From the breathy voice of Marilyn Monroe (aka Dawn James) to the debonair Dean Martin (Snowdown fave Tim Maher), the Rat Pack and the 1950s added panache to Toast of the Town, a fundraiser for Journey of Hope.
Candye Sauer went all '50s as a "Cigar, cigarettes, cigarillos?" girl, successfully selling swanky cigarette holders, candy cigarettes and a few authentic smokes for the cause.
The event was held Friday at the Cosmopolitan. Festivities began on the restaurant's brand new rooftop, which was delightful until the skies opened for a much-welcomed rainstorm. Then everyone headed downstairs, where the Cosmopolitan's staff hustled to find seats for the 90 guests. Kudos go to managers Sean Garrett and Jennifer Riguel for handling the weather with aplomb.
With a sheet, the restaurant's brick wall became a screen for scenes from "The Dean Martin Show" while guests wined and dined. They enjoyed a complimentary glass of champagne or Hot Tin Roof Martini with appetizers of smoked trout and mascarpone on flatbread and crisp shells holding shrimp ceviche.
Then it was time for a delicious buffet dinner, featuring a trio of salads featuring locally grown foods where possible - beet/carrot slaw; potato salad with lemon, olives, roasted peepers, truffle oil and eggs; and pasta salad with olives, spinach and roasted peppers.
Guests enjoyed entrées of duck confit sandwiches with mustard/fennel coleslaw, Asian ginger-braised short ribs with spicy fried green beans with shitake mushrooms and wood-roasted salmon with remoulade sauce and chives. Everyone was very happy at that point, but was made even happier with cheesecake squares topped with Palisade peaches and strawberries and handmade caramel, white chocolate and hazelnut chocolates made by pastry chef Alex Klinovsky. Executive Chef Chris Crowl did the restaurant proud.
Joanne Spina, the president of the board for Mercy Regional Medical Center, founded Journey of Hope 15 years ago to honor her mother, who had died of breast cancer. The fund provides mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women who cannot afford them. More than 450 women have gotten mammograms since Journey of Hope's founding, and more than one life has been saved.
As Spina is fond of saying, "No woman should have to decide between her health and buying her children shoes."
The chief fundraiser for Journey of Hope will take place on Oct. 3, the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will be a traditional 5-kilometer walk/run, and is a way for all of us, women and men, to provide a community safety net with early screening for breast cancer.
b b bEnjoying birthdays on the cusp of Leo and Virgo are Fred Riedinger, Tom McCarl, David Custer, Jim Martin, Pat Borgers, Vic Sanderfer, Dylan Araujo, Robert Ortiz, Howard Preston, Deborah Caudill, Ric Romero, Dianne Williams, Don Spangsberg, Julie Williams, Ken Fusco, Gerry Johnston, Gloria Childress, Jane Colvig, Kelsey Dignum, Claudia Marron, Emma Rose Hackett, Jordan Kennedy, Kelly Kennedy and Tom Kyser.
b b bDo you have a Bill Mashaw story? When he died earlier this summer, the stories were flying fast and furiously. Now there's an opportunity to tell your tale and share other's recollections of this remarkable man.
The board of directors of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado and all the Little Brothers, Little Sisters, Study Buddies and volunteers are inviting everyone to a tribute honoring Mashaw. It will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at Folsom Field (off Florida Road) immediately after the BBBS picnic. The event is also being organized by a number of his friends, who are essentially a cross section of our entire community, everyone whose lives were made better because of his involvement.
Save the date, bring a lawn chair and a favorite story.
b b bI never have to wonder if people are reading Neighbors because I get so much great feedback. Cindy Bonitz-Ryan responded to my item about Randall Goosby and Music in the Mountains saying you don't have to worry about future classical music audiences because her sons have become avid music lovers.
Nolan Reed, 12, has been playing violin since third grade. Music teacher Carl Ellison at Park Elementary School and Julie Barton at Katzin Music both guided his early learning on the instrument. He's now attending Escalante Middle School, where orchestra teacher Bill LaShell encouraged him to be part of Advanced Orchestra as a sixth-grader. Allison Cook is now teaching him at Katzin, so he continues with private lessons as well.
Nolan has attended the Conservatory Music in the Mountains for the last two summers, and has played with its concert orchestra. Gary Needham, the conductor of the Conservatory Concert Orchestra, another significant mentor, placed Nolan as the principal of the second violins this summer. The family attended as many Music in the Mountains concerts as they could and found that Nolan was inspired by the violinists and quartets he heard as well as by his fellow young artists.
Just going into seventh grade, he has already played in two orchestras!
Little brother Casey Reed, 5, has been motivated by his siblings' success and is debating between the cello and the violin as he prepares to begin lessons himself.
Both brothers have been influenced by parents who love music. Mom played piano, clarinet and guitar when she was young and regrets not continuing to pursue playing. Dad, Ron Reed, just loves music.
Their older brothers also are musically oriented. Ricky Ryan plays the drums and has encouraged his younger siblings to play. And the oldest of the four boys, Weylin Ryan, is a sound designer and has worked in theater, so the boys have seen the magic of sound from a backstage perspective. Weylin Ryan, who works for Lightning Communications, most recently worked backstage at the Charlie Daniels Band and Stephen Stills concerts at Fort Lewis College.
The older boys' father, Dennis Ryan, grew up in New Orleans around its vibrant club scene and played the bass guitar.
You don't have to be as active as the Reed/Ryan clan to raise children who love music, but teaching them to play an instrument and exposing a child to all kinds of music is one of the best things you can do. Studies have shown that music, math and foreign languages all reinforce each other in the same part of the brain. Not to mention how much richer their lives will be with a love of music.
So for those of you who think of Conservatory Music in the Mountains as just for kids from afar, now you know how much of an impact it has on local kids as well.
b b bRain didn't dampen the spirits Friday night at an Adaptive Sports Association fundraiser at the Edgemont Picnic Grounds. More than 200 people came for a casual hamburger barbecue and dancing to the always fun Ralph Dinosaur.
Cindy Cortese and Carol House led the band of volunteers who put the evening together, and everyone came to enjoy a good time for a good cause.
Adaptive Sports offers a wide variety of activities for people with mental and physical disabilities. It is one of the most joyful nonprofits in the area. Everyone, the volunteers, the board members, staff and those served, all greatly enjoy the experience of organizing and participating in the sports activities.
Adaptive Sports is preparing for its winter season with a work session today sprucing up its headquarters at Durango Mountain Resort. Ten members of the cast of Up with People international cast will be on the job from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Their concerts are Thursday and Friday night at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.)One of the major ASA fundraisers each year is the Fall Gala, which is held at Ken and Sue's. It will be held on Sept. 17 this year, and it usually sells out. So if you're interested in supporting this great group and want to attend or donate an auction item, or if you just want to send in a donation, call ASA at 259-0374.
b b bEnjoying the last of the lazy days of summer for their anniversaries are Ernie and Peryl Schaaf, Duane and Gay Smith, Ray and Gerri Wilson, Paul and Bettie Pixler, Al and Sandy Studer, Tom and Robin Harms, Dan and Jan Larowe, and Terry and Diane Sadler.
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