DCPA raises record-breaking $1 million
Proceeds fund $100,000 in scholarships for theatre education
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) brought in a record $1 million at its annual fundraiser, Saturday Night Alive, March 4. The 37-year-old fundraiser benefits the DCPA’s extensive theatre education programs, which serve more than 105,000 students each year.
In welcoming the 800 attendees, DCPA President and CEO Janice Sinden, along with DCPA Education Director Allison Watrous announced a new program, Theatre for Young Audiences, to be funded by proceeds from the evening’s event.
Set to begin this September, DCPA Education will present Ezra Jack Keats’ Caldecott Award-winning children’s book, “The Snowy Day and Other Stories,” brought to life on stage. With full staging by the Tony Award-winning DCPA Theatre Company, more than 18,000 pre-k – second grade children will see the show at 100 performances running September 25 — November 19 in The Conservatory Theatre. Proceeds from Saturday Night Alive will also be used to provide more than $100,000 in scholarships to students at Title 1 schools.
Saturday Night Alive featured Tony Award-winning choreographer Savion Glover (Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk) as well as its signature Surprise Box Sale; luxury silent auction valued at nearly $400,000; an Epicurean-catered dinner in the Seawell Grand Ballroom, late-night desserts and dancing.
During the last three decades, an estimated $20 million has helped the center provide theatre programs to more than 2 million children – a testament to the volunteers, donors, sponsors and attendees.
The fundraiser was driven by presenting sponsor BMW of Denver Downtown, with leadership support from United Airlines, The Salah Foundation, Colorado Oil & Gas Industry, The Westin Denver Downtown, HealthONE, Always Best Care Senior Services, Colorado State Bank and Trust, Epicurean Culinary Group, Kathie and Keith Finger, Triptyk Studios, the Tuchman Family Foundation and U.S. Bank.
Saturday Night Alive was chaired by L. Roger and Meredith Hutson, Vice Chairs Lyn and Dr. Michael Schaffer, Silent Auction Chairs Susan and Steve Struna, and Corporate Co-Chairs David Young, MD and Sylvia Young and Faye and Reginald Washington, MD.