Night of Champions Gala

We were honored to be a part of this year’s fundraising gala for the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. We kicked off our new theme- Night of Champions- honoring a new champion in the community each year. Dick Monfort was honored at this gala for his dedication in advocating for children’s programs and funding throughout the state. The event featured a VIP Meet & Greet in the historic bowling alley of the Denver Athletic Club, a live painting of Charlie Blackmon, a client speaker, fun live auction, and cotton candy favors!

Photos by Hartmannphoto

Thank you to the amazing vendors who made this night possible!

Planning: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Venue, food, and beverage: Denver Athletic Club
Photographer: Hartmann Photo
Emcee: Reggie Rivers
A/V: Production Services International
Artist: Artmando

Havana Nights Denver

We had the pleasure and honor of working with the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center on bringing back a fun event that started back in 2012- Havana Nights! The night was focused on fun with the amazing Salsa band, tequila tastings, photo booth, salsa dance lessons, food, and open bar. This event has now become a signature yearly event for the organization as a key way to reach new, younger donors and raise money. Watch for ticket sales to begin in spring each year!

Planning & Decor: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Venue: Worldwide Vintage Autos
Photographer: Susan English Photo
Entertainment: Quemando Salsa Band
Food: Frijoles Colorado
Bartending: With A Twist
Staffing: J. Kent Staffing
Cigar Bar: The Robusto Room
Salsa Dance Lessons: TM Ballroom Dance & Yolo Salsa
Rentals: Colorado Party Rentals
Photo Booth: The Big Picture Photo Booth
Video Screens: Four Winds Interactive
Tequila Sponsor: Suerte Tequila

Seeds of Hope Women's Luncheon

We had the honor of working with the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Firm on their Women's Luncheon- themed Seeds of Success.  The event featured a cocktail & networking happy hour with champagne and passed appetizers, fresh chicken salad lunch, champagne gummi bear favors from Sugarfina, and fresh flower watering can centerpieces. The program consisted of an awards presentation, inspirational keynote speaker, and stories of the work that The Children's Law Center does on a daily basis. 

We'd like to thank Kevin Taylor's Opera House for hosting the event and for the delicious food. These photos were graciously taken by Melissa Polk with Cowgirl Camera.

Veteran's Passport 2 Hope Gala

We have the privilege and honor of supporting those who have served our country so tirelessly and with such dedication at the Veteran's Passport 2 Hope Gala. We provided a completely full service planning experience for the group of volunteers and board members from venue selections, vendors, design, logistics to auction solicitation & management plus more. The evening featured a traditional honor program with Color Guard, Big Pipers, National Anthem, and Missing Man table. We gave out awards to those who have served veterans in our community and across the country. The night was filled with inspiring stories including that of the Executive Director who was Skyped in after receiving his 78th surgery from his service. Read more about the organization and get involved at

Planning & Design: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Venue: The Cable Center
Catering: A Spice of Life
Bar Service: Peak Beverage
Donated Drinks: Breckenridge Brewery, Sailor Jerry's, Hero Cellars
Photography: Kim Mobley Photography

AISES National Gala

We capped off the end of a great week at the AISES National Conference with a fundraising gala with sponsors, supporters, and students in attendance making our room full with over 1,500 people. Sponsors were treated to a VIP area with custom logo lanterns and prime seating. All guests enjoyed AISES 40th Anniversary memorabilia as well as dramatic step and repeat with spotlights to increase social activity. 

Organization: American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Planning & Design: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Venue and Catering: Colorado Convention Center
Audio Visual & Lighting: JSAV

Namaste Buffet

The Children's Law Center introduced the first Namaste Buffet- a yoga brunch for young professionals looking for a fun Sunday activity. Guests were treated to a yoga class for all levels by a professional teacher at Bliss Studios, a warehouse style space. They then enjoyed bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, and beer to pair with their donuts, bagels, and the rest of the buffet.

Organization: Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
Venue: Bliss Studios
Food and drinks donated by many local companies


Sharing Innovation Day

On a beautiful day in November, nonprofit professionals from across the country came together to share their stories and strategies for innovation and collaboration for nonprofit shared spaces. We assisted the Nonprofit Centers Network in creating a day to inspire and education their national network. The theme of the day was centered around collaboration so we create a few details to bring that out of the guests. Guests were given tour maps of all the shared spaces in Denver so they could see the different things people were doing. On the day of the event, we create a beehive wall. Each guests received a 'cell' and wrote their thoughts to prompts on our wall. We also created chalkboard tables for guests to brainstorm and innovate with. The day was capped by a happy hour for networking and furthering connections. 

Organization: Nonprofit Center Network
Venue: The Alliance Center
Planning: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Live Streaming: Localyz Media
Catering: Serendipity Catering
Happy Hour: Wynkoop Brewing

Children's Law Center 35th Anniversary Gala

We had the privilege of supporting the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center on their 35th anniversary gala located at the Denver Marriott City Center in October. The evening featured stories of hope for kids that had been helped by the law center, a silent and exciting live auction, paddle raise by Reggie Rivers. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour while mingling and bidding. They were then treated by an amazing, Colorado inspired menu, focused on utilizing local ingredients. The event was huge success raising over $200,000 with many new supporter relationships created and renewed. 

Organization: Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center
Event Planner: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Venue: Marriott City Center (now Hilton City Center)
Food: Marriott City Center
Auction Management: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Photographer: The Cowgirl Camera and IntoMore Media
Auctioneer: Reggie Rivers, Auction Fundraising Academy
Featured Speaker: Anthony Graves
Centerpieces: A Design Resource

Spotlight: Dolls for Daughters

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of our Spotlight series, where we feature Colorado non-profit organizations and their fundraising strategies. To gain a board member’s perspective, we spoke with Alex Benko from Dolls for Daughters. For 10 years, Dolls for Daughters has been collecting toys to give to underprivileged kids in Colorado.

While Dolls for Daughters puts on multiple events throughout the year (a Bowl-a-thon, dinner auctions, a beneficiary event, a golf tournament), their most popular event is their Toy Shop. Every year, on the first Saturday in December, the Toy Shop opens to everyone who wants to get toys for their children for the holidays. Though the Toy Shop opens at 8 am, the line typically starts to form on the Thursday before, as toys are on a first-come first-serve basis. Still, it follows a very civil process: adults need to bring birth certificates of the children they’re shopping for, and identification to demonstrate that they are responsible for those children. On either side of the line, there are tables from other organizations such as Clothes for Kids, McDonalds, or Walgreens, offering free flu shots and help for underprivileged families. Not only does the event allow families to pick up gifts, but it is also a way for them to connect with resources. The Toy Shop is non-denominational, which means it is accessible to everyone. Their focus is not just the holidays, but the spirit of giving.

                  To increase involvement at these events, Dolls for Daughters works with a huge advisory board made up of kids who voice their opinions and help contribute to the events. Additionally, they use Facebook to market their events. Alex himself makes a point to attend community events, often times finding new companies that could benefit from pairing with Dolls for Daughters. In terms of getting the entire board engaged, board members sit on a committee before they move into their role. Moreover, the board members each have their own sphere of influence, which allows Dolls for Daughters to utilize everyone’s strengths, and board members to be involved in those things that matter most to them.

                  Although under-staffing is a problem for many non-profit organizations, Dolls for Daughters usually has between 300 and 350 volunteers helping them run events. In October, they hold a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch, where older volunteers give testimonies about their experience at the Toy Shop. Because of the nature of the event, and the age minimum of 5-years-and-up, Dolls for Daughters rarely has trouble staffing the event. Volunteer spaces fill up quickly, which helps the organization to run the Toy Shop smoothly and effectively every year. Most of the toys they give at the Toy Shop they buy on Black Friday, but they also bring in a lot of toy donations at their Bowl-a-Thon which typically takes place in the spring.

                  Alex, who has been a board member for four years, offered some advice to other board members when it comes to putting together a successful fundraising event. “Listen. Go out, observe, and listen. That’s how you find ideas and inspiration.” When the board finds something that works better for them, they implement it. Still, Alex suggests, “You don’t have to rush into an idea… we don’t have to reinvent the wheel. If something works, then stick with it.”

                  The Dolls for Daughters Volunteer Luncheon will take place on October 5th at 11:30 am at the Wellshire Event Center. Lunch is provided, so click here to fill out an RSVP form!

Spotlight: Illuminate Colorado

Welcome to the third installment of our Spotlight series! This week we talked with Ginger Harris, the Communications and Development Coordinator at Illuminate Colorado to gain some insight as to how new non-profit organizations plan successful fundraising events.

            Though Illuminate Colorado has only been around since January 1st, its collaborative partners are well-established in communities around Colorado. This year, the Colorado Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Prevent Child Abuse Colorado, the Colorado Chapter of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and Sexual Abuse Forever Ending merged to form Illuminate Colorado. Through education, advocacy, and family support, Illuminate Colorado strives to prevent the maltreatment of children.

            Currently, Illuminate Colorado is working on developing a set of annual events with their first annual gala taking place in late September, 2017. Playing off of their name (“Illuminate” Colorado), the “Light the Way” gala is a chance for the nonprofit organization to form a stronger connection with the community. Moreover, “Light the Way” reinforces their mission to brighten childhoods and help Colorado kids. Ginger and her team recently began marketing for the event, using social media, and emailing out a newsletter to those involved with the nonprofit, alongside putting together a committee of volunteers to spread the word.

            Although their board members are not on the planning committee, they have been involved in the decision-making process for the gala from the beginning. To keep the board engaged throughout the planning process, Illuminate Colorado works with the fundraising subdivision of the board. The goal of these events is to raise money for the organization, so frequently checking in with the board’s fundraising committee is one way to utilize the strengths of the board members. Because the board members are not directly involved in the event, managing the team will be a challenge. However, Illuminate Colorado says that volunteers are a huge asset to executing a great event. It also is beneficial for understaffed nonprofits to keep the event small, and to scale. Making team decisions early on allows tasks to be carried out at the event more efficiently.

            Ginger’s advice for other Communications and Development Coordinators? “Leverage your resources. Often times reaching out to people, who have been planning events longer than you have, are the best people to get advice from.”

            Illuminate Colorado’s “Light the Way” Gala will take place on September 30th from 7 - 10 pm at the Richards-Hart Estate in Wheat Ridge.


Spotlight: Community Resource Center

Welcome back to our Spotlight series on fundraising for non-profit organizations! Our next featured organization is Community Resource Center (CRC): a nonprofit organization based in the Denver Metro area that helps nonprofits, both in Denver and rural areas, to develop successful strategies.

For 36 years, Community Resource Center has provided Colorado nonprofits with leadership development, education training, and resources. Every year, CRC puts on over 100 events, with the goal of helping both well-established and new nonprofit organizations with their business models. Three of the major events they host are a state-wide training program, a 9-month leadership program, and Rural Philanthropy Days.

The state-wide training program is education focused, where nonprofits can learn about board governance and strategic planning. At Rural Philanthropy Days, CRC pulls together local community members to design a professional three-day conference. This year, Rural Philanthropy Days took place in Montrose (San Juan Region) in June, and the second event is scheduled to take place in September in Craig, CO. On the last day of Rural Philanthropy Days, CRC brings out Front Range foundation staff, giving nonprofits the opportunity to meet with them, and make a pitch for funding. Meanwhile, the 9-month leadership development program is cohort based, and targets emerging leadership directors.

Similar to most nonprofits, CRC utilizes social media to build attendance at these events, alongside sending out monthly newsletters to those in the network. In rural areas, however, they try to tap into different types of media such as local newspapers, and partners in the area to market events. Another tool CRC uses is “Flow”, a calendar sharing platform through which they can create and share events with other organizations and individuals. To get board members engaged and excited about the events, they hold monthly and bimonthly meetings that include both staff and board members to discuss what the events do for the organization as a whole. Furthermore, the board has different subcommittees that create targeted tasks for efficient use of time.

While CRC helps other nonprofits, they are still a nonprofit themselves, and thus face some of the same challenges when putting on large events. At Rural Philanthropy Days, they usually have local groups helping, in which case the CRC team is more of a guiding hand. Meanwhile, at the C3 Forum, they find the best way to accomplish everything is to divvy up roles. Emily, the Development Program Coordinator at CRC, said, “we always have someone who has ownership of the event, but really it’s all-hands-on-deck”. For CRC, they love that their board members are often ready and willing to support and attend events, even in rural areas.

When putting on a fundraising event, some advice for other Development Program Coordinators is to realistically think about a budget. While it seems simple, it is important for nonprofits to make sure that they are not spending more money than they are bringing in at a fundraising event. Emily suggests thinking about how much money the event is likely to raise, and then working backwards from there on the details and extras that make an event special!


Community Resource Center will be bringing together the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the Colorado Association of Funders at their upcoming C3 Forum: a collaborative, one-day conference for nonprofits and funders. This year’s event will focus on “equity”, and what that means in the realm of nonprofits. The C3 Forum will take place on August 22nd at the University of Denver from 8:30am - 5:30pm.


Spotlight: Museo de las Americas

Adrienne & Co. is starting a series featuring some of our favorite non-profits! We will be conducting interviews with a few  organizations to gain some insight into the world of fundraising. Make sure to check back in as we feature non-profits and the events they host to spread awareness and raise money for their causes!

Last week, we sat down with Museo de las Americas’ PR and Marketing Coordinator, Victoria, to discuss the organization’s exhibit “Penitents: World End Rituals of Faith”.

Museo de las Americas is a museum that focuses on ancient and contemporary Latin American art. This nonprofit has been around for 25 years, and strives to educate the community about Latin culture through workshops, exhibitions, and tours. Each year, they host three event exhibitions: one featuring ancient art, another with photography, and one with fine art.

In June, the exhibition, “Penitents: World End Rituals of Faith” presenting the photography of Guy Veloso, opened to the public. Guy Veloso has been documenting those peoples who practice penance as part of their faith, for almost ten years now. These different spiritual groups are starting to disappear, and Veloso has been able to record their historical moments, preserving cultures that could otherwise be lost, through the power of photos.

At these exhibitions, Museo de las Americas really targets those who are interested in learning more about Latin culture, but this event appeals to people of all ages, regardless of their previous artistic knowledge. To build attendance, the organization used some traditional methods of marketing – social media, publications – and some guerilla marketing. For this particular event, they collected rosaries made from bread and jewels, and distributed them to visitors at the museum. Moreover, to get the board engaged in the marketing and planning of events, Museo de las Americas uses Save the Date cards, and encourages board members to invite their friends to the event as well. Another way they keep board members engaged, is by giving one of them the honor of introducing the event.

As a nonprofit, sometimes a major challenge at these large events is being understaffed or underfunded, making it difficult to manage a team. Museo de las Americas holds weekly meetings for their team to make sure everyone has a clear understanding of why the event is important for both the community and for themselves. One major thing they tell their team members, is that to promote the event to the community, they need to be involved in the community.

Finally, Victoria gave some advice to other PR and Marketing Coordinators seeking to put together a successful fundraising event: “Do your research; I went to the library and checked out a lot of books… the more you know, the more engaged you can be in the details of an event”.

Join Museo de las Americas at their upcoming event Friday, July 21st, ConnectArte: Lucha Libre from 5pm - 8pm at the museum!

Visit their website here, learn more about the current exhibit, or join in the upcoming event. Did you know you can also host an event at the Museum?


IBCS Beach Bash

Isabella Bird Community School threw a beach bash for their annual fundraiser to kick up the party feel and raise money to round out the school year. The fundraiser was complete with margaritas, food stations, a silent and live auction, plus lots of fun games and activities.

Organization: Isabella Bird Community School
Planner & Auction Management: Adrienne & Co. Luxury Events
Venue: The Island
Food and drinks donated by local restaurants
Auctioneer: The Auction Divas

The Governor's Cup Croquet Tournament

Join us in measuring smiles per hour!
The Governor’s Cup benefiting Jiminy Wicket is setting out to raise $100,000 to reduce the isolation and loneliness of aging and Alzheimer’s in Denver and beyond. We play croquet with people who have dementia and we teach high school and college students how to do the same. Our award-winning Through Hoops to Hope programs create ongoing, inter-generational connection and smiles. Our goal is to put this program into 100 more schools and colleges across Colorado over the next 18 months and 1,000 schools coast to coast in the next 3 years.
The event will consist of 4 croquet courts at Union Station on the 2nd Fridays, July – September. The event will feature 32 players per tournament with 2 tournaments each week, playing instructions, an awards ceremony, many prizes, and spectator activities, Teams can be made of any age–young and old. Alzheimer’s isolates . . . croquet connects.
Get a sneak preview of the event from the photos below. To register for upcoming events or to find out more, please visit
Sponsored by: Modern Gladiator Magazine
Drinks by: Epernay Lounge
Food donated from multiple restaurants including: Hopdoddy 

Two Wheel Fantasy Poker Run

The 4th annual “2-Wheel Fantasy Poker Run and More” is a charity benefit motorcycle ride unlike any other.  It starts at one of Denver’s favorite motorcycle restaurant and bar, Platte River Bar and Grill.  What makes this ride unique, one you’ll always remember, and a ride sure to make you know you are making a difference is that some of the stops for your cards are elder care facilities.  When the bikers roar up, the elders’ faces light up.  Some of the elders take a spin around the parking lot.  It’s hard to say who has more fun at this event---the bikers or the elders.
There will be free snacks and beverages provided all along the way, and that afternoon, at the last stop of the day, there will be a lot of free food, music, prizes, poker hand awards, and fun. Yes, the ride will also include some twists and turns through the scenic foothills.
For 20 years, Bessie’s Hope has been enhancing the lives of nursing home/assisted living elders and transforming the lives of “at-risk” youth of all ages.  Because of this experience with the elders, many of the at-risk teens leave their ruts of violence and hopelessness and turn toward a brighter future as responsible, compassionate adults. 
To find out more about the ride and Bessie's Hope, please visit
Food and refreshments provided by many wonderful places including:
Jim 'N Nicks BBQ and Front Range Steaks
Music Provided by: Pozzy Vibes

Swing Among the Cars Fundraiser

This one-of-a-kind event featured the world-renowned Tommy Dorsey Orchestra at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver. The look and feel of the event was complete with attendees sporting period attire and learning how to Swing Dance from instructors. Both a live and silent auction helped raise funds for the museum while classic car photo opps dazzled guests.

The event was the Museum's first official fundraising gala and will be continued for many years to come. Visit to keep up to date!
Location: Forney Museum of Transportation
Food and Drinks provided by: Elevated Catering
Rentals provided by: Butler Rents
Photography provided by: Berry Oliver Photography
A/V and Staging provided by: Multimedia A/V

Joshua School Harvest Festival Fundraiser

This family fun event featured carnival games for all ages, a pumpkin patch, fire truck, dunk tank, bounce house, face painting, live music, a cake walk, a chili cook off, food samples, and a video game truck! The event also provided a resource fair for parents with kids with Autism. We enjoyed a beautiful fall day with the family while supporting a neighborhood school!

This event was a fundraiser for The Joshua School. The Joshua School is committed to helping each individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities attain the highest quality of life, valuing each unique mind, body, and spirit.

Night of Stars Fundraising Gala

This fundraising event at Palazzo Verdi was star inspired with a red carpet, candy, bar, and Santa at the live auction!

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