From South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce: President and CEO Robert Golden, Economic Development and Public Policy Manager Deborah Kerrigan; Webline, Marketing and Communications Manager Brian Bates; Director of Business Development Emily Martini, and Account Manager Anne Marie Bolger
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
The Tank is just another example of why the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce earns its moniker “Best Chamber.” Lone Tree Arts Center was the setting for sharks in the tank raising money for numerous nonprofits. Business supporting community! The annual clever event was not only fun but raised much-needed money for a dozen worthy charities. Exhibiting only nonprofits were: American Diabetes Association, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Crisis Center, Denver Audubon, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and Tall Tails Ranch. Presenting Sponsor Rare Finds Warehouse had furniture and accessory vignettes on display in the lobby. At least one looked so perfect as though it should be a permanent arrangement in the main entrance.
From Presenting Sponsor Rare Finds Warehouse – Tony Wilson and Brad Grunewald. Photo by The Castle Pines Connection
The “Sharks” panelists who questioned presenters were: local dentist Maria Lam, creative caterer Anthony Lambatos, garage door guru Chris Tyrrell and banking VP Byuzand Yeremyan.
Onstage, feeling the heat of presentation and pressure of interrogation, given equal time and an equal platform were: Courageous Faces Foundation, FRIENDS FIRST, Home Builders Foundation, ShesCHERIshed, Warrior Bonfire Program and Wings Over the Rockies. Each presenter shared compelling information, statistics and some included guests demonstrating its mission tugging at the heartstrings. Top contribution gathering was awarded to First Place – Courageous Faces Foundation- passionately serving and bringing awareness for those with the rarest and most severe medical conditions, Second Place-ShesCHERIshed, a ministry-based safe haven for abused women and children that is seeking more land and a facility, and Third Place-Home Builders Foundation –since 1993, building independence through home modification for those with disabilities. The Chamber’s executive vice president Doug Tisdale was elated at the reveal of the afternoon event raising $6,000 more than last year and exclaimed: “This is an incredible event!”
Master of ceremonies/Auctioneer Bryce Elemond of Affordable Auctions and Event Chair Realtor Barb Findlay
From top presenter Courageous Faces Foundation: Neal Browne, President and CEO Trish Morris with “Face of the Foundation” inspirational Maddie Teagarden
The Sharks panel: Byuzand Yeremyan from USbank, Chris Tyrrell from Chris’ Garage Doors, dentist Maria Lam from Lone Tree Dentists and Orthodontists and Anthony Lambatos from Footers Catering
Natalie Carrado of She’s CHERIshed named in honor of her mom Cheri. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
From Home Builders Foundation: Executive Director Beth Forbes, Lauren Knudsen and Alice Wurst
Drs. Darby and Ashley Campbell made a substantial donation from their Campbell Chiropractic
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