The first of our fall charity balls 2011 took place this weekend in Denver.
Children’s Hospital Colorado hosted their 33rd annual gala dinner dance at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, and the “Starlight Experience” was flown in from New York City to entertain the 1400 guests. As always, I am thrilled, flattered and grateful to our clients for recognizing how unique and special Starlight’s musical ensembles are, from our 9 piece bands up to the 18+ piece “Experience”. Our bandleaders are involved in all aspects of operations including customer service, pre-production, customization and creative development.
The article below came out today on www.blacktie-colorado.com, and you can follow the link to a short video of the event, including a mini interview with me, Valerie Romanoff!
Like kids in a candy store, guests at the 34th annual Children’s Colorado “Caring and Curing” Gala were treated to delight after delight during an entertaining evening that raised $1.86 million for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Almost 1,400 in black-tie attire enjoyed the fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Colorado Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 10. Featuring success stories told by Children’s young patients, the event not only generated funds, but also was an engaging celebration of more than 158,000 kids treated at the hospital in the last year.
The evening began with a silent auction and cocktail hour in the Capitol Ballroom, highlighted by a pre-dinner buffet and gravity-defying aerial bartenders serving champagne while suspended from the ceiling by their feet. Guests adjourned to the massive Centennial Ballroom, where artistically elegant tables set the stage for a sumptuous sit-down dinner. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and first lady Mary Louise Lee were among the luminaries spotted in the crowd.
The brief program began with a video featuring touching personal vignettes of young patients served by Children’s Hospital Colorado. Co-chairs Carol and George Solich took the stage with daughters Brooke and Jordan, and Children’s young ambassadors presented the family with a commemorative wagon. The cause is especially relevant to the Soliches—daughter Jordan was treated at the hospital as an infant, and today is a healthy teenager. Gary Corbett presided over a live auction that garnered high-dollar amounts from generous bidders, and the Soliches announced that the 2012 Gala is planned for Saturday, Nov. 12, with co-chairs John and Bridget Grier.
Brian Regan, of Late Night with David Letterman fame, and his brother Dennis Regan had the crowd in “stitches” during separate, hilarious stand-up routines. Then, New York-based Super Bowl veterans Starlight Experience burst onstage with high-energy R&B tunes that had guests on the dance floor in no time. Founder Valerie Romanoff says the group performed at the wedding reception of Mike Shanahan’s daughter, met Children’s reps there, and were honored and excited to be part of this year’s gala. The evening ended with a dessert buffet that complemented convivial chats and camaraderie.
Founded in 1908, Children’s Hospital Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked fifth in their Best Children’s Hospitals 2011-12 Honor Roll, Children’s Hospital Colorado is known both for its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research and education programs, as well as the full spectrum of everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. With more than 1,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric specialties, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s network includes the Anschutz Medical Campus, 14 Network of Care locations and more than 400 outreach clinics. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org