The recent Zarlengo Foundation Evening of Comedy at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House featured Billy Gardell, the Mike and Molly TV show co-star.
According to information from Wendy Carver-Herbert at the Zarlengo Foundation, the event cleared $100,000. Among guests were Eula and Janet Adams, Dr. Ted Clarke, Bain Farris, Bill Fortune, Dr. Rick and Lisa Schaler, Dr. Don Murphy, Ken Tuchman, former Bronco Tom Nalen and Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri.
The Zarlengo Foundation supports efforts to help children with learning disabilities.
Giving a toast is common at seated fundraising events, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, rehearsal dinners and varied business gatherings. Whether on the beach or in a ballroom, certain etiquette is called for and a lot of behavior is not called for.
The whole concept goes back to traditional English custom where a bit of toasted bread was sent to the bottom of a drinking glass.
What’s inside the glass isn’t as important as many toast-givers may think. Skip the toasted bread and use Champagne or other alcoholic beverage or anything liquid these days as our American culture becomes more diverse. Some customs or diets prohibit alcoholic beverages, so personally I don’t think it matters what liquid is inside a toasting glass. Children can of course participate in toasting.
The host or head of a table gives the first toast before the first course to welcome one’s guests. At a ceremony the honoree is often toasted and it’s nice to stand up for the toast if possible. Announce the toast in a voice loud enough to be heard at the table but not overpowering adjacent table diners if the toast is intended only for the person at that table. If addressing a roomful of people, use an upbeat voice to get attention.
If using Champagne, the mere pop of the cork should be enough to draw attention to the intended toast. The honored guest should thank the person or host giving the toast.
We’ve witnessed confusion over whether to clink glasses together with tablemates. It’s not really necessary and without it no one has to feel awkward wondering if they should reach across the table as far as one’s arm can stretch to clink with everyone else’s glass.
At private functions, especially at ceremonies, we’ve been downright embarrassed to be among guests when a toasting person makes uncomplimentary comments about the honoree. A toast is not a roast. Consider your audience that may include several generations that may not enjoy hearing inappropriate remarks and then having to “salute” the toast. Keep that to your bachelor party with frat friends.
Keep the toast short and sweet and if you don’t want to sip the drink don’t. Just participate in the way in which you feel most at ease and keep the party a happy occasion.
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