January 26, 2013 - Civic Center: A Park for All Seasons
What: Civic Center Gala
Where: McNichols Civic Center Building
When: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time: 6 p.m.
Beneficiary: Civic Center Conservancy
Master of Ceremonies: Neil Saffer
Presenting Sponsor(s): Cydney and Tom Marsico
Gala Chairperson(s): Elaine and Richard Asarch, M.D.; Yvette and Chris Frampton
Honorary Chairperson(s): Governor John W. Hickenlooper, Helen Thorpe, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Mary Louise Lee
Executive Director: Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Sponsors: Asarch Center for Dermatology and Laser; MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation; Suncor Energy
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Board of Directors: Chris Frampton, Chair; Elaine Asarch, Past Chair; Dennis Humphries, Vice Chair; Susan Kirk, Vice Chair; Ferd Belz, Treasurer; Marcus Pachner, Secreatary; board members: John Ackerman, Howard Boigon, Lauri Dannemiller, Ruth Falkenberg, Joan Fritsche, Bruce Heitler, Matt Neren, Jeanne Robb, Vicki Sterling, Rich von Luhrte, Marvin Wilkinson
Blacktie Photos by: Christopher Smith
Board member Dennis Humphries and Dana Crawford
DENVER – Dozens of the city's most recognized public officials and civilians gathered Saturday night at the Civic Center complex for what was part fundraiser, part historical celebration.
The inaugural Civic Center Gala, held in the recently-renovated historic Carnegie Library in Civic Center Park's northwest corner, flashed the venue's modern zeal and its century-old character as attendees flittered from the first floor (coat check) to the second (cocktail hour) before making their way to the third, where they enjoyed dinner, a live auction and entertainment from The Company Men.
Several civic leaders documented the struggles of the park and its recent triumphs as a cultural hub in which the city takes pride, presenting oral and video histories of the facility, land and its programs.
The non-profit Civic Center Conservancy, founded in 2004, is dedicated to restoring, enhancing and activating the park, and helped it attain National Historic Landmark status in October 2012, Denver's first.
"It is a place where we as a community are defined," Mayor Michael B. Hancock said.
For more information about the Conservancy and how you can become involved, log on to www.civiccenterconservancy.org.