If an occasion’s success is measured by the amount of social media posts it receives, then Saturday Night time Alive 2017 was one for the file books.
This profit for the humanities teaching programs supplied by the Denver Middle for the Performing Arts was barely 10 minutes previous when Fb, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat began blowing up with selfies and different cellphone-generated photographs that the 800 company have been posting.
There was Shirley and Dr. Brian Joondeph posing on the pink carpet, within the glow of the Seawell Ballroom marquee; one other confirmed Denver Middle Alliance president Lois Paul and Dr. Jeff Wheeler trying all fancy as they stood beside the 2 luxurious autos that presenting sponsor BMW of Denver Downtown had positioned on the head of the ballroom’s pink carpet entry. Silent public sale committee member Murri Bishop had somebody seize a gaggle shot of the company on the desk that she and hubby Andy Bishop shared with Joyce Kelly, Pam Piro and others. Quinn Washington recorded legendary faucet dancer Savion Glover delighting the gang together with his fancy footwork on the present that adopted a scrumptious tenderloin dinner served by Epicurean Catering.
But it surely wasn’t simply the photographs that illustrated Saturday Night time Alive’s success.
The true proof got here when co-chairs Roger and Meredith Hutson introduced that web proceeds broke the $1 million mark for the primary time within the fundraiser’s 37-year historical past.
The cash, famous Allison Watrous, the DCPA’s director of schooling, can be used to deliver “Proficient youngsters one step nearer to Broadway” by giving “Kids from all walks of life artistic studying experiences that spark a love for theater, enhance crucial pondering abilities and construct confidence, each of their school rooms and on our phases.”
The Hutsons — he’s a DCPA trustee and president/CEO of HRM Sources — additionally made doable the grasp class that Glover carried out earlier within the day for 40 native dance college students. DCPA trustee Tara Smith and her husband, Brian Swibel, are the principals within the New York Metropolis-based Triptyk Studios, and sponsored Glover’s efficiency at Saturday Night time Alive with the Tuchman Household Basis.
The Saturday Night time Alive management staff additionally included vice chairs Lyn and Dr. Michael Schaffer; company committee chairs Sylvia and Dr. David Younger and Faye and Dr. Reginald Washington; silent public sale chairs Susan and Steve Struna and patron chair Steve Edmonds.
Platinum Patrons (these paying $2,500 per ticket) have been transported to and from the Westin Denver Downtown in autos furnished by BMW of Denver Downtown; their tickets additionally entitled them to an in a single day keep on the Westin and a brunch the next day.
This group of 18 included Margot and Allan Frank, Lisa and Norm Franke, Bob and Judi Newman, Shelly and Rick Sapkin, Mark Sexton and Judi Wolf.
Kathie and Keith Finger have been the $25,000 Gold Sponsors, whereas $1,000-a-ticket BMW Patrons included Patricia Baca, Tina Partitions, LaFawn Biddle, June Travis, Keri Christiansen, Jack and Adrienne Fitzgibbons, Douglas and Janet Granger, Edie Marks, Lynn and Dr. David Wong, Martin and JoAnn Semple and Mike and Patty Imhoff.
Janice Sinden, the DCPA’s new president and chief government officer, was completely satisfied to see such fellow nonprofit leaders as George Sparks, president of Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who was there together with his spouse, Shandra Wilson; Veronica Figoli, president/CEO of the Denver Public Colleges Basis; Christoph Heinrich, director of the Denver Artwork Museum; Alby Segall, president of the Emily Griffith Basis; Trish Morris, government director of the Brave Faces Basis; and Shannon Block, the Denver Zoo’s chief government.
Others becoming a member of within the enjoyable have been U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman; Denver Metropolis Councilman Paul Lopez; Alan Salazar, chief of workers for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock; Dr. Michael Salem, president of Nationwide Jewish Well being; Xcel Vitality’s supervisor for coverage and outreach, Kirk Scheitler, together with his spouse Samantha and daughter Anna; Marcela de la Mar and hubby John Truthful; Eva and Dr. Denis Lanier; and Fred Churbuck, representing the Platinum Sponsor Salah Basis.
Joanne Davidson: 303-809-1314, firstname.lastname@example.org and @joannedavidson on Twitter