The event is sold out. Please contact Jan Blankennagel to be placed on the wait list at Jan@JTBEvents.com. You will be contacted if we have any cancellations.

The Mad Hatter has moved to Hollywood! The Old Hollywood Gala is brought to you by the same great team that put on the Mad Hatter’s Garden Party, our 2018 inaugural, sold out event! Same team, new great event and theme!


Introducing our Honorary Chair: Richard Dreyfuss

Currently 77 and acting since the age of eight, American Icon Richard Dreyfuss has had a string of instant classics from the 70’s – American Graffiti”, “Jaws”, Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, and The Goodbye Girl” (for which he won the Academy Award for best actor).

Other notable films include What About Bob?” (1991) with Bill Murray, and Steven Spielberg’s Always” (1986), as well as Stand By Me” (1989), Down and Out in Beverly Hills” (1987), The American President” (1995) and W” (2008); he was critically lauded for his role in Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1985) which earned him another Oscar nomination.  His roles in more than fifty films have collectively earned more than 2.5 billion dollars worldwide (not adjusted for inflation).

Hailing from a politically charged family, Richard's grandmother Elsie witnessed the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory Fire as a child.  Elsie ran straight to the Socialist Party Headquarters and signed on, eventually becoming private secretary to Eugene B Debs, America’s notable Socialist.

Richard's mother was also political and active in social justice during WWII and when young Richard asked his mother why their family was Socialist, she told him, “Better Doughnuts.”

Richard 's career shares time with his lifelong political concern for the education and inspiration of our youth. 

His passion project is the Dreyfuss Initiative; founded to revive civic awareness among children with a goal to teach every child to love the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and to learn both completely by graduation. Richard believes the way to fix our broken democracy is to grow it from the roots up.  “Freedom and liberty should not be just abstract notions,” Dreyfuss says, “a republic, this democracy, requires people to be engaged.”


We are rolling out the red carpet to benefit kids with pediatric cancer!

Get glammed up “old Hollywood” style and join co-chairs Michael Ditchfield,
Laura Kruger, and Delinda Fatianow for this 2nd annual star studded event.
The evening will feature:

  • Exciting live and silent auctions, including the “Restaurant Walk of Fame”

  • Appetizers, dinner, and deserts by Epicurean Catering

  • Fine wines, local brews, and a special signature drink

  • Live entertainment by the 18-piece Flatirons Jazz Orchestra

  • A venue in the heart of downtown Denver, with stunning views of the city


Event Information

Date and Time: Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Ticketing: Click here to purchase your tickets.

Sponsorships: Click here or on each level below to view all sponsor levels and privileges. More levels coming soon!

Attire: Old Hollywood Glam/Vintage - Channel your inner Cary Grant or Marilyn Monroe and strut your stuff on the red carpet!

Venue: The event will be held at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, featuring stunning view of the city and located in the heart of downtown Denver.

  • 1350 Arapahoe St. Denver, CO 80204

  • The Seawell Ballroom is located in the Helen Bonfils Theater Complex, at the northwest corner of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Look for the marquee by the box office to enter.

Getting to the Event:

  • Parking Available at: 1350 Arapahoe Street – Parking Garage entrance at the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC), Denver, CO 80204

  • Arrival via LYFT/UBER: 1080 14th Street – Main Pedestrian entrance to the Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) Denver, CO 80204

  • Arrival via Walking: Enter Denver Performing Arts Complex at 14th & Curtis Streets, walk to what would be 1300 Curtis Street through the glass arches of the Galleria Denver, CO 80204

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In Memory of Noel Cunningham

The event will include a special presentation of the “Life is Looking Up” award to honor the memory and legacy of Noel Cunningham. It will be given to a pediatric cancer patient who has overcome unique challenges and persevered. Click here to learn more about Noel.

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Beneficiary: Shining Stars Foundation

All proceeds benefit the true “stars” of the evening - pediatric cancer patients and their families. Your support will help the Shining Stars Foundation, a Colorado based charity, provide 70+ life-changing programs/events designed to give hope and strength to hundreds of families each year.

Click the video below to meet the Shining Stars kids and see our programs in action. 

Introducing our Live Entertainment: The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra!

Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the 18-piece, big band experience of the Flatirons Jazz Orchestra. The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra authentically recreates the great Swing Era Big Band Jazz of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, Billi Holiday, Buddy Rich, and other jazz royalty from the late 1920s though the early 1950s. You won’t want to miss it!


Introducing 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.

Red Carpet Title Sponsor

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Hollywood Boulevard Presenting Sponsor

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Rodeo Drive $5,000 Sponsors

Sunset Boulevard $2,500 Sponsors

Media Sponsors


In Kind Sponsors

Entertainment Sponsor

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Questions? Contact:
Jan Blankennagel: Jan@jtbevents.com
Megan Nelson: Megan@ShiningStarsFoundation.org