More than 400 people gathered July 10 on the Broadmoor West patio for the first gala and silent auction for Home Front Cares.
Keynote speaker Fischer DeBerry, head football coach of the Air Force Falcons, mingled with other supporters of the charity, the idea of two retired Air Force colonels, Bob Carlone and Joe Henjum.
Two years ago, the nonprofit organization was formed to provide emergency financial assistance, goods and services to families of active duty, activated Reserves and National Guard troops serving in harm’s way from the Pikes Peak Region.
Event director Bryan Hartwig said the gala was the biggest event attempted by the organization, mobilizing hundreds of volunteers. He gave special thanks to The Broadmoor’s CEO Steve Bartolin and his staff including Susan Wilson, Russ Miller, Mark Kelble, Anne Gale, Denise Bac, Allison Scott and Ken Miller.
Dan Santisteven played acoustic guitar before the dinner in the Rocky Mountain Ballroom as founders and volunteers accepted kudos for the program, which includes a wounded troops fund, energy fund (which has assisted more than 450 families with their monthly energy bills) and transportation program.
Enjoying the country music of Michael Martin Murphey were Home Front Cares CEO Bob Carlone and his wife Mary; President Vicki Kounk; Chief Financial Officer John Haaren; Dr. Max Miller, vice president of operations; Jeff Dahlberg, vice president of fundraising; Brock Strom, vice president, Wounded Troops Program; Treasurer Dan Stageman; Secretary Kitty Barstad; board member Ed Anderson; and special events coordinator Brock Strom.