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July 15, 2010 - Governor's Residence Showcased at Annual Garden Party

What: Fundraiser for the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund

Where: Governor's Residence at the Boettcher Mansion

When: Thursday, July 15, 2010

Time: 7 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $125

Beneficiary: Restoration and programs at the historical Boettcher Mansion

Host(s): First Lady Jeannie Ritter

Mistress of Ceremonies: Theresa Marchetta, 7News

Presenting Sponsor(s): Founding Partners: AngloGold Ashanti North America Inc., FirstBank, Patricia and Patrick McConathy, Saunders Construction Inc., Peabody Energy/Twentymile Coal Company, MDC/Richmond American Homes, Taryn and Bill Edwards

Honorary Chairperson(s): First Lady Jeannie Ritter

Executive Director: Margy Moseley

Sponsors: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, LaLa's Wine Bar and Pizzeria, Marlowe's, DIAGEO and d Bar Desserts, Applejack Liquors, Eco Products, Image Audio Visuals Inc., New Belgium Brewing Co., Noble Erickson, Strings Restaurant, The Art Institute of Colorado

Attendance: 250

Attire: Garden party dress and lightweight sportscoats

Hors D'Oeuvres:: From Marlowe's: lobster taco crisps, lamb sliders; from LaLa's: tomato wedges and roaring strawberries

Board of Directors: Honarary Chairperson: First Lady Jeannie Ritter; Chairperson: Marie Patterson; Vice Chairperson: Dean Prina MD; Treasurer: Rahul Kashyap; Secretary: Molly Broeren; Jean Galloway; Deborah Jordy; Christopher Nims; Arlene Hirschfeld; Theresa Marchetta; Stephanie Tryba; Ex Officio: Jeanne Heimbuck; Katie Kramer; Mavis Kacena; Tim Schultz

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Board member Theresa Marchetta of 7News, left, with fellow board members Deborah Jordy and Rahul Kashyap (treasurer)
Board member Theresa Marchetta of 7News, left, with fellow board members Deborah Jordy and Rahul Kashyap (treasurer)

More than 25,000 people have now toured the exquisite Governor's Residence, and it's a sure bet that each and every visitor was awestruck by the beauty, decor and history of the grand mansion. In order to share the splendor of the historical site, The Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund was founded by Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter to provide foundation for the support, preservation, and awareness of "Colorado's Home."

Claude Boettcher died in 1957, his wife Edna the following year. She left the house to a private family foundation, requesting that this beautiful mansion be offered to the State of Colorado to be used as a governors' residence.

Ironically, several state agencies initially rejected the gift, and after two years of trying to give the mansion to the state, the foundation hired someone to catalog the contents of the house in preparation for an auction.

The house itself would be razed because the value was in the land. But in the closing days of 1959, Governor Stephen McNichols gratefully accepted the mansion on behalf of the state. Governor McNichols' son, Robert, and his family were on hand for the annual garden party, this year held on a beautiful summer afternoon of July 15. Many other dignitaries and board members were on hand to celebrate the continual renovation of the home and the educational opportunities offered through the GRPFund. 

To read more on the GRPFund, the programs, the history of the Boettcher Mansion, and the founding partners who each contributed $100,000 to start an endowment for the residence and programs, log on to

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