WHO: Central City Opera (CCO) Guild will host a fun evening with cocktails, dinner and dancing on Thursday, April 18th to raise money for CCO’s Historic Properties in Central City.

Central City Opera owns and maintains 32 historic buildings, including 27 residences built in Central City between 1860 and 1900. They are part of the Central City/Black Hawk National Landmark Historic District and require a significant amount of maintenance and upkeep. These historic properties house Central City Opera artists and staff each summer and also serve as rehearsal and performance spaces for the Festival.

WHAT: This is a fundraiser to benefit a treasured landmark building owned by Central City Opera:  Nicholas House, built in 1875.  Each summer, apprentice artists from around the world live in Nicholas House as part of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. Nicholas House is on the verge of being uninhabitable, with significant foundation damage and structural deterioration. The goal is to raise the funds needed to renovate this house to current building code.

Co-Chairs: Kitty Koch and Kim Morss Dehncke

Honorary Chairs:  Meg and Ed Nichols
2013 Honorees:  Nancy Parker and El Pomar Foundation

PARTY for PRESERVATION offers a festive backdrop for patrons to learn about the CCO Historic Properties. The preservation of these Historic Properties is integral to the original charter of the organization from 1932, and remains a key component of Central City Opera’s mission today.

The evening will feature dinner, drinks and dancing plus an opportunity to buy items on the renovation wish list.

Patron tickets are $150 and Junior Patron tickets (under 40) are $75.  Tickets can be purchased beginning March 4th through Alicia Holt in the Central City Opera Development Office: 303-331-7014, aholt@centralcityopera.org For additional information, please visit our website www.partyforpreservation.com.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 18, 2013
Cocktails 6:30 pm
Dinner & Dancing 7:30 pm

WHERE: History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

During cocktails, guests will enjoy touring History Colorado Center’s high-tech and hands-on exhibits.  Mountain and sunset views  will provide a magnificent twilight backdrop for party patrons to enjoy dinner, dancing and a celebration of the generous achievements of Nancy Parker and El Pomar Foundation in supporting Central City Opera.

WHY: Proceeds will benefit Central City Opera’s Historic Properties, with specific funds directed to renovating Nicholas House.

Central City Opera Guild was established in 1974 to assist Central City Opera, the fifth-oldest opera company in the United States, with historic preservation, education, cultural and social events, and fund raising. Its many programs include: Take a Child to the Opera Days, the Opera House Gardens, Victorian home preservation, Apprentice Artist support and opera preview dinners. For more information, please visit www.centralcityopera.org/guild.


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