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Edie Marks (center) and daughters Elise Marks-Gruitch and Lori Marks-Connors

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Cancer League Hope Ball ‘Dedicated to the Ones We Love’ By Glory Weisberg ancer League of Colorado Hope Ball, Dedicated to the Ones We Love, drew 640 supporters who hope to cure cancer. These hopes are what motivates and energizes the members who are indeed dedicated to the cause, operating without paid staff or offices. Edie Marks chaired the gala. She seems to be a money magnet and a real life Energizer Bunny. Cancer League balls are known for offering a wide range of live and silent auction art. This year, Eva Makk and son A.B. Makk again donated a luscious painting, this one titled Hope and Love, which was a big draw; as was Larry Fanning’s ephemeral Rocky Mountain Bighorn and fellow League member, Carrie Fell’s Decadence. The late Linda Goto was honored as Champion of Hope. She battled leukemia for 10 years, had chaired the ball twice and generously donated part of her estate to Cancer League. Williams Jewelers donated a diamond necklace and earrings valued at $17,000, sold to Doug Moreland for $15,500. The Morelands usually do snag the annual gala’s high price live auction jewelry, remaining true to the cause. Doug Moreland’s Family and their Family of Dealerships outright donated a blood red 2013 Dodge Durango Crew AWD that was raffled off with all funds going to Cancer League. Moreland vowed at the ball to keep on giving the nonprofit a new auto every year as long as he’s in the business and business is good-very good. Credit for her continuous raffle ticket selling effort goes to JC Childears; past League president Martha Jentz and Marty Gathers. There were 45 ball sponsors, including the Morelands, the Makk family, Kori and Randy White and the PBJ Reece family. Gary Reece is League president and he and wife Barb are truly dedicated workers and donors. They worked with Kathleen Bennett, Lori MarksConnors, Elise Marks-Gruitch, Diane Brandon Hadley, Karen


and Ron White, Louise Richardson and others. The fastest live nonprofit auctioneer in the region, Gary Corbett, was in high gear and seeming to be having a ball drawing bid after bid and getting more followers himself. Each dollar donated to cancer research by CLC generates about 20 times that much in funding from the National Cancer Institute and other cancer conquering efforts. To learn more, visit www.

Candy and Doug Moreland

Kathleen Bennett with Gary and Barb Reece

Ron and Karen White

A.B. Makk and Eva Makk

Linda V.G. Kelley and Dr. Richard Kelley

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Loretta Robertson and Julia Hemingway

DCPA Women with Hattitude ignore blizzard to support Women’s Voices By Glory Weisberg ay Day! On May 1 much of Colorado endured a 12-hour blizzard. You’d never have known it by the attendance at the DCPA Hattitude benefit as guests showed up in full regalia at the Seawell Ballroom, and if there was a single empty seat, we didn’t see it. This is the couture chapeau society soiree of the season benefiting the Women’s Voices Fund effort to increase the number of plays written by women who have been vastly under-represented in the American theatrical scene. Kent Thompson, producing artistic director, said other cities across the nation are now copying the idea. The luncheon steering committee


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consisted of Meredith Black, Juliette Hemingway, Lorraine Hoover, Lois Paul, Jada Roberts and Loretta Robinson. Add to that group the “Top Hat Hostesses,” Denise Bellucci and Terri Fisher, Lois Felt, Susan Kiely and Mariel owner Denise Snyder. Also on the list were Lynnette Morrison, Carol Rinehart, Loretta Robinson, Ryta Sondergard, Susan Stiff, Linda Thornton and University of Colorado Health. Meredith Black “and Friends” were Over the Top Hat Table Hostesses. There were lots of other ladies who also bought luncheon tickets at the Top Hat level and all in all, there were 40 people on the ticket committee. Margot and Allan Frank and Hilja Herfurth were among sponsors. DCPA President Dan Ritchie was aglow at a table with ballroom namesake Donald Seawell, Judi Wolf and others. The Parade of Hats walk featured

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those whose chapeau spotters found most interesting. The Exquisitely Elegant hat award went to Anne Fangenello. Donna Hope won for The Fabulous Floral theme; Paige Brown won most Wildly Whimsical; Cynthia Smith’s hat was judged Sunday Best. The High Society hat was worn by Bettye Ellis and Stephanie Odak’s hat was selected for the Spring Sensation honor. Lorraine Hoover and Jada Roberts

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Teachers’ Gangnam Style video sets pace for Denver Academy 40th Anniversary Gala By Glory Weisberg Teachers dancing Gangnam Style took Denver Academy Gala guests by storm at the 40th Anniversary Gala, with a video that brought uproars of laughter that erupted throughout the Westin Denver ballroom. The further the video went, it set the mood for an uplifting and fun fundraiser. Also adding to the happy faces was Reach for the Stars honoree Jim Loan, who was DA Headmaster 1992-2008. He took the mike to extol the positive effect the K-12 private school has on its students. DA teachers on average work at the Denver Academy for 20 years, helping students achieve their potential, socially, intellectually and creatively. That creativity was demonstrated by students James Norin and Noah Sugrue, who built a wrought iron garden trellis that netted $3,300 at the live auction. This is a masterpiece, finished at 11 p.m. the evening before the gala. Denise Bellucci and Jenny McCulloch co-chaired the gala with help from past chair Deb Woodward and acquisitions co-chairs Jody Charmatz and Joan Eckrich. Also on this winning team were Stephanie Rodeno, Pam Hassler, Lisa Bailey, Rhonda Marciano, Chris Zavell, Cris Norin, Jeni Stevens and Heather Rule. If this group ever started a business, they’d make millions. Kevin Smith is development director and Karen Lozow is director of annual giving & alumni relations. Tuition at the Denver Academy is $26,000 a year and 80 percent of students are on scholarship, according to board member John Farnum, who was effervescent about his involvement. Among those at the gala were board president Jim Dierker and wife Lynn, Jill Singer, Deb and Steve Woodward, Christina and Michael Zavell, Pamela Gerard, Nicky and Steve Gittelman, Cyle and Tiffany Feingold, Al and Terry Fisher, Val Alford, Lawrence French and Gregory Sargowski, Sue and Dan Bishop, Karla and Mike Fitch, among other proud supporters. Visit

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Englewood’s Sounds of Summer

City presents eclectic concert series

By Peter Jones Englewood City Center Amphitheater is preparing for another season of eclectic summer music. The city has announced the lineup for its free concert series, which is held every year in Englewood’s outdoor stadium adjacent to city hall. The live music is slated for most Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. starting in mid-June. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. Music kicks off June 13 with Boomers, an aptly named quartet whose set list is culled from the large and aging generation that came of age during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Music is sure to include the Beatles, the Doobie Brothers, the Ramones and other touchstones of post-war “babies.” The Denver-based band may be more authentic than most classic-rock cover groups, with a lineup that boasts Manchester England’s Rod Gerrard, a former member of Herman’s Hermits and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. The Hermits’ “I’m Into Something Good” is a staple of the Boomers’ decade-sweeping stage show. Up next on June 20: Call them the Tumbling Dice. This twoyear-old band is among the more prolific country acts working along the Front Range. The highenergy group is known for its in-

Colorado Swing brings Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Hoagy Carmichael, the Gershwins and more to Englewood City Center Amphitheater on Aug. 1. Photo courtesy of Colorado Swing strumental dexterity and ability to get virtually any audience on the dance floor … or grassy area, in Englewood’s case. Powerhouse lead singer Annie Gavin is backed by an eclectic ensemble that includes former members of bands fronted by Brenda Lee and Eric Martin, among others. Alternative pop-rockers Solar will shine some sustainable energy in Englewood on June 27. The band debuted at the Little Bear in Evergreen 10 years ago and has been a Colorado fixture ever since at venues ranging from the People’s Fair to Englewood’s Gothic Theater. Says the website, “What Solar wants is to give its audience is an experience. … What the band

gets in return is the incomparable feeling of walking off stage at the end of a show, spent, dripping sweat, ears ringing and looking out at the crowd and seeing them still clapping, arms in the air, wanting more.” Willie and the Po’ Boys, named for a fictitious act referenced in a Creedence Clearwater Revival song, turns the stage back to classic rock and R&B on July 11. The high-energy group, led by singer Willie Rencher, culls from the wells of Muddy Waters, James Brown and, yes, CCR at venues as diverse as the American Legion and the nudist Mountain Air Ranch. On July 18, the Bluzinators will venture to recreate a sort of 1940s nightclub with its mix of

jump blues, big band and traditional blues. The eight-peace band, including two saxophone players, has also been known to spice the set list with rockabilly, 1950s R&B and a little bit o’ soul. Better Than Biscuits, a goodhumored three-piece folk act, is next on July 25. The trio is not kidding when its says a mandolin-guitar-fiddle combo is better than flour-based food product. The group’s website boasts a Southern biscuits recipe that almost certainly won’t be as good as the concert. Try it and see. Englewood will be swinging back to the 1940s on Aug. 1 when Colorado Swing brings its full-size 18-piece orchestra to the amphitheater. It’s an evening of classic Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Hoagy Carmichael, the Gershwins and more.

The season closes out on Aug. 8 with Off the Record. The quintet may duplicate classic danceable records of the past, hence its name, but Off the Record has its limits. As their website proudly proclaims, “You won’t hear ‘Brick House,’ ‘Old Time Rock and Roll’ or ‘New York, New York’” Instead, the website’s song list includes everything from Jewish horas and polkas to the likes of Van Morrison, Diana Krall … and, well, Blue Oyster Cult. Englewood City Center Amphitheater is adjacent to the City Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, just below the elevated Englewood light rail station. For more information, call 303-7622300 or visit www.englewood

The three-piece Better Than Biscuits comes to Englewood on July 25. Photo courtesy of Better Than Biscuits

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