Auxiliary president Alyson Graves, her daughter, former Sugarplum Audrey Graves and emcee Denise Sanderson. Photos by Scottie Iverson
The Colorado Ballet Auxiliary and Colorado Ballet, under the direction of Ball Chairs Erin Dollarhide and Kelly Rosenberg, launched the Sugarplum Ball and Rose Presentation signaling the 58th Nutcracker season beginning the following evening. The popular performance concludes on Christmas Eve.
The evening is always festive, loaded with activities including a lobby cocktail reception and dinner in the hotel, and is so sweet, literally. And, there are always heartwarming stories. Cherry Hills Villager Pam Duke was part of the original planning when Anna Bates developed the Sugarplum concept decades ago. Her granddaughter Scarlett (daughter of son Brian and Leah Duke) wanted to be what she called a “red flower girl” when she looked at the sugarplum photo album of her aunt Sara Duke Matthew. She got her wish in the class of 2018. It was a red and green flurry when the classes of Sugarplums and Sugarplum Alums were proudly presented by dads on stage in the ballroom with nutcrackers standing guard and ballerina Christine Wiggins as Sugarplum Fairy.
CiCi Corrigan presented by her dad Peter Corrigan
“Plum Alum” Zoey Kelin presented by her dad Shebon Kelin
Lila Kozlowski presented by her dad Dan Kozlowski
Artistic director Gil Boggs and his wife Ballet Mistress Sandra Brown with their “Plum Alum” Emma
Silvia and Adam Sexton (development director) and “Plum Alum” Annalisa
Pam Duke, her granddaughter Scarlett who wanted to be a Sugarplum like her aunt Sara Duke Matthew
“Plum Alum” Camille Fedorowicz and her brother Bennett
Ball Program Chair Chrissy and Dr. Andrew Fedorowicz
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