at The Brown Palace Hotel benefiting MaxFund Animal Adoption Center at 5:30 p.m.
Denver’s party animals were out in full force at this year’s Puttin’ On the Max gala to benefit MaxFund…and it went beyond the furry, four-legged participants in the pet parade. With a “Pawpurrazzi” Hollywood theme, 350 fun-loving guests hit The Brown Palace Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 7, for a glitzy gala to support Denver’s respected no-kill animal shelter and adoption center.
The 27th annual fundraiser began with a red-carpet cocktail reception and an extensive array of live- and silent-auction items amid splashy décor worthy of any star-studded celebration. Guests were equally as stylish in black-tie attire, with some taking up the “dress as your favorite movie star” suggestion.
“Johnny Depp” and “Audrey Hepburn”
The evening’s dinner program was emceed by Denver’s favorite CBS4 weather and news anchor Ed Greene. MaxFund co-founders Bill and Nanci Suro told the crowd about the organization’s successes and monetary needs and thanked supporters, singling out Dr. Edward Eisner, vet tech Mario Alba (and Hercules the cat). With help from his grandson, Bill presented a tribute to sponsors with a series of skits. The program continued with a costume contest followed by a witty comedy set from veterinarian-comic Kevin Fitzgerald. The grand finale: a short pet parade featuring a group of MaxFund’s adorable, adoptable residents. Naturally, felines were the cat’s meow and canines were all top dog.
Dora awaits her red-carpet appearance.
MaxFund is a true no-kill animal shelter and adoption center that challenges the traditional methods of animal sheltering by leading the no-kill movement in Colorado. The organization strives to give animals—including the injured, abandoned and abused—a second chance at life. MaxFund is committed to develop and implement education programs pertaining to animal care, with emphasis on the importance of spaying and neutering…and to be a voice for the animals on issues of animal welfare. The organization cooperates with other animal facilities and shelters to accomplish these goals. For more information, please visit www.maxfund.org.
Denise and Marc Mathias
Leslie Lobojko (left) and Kristina Payne
(l to r): Lynn DeJohn, Guy Ohl and Gina Zaro
(l to r): Nef and Colleen Vargas, and Susan and Mark Sewald
The cocktail reception was held just outside the ballroom at The Brown Palace.
Tables are set for 350 guests.
The silent auction and cocktail reception
Chatting before dinner
Julianna and Jerry Malman
(l to r): Kathy and Bruce Elsey, Aaron WEtcott and Cynthia Zarlengo
John Howard and Carey Ribley
(l to r): Cliff and Judi Cantrell, with MaxFund co-founder and director Nanci Suro (center)
Jim (aka, Indiana Jones) and Jamie Dixon
Mario and Yesenia Alba
(l to r): Doug and Heather Gray, Dave Zwart and Mike Whisker, of Straitline Roofing
(l to r): Jennifer Adams, Eric and Anna Henriksen, and Ann Svec
Checking out the silent auction
Renee and Noel Custer
Mauzies Mays and Egin Bresnig, Jr.
(l to r): Paul Brooke, Stephen Ward, and Rachella and Mike Seeley
Capturing the moment
Rosemary and Ryan Evans, with Linda Viray (right)
Enjoying the decor with a fun pose.
Sisters Debra Boehm (left) and Cynthia Telsey, of Parties Extraordinaire, provided the star-studded reception decor
The Charlie Hugo table
Ed Greene, CBS4 weather and news anchor, served as a genial emcee.
The Shawna Quartet
Bobby Bunker group
Thunda from Down Unda
Bev Blamby (left) and Karen Baum
(l to r): Carey Ribley, John Howard and Jen Smith
The Potpourri Table
MaxFund co-founders Bill and Nanci Suro got some on-stage assistance from their grandson.
Nancy Suro welcomes the crowd.
The sponsors-appreciation skit included costumes.
Showing sponsor appreciation with a fun skit.
Table decor was the cat’s meow.
The men’s “favorite Hollywood star” costume contestants
Costume contestants await the outcome.
“Johnny Depp” and
Auctioneer John Rinderknecht introduces the first item at the live auction.
“Sold!” says auctioneer John Rinderknecht.
Paige Curry and John Neville
Comedian-veterinarian Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald marvels at his big-screen video image.
Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald enterained the crowd.
“…and the Oscar goes to…” Kevin Fitzgerald entertains.
Volunteers await the arrival of pet-parade dogs and cats.
Preparing for the pet parade
Daisy, a gentle one-eyed chihuahua, is ready for her closeup.
Dora awaits her red-carpet appearance.
This pretty kitty meows a greeting to a friendly MaxFund volunteer.
The purr-fect pose
Ed Greene, emcee and CBS4 anchor, with MaxFund co-founder and director Nanci Suro
Purina Cat Chow, Strait Line Roofing, Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Products, Keller Bros., 1stBank, NAPP, Handyman Matters of Cherry Creek, Barking Bitches, Chateau La Paws, Ivy at the Glenn, Preferred Properties, Enduring Resources, National Association of Pet Products, Cara Mia Day Spa
Baby romaine and frisee, poached asparagus, blackberries, triple cream brie, sherry vinaigrette; seared filet of beef with wild mushroom reduction or pan-seared Atlantic salmon, citrus honey beurre blanc, cream-whipped potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables or grilled vegetable Napoleon; polenta; smoked gouda fondue; lemon meringue tart: lemon cream, toasted meringue, raspberry coulis; Brown Palace rolls and butter, Brown Palace coffee and tea selection
Black tie optional; movie-star costume
Board of Directors:
Elizabeth Grice, President; Jan Eckhardt; Josh Hantman; Dr. William Suro, Vice President; Ruth Garcia; Tami Tanoue, Secretary...Advisory board: Josh Hantman, Ann Williams, Bob Murdock, Ray Perry