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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Red Cross Ball was ‘Event of the Century’

By Patricia Billinger

A 100-year anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so the supporters and workers of the American Red Cross of Colorado wanted to commemorate this important milestone with a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Our amazing and lovely chairs: Century Chair Linda Childears,
Ball Chair Tisha Schuller and Board Chair Ruth Rohs.
I’m a bit biased, but I’ll say they succeeded! On Saturday, March 22, the Red Cross hosted its Century of Champions Red Cross Ball at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver. More than 1,100 of Colorado’s most influential citizens attended – along with some special international guests that included representatives of the Consulates of Canada and Mexico.

The lucky winner of the 2-carat diamond.
The event started with a Red Carpet entrance where participants paused for Oscars-style photos (view photos: http://ow.ly/uWMC6 - use the password crossred). On their way in, guests passed a lovely model wearing the 2-carat diamond that would be given away at the end of the evening to one lucky donor who purchased a chance by making a $100 donation. The donation prize give-away also featured a chance to win a trip to Monaco for the Red Cross ball in that charming locale.

Spinphony blended classical music with modern beats
to set a unique atmosphere during the cocktail hour and dessert.
After a cocktail hour infused with style and sophistication by the blended modern and classical beats of Spinphony, guests enjoyed dinner while hearing the inspiring stories of five amazing Colorado heroes who touched lives and made a difference last year. (Read their stories here and here.) The ceremony included a live performance by the Children's Chorale and featured guest speakers Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Governor John Hickenlooper's Chief of Staff, Roxanne White.

Hardly a dry eye in the house after hearing how
the Military Heroes (4th Combat Aviation Brigade)
saved lives during both the Black Forest Fire and the Colorado Floods.

The awards ceremony concluded with a successful paddle raiser led by Reggie Rivers. The extremely generous audience pledged more than $100,000 in cash donations to support the mission of the Red Cross in Colorado – which was increased by an additional $50,000 matching donation from DCP Midstream.

Guests donated more than $100,000 the night of the Ball
to support the Red Cross mission.

This memorable evening wrapped up with birthday cake for the Red Cross, fun photo booth moments (view photos here: http://bamboobooth.smugmug.com/Events/The-Red-Cross-Ball password: Red Cross Ball) and a packed dance floor as the Jerry Barnett Experience played live music.
Ball Chairs Brian & Tisha Schuller and Century Chairs
Don and Linda Childears with the Century birthday cake.

Live music by the Jerry Barnett Experience ensured a packed dance floor.

The event raised more than $710,000 for the American Red Cross of Colorado – funds that will help ensure the Red Cross can be there to serve Coloradans for another 100 years to come!

See more photos of the Century of Champions Red Cross Ball!
•    Red Carpet & Event pics: http://ow.ly/uWMC6 - use password crossred
•    Flickr Stream: www.flickr.com/redcrossmilehighchapter
•    Photo Booth Fun: http://bamboobooth.smugmug.com/Events/The-Red-Cross-Ball password: Red Cross Ball
•    Facebook live feed: www.facebook.com/redcrossdenver

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