Colorado Ballet plans Peter Pan themed gala

A Night in Neverland supports education, community engagement programs


Colorado Ballet will transport guests to Neverland at its Peter Pan-themed gala Feb. 6, which will support the ballet company’s education and community engagement programs and Academy scholarships.

A mix and mingle cocktail reception, a wine pull sponsored by Colorado Ballet Auxiliary, a jewelry pull provided by John Atencio and a curated silent auction kick off A Night in Neverland at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby at Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

A short performance by Colorado Ballet Academy students, and Colorado Ballet’s professional company will perform an excerpt from “Peter Pan” at 7 p.m., followed by a live auction and paddle raise, A Neverland-themed dinner created by Keven Taylor will be served and guests may stay after dinner for bubbly and dancing in the stage. Cocktail attire is recommended.

The event is being chaired by Brent and Melanie Backes, and Ann and Ford Frick.

“As long time trustees, we are honored to be in a position that allows us to make an impact on so many young people’s lives,” Brent Backes said in a news release. “Colorado Ballet’s gala is a fantastic annual event, and my co-chairs and I are excited to be involved in supporting this wonderful organization and making a difference in Colorado’s dance community.”

Bidding for the silent auction is live, and some available items include a one-week stay in a condo in the heart of Cannes, France; a night at the Brown Palace Hotel for three couples including an overnight stay, dinner, cigars and breakfast; a two-night stay at the Four Seasons Santa Fe with resort credit and Santa Fe Opera tickets; and golf and an overnight stay at the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs.

To bid on the silent auction, or for information about tickets, call 303-339-1640 or go to


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