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February 14, 2008 - Going for the Gold

What: A Golden Evening

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

When: Thursday, February 14

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75/person for museum members, $85/person for Non-Members

Beneficiary: Denver Museum of Nature & Science education programs

Host(s): Karin Jonas

Sponsors: Tiffany and Company

Menu: Seasonal vegetables crudite, smoked atlantic salmon, roast beef, boneless oven roasted turkey, vegetable napoleon, asparagus & porsciutto with hollandaise sauce, tomato and basil bruschetta, gorgonzola stuffed date and thai chicken cakes

Attire: Business Professional

Event Coordinator: Karin Jonas

Board of Directors: Board of Trustees: Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Pamela M. Beardsley, Anthony M. Combs, James H. Crocker, Peter Dea, John A. Ferguson III, Thomas C. Fries, Francisco Garcia, Charles R. Hazelrigg, Nancy Leprino Henry, Oliver W. Hickel III, J. Wayne Hutchens, Christine Johnson, PhD, Walter A. Koelbel Jr., Harry T. Lewis Jr., Mary Pat Link, Peggy Notebaert, Bruce Oreck, Timothy M. Ryan, Eric D. Sipf, Thomas W. Swanson, Sondra M. Talley, Robert N. Thomson, Mike Wilfley, Linda Williams

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 John Strohm, left, Mary Pat Link, (chairman of the board), Kathryn Ryan and board member Tim Ryan
John Strohm, left, Mary Pat Link, (chairman of the board), Kathryn Ryan and board member Tim Ryan
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What a better way to spend Valentine's Day than looking at gold treasures with your loved one? On February 14, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science hosted a gala to benefit education and introduced the opening of "GOLD." A rich exhibit of gold was on display everywhere. From the decorations on the tables and throughout the buffet area to the 3rd floor exhibit, there were luminous specimens to catch your eye. There were sparkles everywhere you looked.

Guests were treated to a fantastic dinner prepared by the Denver Musuem of Nature & Science catering staff, which included numerous appetizers and a mouthwatering menu. While dining, Tiffany's was on hand with models to display the gold pieces that could be found in the silent auction. They also had displays of one of a kind gold pieces that were fashioned by talented jewelry designers. If you had not gotten your loved one something for Valentine's Day, this was the place to get that special gift.

When you entered the 3rd floor to view the exhibit, you could also see an old miner panning for gold. Yes, there was a real miner there and his eyes never left the riverbed or his pan. When he would move to a new spot to pan for the gold it was just like watching the real thing way back when. Along with the miner you could also have your turn to view through the microscope and see the crystals that were in actual gold pieces. They even had the capability to take a dime and get rid of the silver and turn it into copper, using the same methods that are used when creating a new piece of jewlery. It was quite a sight-seeing expedition with all the gold displays and the riches that Colorado had to offer.

Some interesting facts about gold that you can learn through the museum's exhibit:

  • It is estimated that the total amount of gold ever mined worldwide is 152,000 metric tons, only enough to fill 60 tractor trailers. By comparison, each year 907 million metric tons of iron is produced worldwide, 6,000 times the total gold produced throughout history. 
  • More than 90 percent of all gold ever used has been mined since 1848, when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill, CA, sparking the greatest gold rush of all time.
  • The Cripple Creek District in Colorado has produced more than 23 million ounces of gold, about half of Colorado’s total production of 45 million ounces.
  • Gold nuggets are solid lumps of gold. Nuggets are rare, making up less than 2 percent of all native gold ever mined.
  • Only five out of a billion atoms of rock in Earth’s crust are gold.
  • Oceans are the greatest single reservoir of gold at Earth’s surface, containing approximately eight times the total quantity of gold mined to date. The current cost of extracting it, however, is more than the gold is worth.
  • Most gold—78 percent of the annual gold supply—is made into jewelry. Other industries, mostly electronics, medical, and dental, require about 12 percent.  The remaining 10 percent of the annual gold supply is used in financial transactions.
  • Welcome Stranger, the largest gold nugget ever recorded, was found in Victoria, Australia, in 1869. It weighed 78 kilograms (about 172 pounds). When it was melted down, it produced 71 kilograms (156 pounds) of pure gold. The largest gold nugget believed to exist today is Hand of Faith, a 60-pound specimen discovered in Victoria, Australia, in October 1980. It is currently on display at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas.

If you missed the gala you can still view the exhibit until June 8th. To become involved with helping educating children and adults through museum programs, please visit http://www.dmns.org or call 303-370-8326.

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