Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, one of the honorary chairs, addresses the large audience. Photo by Steve Peterson
Denver Art Museum (DAM) Collector’s Choice is the annual and elegant, black-tie event that raises funds for the museum’s exhibits and cutting-edge programs. In addition, it celebrates leaders in the community who have demonstrated exceptional vision and passion for the arts. Collector’s Choice 38 paid tribute to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, an honorary trustee who was honorary chair of five previous Collectors Choice galas. He served on the board of trustees beginning in 1997 and became an honorary member after being elected Denver Mayor in 2003.
A major piece of his legacy at DAM is being on the founding board of CultureHaus, the museum’s young philanthropist organization inspiring and cultivating the next generation of arts patrons. In addition to his continued service and support of DAM, he has helped drive the success of numerous initiatives and institutions in the arts community.
Honoree Gov. John Hickenlooper, Ellen Robinson, DAM trustee Dick Robinson. Photos by Scottie Iverson
Honorary chairs were Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and First Lady Mary Louise Lee, Jane Hamilton, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, Sharon and Lanny Martin, Jan Mayer, Anna and John J. Sie – last year’s honorees. Gala Chairs were Ellen Bruss and Mark Falcone, Cathey and Richard Finlon, Sarah and Christopher Hunt with a committee of over four dozen members.
As a final surprise, entertainment by His Honor’s favorite band, the Avett Brothers, was brought in by AEG and Chuck Morris.
Favors were hand-painted works of art from Hyde Park Jewelers. Inscribed on the gift box was a quote from Hickenlooper: “Colorado has always been a good place to find what you are made of.”
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado President and CEO Lauren Casteel and VP Development Renee Ferrufino
Instead of Champagne, the toast was beer – Artillery Imperial Brown from Wynkoop Brewery, Denver’s first craft brewery that Gov. Hickenlooper co-founded in the late 80s
Marilyn and Pete Coors
Cathey McClain Finlon, DAM trustee and former Collector’s Choice honoree and husband Dick served on the committee
Denver Art Museum Director Christoph Heinrich and wife Kira
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