Kay Lynn and Wes West, committee member Suzanne Hickox, her wizard husband Steve Hickox and Natalie Johnson.
A Perfect Bite Catering presented hors d’oeuvres on the patio, during the silent auction/cocktail reception, and a feast for a king when Tethered by Letters held its second annual gala at the new Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood.
The Tuscan-inspired romantic venue nestled in the foothills was perfect for a fairy-tale fundraiser called Novel Ever After. Gala chair Ian Leprino had a small but mighty committee that included Angela Lieurance, Laura Leprino, Dani Hedlund, Mike St. John, Suzanne Hickox and Natalie Tysdal. Some guests got into the spirit and donned costumes for the elegant evening and several tiaras were spotted.
Dani Hedlund grew up in a small community in Colorado and wrote her first novel at age 15. It was on the shelves of Barnes & Noble by the time she was 18 and she founded a small literary nonprofit, Tethered by Letters, at 19.
Phillip Seawalt, Jan Top and Michael Waters
The organization was born on the love of storytelling. It enhances literacy. It inspires hope and imagination. Tethered by Letters has guided 18 interns through its professional training curriculum, partnered with 10 universities to offer career support to students and much more. In 2010, the nonprofit started a publishing division. It’s now in five continents and has a veterans program.
Banner sponsors were McCarthy Garber Law, Armstrong Family Foundation and 5280 magazine. Don Martin called the live auction. Entertainment was by dancers Sasha Amiscaray and Nicole Ayala.
Focusing on education and community outreach, Tethered by Letters strives to engage young people with literature, enhance arts and humanities education and increase literacy rates across the globe.
Representing one of the banner sponsors Armstrong Family Foundation, VP Alison Silver and her husband Derigan with Dani Hedlund dressed as Belle.
Event chair Ian Leprino, Tethered by Letters founder Dani Hedlund and emcee Ed Greene of CBS4.
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