Fourth-year sponsors, The Castle Pines Connection staff and guests had a blast at this year’s Sassy Soiree. Pictured from left to right: Account Manager Cindy Kessinger-Wenninger, Castle Pines Councilperson Tera Radloff, Writer Amy Shanahan, Billright President Lori Gifford, Editor Terri Wiebold, Writer Kathy Fallert, and Account Managers Cindy Cranstone and Elizabeth Wood West.
Article and photos by Kathy Fallert; courtesy photo
Another success story took place at this year’s Sassy Soiree, held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Friday, September 12. The models strutted their stuff to raise money for the Douglas/Elbert County Task Force, which is celebrating its 30th year assisting residents in need.
Numerous silent auction items and gift baskets of goodies were available for bid. Clothing and jewelry boutiques were open with items for sale, including designer wear and fur coats. Lunch was served, followed by the fashion show, door prizes, and live auction of African safaris, golf at Sanctuary, and Sheriff’s Office simulator training.
More than twice the amount of auction money was raised than last year’s Soiree and sponsorships totaled several thousand additional dollars as well. The Sassy Soiree raised $29,232 in net proceeds, an increase of more than $6,000 from last year, which will support the emergency services offered by the Douglas/Elbert Task Force.
Castle Pines resident Anthonette Klinkerman, award-winning author and Courtesy Boot Camp’s own “Colonel Klink” walked the runway donning her signature pink combat boots. Klinkerman remarked, “I don’t think I have ever had so much fun volunteering in my life! Add that to knowing what a special cause the Douglas/Elbert Task Force is, and you really feel good! It was a really well-done event, and what was even more special was that I had both my daughter and mom there to watch.”
Also modeling was Yolanda Bruce, owner of BYG Promotions in Castle Rock and board member of the Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce. Bruce said about the experience, “While being a little intimidating, I am happy to have participated in the Sassy Soiree. It was a fun experience while helping to raise much needed funds for the Task Force.”
Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce board member Yolanda Bruce looked very elegant as she modeled to help raise money for the Douglas/Elbert County Task Force.