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Join co-chairs Michael Ditchfield and Laura Calabrese Kruger for a whimsical evening of fabulous food, drinks, and entertainment, while enjoying the stunning beauty of the Botanic Gardens. The evening will feature: Wine and champagne tastings, bites from some of Denver's finest restaurants, musical entertainment, silent and live auctions with irresistible items, and more! Don't forget to wear your most whimsical and over-the-top hat!

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Denver Botanic Gardens
5:30 - 9:00 pm

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In Memory of Noel Cunningham

The event will also include a special tribute to Denver philanthropist and restaurateur Noel Cunningham, who was a great supporter of the Shining Stars Foundation. Click here to learn more about Noel.

Event Information

Event Schedule

  • 5:30 pm: Check-in, cocktails, silent auction, live music
  • 7:15 pm: Food stations with 6 of Denver's finest restaurants, wine & champagne, live auction, program
  • 9:00 pm: Event concludes


$150 general admission/$250 VIP/$2,000 Table (10 people): Your ticket includes full event access, including all food, wine, and champagne tastings. Your ticket also includes full access to the Botanic Gardens for the entire day of the event (August 18, 2018). Street and garage parking is available.  Lyft or Uber strongly recommended. VIP ticket holders will enjoy reserved, premier seating.

Introducing our Celebrity MC - Corey Rose!


Corey Rose joined the "Mighty 9", KUSA, in January 2010. Prior to that she worked at KTWO (K2) in Casper, WY- better known as the 'Cowboy State'. She anchored and produced the 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm weekday newscasts. She also was a reporter, focusing mainly on education and health. Corey started her journalism career in Studio City, California behind the camera. She worked at KCBS/KCAL for a year, starting as a production assistant, then as an edit coordinator, and eventually on the assignment desk. Corey is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (GO REBS!!) where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. Charities and community events are very important to Corey, as she likes to get involved and do her part. She loves to ski, cook, read, run, travel and enjoys anything outdoors or adventurous.

Shining Stars Foundation

All proceeds benefit the Shining Stars Foundation, a Colorado based charity that gives hope to children living with cancer and their families through 70+ outdoor and social programs/events.

Click the video below to meet the Shining Stars kids and see our programs in action. 




Rosebud Sponsors

Tulip Sponsors

Presenting Restaurants

In-Kind Partners

Questions? Contact:
Jan Blankennagel: Jan@jtbevents.com
Megan Nelson: Megan@ShiningStarsFoundation.org