Although Union Station's public grand opening ceremonies have been postponed until July 26, the 112-room Crawford Hotel will open on time -- and that means in time to host some of the big-bucks guests at the Great Hall Gala July 11 before opening to the public on July 12. Not that any of the guests at that celebration are small potatoes: More than a thousand people have each paid out $1,000 to simply attend the event, buying tickets through one of more than fifty Colorado nonprofits. Even with that price tag, the party is completely sold out, and people are scrambling to get their well-manicured hands on any available tickets. See also: All aboard for Stoic & Genuine, opening Wednesday in Union Station
Since the developers of the project are paying for the party, that means the charities that sold the tickets -- everything from the Anchor Center for Blind Children to Volunteers of America -- will get to keep the proceeds. And that adds up to more than a million bucks at last count.
Didn't get a ticket in time? Here's the Great Hall Gala's website description of what you'll miss.
Guests will take in the grandeur of the new Denver Union Station at this Great Hall Gala. Set in the stunning Great Hall, this event will give back to the Colorado community while allowing guests to delight in the fineries of a truly elegant evening. It's the million dollar event -that is how much our goal was to raise for Colorado charities. Stay tuned for our final contribution number!
With a WOW around every corner, guests will enjoy a performance by First Lady Mary Louise Lee.
Delectable bites will be provided by these local, chef-driven amazing restaurants: The Kitchen Next Door Snooze--an am eatery Stoic & Genuine Mercantile Dining and Provisions Milkbox Ice Creamery Acme burger & brat corp. pigtrain coffee --and-- Epicurean Culinary group
Open bar provided compliments of Coors and Republic National Distributing Company
Complimentary Valet service provided by LEG Valet
Want to get on the waiting list for tickets? The website is also collecting names. By the way, the ticket package that includes an overnight stay at the Crawford Hotel after the party is a fast $5,000.
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