Sense of Security, one of the most heart-warming and dedicated non-profits in Colorado that supports breast cancer patients, deserves the utmost recognition. Over the years, their mission has drawn significant attention from the community, sponsors, businesses and, of course, grantees making this year’s Diamonds and Champagne a sold-out gala.
On October 20, Embassy Suites Downtown Hotel hosted the 2012 Diamonds and Champagne gala. When the clock struck 5:30 p.m., women and men dressed in fun, yet proper attire began to fill the venue for cocktail hour. A silent auction took place at the same time, where items such as jewelry, paintings, cooking sets, wine sets and many others took up half the venue space. Lasting for an hour and a half, the silent bid ended just before everyone made their way to the ballroom for dinner.
Like a well-organized gala, patrons were assigned to a table and, as everyone took their place, it was an absolute treat to find your table consisting of a high sponsor, another non-profit executive director, a media personnel or a breast cancer survivor.
Hosting the marvelous event was Chris Parente, FOX31 Denver‘s Emmy Award winner co-host of FOX31 Denver daytime show “Everyday.” While enjoying the two complimentary wines, mixed green salad and a choice between vegetarian or beef entree, Parente presented each presentation and speaker with poise and candor.
Rita McCoy, executive director of Sense of Security, took the stage for the presentation portion and regaled several heart-warming stories of survivors and ones who, unfortunately, lost their battle over the past year. As the emotional tide filled the room, representatives of their deceased loved ones carried on their spirit through their heartfelt speech which included the founder of Sense of Security California who lost her sister and a young teenage girl named Savannah, who lost her mother. Attendees even had the honor of hearing from Penny Parker, one of Denver’s most prominent writers and breast cancer survivor, as well as a grantee who is on her way to recovery.
Following the presentation was a live auction, hosted by Schur Success, Colorado’s premier asset appraisers and award-winning auctioneers. Professional, yet entertaining, the auctioneers hosted a fascinating show and encouraged several patrons to bid on packages such as a night at the Downtown Denver Four Seasons with tickets to the Denver Center for Performing Arts, an all-inclusive vacation to Mexico, private dining for a party of 10 at SAME cafe and many, many more. After the last the package was sold, a paddle bid ensued in hopes of Sense of Security reaching their goal of $53,000 and, with great success, the goal was reached.
The last, but most anticipated portion of the evening was the diamond ring giveaway valued at $9,000. However, the surprise was the kind gesture of the winner who, after receiving the giveaway, gave the diamond ring to the teenage girl, Savannah, as a gift in hopes that she can continue her mother’s spirit. It was the perfect end to a beautiful ceremony.
Finally, the Tunisia band performed covers and originals as patrons danced the night away to celebrate the gift of love and life.
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