The first fundraiser gala I ever attended was last year’s Inside the Orchestra for Adults. I had always pictured fundraisers as lavish, black-tie affairs, where rich, successful people spent thousands of dollars on tickets and then enjoyed an evening of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and overpriced auction items. I’d always thought they were beyond my reach—especially on my meager budget—and would result in me spending a fortune I couldn’t afford just to sit off in a corner by myself all night, so I never considered going to one. But then, a good friend of mine invited my husband and me to the Inside the Orchestra for Adults 2016 fundraiser event and, despite my initial reservations, we decided to go.
Inside the Orchestra for Adults was nothing like I’d imagined and unlike anything I’d ever experienced before—and I mean that in the best way possible. It was sophisticated but not stuffy, elegant but not elitist, fancy yet fun. I saw everything from sneakers to stilettos, Converses to cocktail dresses. By the end of the evening, I had gorged myself on the build-your-own mac and cheese bar, imbibed on free beer from Ratio Beerworks (a local brewery), won a two-night bed and breakfast stay at the Hyatt Regency DTC for just $70 (which my husband and I used for our anniversary, and the hotel sent up complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries to help us celebrate), and enjoyed a wonderful performance by Inside the Orchestra’s professional musicians. I had an amazing time, and I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth. (Tickets for Young Professionals under 35 are just $45 each, and general admission is $75 per ticket or $140 for two. When’s the last time you were able to get dinner, drinks, dessert, and a concert for that little?)
We also had a wonderful evening socializing with other attendees. Some we already knew, but many we had never met before and are still in touch with today. From a social and networking perspective, Inside the Orchestra for Adults is an incredible, one-of-kind chance to see and be seen. More than 300 people are expected to attend this year’s event, including local industry executives, businessmen and women, attorneys, doctors, teachers, philanthropists, sponsors, artists and performers, the Inside the Orchestra Board of Directors, and other young professionals like you. You never know who you’ll meet, who will share your interests and passions, or what opportunities will arise from these newfound connections. (Case in point, I was so impressed with Inside the Orchestra after last year’s event that I’m now on its Board of Directors and helping to plan this year’s event.)
Even though kids aren’t allowed at Inside the Orchestra for Adults, the event is really all for them. The money raised from the event’s ticket sales, silent and live auction items, games of chance, and the call to action will help Inside the Orchestra continue to bring its valuable, one-of-a-kind educational programs to young children throughout the Denver metro community.
Every year, Inside the Orchestra introduces music and the performing arts to thousands of Colorado children, many of whom have never seen a musical instrument in person let alone attended an orchestra performance. Studies show that an arts education is incredibly beneficial for children, particularly those who come from low-income communities. Children who participate in the arts from a young age consistently perform better and achieve more their non-arts participating peers. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and your opportunity to make the greatest impact.
We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening of food and drinks, old friends and new friends, music and games, networking, and affordable philanthropy, all to benefit our kids and our communities.
For tickets and more information, visit insidetheorchestra.org/iso-for-adults
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