By Glory Weisberg
More than 800 Denver Center for the Performing Arts supporters raised more than $622,000, March 6, at the Saturday Night Alive benefit before Smokey Robinson began his performance. With the first downbeat he held the audience in the palm of his hands as his admirers put their hands together for enthusiastic clapping.
Robinson’s repertoire began with a celebration of the 50th year of the Motown sound and he wrote most of the music recorded by legendary groups and singers such as the Temptations and Stevie Wonder. Robinson’s performance made this one benefit night to remember.
Ernest & Jill Behr
Stan and Sarah Sena chaired SNA with help from an extensive committee. Among them was Jaylene Smith who, entering the Seawell Ballroom for dinner, remarked she hoped guests liked the décor. They did, with tables centered by tall stems and hydrangeas accented by lavender ceiling lights.
During dinner guests continued bidding on the silent auction, fun to watch during dinner on a giant screen. One observer even noted to a friend that if there had been more laptops for bidding, there would have been even more auction competition for the 130-items.
Anne and Ralph Klomp, owners of Trice Jewelers, donated a 22-carat, $60,000 diamond bracelet, bid repeatedly by Sharon Magness Blake By the way, her black pleated flouncy attire was a knockout.
Just about every active member of the Denver Center Alliance was credited for being on the committee and that’s what it takes to pull off this consistently excellent annual party, helping provide theatrical education to 50,000 children each year.
Ed and Susan Mueller were corporate chairs, having arrived in Denver only three years ago, when Ed was appointed chairman of the board and CEO of Qwest Communications International Inc.
Among past Saturday Night Alive chairs at the $375 per person party were Keith and Cindi Burge, Kristina and Jay Davidson, Bob and Judi Newman, Charleen Dunn, Margot Gilbert Frank, Joan Swinehart, Liz Frawley and Jill Behr, who is poised to lead the next Alliance board.
Kudos to DCPA CEO Dan Ritchie and staffers Linda Mitchell, Suzanne Blandon and others.
Among the throng: Denis Lanier, Edna Chang-Grant, Kathy Crapo, Julie and John Kucera, Steve Edmonds, June Travis, Ryta Sondergard, Debi and Jerry Tepper, Chris Chavez and Dr. Karen Zarlengo.
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