Rock­ing at the Mu­seum soiree

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Joanne David­son Joanne David­son: 303-8091314, par­ti­writer@hot­ and @joanne­david­son on Twit­ter.

The Den­ver Mu­seum of Na­ture & Sci­ence sure knows how to rock a gala.

Es­pe­cially this year when its sig­na­ture fundraiser, Mu­seum After Dark, put the spot­light on the mu­seum’s “bold and in­spired” geology col­lec­tion and its cu­ra­tor of geology, James Ha­gadorn.

The evening wasn’t just about the rocks one ex­tracts from the ground.

Sure, the 550 guests could view spec­i­mens from around the world that are on dis­play in the Coors Hall of Gems and Min­er­als and place bids on pieces of rhodochrosite, mala­chite, oken­ite and other col­or­ful min­er­als do­nated by The Col­lec­tor’s Edge.

But, thanks to en­ter­tain­ment chairs Chuck and Becky Mor­ris, there was rock ’n’ roll mu­sic by Flash Cadil­lac and, for the After Dark Soiree hosted by the mu­seum’s young pro­fes­sion­als com­mit­tee, tunes spun by DJ Yo Huck.

The event was chaired by Hal and Ann Lo­gan and Matthew and Priya Bur­kett. Hal Lo­gan is vice chair of the mu­seum’s board of trus­tees; Matthew Bur­kett is a mem­ber of the board.

The $650,000 that was raised goes to­ward the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a new “suite of ex­pe­ri­ences” that will bring the mu­seum to class­rooms across Colorado. Set to de­but in late fall, they will in­clude classes, labs and tours with sub­jects rang­ing from an­i­mals to outer space, giv­ing chil­dren a chance to en­gage more fully with na­ture and sci­ence.

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and her hus­band, James Brown, were among the guests, join­ing a crowd that also in­cluded board of trus­tees chair Mont- gomery Cle­worth; Happy Haynes, a mu­seum trustee and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Den­ver Parks and Re­cre­ation; re­tired Lock­heed Martin Space Sys­tems ex­ec­u­tive James Crocker and his wife, Bar­bara; Ma­lik Robin­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Cleo Parker Robin­son Dance; Den­ver Zoo trustee Marcela de la Mar; Ur­ban Mar­ket Part­ners founder Amy Har­mon; former Mu­seum After Dark chairs Lee and Su­san McIn­tire; M. Ray Thomas­son and Mer­rill Shields, who also are former chairs of the gala; Marne Davis Kel­logg and Peter Kel­logg; Steve and Kathy McCon­a­hey; Jena and Kevin Haus­mann; Ryan and Simone Ross; and Cy and Lyn­dia Har­vey.

Pho­tos by Tuan Vo, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post

Event chairs Hal and Ann Lo­gan, left, and Priya and Matthew Bur­kett.

The mu­seum’s cu­ra­tor of geology, James Ha­gadorn, with the quartz that he de­scribes as “Our Blar­ney Stone.”

Maruca Salazar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Museo de las Amer­i­cas, and her hus­band, Daniel.

Dr. Shan­dra Wil­son and her hus­band, Ge­orge Sparks, pres­i­dent of Den­ver Mu­seum of Na­ture & Sci­ence.

Bryon Hor­vath and Hollie Ve­lasquez Hor­vath.

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