Nick and Lorraine Cortese
By Glory Weisberg
Inter-Faith Nibbles and Sips Goes to Hollywood, an Evening of Raising the Roof to Prevent Homelessness and Hunger, had about 500 supporters at the newly remodeled Hyatt Denver Tech Center, offering an unparalleled collection of restaurant buffet stations and a silent auction of wine and beer up for bid.
Silent auction baskets also included everything from pasta to kids’ toys, sports memorabilia, a bauble or two and decadent desserts galore. So big were the selections that the silent auction effort spilled out of the ballroom to just about every area of the second floor foyer.
What a coincidence that 7News Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson was event emcee, walking through the foyer, microphone in hand, finding longtime Inter-Faith friends while giving minute to minute updates on an approaching snowstorm. Wife Cindy Nelson was stage-side in the ballroom for dinner as Mike mentioned that keeping to the program timetable was crucial, as he wanted Cindy to get going on a trip as the snow was fast approaching the Denver Tech Center. Telling guests it was already in Denver’s northern suburbs made the whole affair even more exciting.
Craig Hospital was platinum sponsor and president and CEO Mike Fordyce was honorary chairman.
Inter-Faith Community Services is the largest local non-sectarian social services agency, serving Centennial, Englewood, Glendale, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Lone Tree, Sheridan, unincorporated Arapahoe County and Bennett. The nonprofit spends 92 percent of every incoming dollar on goods and services for friends we probably don’t know that need their help to buy school supplies, toys, food and clothing. Last year, IFCS served more than 130,000 meals to residents, including 550 children and 60 new families are added a month. Fordyce noted that many Craig Hospital post-graduates get help from Inter-Faith Community Services.
As IFCS Executive Director Susan Blythe-Perry told the seated dinner and program audience, the agency prevents hunger and homelessness.
Mary Kirkpatrick and Barb Wilson were event co-chairs, assisted by Marty Canino, Mary Jo Collins, Lestra D’Agosta, Tim Esterdahl, Jean Flynn Ray, Cheryl Hall, Martha Kallestad, Tamera Krause, Bridget McEowen, Dr. Frank Sargent, Linda Shaw, Connie Wagers and Kristi Woodard-Yaeger.
For more information, visit www.ifcs.org.
Azucar Bakery staffers Natasha Darling, Fernando Bezo and Marjorie Silva hand out luscious samples and sold cakes at the live auction.
Mike and Terri Fordyce
Tim Flynn, Pat Cronenberger and Mary Jo Collins. Photos by Glory Weisber
A Cupcakes! Bakery basket next to a basket of three wines made bidding a blast!
Cindy Nelson and Mary Kirkpatrick
Mike Nelson announced names of Nibble & Sips guests as he wandered through the silent auction
Sandra Blyth-Perry and Barb Wilson
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