Annual Museum After Dark Gala - Event Recap

Annual Museum After Dark Gala - Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Event Date

Friday, November 2, 2012


A Night in Pompeii: Carpe Noctem!

This year's Museum After Dark celebrated the rediscovery of Pompeii in the early 1700s and the unparalleled view of this ancient empire in the Museum's temporary exhibition A Day in Pompeii.


Approximately 800 guests enjoyed a black-tie evening while experiencing the lifestyle of ancient Rome. Wining and dining like Romans, dancing, and a unique silent auction were experienced among some of the world's most amazing scientific treasures. 

Funds Raised

More than $900,000 were raised-a record for the event. One-hundred percent of table, ticket, and auction purchases will go to providing educational programming that seeks to inspire young minds to think, learn, and grow through science.


  • Event Chairs: Henry & Lorie Gordon
  • Museum After Dark Silent Auction Chair: Lisa Levin Appel
  • Entertainment: Funkiphino, Starkey Productions, Raleigh Enterprises
  • Presenting Sponsors: Henry & Lorie Gordon and Carol & George Solich.
  • Major Sponsors: CH2M HILL, Monty Cleworth, Land Title Guarantee Company/John and Ginny Freyer, Michael & Katherine Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, GH Phipps Construction Companies, and Scott & Virginia Reiman.
  • Major Auction Donors: Collector's Edge Minerals, John & Ginny Freyer, Oster  Jewelers, Sage Hospitality, Mr. Jonathan Saiz, Sanctuary Golf Course, and Waterfall Resort Alaska.
  • Media Sponsor:  5280magazine.

3rd Annual Young Professionals After Dark Soiree

From 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. approximately 250 young professionals joined the celebration to explore exhibits after hours, mingle, dance to live entertainment by Funkiphino and DJ
Skeet, enjoy fabulous fare, and see a silent auction to impress.  

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