It wasn’t just “a little bit country.” It was pure country from all sides: the guests’ attire, the music and stories told by talented songwriters, and the Texas prime-rib dinner that was well worth falling off a diet for. Most importantly, every Colorado Celebrity Classic is focused on honoring our country’s fallen military heroes and supporting their surviving families by raising money for TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) programs and services.

Colorado founders and event directors Lynne and Bo Cottrell

On Saturday, September 10, guests gathered at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum for an evening of stories, songs, supper and some decidedly goofy moments wrapped around remembrance of loved ones lost. The evening began with a silent auction and prime-rib dinner buffet provided by Coors Cowboy Club Chuckwagon Crew–25 members who annually travel to Denver from Amarillo, Texas, to prepare a down-home meal reminiscent of those served during Old West cattle drives. Dinner music was provided by Tony David & Wildefire, with performances by singer-songwriter Franki Moscato and young TAPS surviving family member Collin Wong.

Emcee Steffan Tubbs, of KNUS 710, welcomed guests before speakers took the stage: Bo and Lynne Cottrell, Colorado founders and event directors; and Bonnie Carroll, TAPS president and founder. John Anderson led a spirited live auction full of generous bidders. The entertaining Songwriters Show featured stories and music from these award-winning songwriters and musicians: Frank Meyers, Anthony Smith, Wynn Varble, Brice Long and Jimmy Nichols.

Songwriters (l to r): Brice Long, Anthony Smith, Wynn Varble and Frank Myers

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national non-profit organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 100,000 military loss survivors. To learn more about Colorado events and services, go to:, or call 303-696-0450. For more organization information go to: Anyone can access the TAPS 24/7 National Hotline…Call 800-959-TAPS(8277).

Blacktie Colorado
Blacktie Colorado