Penny Parker’s On The Town: Roughly 900 unmasked guests attended Club Mask

May 14, 2012

Club Mask, the event formerly known as The Mask Project, rocked the Cherry Creek Shopping Center Saturday night in the name of raising beaucoup bucks for Denver Hospice.

Various sponsors footed the bill for a variety of clubs sprinkled throughout the large venue which included a viewing area for masks in center court near the elevators.

Food tables, supplied by Occasions catering, were spread free run 6 v2 femmes throughout the shopping center, and bars offered speciality cocktails or wine with the most stocked bar being King Soopers Ice Bar garnished with strange looking mascots that looked like the grocery-chain’s produce section had swallowed their bodies.

Party peeps mingled throughout the tony evening that raised a lot of dough through ticket sales and bidding on ceramic masks crafted by artists for local and national celebrities.

Before bidding had closed on Sunday, the top 10 bids were going to: New Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning for $3,510; gal about town Terri L. Fisher at $1,070, Broncos QB who left us for the New York Jets Tim Tebow (his mask in Broncos colors no less) for $7,010, businesswoman Deborah Williams at $780, fused glass designer Ellen Beller at $415, County singer Faith Hill at $660, interior decorator Andrea Rector for $460 for her interpretation of Denver’s iconic Blue Bear, Denver Fire Department for $720, Hall of Famer and restaurateur John Elway for $560 and singer Paul Simon at $400.

But bidding on many masks didn’t close until 8 p.m. Sunday night. The event, that takes place every other year, also raises big bucks for Denver Hospice, an intensely worthy cause.

Attendees included dapper David Alexander with mom Sue Simos, co-chairs Jennifer Alvarado Geller and Jeff Geller, Jamie Anglich, Anthony Aragon and David Westman, Edie and Mort Marks, Norm and Sunny Brownstein with law-firm partner Steve Farber, Cherry Creek Shopping Center boss Nick LeMasters with family, Colorado Restaurant Association honchos Pete Meersman and Mary Mino, sports radio guru Les Shapiro and wife Paula, event co-chairs Gail and George Johnson, David Mandarich, Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown and wife Suzanne, Hospice heroes Lynn Bronikowski, Linda Goto, Keri Christiansen, Andy Levy and a cast of hundreds.

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Four Seasons changes

Four Seasons Resort Vail has added new team members to its tribe including Jim Guttau (pronounced as in Utah) as director of public relations. I have worked with Guttau on several restaurant and club openings since he ran his own Denver PR firm for seven years.

Jolinda Cohavi is joining Four Seasons Resort Vail after her stint at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Calinas where she served five years as director of marketing.

JoAnn Freberg joins Four Seasons Vail as the conference services manager by way of Maui, Hawaii, having worked for Four Seasons Resort Maul since 2002.

And Melissa Moll is the business development sales manager representing Four Seasons Resort Vail and also Four Seasons Hotel Denver from Olympic Valley, Calif.


Denver oil and gas man and mega supporter of the Denver Center for the  Performing Arts Roger Hutson bought two major sponsorships for the Book of Mormon gala under WOJS – Wives of Joseph Smith LLC.

A friend of his has invited the Mayor of South Park, the location for the animated series started by Colorado natives, to the event where each of the six tables WOJS purchased are required to be named match supreme prem after an episode from the irreverent show. Sneak peek: One table is called the Casa Bonita Cliff Divers.

Mom’s Day

How was yours? Mine was stellar. Card from our two doggies McCaffrey (named after Broncos No. 87 Eddie McCaffrey) and Georgie (named after former Kansas City Royal George Brett):  “Mom, I love you – this much (giant ear/wing span indicative of McCaffrey the dog).

From my son, On the Town Junior in front of a mic: “Ahem…test…test…test…Roses are tough, violets don’t quit. When it comes to being a mom, you should really know your…love, thoughtfulness and kindness make your truly amazing!

And from Mr. On the Town: “To My wife – it’s your day to sit back, relax, and let me do everything…the wrong way.”

Eavesdropping on me: “Hope you all had a fab-0 Mother’s Day!”

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