On November 22nd, the 27th Annual Fantasy Ball, benefiting The Adoption Exchange, drew the who’s who of Denver to the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. It was evident that guests were passionate about supporting the cause, as the room exuded a feeling of eagerness to make a difference.

Governor John Hickenlooper addressed the crowd, recognizing National Adoption Day and commending The Adoption Exchange for its work to connect children in foster care with loving families. His positive words affirmed the critical role the organization plays in Colorado.

This year’s honoree was the Regal Entertainment Group. Since 1998, Regal Entertainment Group has made a difference in the lives of children waiting in foster care for homes. Ray Nutt, Regal’s Senior VP of Business Relations, accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

As the silent auction closed, bidders kept a close eye on their favorite items. There were over 150 items, including jewelry, get away packages and sports memorabilia. Popular items included a bib autographed by Lindsay Vonn and a stunning 14k gold, peal and diamond ring by William Crow Jewelers.

The live auction was led by Auctioneer Sean Allen. Allen animated the crowd with enticing packages like a one week stay in the village of Seillans in Provence, France and a fireside chat at The Fort Restaurant with Dr. Jonathan Kedrowski, a legendary mountaineer.

The Adoption Exchange recruits families for children who have survived abuse and neglect, supports adoptive families throughout every phase of the adoption process, and trains child welfare professionals. To learn more, please visit www.adoptex.org.