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May 12, 2012 - The Denver Hospice~ Presents Club Mask!

What: The Denver Hospice~ The Mask Project

Where: Cherry Creek Shopping Center

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 7:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: The Denver Hospice

Host(s): The Cherry Creek Shopping Center

Presenting Sponsor(s): Dependable Cleaners

Founders: Mickey Ackerman

Co-Chair(s): Jennifer Alvarado Geller & Jeff Geller, Gail & George Johnson

Catering: Occasions Catering

Entertainment: Borillo Entertainment

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Dependable Cleaners. Host Sponsor: Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Associate Sponsors: Key Bank, Richmond American Homes Foundation. Media Sponsors: 98.5 KYGO, The Denver Post, Fox 31, 5280, OutFront, Living Well. Supporting Sponsors: Mickey Ackerman & Richard Gilmartin, American Furniture Warehouse, Beverage Distributors, EKS&H, Horan & McConaty, Lola's Sugar Rush, Occasions Catering, David Scanavino, MD, Alvarado Companies, Anadarko, Columbine Health Plan, GolfTec, King Soopers, Texie & Scott Lowery, The Piton Foundation, Swoozie's. Gold Patrons: Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, Colorado Business Bank, Brownstein I Hyatt I Farber I Schreck, Craig Hospital, Lockton, Iron and Metals Inc. Premier Medical, Starz, Southwest, Wells Fargo, Amy Davis, Cross Foundation, Michele & Bill Bergner, Margot Gilbert Frank & M Allan Frank, Gail & George Johnson, Daniel & Janet Mordecai Foundation, Don Oberndorf Family, Robin & Michael Rich. Silver Patrons: 1st Bank, Argonaut, Cornell Pharmacy, Imprints Wholesale, MMS, UMB, VanGilder, Kay & Jim Burke, Jan & Dr. Gary Friedland, Peggy Larson, John Larson & David Larson, Sue Miller & Harold Cohen, Patty Polsky, PBJ Reese Foundation, Geri Bader Saltzman & Meyer Saltzman, Bev Sloan. Next Gen Sponsors: Cherry Cohm, EnVision, Floyd's Barber Shop, Levin, McMahon, RDM Communications, Sipping n' Paintng, Stapleton Pediatrics, Swoozie's, Widefocus

Attendance: 1,000+

Attire: evening, cocktail

Special Thanks: John Atencio, Bloom by Anuschka, Borillo Entertainment, Cherry, Cherry Creek Shopping Center - Dave Dixon, Jessica Keegan and Nick LeMasters, Chloe, Delta Dental, Dependable Cleaners, Fluff, Footers Catering, Fox Media & Marketing, Hyde Park Jewelers, The Marks Family, Miller Global Properties, Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florists, Pasquini's, Essie & Jordon Perlmutter Family, PIP Printing & Marketing Services, John Pugh & Gunslinger Custom Paint, QualMed, Kevin Rosen, Rebecca & Brian Rosen, Nancy & John Sevo, Lori & Bob Shaw, Swoozie's

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Black

 Bev Sloan with the Denver Hospice, Founder Mickey Ackerman and Richard Gilmartin
Bev Sloan with the Denver Hospice, Founder Mickey Ackerman and Richard Gilmartin

Club Mask was the place to be Saturday night at the Cherry Creek Shopping Mall, with nine bars and clubs and Denver's most famous mask display.

The Denver Hospice Mask Project has been a part of Denver and the Cherry Creek Shopping Mall for 14 years, occuring bi-annually. This year's Mask Project proved to be the best yet with it's club and party atmosphere. The different clubs included:

  • Club Swoozie's - Swoozie's & NextGen
  • Golf Club - GolfTec
  • USO Club
  • Salsa Bar - Alvarado Companies
  • Candy Bar - Lola's Sugar Rush
  • Suds Bar - Dependable Cleaners
  • Club Las Vegas - Micky Ackerman & Richard Gilmartin
  • Pay iIt Forward - Texie & Scott Lowery
  • Ice Bar - King Soopers

The 2012 Mask Project Party brought over 1,000 people face-to-face with the star-studded exhibit as the Cherry Creek Shopping Center was transformed Saturday, May 12, 2012. The interactive evening of entertainment, festive décor and fine dining, benefiting The Denver Hospice,  featured live and silent auctions of the top masks.

A brief history of the Mask Project--

The Mask Project was founded in 1998 by The Denver Hospice and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center to capture the imagination of Coloradans with a unique fundraiser. Since its inaugural year when Mickey Ackerman, vice chairman of The Denver Hospice board of directors, founded the biennial community event, The Mask Project has grown into a national event attracting masks by nationally-renowned artists, celebrities, sports figures, political and community leaders.
Over the years, The Mask Project has raised nearly $4 million for hospice care in the Denver metro area. In 2010, The Mask Project was viewed by over 1 million people who visited the Cherry Creek Shopping Center during the month-long exhibit of the gallery of masks. The online gallery drew thousands of hits over four weeks of online bidding.

The Mask Project broke a record in 2006 when Steve Chotin's mask titled "Helpful = Joyful Heart," sold during a festive round of bidding for $141,000. Calls to the live auction came in from Tel Aviv, Australia, Los Angeles and New York as associates of Steve and Robin Chotin and The Chotin Group bid on a mask by Denver artist Charles Wooldridge.

The Denver Hospice mission is to encircle  those facing advanced illness with unprecedented levels of comfort, compassion and expertise. You can become involved with either the Mask Project or The Denver Hospice by visiting these websites:  or

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