Laura Stamp says exact fundraising numbers are not yet available, but that "it's safe to say the event raised over $20,000 (net!) for the three beneficiaries we highlighted this year.
"Needless to say, I am thrilled with this outcome."
The 2014 Glass Slipper Ball date has already been set, again hosted by the Crowne Plaza Hotel: January 25.
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... we sold out and filled the room with over 400 people. The Live Auction sold twice as many items as last year. And we increased the number of awards to our chefs from two to three. We are looking into the option of adding a couple more foodie awards next year with celebrity judges. We are sooo excited with the results of this event that we are thinking only the sky is the limit on what we can do next time to raise more funds for local women's causes.
That's Laura Stamp, co-organizer of this past weekend's seventh annual Glass Slipper Ball, providing a little insight into the success of this year's event, ahead of fundraising totals yet to be calculated and released.
The 2013 festivities moved from the Crowne Plaza Hotel to the Double Tree by Hilton, still benefiting The Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area but also The Cinderella House by Restore Innocence and Trampled Rose.
For my part each year, I attempt to concisely document the generous contributions of the participating eateries and drink houses competing for awards.
The fantastic flavors on display, including a multitude of wines organized by The Wine Seller, are the main draw, making the $85-to-$100 tickets quite fair considering the great fundraising cause and musical entertainment (Gentle Rain) that runs through midnight.
Here's a rundown of this year's contributors and their creations:
View my slideshow (again, just a small tease of the whole affair) by clicking here or on the photo below:
Among those pictured in that slideshow are: chef Nathan Dirnberger (pink coat) of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; Amy Sufak of Red Energy with chef Greg Soukup of Blue Sage Catering; Michelle Marx of Coquette's Bistro and Bakery and her daughter Turu (last photo); chef Robert Brunet of The House Chef and his staff; artist Douglas Rouse, who did an awesome speed-painting using culinary equipment as his brush, for auction; chef Jay Gust of TAPAteria with his fiancee Dora Cole and restaurant owner Dave Brackett; Tracy and Steve Carlson of The Melting Pot; and Samantha Bruner and Karen Kelley of Colorado Springs Food Tours(the best expression).
Lastly, a big congrats to the winners of the People's Choice Awards:
• Best Appetizer: Ott Mathias and Jake Topakas of Jake and Telly's.
• Best Dessert: Joshua Pallardy of Aragon Dining at Peterson Air Force Base.
• Best Overall: Carl and Alaine Nolt of Serranos Coffee Company.