Vanessa Williams. Photos by Scottie Iverson
Nearly four decades old, Saturday Night Alive (SNA) took place on several levels in the performing arts complex. Cocktails were in the Helen G. Bonfils Theatre Complex and during the reception, BOK Financial sponsored a silent auction. Kudos were also extended to longtime partners United Airlines and Westin Denver Downtown. The auction is especially well-known for its selection of fine art. This year’s tremendous undertaking was chaired by Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons. Exceptional items were included, many priceless – a walk-on role in Wicked, as well as April Snow by the late Larry Fanning contributed by Fascination Street and a commissioned Vanessa Williams portrait by Darrell Anderson.
Executive Director of DCPA Education Allison Watrous with performing students. Photo by Amanda Tipton
Transform TODAY Ignite Tomorrow was the theme for the multi-faceted party raising funds for youth. Over the past 39 years over $20 million has been contributed to Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) toward arts education opportunities for 2.7 million students. Executive Director of Education Allison Watrous shared that children as young as the age of four are introduced to the arts and next year Good Night Moon will be featured.
Threatening weather forecasts kept some guests away including Dan Ritchie who was to receive the inaugural Daniel L. Ritchie Spotlight Award. The award was established to recognize those people and organizations advancing the DCPA mission through extraordinary leadership in philanthropy, advocacy and service.
Isaac Dechtman with his Denver Center Alliance president mom Jennifer, dad Evan and Jennifer’s sister Marnie Klein
Those hundreds determined to brave the familiar Colorado storm were treated to an evening of abundant tradition. Trice Jewelers was sponsor of the surprise boxes – another popular, much-anticipated SNA tradition. After dinner in the Seawell Ballroom catered by Epicurean with a carved Angus tenderloin entrée, guests descended to the Stage Theatre for the last time. This venue will be dramatically renovated and be called The Wolf Theatre in honor of Marvin and Judi Wolf. Onstage was gorgeous Vanessa Williams, a multi-talented performer who has taken Broadway by storm, and been nominated for Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards. The mother of four was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is now an author. With her mother, Helen Williams, she co-wrote her autobiography You Have No Idea which was a New York Times best-seller in 2012. Her vocal performance was nothing short of …Wow!
The After Party was back up to the converted-to-nightclub Seawell Ballroom. Works-of-art dessert stations, more bars and dancing to the band Wash Park complemented the revelry.
From CBS4 Aaron Inman and master of ceremonies Jim Benemann
DCPA President/CEO Janice Sinden, board chair Martin Semple and wife Jo
John Ekeberg, Steve Edmonds, Daniel Kopnisky
Emerald sponsors Roger and Meredith Hutson and Mark Sexton
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and former Denver DA Mitch Morrissey
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