The text message arrived at 6:40 p.m., revealing the secret site of AMC’s 3rd Annual Dinner in White. True to the French Diner en Blanc, the location is kept mum until shortly before the event, prompting a spontaneous, exciting reveal. My boyfriend and I, dressed all in white, turned the corner of Blake onto 17th to see a bright Parisian party in the heart of LoDo. The Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower glistened in front of Union Station’s “Travel by Train” marquee.
At 7 p.m. sharp, eager attendees arrived with picnics ranging from Kentucky Fried Chicken buckets to elegant feasts and sprawled out across the long white tables. French style picnics were also provided by Le Central Affordable French Restaurant. Elegant cocktails along with Colorado brews and wines flowed throughout the night beneath the skyscrapers.
As the sun set, we were all handed a single white balloon, representing anyone we knew affected by cancer. Upon countdown, we all released our balloons along with any grief, pain and sorrow associated with this disease. As I looked around at all the faces in the crowd, I realized everyone in one way or another has come in contact with this disease that claims so many. To know that we were all there to show our support in a positive and uplifting way truly made the night spectacular.
As DJ Nick Skeet played a bevy of crowd pleasing remixes, we explored the vendor booths. Whether it was glass wear, jewelry or men’s grooming products, each vendor was donating a portion of sales to AMC research. Almost 100 bottles of wine ranging from $20-$150 could be selected by number from within the Arc de Triomphe for a donation of $20. Sponsors of the event were also on display, including Maserati, with a convertible that would even make Troy Tulowitski do a double a take.
Late into the night, the impromptu event wound down and party-goers dispersed along the streets, each lighting up the way in their white attire. Thanks to the generosity of those who planned, donated and volunteered, the event was flawless and is without question one of Denver’s top charity events. For those who were unable to make the event yet still want to help, volunteer opportunities and donations may be made via AMC’s website.
AMC Cancer Fund
3401 Quebec Street, Suite 3200
Denver, CO 80207