SMDC announces honorary chair for 100-year anniversary gala

The gala serves as a kickoff to a year of celebratory events to commemorate the 100-year anniversary

Brian Vogt

The South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) recently selected Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Botanic Gardens, Brian Vogt, as its honorary chair for the organization’s 100-year anniversary gala to be held on September 24, 2021.

Prior to joining the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2007, Vogt spent 14 years as president and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber and four years as the organization’s vice president of economic development. He holds nearly 30 years of experience in community leadership, fundraising, organizational management and service to the region.

“The Brian Vogt Award is the most coveted award given by SMDC during its annual award celebration and the Denver Botanic Gardens are long-time Chamber members. We could not have a more worthy business, community and civic leader to be our honorary chair in celebrating our centennial anniversary,” said President and CEO Jeff Keener of the South Metro Denver Chamber. “Brian has incredibly deep roots in the community and a network of friendships that touch so many people, businesses and cities in south metro Denver. He is the perfect choice for our honorary chair to help us celebrate this momentous occasion.”

The September anniversary gala will be held at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum located on the former Lowry Air Force Base in Denver from 6 – 11 p.m, and serves as a kickoff to a year of celebratory events to commemorate the 100-year anniversary. The event will be black-tie optional and is open to all current chamber members and their guests, as well as past chamber members and their guests. For additional information and ticket registration, visit

About South Metro Denver Chamber

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