That’s the best description of this year’s Brass Ring Luncheon, presented by the Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation to benefit its programs and research and treatment at the Barbara Davis Center. The creative chairs paid attention to every detail as the Tiffany blue theme was carried to the hilt at Denver Marriott City Center.
Master of Ceremonies Ed Greene of CBS4 presented 32 Children’s Diabetes Heroes who walked the runway. Eva Rust, a Barbara Davis Center patient who was just diagnosed two months ago, read her bravery poem from the stage:
Be strong when you are weak.
Be brave when you are scared.
Be humble when you are victorious.
Tangy Buchanan, past president of the Guild of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, and honoree Susie Hummell.
The Brass Ring Luncheon, which has traditionally been held in the fall, has now become the Spring Brass Ring luncheon. In just a few months since the 2016 event, this one was staged.
“It took mountains to move this from a fall to a spring luncheon,” said co-chair Judy McNeil, who is known for her talent and tenacity.
The organizer extraordinaire and Colorado native Susie Hummell was honored for being on the CDF staff for 20 years. She became a member of the Guild in 1978 and became active immediately, working on the Carousel Ball Denver, Carousel Days and more.
In 1996, while working for the Denver Broncos, she received an invitation to join the CDF staff as Guild coordinator. The rest is history.
Throughout her career, Hummell has fostered programs, created new events, cultivated relationships and given CDF her all.
Rock star fashion designer Marc Bouwer with business partner Paul Margolin, who hastype 1 diabetes.
From the podium, she was praised with such remarks as: “Leaving her legacy as program chair, … one-of-a-kind … her mold was broken … she left an inspirational impact on the committees and was the backbone of the Brass Ring Luncheon.”
Her grandson Josh Schmitz of Ruckus Apparel produced the show and Rick Rolph called the exciting live auction.
The much-anticipated arrival of New York City designer Marc Bouwer, who had not made an appearance in Denver for several years, was well worth the wait. The distinctive and elegant designs of Bouwer have dressed stars, celebrities, socialites and some Denver divas. His sexy, glamorous and luxe fabrics have graced L.A. glitterati, red carpets and fashion magazines.
Children’s Diabetes Foundation was founded in 1977 as a nonprofit by Barbara and the late Marvin Davis. Their daughter Dana Davis, who was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, is now executive director.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will further benefit the Guild programs of Helping Hands and scholarships for students with diabetes.
CDF Guild President Christy Alberts with Brass Ring Luncheon co-chairs Lyn Schaffer, Judy McNeil and Shelley Lucas on the red carpet.
It was iconic Tiffany blue throughout the ballroom, including centerpieces, and a decadent, but flourless, cake dessert topped with Tiffany box medallions.
The hues of this cocktail ensemble tied in with the theme color.
The drape is where Bouwer further excels for figure-enhancing silhouettes. More cutouts and more revealing gowns and jumpsuits were paraded as well.
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