In only 31 short days, 350 of Denver’s philanthropic socialites will fill the McNichols Building at Civic Center Park dressed in their black-tie best, casting their most international-woman-or-man-of-mystery Bond poses for the cameras. That’s right, the 9th Annual Rocky Mountain Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation Gala is right around the corner, and in case you’re still on the fence about whether or not you’ll partake, here are the top five reasons why this event is an absolute must.
1) Cost Effectiveness: 10/10
RMA 20-30 Gala admission includes your entry fee, unlimited food and beverage, music and dancing to the stylings of local Denver DJ, DJ Live, that can give your best friend’s wedding DJ a run for his money, and access to the crown jewel of RMA 20-30 Children’s Foundation Gala: the silent auction items. (But more on that bit, later. See Reason #3)
Tickets purchased in advance now through September 22 are $85. Tickets purchased at the door on September 23 are $90, and VIP admission is $125. If you’re like me, you may already be mentally erasing this event from your calendar. $85-$125, for one night?! I hear you. But let’s run a hypothetical tab for a unique night out, shall we? Keep in mind, this isn’t your typical after-hours happy hour or even your regular Friday or Saturday night. Imagine this is a friend’s birthday or a girls’/guys’ night out, the one where the whole gang is getting back together, and you’re counting down the days until it arrives!
How much is your average girls’ or guys’ night out? My Special Occasion/SaturYAY Bill can break $100 pretty easily. For example, we meet downtown, well that’s a $15 primetime Lyft or Uber. Dinner is at one of Denver’s many beloved eateries, where we’ll split apps and a couple bottles of wine between the four of us, then dinner. When we tab out, we’re looking around $40 each. Next is a stand-up comedy show or a concert, where you can count on at least $40 with ticketing fees, if you bought them well in advance. And oh yeah, we still have to get there and now it’s another rideshare primetime, so count on a $10-$15 ride to get to the venue. Then of course, we’ll probably have a drink or two during the show $20, before we split up for the night and head home in a $10 ride.
$15 - Primetime Ride
$40 - Apps, Wine, Dinner for Four
$40 - Tickets to a Show
$15 - Primetime Ride
$20 - Drinks at Show
$10 - Ride Home
The Good Will Huntings reading this already blurted the sum out, but I’m already looking at $140, and that’s before any incidentals (ie, a slice of Ian’s on Blake or a Gyro off that questionable food truck downtown to round out the night). For all the mama’s and the papa’s out there, don’t forget to tack on an extra $50+ for your babysitter!
Again, for only $90 your Gala experience will treat you to unlimited food and drink, entertainment AND the opportunity to peruse hundreds of high-end auction items and experiences, available for a criminally-low bargain. The Corner Office, Gauchezco Vineyard & Winery, Cakes & Crumbs, Uncorked Kitchen, Nothing Bundt Cakes, ABInBev, and other food and beverage sponsors will more than sustain your dance floor debut all night long. The auction items are not to be ignored. Where else can you bid on an entire weekend getaway for below market-price, or upgrade your beauty brand with a salon package for less than the cost of your standing cut/color/blowout routine? Still desperate to scoop tickets to a sold out concert, or eager to get your hands on some major league tickets? Make sure you stop by the auction -- we dare you to try to walk away without bidding!
2) Cost Effectiveness, Part 2: The Price is Right
We've already tabulated the cost of a Once-in-a-While Night Out and measured the value of RMA Gala admission, but it’s also important to note that compared to other extravagant charity events in Denver, the RMA 20-30 Children’s Foundation Gala is a steal! Charity event admission for galas and annual fundraisers in the Denver Metro Area can start as high as $100, and in many cases, that’s just your Early-Bird rate, and they increase from there over time. Such a high starting price tag rules out many who want to attend, whether for the party or the cause behind it, but don’t have the budget for such pricey events.
Additionally, several charity events only feature cash bar, even though you’ve already put down a crispy Benji Franklin or more before even walking through the door! RMA 20-30 Children’s Foundation Gala tickets are only $85 now through September 22, and then on the day of the event (9/23), they increase to $90. That’s it. No ridiculously-priced, watered-down bevs, you’re all set for food and drink from the several delicious F&B sponsors awaiting you inside the venue.
3) THE Silent Auction to Squeal For
Why is the silent auction at the gala so special? It’s simple. Because it features items you actually want to bid on. Things and experiences you already enjoy and partake in, or have always been curious about, but haven’t tried yet. RMA’s silent auction invites you to indulge -- without breaking the bank.
Here are some of the items featured in this year’s silent auction - plus many more!
2 Night, All-Inclusive African Safari for Two
2 Night Stay at The Fairmont Chateau, in Whistler, British Columbia
2 Night Stay at The Phoenician, a Luxury Scottsdale, Arizona Resort
4 Passes to DisneyWorld, The Happiest Place on Earth!
Table for Four at the Chef’s Table at Bar Dough
2 Crested Butte Lift Tickets and Assorted Discounted Activities
Stock Your Bar Package, featuring a sample of fine Beer, Wine and/or Spirits
Several ‘Treat Yourself’ Spa Experiences
4) Network With The Best, In Your Best Dress
Who doesn’t love the opportunity to get all dressed up with your friends and/or your Sig-O? Attire for RMA 20-30's Gala requests Black Tie dress and invites more than a touch of flair with its 007 'Shaken, Not Stirred’ theme. Whether you’re going with your Sig-O or a flock of friends, everyone in the group can channel their favorite Bond-girl or guy (Pierce Brosnan, swoon) and make a whole night of it, complete with secret agent poses and a smoking-gun smoky-eye.
Not only will you look your best, but you’re sure to rub elbows with other like-minded young professionals of Denver who value the spirit of philanthropy and giving back, balanced with a work-hard, play-hard mentality. RMA 20-30 Children’s Foundation Gala is the perfect opportunity to get to know the members and culture of Rocky Mountain Active 20-30, and is a dip-your-toes-in precursor event to RMA’s new member recruitment season each winter.
5) Do It for the Kids!
Above all else, buy your tickets today to attend the RMA 20-30 Children’s Foundation Gala on behalf of the hundreds of Colorado kiddos who benefit from RMA 20-30’s fundraising efforts.
Each year, RMA 20-30 redistributes tens of thousands of fundraising dollars in grants to youth-focused not-for-profit organizations in the community. Last year, $67,000 was granted to Colorado organizations whose missions are dedicated to bettering the lives of disadvantaged children and teens. The 2016 RMA 20-30 grant recipients included Florence Crittenton, Challenge Foundation, Judi’s House, Child Advocates – Denver CASA, Tennyson Center, Girls on the Run, Platte Forum, Rocky Mountain Children’s Choir, and Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.
The members of RMA 20-30 intend to grant even more funds to community organizations this year, after setting a fundraising goal of $100,000 at the start of 2017. Your attendance and enjoyment of the ‘Shaken, Not Stirred’ Children’s Foundation Gala will help RMA 20-30 members reach that goal, and reach more of Colorado’s at-risk youth in the Denver Metro Area.
Buy Your Tickets Today!