Collector’s Choice Gala

Starkey Productions helped honor four decades of outstanding support by the Anschutz family at Collectors’ Choice 31.  Philip, Nancy, Sarah Hunt and Sue Anschutz-Rodgers have each played a vital role at the DAM as dedicated board members and committee chairs. The family has generously loaned important paintings from their acclaimed Western Art collection and contributed to the museum’s growth and progress in countless ways.  We are proud to honor the Anschutz family at this year’s gala.

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Collectors’ Choice, the Denver Art Museum’s annual black-tie fundraising event, included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Frederic C. Hamilton Building followed by a seated dinner in Ponti Hall in the North Building.

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Starkey Productions created a custom performance on the stairs of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building for the Anschutz family and 450 guests with an elegant rendition of “Le Jazz Hot” Victor/Victoria performed by the one and only Natalie Oliver-Atherson accompanied by six professional tap dancers and a soulful jazz band.  All performers were dressed in elegant Joey Santos custom designs reminiscent of Yves Saint Laurent Haute couture collection which is expected to be on exhibit March – July of 2012.

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Super star entertainers John McEuen, a founding member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Celine Dion also surprised guests with wonderful songs at the end of the evening!

Planner Comment After the Event:

“Here in the wake of Collectors’ Choice 31, all I am hearing are high praises for the amazing jobs all of you accomplished.  Thank you so much for being a part of the event, working so hard, and for making my transition into the position an easy one.  Collectors’ Choice has truly been one of the most rewarding events I’ve ever been a part of, and every single one of you and your staff were the reason why.


I can’t thank you enough.  You’re the best.”

Nell Rivera


**Special thanks to the Denver Art Museum and Steve Crecilius for the amazing pictures**

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