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March 13, 2013 - CBCA Rewards Contributions to Art in Colorado

What: The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts held its 26th annual awards luncheon at the Seawell Ballroom Wednesday, March 13. The CBCA paid tribute to individuals and companies that contributed greatly to the development of the arts in Colorado.

Where: Seawell Ballroom

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Time: 11:45 a.m.

Master of Ceremonies: Jim Benemann, CBS4 Anchor

Corporate Chairperson(s): Board Chair Dan Frost

Founders: John Madden, Jr., founding chair

Executive Director: Deborah Jordy

Committee Members: Jeannette Albert, Jan Brennan, Dina Chaiffetz, Christy Costello, Cecily Cullen, Janann Eldredge, Ann McDougall, Jennifer McIntire, Amy Metier, Jenna Morr, Melissa Olson, Skye Sant, Erin Sullivan, Maya Wright

Patrons: Anadarko Petroleum, Bank of the West, Children's Hospital, Colorado State Bank and Trust, Cresa Partners, David and Laura Merage Foundation, East West Partners, Holland and Hart, John Madden, Jr., ProLogis, SM Energy Co., Rocky Mountan PBS, United Launch Alliance, US Bank, Wells Fargo

Speaker: Mayor Michael Hancock, Gov. John Hickenlooper

Entertainment: Denver School of the Arts String Quartet, Ark Life, 3rd Law Dance, Herbert Siguenza (one-man show A Weekend With Pablo Picasso)

Sponsors: Ernst & Young, Pinnacol, Delta Dental, GE Johnson, John Madden Co, Snell & Willmer, Kaiser Permanente, CBS4, colorado Biz, The Denver Post, Denver Arts and Venues, Create Denver, The Publishing House

Menu: Pasta with fresh garden vegetables

Attire: Business

Event Coordinator: Deanne Gertner

Board of Directors: For a complete listing of the CBCA board, or to find out how you can get involved supporting the arts in Colorado, go to

Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau

 Music Promoter Chuck Morris accepts the John R. Madden, Jr. Award
Music Promoter Chuck Morris accepts the John R. Madden, Jr. Award

The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts held its 26th annual Business for the Arts Awards luncheon at the Seawell Ballroom, Wednesday, March 13.  The awards pay tribute to individuals and businesses that significantly contribute to the arts in Colorado. 

Guests began to arrive at 11 a.m. and quickly took their seats to the sounds of the Denver School of the Arts Varsity String quartet, then lunched on pasta with fresh garden vegetables as country rock band Ark Life played onstage, providing mealtime entertainment.  CBCA Executive Director Deborah Jordy called the awards ceremony to order and introduced board members Dan Frost, Kathy Kranz and Doug Sheetz, who all affirmed the CBCA commitment to the support and development of the arts.

CBS4 anchor Jim Benemann was the emcee for the ceremony and he quickly introduced Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who spoke of Denver's place in forefront of communities in it's commitment to nurturing the arts.  He spoke with great pride of the city's national reputation in the arts community. 

The first award of the luncheon, the Create Award, was presented to I (heart) Denver, a store which started as a pop-up store, but has blossomed into a retail outlet for the work of hundreds of Colorado artists, returning 70% of its sales to the artists themselves.  Located in the Denver Pavilions, the store gives artists exposure to a broad national and international market.

The second award of the day was the Philanthropy Award, which was presented to CBS4.  The station was recognized for its coverage and in-kind support of the art community for more than 20 years.  In any given year, CBS4 provides a half million dollars in public service announcements and volunteerism.  The station is committed to providing even greater coverage of the arts in the future.

The crowd was then treated to a performance by the 3rd Law Dance Theater.  The young dancers moved energetically onstage to the delight of everyone.  After they finished, the third award of the day, the Impact Award, was presented to Denver International Airport.  DIA is in the top among America's airports for art in public space.  Their philosophy is that public art helps reduce the stress of travelling, even if that art includes the big blue horse on Pena Boulevard.

The Workspace Award went to Newmont Mining for their use of Colorado artists' work in their new corporate office space.  The art creates a positive work environment in addition to supporting local artists.  The artwork is selected by and some of the works are actually created by employees of Newmont. 

Then came a performance from actor Herbert Siguenza, an excerpt from his one-man show, A Weekend With Pablo Picasso.  Siguenza took the audience through a rambling monologue in the voice of the late artist, talking about life and painting.  It was an energetic performance and apropos of the day's event.

After that scene, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former CBCA board member, took the stage and spoke about the importance of art to the state of Colorado.  As a devout music fan, it is a subject near and dear to the Governor's heart.  So, it was with great pleasure that he had the opportunity to present the John R. Madden, Jr. Leadership Award to music impresario Chuck Morris.  Morris's contributions to the Colorado music scene are long and legendary.  From Tulagi's music club in Boulder in the '70s to his founding of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2010, Morris has been a driving musical force on the front range.  His list of accomplishments was almost as long as the list of people he needed to thank.

The final entertainment of the afternoon was Stinkin' Garbage, a drum ensemble played on garbage cans by a group from the Colorado Symphony.  It was raucous fun and a fitting end to the program.  When they finished, Dan Frost and Deborah Jordy thanked everyone and called the festivities to a close.

If you would like more information about how you can get involved and help support the arts in Colorado, go to the website at

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