On The Scene: At HopeWest’s Holiday Fashion Show

Suzie Brackett and Peggy Himes

Nancy Fallis’ table

Members of the Colorado Mesa University football team

Crystal Dunn, Cheryl Power and Cara Erickson

Alan and May Storey

Cindy vonGogh with twins Gabrielle and Emily Marquez

Williams family: Barbara, Brooke, Kendra and Donna

I don’t think many of us have to be reminded of how fortunate we are to have a hospice program on the Western Slope. HopeWest has existed for over 20 years, and the organization continues reaching farther and serving more.

I attended HopeWest’s two-day Holiday Fashion Show and Luncheon on Sunday. More than 100 people worked on the event and the excellence was in the details.

Benefiting grieving children and teens through HopeWest Kids, this year may have toppled the $1 million mark.

Beth Bauerle provided the fashions from her Main Street store, Main Paige, and she herself has sponsored fundraising fashion shows for 30 years. Thank you, Beth.

The DoubleTree Ballroom was glowing with twinkle lights and lady bling. Gina Bishop with Elite Events brought the pink to the tables and chairs, all dressed in bows with a great big Silent Auction basket as the centerpiece. I caught her with her busy husband Dave Wall of Snob Productions. Talk about a power couple. Literally. Not only did Dave provide sound and lights, he lit up the cat walk with eye candy support.

Signing in and getting their pink satin bow embellished programs were sisters Crystal Dunn, Cheryl Power and Cara Erickson. They were sitting with Linda Power of Beckner-Power Insurance. Linda has had a table for the past five years.

I spotted Cindy vonGogh perusing the auction items. Cindy was joined by twins Gabrielle and Emily Marquez, Wingate Elementary School students whose mother Jenny works for HopeWest. Gabrielle was a model in the show.

Nancy Fallis had a table and also was a generous underwriter of the event. Hospice care helped her husband and other relatives, and this is a way Nancy can give back.

I finally spotted a man in the room. Alan Storey was there with his wife May Storey, who was modeling. Alan confided that he had to take plenty of Estrogen pills that morning so he could “Keep up with all the gabbing.”

The always-lovely Peggy Himes was also an underwriter. She was proud to have four generations of Himes at her table. She posed for a photo with good friend Suzie Brackett.

I met the beautiful Williams family ladies: mother Barbara; daughters Brooke and Kendra; and grandmother Donna. Brooke told me she is a nursing student at Colorado Mesa University and has performed some of her clinical studies with Hospice clients. Grandma Donna buys a table at the show every year and they always look forward to coming together.

At my table were mother and daughter look-a-likes Mary Ohman and Sarah Luker. Across from me were sisters Joanna Little and Judy Johnston.  Judy is social worker at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Joanna works in real estate. Sitting down to visit with them was Pamela Anderson, a clinical director at HopeWest.

As soon as the Silent Auction closed. The hunky helpers from the Colorado Mesa University football team rushed in to help gather the Silent Auction baskets from the tables.

From the auction bidding frenzy that garnered help from 120 donors, to the fashion runway spectacular with about 30 local models, the committees, boards, underwriters and hostesses, HopeWest has the support it needs.

Next year’s event may not exactly be what we experienced this weekend but whatever it becomes, it will be fabulous. Save the date: Nov. 22–23.


Palisade will be busy with multiple events set for Saturday.

■ The Art and Chocolate Walk will go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free chocolate at participating stores and shops in Palisade. Get a punch card for chance to win a prize. Info: 464-4819.

■ The This Little Piggy Miniature Show will open at The Blue Pig Gallery, 101 W. Third St., Palisade. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: thebluepiggallery.com, 464-4819.

■ The grand opening for The Art Cellar, a student and emerging artist gallery will be from 5–8 p.m. The gallery is downstairs at The Blue Pig Gallery. Info: theartcellarpalisade.com, 464-2170.


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