Resurrected Red Wine & Seafood Raises Money for Chronically Homeless Women

Zachary Kinder
Volunteers of America
Denver, CO 80205

June 23, 2017
Media Release

Denver —Thanks to the saving grace Sage Restaurant Group and Walter Isenberg, Red Wine & Seafood was able to return for its 21st year at the Oxford Hotel on Thursday. Guests at this year’s event were treated to “elegance under the sea,” featuring gourmet seafood creations from Urban Farmer Denver.

The event, originally scheduled in January, was derailed when McCormick’s Fish House suddenly closed its doors. The future seemed uncertain until Rick Bruno, Volunteers of America Colorado board chairman and president of FirstBank in Littleton, reached out to Isenberg about potentially hosting the event.

“It appeared that all was lost,” Carol McTavish said. “Mr. Isenberg and his team, Troy Christian, Kristin Hutton, David Wattick, and everyone else rallied around us and made the event happen.”

Guests arrived to the smell of freshly prepared seafood and a silent auction featuring autographed sports memorabilia, tropical vacation getaways and couples retreats, among others. Inside the Grand Ballroom, elaborate decorations of life under the sea awaited along with flowing lights, elegant background music and premier wines donated by Republic National.

Red Wine & Seafood also doubled as an opportunity for guests to sample foods from Urban Farmer, which won’t open its doors until early August.

“Everything was simply outstanding,” said Terrie Fontenot, president of the Volunteers of America Guild. “From the lovely décor in the Grand Ballroom to the enticing silent auction to the fabulous food and exquisite wines, everything was perfect.”

Proceeds from the event and silent auction benefitted Volunteers of America’s Irving Street Women’s Residence, a residential and support program designed to serve chronically homeless women who are disabled or experience mental health issues.

“The longevity of Red Wine & Seafood is due directly to the amazingly creative chairs and committee members who lend a unique twist in theme and decor every year,” said Michael James, vice presidentof marketing and development at Volunteers of America. “The incredible generosity of the committee and the team from Sage Hospitality, Urban Farmer, the Oxford Hotel and Republic National is another key to the success of this fun and lively evening.”

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