Since it’s inception Blacktie has interviewed over 450 philanthropists for its popular Have You Met Feature. Every two years, Blacktie throws a party to honor these individuals and to present the Georgia R. Imhoff Volunteer Extraordinare Award.
The 2015 incarnation of this event was held at the Lime Restaurant at the Pavilions in downtown Denver. Thanks to the generosity of hosts Curt and Pam Savage Sims, guests were treated to a complimentary margarita when they arrived and great appetizers and a taco bar. Lime has a wonderful space for events, the tv screens were showing pictures of the individuals that have been featured as Have You Met interviewees over the years.
At 7:30 Blacktie chief Kenton Kuhn introduced the Blacktie team and introduced the prior recipients of the Georgia R. Imhoff Award. Ryta Sondergard was given the award in 2009, Beth Klein in 2011 (Beth was unable to attend) and Paul Tamburello in 2013.
Stacy Ohlsson then talked about the many charitable activities that the 2015 honorees were involved, and it’s several pages long. She then presented the Gerogia R. Imhoff award on behalf of her late mother and Blacktie co-founder, to John Farnam and Paul Heitzenrater.
John Farnam spoke to the crowd about their philosophy of involvement.
New this year was a financial gift made to two of the organizations that Farnam and Heitzenrater support: Excelsior Youth Center and Metro CareRing. Kudos to Maureen Regan Cannon, Nancy Koontz and Stacy Ohlsson for their financial gift that Messrs. Farnam and Heitzenrater are matching.
Nancy Koontz, Blacktie’s ace reporter who has personally conducted over 300 Have You Met interviews then introduced the musical entertainment; chanteuse Pam Savage Sims (wow, can she sing) and well known keyboardist Eric Gunnsion.
Seen in the crowd…… were a boat load of people! Too many to mention individually here, but see the pictures below to get an idea. Thanks to photography supervisor Pam Cress for the work she has done over the years to make sure that nonprofit stories are told in such a meaningful way.
As with prior events, lots of fun and new connections were made. People were buzzing about how to harness all of the power and productivity that was in the room.
Al Charron, left, and Michael Ditchfield
Sandi Hewins and Tom Jensen
Keri Christiansen and Trisha Hood
Frances Owens, left, and Trisha Hood
Beverly Black, left, and Ellen Stewart
Honorees John Farnam & Paul Heitzenrater
Lynn Wong, left, and Denise Snyder
Ben Irvin, left, Lynne Butler and Errol Manalang
Christine Jenkins and Noelle Benjamin
John Farnam, left, Michael McConnell, Dorie Lisowska and Paul Heitzenrater
Michael McConnell, Dorie Lisowska
Andy Levy, left, Lori Frisher, Paul Tamburello, past honoree
Paul Heitzenrater and John Farnam with Dr. Michael Salem, center
HYM guru Nancy Koontz and Bradley Joseph
Dahlia Weinstein, left, and Carolyn Strauss
Betsy Brachfeld and Ryan Galanaugh
Jesse Wise, left, Roselyn Saunders, John Godzac, Jan Blankennagel
David Perleberg and Kenton Kuhn
Wes and Kareina Westlund, left, and Bill Graveley
BJ Dyer, left, Stacy Ohlsson and Randy Ohlson
Regina Serna, left, Lois Paul and Karen Rosen
Cyndy Marsh and Rebecca Saltman
Will Vickstrom, left, Sally Hopper and Joe Belmont
Pete Martinez, left, Lu Stasko and Ron Atchison
John Farnam and Kathy Graveley
Jeffery Hoyle, left, Carmel Scopelliti and a friend
Sally Hopper, center, with her daughters Nancy Hopper and Anne Vickstrom
Jerry Barnett, left, Connie Robertson and John Faught
Keri Christiansen, left, Trisha Hood, Lee Bowen and Louise Richardson
Virginia Bray and Ryta Sondergard
Stacy Ohlsson says a few words about her mom, the late Georgia Imhoff, the co-founder of Blacktie
Stacy Ohlsson introduces the honorees
Paul Heitzenrater, left, & John Farnam with Stacy Ohlsson
Nancy Koontz and Kenton Kuhn on stage
The HYM group in attendance
The HYM group poses for a photo
Mary McNicholas, left, Ryta Sondergard and Nancy Koontz
Michelle Tuckner, left, and Vanessa Hughes
Nancy Koontz and Pete Martinez
Shauna Hilgers, Steve Shoppan, Deb Wilcox, Megan Streckewald from 3D Printing Company
Will Vickstrom, Stacy Ohlsson, Nancy Hopper, Rebecca Saltman
John Farnam, left, and Jeffery Hoyle
Keri Christiansen with a friend
Denise Snyder, left, and Connie Robertson
Lu Stasko and Ron Atchison partaking of the great eats.
Lois Paul and Ryta Sondergard with a friend, center
Susan, Regina Serna
David Perleberg, left, Kenton Kuhn and Steve Shoppman
Pam Sletten and Jeanie Curley
Marney Andes, center, with friends
Tom Jensen, Sandi Hewins
Jenn Florence and Samantha Parker make the Blacktie office run flawlessly.
Pam Cress, left, and Terri Fisher
Terri Fisher, Doug Tisdale, Stephanie Bender
Jerry Barnett, left, Nancy Koontz, Connie Robertson
Nancy Koontz and Pam Cress
A guest and John Faught
Kenton Kuhn makes announcements
Paul Tamburello and Ryta Sondergard, past honorees
Stacy Ohlsson on stage
Honorees Paul Heitzenrater and John Farnam
Nancy Koontz and Kenton Kuhn
The HYM group
HYM group exemplifies leadership
Dorie Lisowska, left, Bev Black,
Lori Frisher, left, and Frances Owens
Lynne Butler, left, Louise Richardson, Cyndy Marsh