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    1. Co-chairs Aimee Palifroni and Carol Lathrop.

    1. Co-chairs Aimee Palifroni and Carol Lathrop.
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    2. Host and emcee David Bondarchuck.

    2. Host and emcee David Bondarchuck.
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    3. Punch Bowl Social accept - ing the Best Appetizer award.

    3. Punch Bowl Social accept - ing the Best Appetizer award.
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    4. Old Major.

    4. Old Major.
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    5. Ellen Collins and Deseri Martinez.

    5. Ellen Collins and Deseri Martinez.
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    6. Cody Galloway and Andrea Farney.

    6. Cody Galloway and Andrea Farney.
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    7. Dessert by Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

    7. Dessert by Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.
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    8. Allison and Steve Kinsley.

    8. Allison and Steve Kinsley.
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    9. Chandra Brager, Kristin Grunewald and Melanie Donahue.

    9. Chandra Brager, Kristin Grunewald and Melanie Donahue.
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    10. Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (Fifty 300 Restaurant), winner of the Best Entrée and People’s Choice awards.

    10. Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (Fifty 300 Restaurant), winner of the Best Entrée and People’s Choice awards.
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    11. Jeremy Wilson and Aaron Fisch.

    11. Jeremy Wilson and Aaron Fisch.
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    12. John Walters sampling the fare.

    12. John Walters sampling the fare.
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    13. Chef Paul Fischer, Food Bank of the Rockies; MIC Chair Todd Seymour; and Chef David L. Beckwith, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

    13. Chef Paul Fischer, Food Bank of the Rockies; MIC Chair Todd Seymour; and Chef David L. Beckwith, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

The Serving Up Hope Luncheon, hosted by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado on Nov. 6 at Denver Mart and attended by approximately 700 industry professionals, raised more than $24,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies Denver’s Table. In addition, approximately 14,700 meals were donated day-of by attendees, resulting in an overall total of 114,210 meals. Awards for the most food donated per member were given to the Christian Meetings & Conventions Association and Colorado Society of Association Executives. 

Meeting and incentive trip planners: Get ready to be surprised at the diverse range of lodging options available in Colorado from glamping tents, yurts and teepees to overnight accommodations in a jail, train station, castle and replica fort. colorado.com

The 200-acre, family-owned Arapaho Valley Ranch has cabins, lodge rooms, glamping tents outfitted with southwestern flair, and 20-foot teepees equipped with queensized beds.

 

When planning a gathering, make sure to check a destination’s calendar of events for festivals, concerts and noteworthy exhibitions. Leslie Heins and Lisa Cook, owners and event architects of Denver-based Affair with Flair, demonstrated how this can be done with a social occasion, which easily could have been a corporate event in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s recent blockbuster “Dior: From Paris to the World” that wrapped up in March 2019.

 

The commoditization of the live events industry causes concern and prompts discussion.