AROUND TOWN: Community Action Agency raises $25K with wine-bottle art

October 18, 2013 Updated: October 20, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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Anne-Marie Pacitto, left, Zach Thaxton, Rachael Plath, Jeff Bosley

It was the ultimate in repurposing as wine bottles became cheese trays, terrariums and candle holders hand-painted by celebrity artists and trained artists.

Teamed with Cottonwood Center for the Arts, Pikes Peak Community Action Agency had a table of these one-of-a-kind silent auction items for its eighth annual Groovin' in September benefit and dance. And the competition was on by emcees Matt Meister and Zach Thaxton to rally the highest bids for their creations.

Celebrity artists, who were assisted by Cottonwood artists, included TV personalities and, from The Gazette, Barb Cotter and T.D. Mobley-Martinez.

Jim Johnson of GE Johnson Construction paid homage to his alma mater, Kansas State University, with a Wildcats' bottle.

PPCAA Marketing Manager Kim Brandon unsuccessfully kept a lookout for a John Denver "Rocky Mountain High" wine bottle, but found other Colorado themes instead, including aspen trees and columbines.

Firefighter Jeff Bosley sprinted across the ballroom several times to snag the top bid on Rachael Plath's artwork. He got a lot of exercise and was successful.

The fun-filled evening Sept. 20 at the DoubleTree by Hilton brought in $25,000 for the agency, which helps low-income families and individuals become self-sufficient. Last year that added up to 14,300 individuals receiving more than 20,000 services, including buying homes, finding jobs, getting higher educations and starting small businesses, said CEO John Tighe.

When the auction closed, The Nostalgics took to the stage, luring a dance floor filled with folks who gave a new meaning to "movers and shakers."

Groovin' committee chairs were Travers Hyde and AJ Hoerth.

Linda Navarro, The Gazette

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