On the Scene: At Home Loan’s Holiday Open House

Olivia Hanson, Carma Brown and Wendy Jones

Eric and Chelsa Daugherty

Rich Englehart Sr. Christie Englehart, Rich Englehart Jr. and Rachel Englehart

Sarah, Jamie and Debbie Hamilton

Kyle Rush and Dane Hamilton

John Sloan and Ronna Binkley Sloan

Doug and Sandy Thies


Why have I never been to Allen Unique Autos? It is absolutely the most unique party venue I could ever imagine.

It is more than just a vintage car museum at 2285 River Road. The space can be rented for events (there are also limo services). Tammy Allen has her huge “garage” all decked out with Santa hats on everyone from Elvis to Marilyn Monroe with Christmas trees galore!

It was shiny and glittery and all dressed up, just like the guests at the Home Loan Open House on Saturday night.

Jamie Hamilton, Home loan’s chairman and chief executive officer, sure knows how to throw a party. There was shrimp and mini beef Wellington and a dessert table filled with cupcakes and fresh peanut brittle provided by Sodexo, which is Colorado Mesa University’s catering services. There also was a photo booth, open bar and a real Santa.

This invitation-only Open House brought together Jamie’s employees, clients and friends. Right off the bat I saw Olivia Hanson, Carma Brown and Wendy Jones. Wendy is Jamie’s assistant, and “Carma is the World’s Best Insurance Agent,” according to Olivia, a Muscle Mistress (aka masseuse).

The next couple I picked on was Doug and Sandy Thies because Sandy has an irresistible smile. Doug is a civil engineer with River City Consultants and works on projects with Home Loan.

Vince and Deedra Testa (just like the Testa Rosa automobile) were an equally handsome couple. Vince’s company is Western Constructors.

Lisa and Mike Russell and Jamee and Doug Simons were at the event. I’d be worried that I’d had missed out on another important party if they hadn’t been.

I scooted out to the lobby where the guests were entering and the lighting was brighter. Just arriving were Rich Englehart Jr. and Sr. and their pretty date mates, Rich’s beautiful wife Christie and the younger Rich’s wife, Rachel.

I then found schoolmate Ronna Binkley Sloan and her husband John. John was hesitant to have his picture taken but I told him “You’re a Realtor for Pete’s sake, your mug is everywhere, smile!”

Eric and Chelsa Daugherty were stunning. Eric works at Home Loan and Chelsa is a probation officer for the State of Colorado.

Back inside, I found two handsome fellows, Kyle Rush, who told me his profession is a “gym teacher” at Grand Junction High School, was sharing cocktail conversation with Dane Hamilton. Dane is the host’s son and works for HL Insurance in Denver. So does his sister Sarah Hamilton.

Jamie and Debbie Hamilton were gracious and generous hosts, characteristics that spill into everything they do in the community.

As my friend Jordon Statler and I made our way into the snowy night, we gave the Open House an A+ and hoped we didn’t act up too much. To garner an invite next year would be a real holiday party circuit coup.


■ The fourth annual Teddy Bear Ball is set for 7 p.m. Friday at La Puerta Dance Studio, 523 1/2 Main St. There will be a group dance lesson, open dancing and performances by instructors and students. Admission is one unwrapped toy or cash donation for The Salvation Army Toy Drive. Info: 712-2552.

■ The Spirit of Christmas Walk will go from 5:30–9:30 p.m. Friday on Main Street. The downtown celebration will feature more than 300 roving entertainers, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot drinks and treats.

■ The Cup of Cheer Holiday Home Tour will feature four homes decorated for the holidays. Follow the tour from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and attend a reception at Two Rivers Winery and Chateau. Cup of Cheer is a fundraiser for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra. Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased at gjsymphony.org, 243-6787, the symphony office at 414 Main St., Unique Expressions at 336 Main St. and The Baker’s Boutique, 2478 Patterson Road, No. 19.


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