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March 06, 2012 - A Beautiful Afternoon to Celebrate the Arts in Colorado

What: 2012 CBCA Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon

Where: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA

When: Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts

Master of Ceremonies: Jim Benemann

Presenting Sponsor(s): Ernst & Young, Pinnacol

Executive Director: Deborah Jordy

Committee Members: 2012 Business for the Arts Awards Judges: Tami Door, Mark Falcone, Dan Howard, Richard Scharf

Patrons: Brownstein Farber Hyatt Schreck, Bryan Cave HRO, City of Lone Tree, Colorado State Bank and Trust, Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo, Holland & Hart, Kroenke Sports Charities, The Northern Trust Co., ProLogis, SM Energy Co., UMB Bank, U.S.Bank, Wells Fargo Bank

Welcome: Governor John HIckenlooper, Executive Director Deborah Jordy, Mayor Michael Hancock

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Various performers in the Colorado arts community

Of note: Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Hanncock Spoke

Sponsors: Delta Dental, Anadarko, GE Johnson, John Madden Company, Snell and Wilmer, Kaiser Permanente, The Publishing House, Channel 4, Colorado Biz, The Denver Post Community

Attendance: 630

Event Coordinator: Deanne Gertner

Planning Committee: Event volunteers: Jeannette Albert, Erica Barclay, Marta Burton, Cecily Cullen, Steve Deines, Liz Iracki, Michelle Jaskunas, Nancy McCarney, Ann McDougal, Melissa Olson, Jacklynn Pham

Board of Directors: Dan Frost, Chair; John Madden Jr., Founding Chair; Alan Lee, Treasurer; Directors: Wayne Barrett, Bill Baldwin, Mark Brannum, Mark Davidson, Allison Hamilton, Daniel Howard, James Johnson, Gwinavere Johnston, Benjamin Kahn, Khanh Le, Barbara Lewis Melick, Dan Long, Berry Morton MD, Charlotte Neitzel, Denise Newman, Bob Roby, Doug Sheetz, Maren Stewart, Jeff Tetrick, Elaine Torres, Leslie Tweed King, Chris Wineman

Blacktie Photos by: Steven Shoppman

 Frederic C. Hamilton accepts the Leadership award
Frederic C. Hamilton accepts the Leadership award

On Tuesday, March 6, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts celebrated its 25th anniversary of the Business for the Arts Awards Luncheon. The ceremony could not have been better with many great speakers and performances.  Governor Hickenlooper appeared to speak about the promotion of arts across the state, Mayor Hancock spoke about the great city of Denver, and Jim Benemann from News 4 carried the production from start to finish. CBCA Executive Director Deborah Jordy, along with Board Chair Dan Frost and board members Doug Scheetz and Jeff Tetrick also took the stage to welcome everyone.

Between the awards, performers in the Colorado arts took the stage including theater performances, flamenco guitar, dancing, storytelling and more.  The program lasted longer than expected, but the guests were having fun enjoying the wonderful presentation.  Videos preceded each of the awards that were exquisitely done showing the great work of each of the nominees.  After watching the videos it became apparent that choosing one winner proved to be very difficult for the judges.

The real treat of the afternoon is the realization of the growth that the Colorado Arts scene has underwent in the last couple of decades. Many of the awards were given to people who have been in the Colorado Arts their entire lives, and their stories of our nearly non-existent arts community changing into what is has become today were truly inspiring.

After much deliberation, awards were presented to the following:

  • For best workspace: Battery621
  • For philanthropy: The Westin Denver Downtown
  • The John Madden Jr. Leadership award: Frederic C. Hamilton (most well known for his leadership at the Denver Art Museum)
  • Impact Award: Aspen Skiing Company

CBCA is essential to promoting and enriching business and the arts.  By creating connections between businesses and the arts, they serve as a catalyst to make sure that our vibrant arts scene not only has funding, but increases its benefit to the community each year. 

This successful event could not have been executed with more style and grace, but when you have a team of artists helping to put it together it only makes perfect sense that things went so well.  For more information, log on to


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