Adrienne Singleton, Eva Makk, Angela Polidori and Edie Marks
BY SCOTTIE IVERSON
Twenty-five years ago Sharon Magness Blake and Jean Galloway founded the themed gala to be a unique, elegant and with the highest of standards event. The silver anniversary did not disappoint. It was sterling. It was also the swan song for dedicated president & CEO Dianna Kunz, who served Volunteers of America (VOA) Colorado Branch for 45 years. We hope not the swan song for Sharon Magness Blake who with husband Ernie Blake (and Thunder Blake, as master of ceremonies Ed Greene of KOA Radio quipped) chaired this milestone. About Kunz, Ernie Blake said: “Very few CEOs hold a candle to Dianna. She lives and breathes VOA.” Dianna announced that although she was giving up the job, she was not giving up the love and cheerleading. About the gala event, Sharon Magness Blake shared that it is the teamwork of hundreds. “The most special part is all of us working together to help those in need!” Epicurean did a splendid job of catering with passed hors d’oeuvres, a bacon, bacon, bacon salad wedge, a divine entree of beef tenderloin and lobster and capped off with a refreshing hot fudge sundae. VOA board chair Geoff Lewis presented modest Pat Robinson, who has a heart full of compassion and book full of accomplishments, with the Noel and Tammy Cunningham Humanitarian Award. Just a few weeks ago her brother, Dean Singleton, was feted at Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Singleton also received this same award in 2006. The Klomp family and Trice Jewelers was the clever Silver Bells sponsor with a Silver Mine and the chance winner claiming a diamond necklace worth $8,000.
Chairs Ernie Blake and Sharon Magness Blake who rode in on Thunder.
A lively auction with eight stellar items, added to the coffers. Those included a wildlife painting valued at $40,000 by Eva Makk. Diamond Rio as well as Rodney Atkins wowed the audience with their star entertainment and satin-ribbon wrapped gift boxes contained stem less wineglasses emblazoned with the Western Fantasy 25 logo created by Neiman Marcus.
VOA is a national nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, its history of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups including the frail elderly, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless individuals, veterans and women and their children. Western Fantasy benefits VOA and all its programs including Meals on Wheels and Head Start.
For further information: visit: voacolorado.org.
iHeart Media’s JoJo Turnbeaugh and 106.7 The Bull’s Denise Plante. Photos by Scottie Iverson
Wilma and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb
Larry Mizel in the western spirit.
Charlie and Judy McNeil with State Rep. Perry Buck and her husband U.S. Congressman Ken Buck.
Humanitarian of the Year Pat Robinson
Young Professional Chairs Zach Wolfel and Quinn Washington with Kenny Monfort
Diamond Rio wowed the crowd at National Western Events Center
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