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November 07, 2008 - Denver Museum of Nature and Science Celebrates its 100th Birthday

What: A 100th birthday celebration for the DMNS

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

When: Friday, November 07, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $250 individual; $350 patron; Corporate sponsorships begin at $5,000

Presenting Sponsor(s): GH Phipps Construction Companies

Committee Members: Sherri & Buz Koelbel – Event Chairs, Katie Behnke, Emily Carpenter, Allison Corley, Peter Dea, Ginny & John Freyer, Heidi Hoyt, Angela Innes, Karin Jonas, Mary Pat Link, Sue Presta, Kristin Reid, Tim Ryan, Susan & Eric Sipf, Becky Stevens, Jennifer Stevens and Jane Yale

President(s): George Sparks

Sponsors: Champion Sponsors: The BTG Family Foundation, Mike Leprino Family Foundation, Mary Pat Link & John Strohm, Noble Energy, Inc., Teton Energy Corporation
Heritage Sponsors: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Antero Resources, Bill Barrett, CommArts, Inc, Community Banks of Colorado, Cordillera Energy Partners, Cross H Foundation, Cathy and Peter Dea, Delta Petroleum Corporation, Enerplus Resources (USA) Corporation, Fentress Architects, FirstBank Holding Company, Forest Oil Corporation, GE Johnson Construction Company, Haselden Construction, LLC., HIS, Intrepid Potash, Inc., Isaacson Rosenbaum, P.C., Kiewit Building Group, Sherri & Buz Koelbel, Land Title Guarantee Company, Lockheed Martin, Lockton Companies, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Judi & Robert Newman, Pioneer Natural Resources, Questart Corporation, Qwest Communications, Republic Financial Corporation, Ryan Exploration, Simon Semenoff, LLC, klipp, Susan & Eric Sipf, Steel Street Bank & Trust, Tarco, Inc., Dr. & Mrs. M. Ray Thomasson, Tracker Resource Development, Vatage Energy, LLC, Xcel Energy, Nancy & Mike Zoellner
Patron Supporters: Sue Anschutz-Rogers, Rosann & Stuart Asselin, Davis Partnership Architects, Bonnie Gibbs, Elaine Harkins, Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, Koelbel Family Foundation, Patty Hill Moore & Kenny Moore, Opus Northwest, LLC.

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett - Auctioneer

Attendance: 600

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Event Coordinator: Tracy McKenna

Board of Directors: Sue Anschutz-Rogers, Lisa Appel, Pamela D. Beardsley, Anthony M. Combs, James H. Crocker, Peter Dea, John A. Ferguson III, John E. Freyer, Thomas C. Fries, Francisco Garcia, Charles R. Hazelrigg, Nancy Leprino Henry, Oliver W. Hickel III, Wayne Hutchens, Christine Johnson, Ph.D., Walter A. “Buz” Koelbel Jr., Mary Pat Link, Bruce Oreck, Timothy M. Ryan, Mark Sexton, Eric D. Sipf, Thomas W. Swanson, Sondra M. Talley, Mike Wilfley

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 President and CEO of the Museum George Sparks, left, Karen Sparks, and co-chairs Sherri and Buz Koelbel
President and CEO of the Museum George Sparks, left, Karen Sparks, and co-chairs Sherri and Buz Koelbel

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science celebrated 100 years this past Friday night and what a party it was. Even the cake was over 15 feet high!
The guest list was long and distinguished with more than 600 guests in attendance. The entry way was decorated with photos of the museum when it first opened in 1908 and was a 100,000-square-foot building filled with about 3,400 specimens. Thanks to the tremendous support of the Denver community, the Museum has grown into one of the nation’s renowned natural history museums and serves around 1.4 million people each year. Today the building is 500,000 square feet and contains award winning exhibitions and more than 1 million objects and specimens. There are 15 PhDs on the curatorial staff. But it does not stop here. There are plans in the works for the next 20 years to come and change is happening all the time. This is one of the most exciting places to visit in Colorado.  
The red carpet was put into place with many decorations along the way and even a reporter from 1908--Mr. A. J. Rappenport. A. J. shared a lot of history and was even there with his camera dating back some 100 years ago. The questions that guests asked him were complicated but A. J. did not hesitate to answer all of them. 
The silent auction items were outstanding. For a relatively small price you could walk away with pieces that were reminiscent of  history dating back 100 years. And the items in the live auction helped to raise over $25,000. George Sparks and his employees put on quite a party. 
Guests were treated to dinner in the Museum's world-famous diorama halls.  And after dinner guests enjoyed dessert and coffee on the main level with entertainment and music by DecaDance.
Yes this was a grand celebration and one not to be missed. For information about the Museum programs, log on to

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