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Friday, 20 November 2009

Cheerful color scheme sets tone for Denver's stunning Brass Ring luncheon and show

Catching up with the social scene
Joanne Davidson
The Denver Post

Winter's closing in, so, sure, many of the runway selections were outfits well-suited for snowstorms and evenings spent in front of a cozy fire.

But this is Colorado, where dark and dreary days are few and far between, so a cheerful yellow, black and white color scheme was the perfect choice for a bridging-the-seasons event like the Brass Ring Luncheon & Fashion Show.

"Wow!" was the word heard over and over as 820 guests filed into the Marriott City Center's main ballroom for the lunch and Saks Fifth Avenue style show that could raise as much as $225,000 for the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes.

Chairwoman Jamie Angelich spent a full eight months refining the design, color and detail that would bring the reaction it did. Eight months that also included the death of her mother and surgery on her back.
"It was a tough year for me personally, and there was a point when I felt it might be better to step down," Angelich acknowledged. "But then I realized that this was the outlet I needed to escape the reality of life. Planning Brass Ring turned out to be the silver — or yellow — lining for me."

She assembled a team of pros — including Cheryl Lebsock of Inviting by Design, Jesse Ketter and David Squires from DesignWorks and Mark Anderson of Rollins Professional Event Productions — to help execute a vision that tied together every element from save-the-date cards and the event logo to patron favors and table settings.

The favors — patent leather, yellow and black checkered coin purses that Marc Roth and James Pfister helped Angelich find at the Denver Merchandise Mart — were paid for by Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Diana Docktor and Marty Jensen. Docktor also coordinated the silent auction with Judy Korstad and will chair Brass Ring in 2010.

Hotel banquet chef Roger King did his part for the color scheme by suggesting a menu that began with roasted corn soup and ended with lemon cheesecake.
"The women who attend Brass Ring love to sit down to a beautiful table and have the service and the details and the little touches — and the hundreds of e-mails I've received since that day proves that."

Guests included Roxanne Vierra, who with husband Fred was a benefactor-level sponsor; Sharon Kamen, president-elect of the Guild of the Children's Diabetes Foundation; Frances Owens; Julia Peay; Loretta Kelce; Edie Marks; Kelly Storrs; Kimi Porterfield Brown; Lisa Williams; Doug- las Kerbs; Margot Gilbert Frank; Gretchen Pope; Arlene Mohler Johnson; Eunice Romano; Diane Sweat; Sharon Whiton Gelt; Dianne Eddolls; Kalleen Malone; Linda Bowen Scott; Ginny Messina; Freda Gold; Lisa Corley; Kit Leventhal; Trisha Hood; Dr. Bonita Carson; Ann Carroll; Sharon Rawls; Carol Roger; Victoria Frank; Helen Hanks; Patty Jenkins; and CBS4 meterologist Ed Greene, who emceed.

Coming right up.

Beaujolais & Beyond, a fundraiser for the French-American Chamber of Commerce, begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mile High Station. The $55 admission (call 303-695-7818) includes wine samples and food prepared by 20 chefs. ... Same night: Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee St., is the setting for a get-together hosted by Darby Donohue and the Denver Art Museum's young professional support group, CultureHaus. Guests will enjoy

Cole Finegan, Mark Falcone and Michael Van Gilder.
food from Gourmet Fine Catering while viewing works by John McEnroe and Jessica Stockholder; it's from 6 to 8 p.m. and admission is free, but co-chairs Michelle Losasso and Anna Mills-Robertson say that an RSVP to would be appreciated.
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Brass Ring full of color and sass
Winter's closing in, but this is Colorado, where dark and dreary days are few and far between. So the annual Brass Ring Luncheon & Fashion Show had elements of sunshine and sass as 820 guests viewed Saks Fifth Avenue clothing fit for snowy days and evenings spent by a crackling fire. Read more in Joanne Davidson's Inside Line, above.
Speeding toward fun
Speed racers of every stripe were in their element when the Riverfront Park Community Foundation hosted "Velocity," a dinner and auction benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver. Joanne Davidson has more about the fast-paced gala chaired by Tim Gill, Scott Miller, Lu Law and Dr. Chris Law in her Seen First blog:

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