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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 is an award winning journalist and weekday morning anchor for 9News/KUSA. She’s been with the NBC affiliate and has called Denver home for more than 8 years.
Corey serves on several local non profit boards including the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation,  Denver Fire Fighters (local 858) Foundation and the JustTry/Colton Hunt Foundation board. Corey is the president and founder of the Wishes and Heroes Benefit Concert, an annual fundraiser for firefighters and wish kids through the Make A Wish Foundation.  
Corey loves to travel, help people in her community and spend time with her husband, family and dog, Kimura.

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