Central City Opera Gala

Dream Events

Behind the scenes access to exclusive locations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  
Only from Central City Opera.

Dream Event 1

Hoedown at The Barn at Raccoon Creek
Donated by Judy and Newell Grant

Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30 pm

Lively music will fill this beautifully renovated barn situated on the historic Grant Ranch, dating back to 1878.  Cocktails and dinner will be followed by some fine foot stompin’ tunes by Bonnie and the Clydes.

Dream Event 2

Man of La Mancha followed by a Catered Dinner on Stage
Donated by Central City Opera and your hosts: Mike & Betsy Huseby

Saturday, August 1 at 2:30 pm

Begin your experience with premiere seating for a matinée performance of Man of La Mancha. Following the performance, stroll across the street to the historic Johnson House for cocktails and lively conversation with La Mancha performing artists and CCO Artistic Director Pat Pearce. This post-matinée experience culminates with a catered dinner on the Central City Opera stage amidst the magical sets of La Mancha.

Dream Event 3

La Traviata followed by Al Fresco Dinner in Central City
Donated by Central City Opera and your hostesses:
Melinda Couzens, Jody Phelps and Kathy Tyree


Saturday, August 8th at 2:30 pm

Up in Central City where the air is crystal and opera is cool, guests will join our hostesses for
farm fresh fare after the matinée performance of La Traviata.

Dream Event 4

Gipsy Kings in Concert at Denver Botanic Gardens
with VIP Seating and a Gourmet Picnic Dinner

Donated by Denver Botanic Gardens

Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30 pm

The Gipsy Kings will “shake the petals” with a dance-ready furor (think nomadic blend of flamenco, western pop and Latin rhythms). Enjoy a festive picnic dinner (with wine!) in the VIP tent overlooking the grassy banks of the Botanic Gardens concert venue. No need to tote your blankets or chairs to this fun evening.

Dream Event 5

Anne Evans’ Historic Cabin Exclusive Tour and Lunch 
Donated by Jan Mayer, Barbara Sternberg and Mag Hayden

Wednesday, September 23 at 11:30 am

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the mountain cabin in Evergreen, CO that
once belonged to Anne Evans.  Barbara Sternberg, author of an acclaimed biography about Evans,
will be on hand to lend insight into the life of this extraordinary Colorado woman. Evans’ rustic cabin
was built in 1910 by Jock Spence, and was further expanded by noted Denver architect,
Burnham Hoyt in 1924. Once the summer home of Anne Evans, it is now a private residence.
The structure is listed on the National Register.  Join us for a picnic lunch and a very special afternoon.

Dream Event 6

Tales of the World's Stolen Treasures at the Brand New ART Hotel
Sponsored by MidFirst Bank and the ART Hotel

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 pm

An exquisite evening in the brand new ART Hotel in the Denver Arts District will feature an elegant cocktail reception and a presentation by Robert Wittman, author of the book Priceless: How I went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures. Wittman, who spent 20 years with the FBI, is one of the world's leading authorities on recovering stolen art and cultural property. He posed undercover as an American art expert for a European organized crime group to recover a Rembrandt self-portrait that was valued at $36 million.  Wittman’s suspenseful stories contain the intrigue of The Monuments Men and Woman in Gold. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Flame Restaurant.

Dream Event 7

Tour and Tasting at the Historic Tivoli Brewing Company
Donated by Tivoli Brewing Company, Hosted by Kevin Kearney and Sally Scott

Wednesday, November 4 at 6:00 pm

In what may be one of the most perfect meetings of Denver's past and its future, the new makers of Tivoli Beer will open their own brewery, taproom and restaurant inside the historic former home of the original Tivoli Brewing Company in Downtown Denver.  BE ONE OF THE FIRST to experience the newly renovated brewhouse while tasting a variety of local beers paired with savory bites in Tivoli’s taproom. 

Dream Event 8

Wyeth Exhibit with Private Reception and talk by 
Curator Timothy Standring

Donated by the Denver Art Museum and Central City Opera

Friday, November 13 at 5:30 pm

Enjoy a very special evening at the groundbreaking Denver Art Museum exhibition exploring the art of Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie. “Wyeth: Andrew and Jamie in the Studio” will feature more than 100 works created in a variety of media, including pen and ink, graphite, chalk, watercolor, dry brush, tempera, oil, and mixed media. The evening will feature a private cocktail reception at Kevin Taylor's Palettes
with a talk by Timothy Standring, curator of the exhibit.

Dream Event 9

Drive a Tesla to Two Nights of Luxury at
The Broadmoor’s “Cloud Camp” 
Donated by The Broadmoor, Tesla, and Christina & Leonard Dinegar

Dates to be determined by winning bidder. Bidding closes for this event April 30.
Available Sunday through Thursday, May 1 – October 31, 2015

Sitting at 9,200 feet atop Cheyenne Mountain is The Broadmoor’s newest wilderness experience, Cloud Camp. With unobstructed 360 degree views, the incomparable splendor of Colorado resides here. On the historic site of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose’s Cheyenne Lodge, this escape is meant to inspire and amaze. Cloud Camp combines a setting miles above the rest with the impeccable service you’ve come to expect from The Broadmoor. This Dream Event includes: 1) A new 2015 Tesla to enjoy for three days while experiencing your Dream Event. 2) One room for two nights, including taxes, for two people at the Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp. 3) Fresh, Colorado cuisine presented by Broadmoor chefs in the lodge's great room.  Meals are included with your stay. 4) Guests have the unique option of either a ride by 4-wheel drive vehicle, mule, or for the more adventurous, a rewarding three-hour guided hike to the camp’s location at the summit of Cheyenne Mountain. While a guest at Cloud Camp, spend the day exploring the Pike National Forest on numerous hiking trails or with guided nature walks. Daytime and evening camp activities capture the spirit of all that this Colorado getaway has to offer.

Dream Event 10

Five Night Stay at Spectacular “Lookout Lodge” 
in Steamboat Springs

Donated by Larry and Jean Manion

Dates to be determined by highest bidder. Bidding closes for this event April 30.
Choose from available dates during May 1 – October 31 or December 1 - 17, 2015

Enjoy a luxurious 5 night/6 day stay at Lookout Lodge, a 6,500 square foot custom log home perched high above the valley of Steamboat Springs, just 5 minutes from downtown Steamboat. 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms. Watch the sunset from the outdoor hot tub or enjoy other amenities including a gourmet kitchen adjacent to the dining area with a 12 foot table, theater room, steam room, pool table, crow’s nest/top deck and 360 degree mountain views.  Professionally managed by Moving Mountains Chalets, see additional information on house and photos at www.movingmountains.com, search “Lookout Lodge.” 16 people maximum, no wedding parties/large gatherings over 25. No pets, no smoking.

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