(Another Fall Gala that sold out early)
This was the place to be to celebrate 20 years of Colorado Hands & Voices.
We celebrated at the beautiful Balistreri Vineyards on the evening of Sunday, October 23rd with parents, professionals, and community members in support of programs for families raising deaf and hard of hearing children.
From the bisque shooters to the bacon-wrapped dates to the Aperol Spritz, the signature cocktail at the bar, and live music provided by the Hurtado Hesse Acoustic Duo, it was a stellar evening with a community who values parent-to-parent support.
We saluted this year’s Families First Award winner (three of them!) and gave a special advocacy award.
The Gala crowd recognized founders Cheryl Johnson, Janet DesGeorges, and Leeanne Seaver with this year’s Families First Award. Dane Seaver was on hand to accept the award on behalf of his mother, shown above. Parent Stacey Linn was recognized with an Advocacy Award for her work on behalf of students who need access to cannabis medication, including her own son, Jack Splitt, who passed away in August 2016. Linn reminded the group that her advocacy roots started with the parent-to-parent support of Hands & Voices, and later Parent 2 Parent and other grassroots groups.
We enjoyed a silent auction and a chocolate prize of two Fitbits thanks to Trader Joe’s locations. Auctioneer Debbie Stafford took us through seven live auction items. Special thanks to our families, professionals and friendly businesses who donated a Crested Butte condo stay, a chef-prepared meal for 6 in your home, a stay at the exclusive St. Julien Hotel with dinner at Jill’s Restaurant at the Boulder landmark, a golf foursome at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, two exclusive bottles of wine and a pampering day for two at the Woodhouse Day Spa, and many more silent auction items all donated in support of our mission.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Sponsorships are still available through October 10th for our annual Fall Gala, but please contact us at Gala@cohandsandvoices.org as tables are no longer available. See the printable order form.
We appreciate your support for our mission. Thank you to the early sponsors listed here!
Gregory Peck Level Sponsor
Vespa Level Sponsors:
Mental Health Center of Denver
Rocky Mountain Ear Center, LLC
Il Vicino Level Sponsors and Corporate Tables for 8
Best Nest Wellness
Children’s Hospital Colorado (two tables)
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
CU School of Medicine, Otolaryngology (two tables)
Friends of D&D
Friends of Tracy McGurran
The Hammon Family
Janet & Joe DesGeorges and Friends
Littleton Public Schools
Marion Downs Center
Mike and Liesel Thomas and Friends
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
Sara Kennedy and Friends
“Design Your Own” Sponsors:
Kaiser Permanente Foundation