An Evening To Remember (AETR) was originally started in 2006 as a December holiday party for individuals with special needs. With the help of my husband Rick, my sisters, Terri & Dee and my brother Bill, along with their families and friends, we went from idea to reality. The idea was to create a more formal party that focused on the individual with special needs, but also included their entire family as well. We wanted the party to be like going to an event, with real table cloths & napkins, nice dishes, lots of good food, music, photographers, games & crafts and we wanted it to be free for the families to attend.
Our first year, the event was held in a hotel ballroom with max seating for 250 people, however… over 400 people showed up. The party was a hit with all who attended and we decided to make it an annual event. Due to the stress and busy times during the holidays and end of year, we chose to move the party to the first quarter each year. In Feb. 2008, we moved the event to Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum so that we could invite 600 people. As word about the party spread 2009, 2010 & 2011 the number of families and volunteers wanting to attend went up. An Evening To Remember became the largest party for individuals with special needs/disabilities in Colorado. We stopped hosting the event after 2011 due to my husband Rick’s declining health and my work schedule.
Then in 2014, when I started the Courageous Faces Foundation, we knew it was time to start back up An Evening To Remember. On March 7, 2015, under our newly created foundation, we welcomed 1200 people and 70 volunteers to An Evening To Remember. Guests enjoyed a buffet Dinner; dancing to the tunes by the fabulous DJ “The Joelman”, photos; games, Home Depot building area, Lake Shore Learning crafts, gifts for our guests of honor and a fun mini fashion show featuring 30 models who rocked their differences!