at Grove Family Ranch at Cherry Creek benefiting Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS) at 5:30 p.m.
How many times do you get to hear the stories behind the songs on your iPod–as well as hear them performed by the songwriters? Year after year, TAPS Colorado Celebrity Classic continues to hit all the right notes with its unique and crowd-pleasing format. Celebrating 25 years of service by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) organization, this year’s 14th annual Colorado Celebrity Classic Songwriters Show and Dinner put together another memorable event with its fabulous food, families, philanthropy and music.
Pete Coors (second from left), with the Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew from Amarillo, Texas
On Saturday, June 15, more than 500 guests converged on the Grove Family Ranch at Cherry Creek for a down-home evening beginning with a hearty, authentically cooked Western-heritage, prime-rib supper prepared by the Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew from Amarillo, Texas. Guests could also peruse the silent auction to the tunes of Tony David & WildeFire. Radio host and emcee Steffan Tubbs welcomed the crowd and event directors Bo and Lynne Cottrell spoke about the event and its beneficiaries. Tony David returned to the stage to recognize this year’s volunteer award recipients Micah Marmaro and Liza Patton.
Heather and Gabe Reed
TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll, who divides her time between her home in Alaska and TAPS’ Arlington, Virginia national headquarters, related how the organization began, standing among a large group of survivors holding photos of their lost military loved ones. Then 21-year-old survivor Angel Pansini, Legacy Mentor and 2019 Sen. Ted Stevens Leadership Award recipient, told the crowd what it’s really like to take part in TAPS’ programs. Auctioneer Roger Sierens efficiently and amiably led the live auction along with crowd-favorite game Heads or Tails. The evening ended with the always-delightful Nashville Songwriters Show, featuring stories and songs written and performed by Danny Wells, Billy Montana, Keni Thomas and Jimmy Nichols.
Bonnie Carroll founded TAPS following the death of her husband in an Army C-12 plane crash in 1992. She retired as a major in the Air Force Reserve following 30 years of service. Prior to joining the USAFR, Maj. Carroll served 16 years in the Air National Guard. She is the 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor.
Nathaniel and Samantha with their little ones Victoria (left) and Elizabeth
This year commemorates 25 years of TAPS care, programs and resources provided without cost to all military survivors. Funds raised enable the organization to host the TAPS Colorado Regional Military Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp. Each year, nearly 300 survivors are supported by military mentors who are paired one-to-one with children in the Good Grief Camp. For more information, please visit TAPS.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277) 24/7.
Event directors Bo and Lynne Cottrell
TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll (center), with the Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew
Tony David & WildeFire
Pete Coors (second from left), with the Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew, from Amarillo, Texas
Valerie and David Biggerstaff
(l to r): Tim and Nikki Sand, David Jewell, and Pam and David Thomas
Event co-chair Linda Cavanagh with survivor Gabriela Benton
Michael (back), with Allison and Mike
Allison and Mike
Ringing the dinner bell for a hungry crowd
Serving up a delicious dinner
Table decor celebrates 25 years of TAPS.
Jason and Shirley Sullen, with Mishell Shasteen (right)
(l to r): Marla Grove, Libby Marks, Steve Grove and Bob Marks
(l to r): Vern and Carol Anne Nelson, and Jane and Eddie Johnson
Al Stanley (left) and co-director Bo Cottrell
Dean and Adrienne Singleton (front, right), with tablemates
Rene Green and Jake Jabs
James Schuyler (left) and Jeanne Hargrove
Trying on some TAPS jewelry
Auctioneer Roger Sierens, with daughter Dawn Fable (left) and Michelle Bergh
(l to r): Dawn Fable, Dominique, Vicky; and Roger Sierens
Roger Sierens with Vicky (left) and Dawn Fable
(l to r): Donna Montana, Keni Thomas, and Linda and Mark Gerstner with four-legged companion Key
Tom Tarver (left) and emcee Steffan Tubbs
Grabbing the Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew’s Signature Banana Puddin’
Former Colorado Rockies pitcher Jason and Pamela Hirsh
Nathaniel and Samantha with their little ones Victoria (left) and Elizabeth
TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll with Edward Schrank, who boldly sang “God Bless America” a cappella.
Event directors Bo and Lynne Cottrell, with TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll (right)
Gabriela (left) and Laura Benton
Event co-chairs Kevin Kreymborg and Linda Cavanagh
Chris Gilber and Lorraine Salazar with the famous Chuckwagon Crew’s banana puddin’.
Checking out the silent auction
At one of the buffet stations
Barb Pierce (left) and Lileen Griffith
Tom Tarver (left) with singer-songwriter Danny Wells
The Red Table is all smiles.
Volunteer of the Year recipient Liza Patoon (left) and Tracey Young
The sports section of the silent auction was full of autographed memorabilia.
Kathleen and Roger Chandler
Jason and Desire’ Raehal
Gerri Sweeny (left) and Edie Marks
Radio host and emcee Steffan Tubbs
Volunteers of the year award recipients Micah Marmaro and Liza Patton
Samantha and Elizabeth: a mom-daughter moment
TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll (center), with survivors
Survivor Angel Pansini
(l to r): Shannon, Joe and Angel Pansini
Anticipating the Heads or Tails game
Crowd favorite Heads or Tails game
Steffan Tubbs watches as the last two standing for Heads or Tails exchange high fives.
Pete Coors (right) enjoys a cold one with hard-working Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew members.
Auctioneer Roger Sierens
Generous donors at the paddle raise
The Nashville singer-songwriters (l to r): Danny Wells, Billy Montana, Keni Thomas and Jimmy Nichols
Keni Thomas (left) and Jimmy Nichols
(l to r): Danny Wells, Billy Montana and Keni Thomas
Billy Montana (left) and Keni Thomas
Music fills the air as the sun sets over the ranch.
Tony David Award Volunteers of the Year: Liza Patton, Micah Marmaro
Linda Cavanagh and Kevin Kreymborg ... HONORARY CHAIRS: Gov. Jared Polis, Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera, Atty. Gen. Phil Weiser, State Treasurer Dave Young, Secretary of State Jena Griswold, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, U.S. Representatives Ken Buck, Jason Crow, Diana DeGette, Doug Lamborn, Joe Neguse, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Tipton
Christine Quinn Burtt, Tony David, George Dempsey, Jay & Susan Dikeman, Wesley Dyk, Kelly & Bill Eustace, Vic & Sharon Evans, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike & Col. (Ret.) Paula Gould, Kelly Hernandez, Annette & David Jewell, Edie Marks, Liza Patton, Pat Robinson, Eric Schierburg, Tom & Jill Tarver; Emeritus: Pete & Marilyn Coors, Miles & Jan Cortez, Steve & Marla Grove, Jake Jabs, Gen. (Ret.) Gene & Jill Renuart, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Steve Ritchie
Bonnie Carrol, President and Founder
Emcee Steffan Tubbs, Colorado directors Bo and Lynne Cottrell, TAPS founder Bonnie Cottrell, survivor Angel Pansini
Nashville songwriters Danny Wells, Billy Montana, Keni Thomas and Jimmy Nichols; Tony David & WildeFire
PREMIER SPONSORS: Coors Cowboy Club, Pete & Marilyn Coors, Tony David & WildeFire, El Pomar Foundation, Gill Photography LLC, Steve & Marla Grove Family, Innovative Foods, Dave & Tami Ellicott, Eddie & Jane Johnson, Sold! by Sierens, Steffan Tubbs, WizBang! Solutions...plus dozens more generous sponsors
From Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew of Amarillo, Texas: pit-roasted, slow-cooked prime rib, Idaho potatoes, green beans, salad greens with dressing of choice, hot rolls with butter and Cowboys' Signature Banana Puddin' with Vanilla Wafers