January 29, 2004 - JW Marriott Denver Promotes Philanthropy
What: Luncheon Honoring the Fine Arts Foundation Board and Grant Recipients
Where: Denver Country Club
When: February 3, 2004
Beneficiary: Fine Arts Foundation
Presenting Sponsor(s): JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek
Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes
The JW Marriott team: GM Bob Trotter, left, Director of PR Susan Stiff, Bob Alter, President and CEO of Sunstone Hotel Investors, LLC, and Jenni Gaherty, Director of Sales and Marketing
JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek may not be ready to be checked into yet, however, that has not deterred the new luxury hotel from supporting Colorado artists and philanthropic organizations.
On February 3rd the JW Marriott hosted a luncheon for the Fine Arts Foundation Board of Directors and grant recipients at the Denver Country Club.
Bob Alter, CEO of Sunstone Hotel Investors, LLC, welcomed the guests and acknowledged Jane Wiltshire, President of the FAF board, members and recipients.
He announced that the hotel’s signature 100-seat restaurant and bar would be the Adega Groups' Mirepoix, named after the word “mirepoix” which describes a mixture of vegetables, usually carrots, onions and celery and is used to flavor stocks, sauces and soups. For Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello, mirepoix symbolizes the foundation of flavor. Mike Huff was named Managing Partner and Chris Farnum will be the Wine Director.
“Even though the JW Marriott is not yet complete,” said Doug Jones of Jones Realty Group, a hotel partner with Sunstone Hotels, “we are all honored to be involved with Colorado’s arts and philanthropic organizations. While the hotel is still in development stages, I am proud to say that the JW Marriott has already partnered with nonprofits.”
“What you may not know is that Denver resident and hotel partner Charlie Biederman has a long history of behind-the-scenes philanthropy.” Besides being honored this October by the Denver University Bridge Project, he was also presented at the luncheon with a piece of collage artwork, created by kids participating at DU Bridge project, as a "thank you" for his continuous support of the project. "Charlie is quite the art collector," explained Doug, "It may not rival some of your pieces for it's monetary value but we believe that it represents the love and gratitude of the children that you have helped."
Bob Trotter, the General Manager for the JW Marriott, was candid about including his “sales spiel” into his description of the lavish designs for the new hotel. “I am so excited and passionate about the new hotel and the exquisite story boards,” he enthusiastically shared with the guests. “The folks at Sunstone are handing me a world-class hotel and I am making a personal commitment to share it with each of you.”
“The artwork, interior design, new wonderful restaurant, and beautiful rooms are the perfect reason to host your next event with us,” said Bob, easily weaving his “sales spiel” back into the presentation. “We are giving each of you a complimentary board meeting for all nonprofits to attend,” he announced as part of a new nonprofit program.
Artwork by several Colorado-based artists has been commissioned for display, in the lobby and public spaces at the new hotel. Three of the four chosen artists attended the luncheon and had their artwork on display including Denver artist Frances Gottlieb, Pueblo artist Lynn Stenzel and internationally known Colorado photographer John Fielder. A prominent water feature will greet guests in the lobby, designed in part by Sylvia Atencio.
Frontier Airlines donated two round-trip tickets anywhere they fly along with a two-night stay at the Napa Valley Marriott – perfect for nonprofits to add as a silent auction item. The lucky recipient was Jennifer Johnson of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. As Frontier’s Director of PR, Andrew Hudson handed off the certificate he joked that, "You just can't pick the animal to fly with," referring to the airline's well-known commercials with the talking animals.