Dressed in “Western Glam” more than 125 guests donned jeweled jeans, cowboy hats and boots for The Junior League of Colorado Springs’ Diamonds & Spurs gala.
The event March 12 at the Ghost Town Wild West Museum raised more than $16,000 for the Junior League’s programs for kids and families, particularly CARE Fair.
Founded by the league in 2003, the program provides health care and immunizations to underprivileged children in Colorado Springs.
Instructors from Dance Unlimited gave line-dancing lessons while the Monument Hill Band (featuring Junior League sustainer Peggy Watt) played rock and country until 11 p.m.
The poker tables were packed with beginners and veterans enjoying the gaming provided by dealers from The Midnight Rose casino.
A Southwestern menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres was catered (in a denim motif) by The Picnic Basket. Gail and Rob Stephens of Colorado Premium Vodka provided a martini bar, and Bristol Brewing brought its Laughing Lab Scottish Ale. Jack Daniels and Twisted Tea donated their products to round out the cocktail experience.
Johannes Hunter Jewelers provided a stunning diamond pendant necklace to raffle winner Judi Lakin. And Tech For Less donated a flat screen television with DVR for raffle winner Mark Stafford. Other donating sponsors included the Pestana Family Trust, Martha Marzolf and ERA Shields, Rick Parker, Robin Johannes, Nick Palotto and Peggy Watt.
Assisting gala committee chairwoman Jenny Stafford were committee members Chana Kolman, Meredith Wardwell, Chris Levy, Teri Shuck, Rebecca Frith and Anne Marie Pacitto.
The Junior League is celebrating more than 80 years of service in the community this year.