By Sandy Stein, The Pueblo Chieftain
THE FOURTH ANNUAL Pueblo Step-Up “Wine and Small Plates” fundraiser at the River’s Edge in early March raised $13,000 to help support health care programs and wellness services for Pueblo’s low-income children and seniors. Bechtel, The Gay and Lesbian Fund of Colorado, Centura Health/St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Parkview Medical Center, Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel and 10 other sponsors partially underwrote the evening for 130 supporters.
Volunteers from St. Mary-Corwin provided fresh roses and bouquets to bedeck the black-clothed tables. Terrie Sajbel, Holly Smith, Pam Parks, Paula Dunn and Jill Swerdfeger were among those who purchased slumped-glass wine bottle centerpieces filled with candies, nuts, etc.
Violinist Anthony Vigil Martinez entertained partyers Yolanda and Larry Atencio, Rose Ahlers, Tracy and Tim Thatcher and others as they enjoyed lamb quesadillas with apple mint salsa, chicken won-ton cups, shrimp cocktails, bruschetta and assorted Italian cookies. John Myers and Pat Enderud poured wine for Michelle and Leroy Garcia, Susan and Larry Velasco, Angela Giron and Steve Nawrocki, etc.
Silent-auction items of gourmet baskets and dinners, a pilates party, original artwork, planters, get-away condos and more were won by high bidders Juli Millea, Cleo Zarr, Kristil Padula, Ray Swerdfeger, Corinne Koehler and more. Donald Moore, Mattie Brown, Erin Beatty, Mary and Dan Lere, Kelly and Pete McCarthy and Debbie Rose were others who stepped up to the “plates” for the cause.