July 24, 2008 - Governor's Mansion Looks to the Next 100 Years
What: Reception for Governor's Mansion Preservation Fund
Where: Governor's Mansion
When: Thursday, July 24, 2008
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Ticket Prices: by invitiation, $75 per person
Host(s): Governor and Mrs. Ritter
Gala Chairperson(s): Jean Galloway
Honorary Chairperson(s): First Lady Jeannie Ritter
Co-Chair(s): Dr. Dean Prina
Executive Director: Margy Moseley
Staff: Margy Moseley, Cindy Starks
Libations: Baronnie de Montgaillard Merlot-Syrah, Serenissima Pinot Grigio
Catering: Governor's Residence
Music: Patrick DiMarco Quintet
Sponsors: Centennial Founding Partners ($100,000 level): AngloGold Ashanti North America, Inc., FirstBank, Patrick and Patricia McConathy, Saunders Construction, Inc., Twentymile Coal Company-Peabody Energy
Quote of the evening: "Honey, it's not so easy when it comes to money, is it?"--Jeannie Ritter, joking with husband Governor Ritter about speaking to a crowd
Attire: garden cocktail
Hors D'Oeuvres:: Diced fruit skewers with dip, smoked salmon tartlets, croissant sandwiches, stuffed strawberries, curry chicken salad in filo cups, jumbo shrimp cocktail, lime chicken skewers, tenderloin with dinner rolls, petit fours
Board of Directors: Honorary Chair: First Lady Jeannie Ritter; Chair: Jean Galloway; Vice Chair: Dr. Dean Prina; Treasurer: Suzie Boyd; Board members: John Beeble, Molly Broeren, Joy Dinsdale, Arlene Hirschsfeld, Deborah Jordy, Theresa Marchetta, Tricia McConathy, Paul Mesard, Christopher Nims, Marie Patterson, Karyn Sparks, Stephanie Tryba, David Tryba
Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress
The Governor's mother, Ethel Ritter, left, board chair Jean Galloway, former First Lady Frances Owens, Richard Vandenbergh and Denver Health's Paula Herzmark
In 1908, the Chicago Cubs bested the Detroit Tigers in a rematch to take home the World Series championship, the United States flag bearer refused to dip the flag at the Summer Olympics and the Democratic National Convention came to Denver, Colorado.That year also marked the completion of the Boettcher Mansion.
100 years later, the Democratic National Convention is coming back to Denver and the centennial celebration of "Colorado's home" is underway. Governor Bill Ritter and First Lady Jeannie Ritter hosted a wonderful reception on July 24 to profile the mansion's centennial preservation effort, the goal of which is to raise $1 million in the first year and $10 million over the next ten years for needed repairs, restorations and enhancements, as well as allow for expansion of public programs and tours of the historic facility and grounds.
The mansion, formerly home to the Cheesman and Boettcher families and such dignitaries as Charles Lindbergh and future president Dwight D. Eisenhower, almost met a very different fate from the one it now serves. The Boettchers offered the house to the state for use as a governor's residence after their death. Several state agencies rejected the gift, and it appeared that the mansion would be sold and razed. But in 1959, then-Gov. Stephen McNichols accepted the building, and it has been the residence of most Colorado governors since that time.
The Ritters were host to a wide array of well-heeled guests who stopped by the mansion Thursday evening to offer support for the preservation project, sip champagne or wine, grab a few scrumptious hors d'oeuvres and catch up with friends. The Ritters acknowledged the participation they are receiving from all across the state, and aptly so, because as they articulated: "this is not only our home, but really it is your home."
To learn more about the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund, log on to www.coloradoshome.org.