Gala Ticket Information

Friday, Sept. 6 | 6p
$25; Intimate cocktail party with Ben Vereen hosted by Kate and Rich Murphy; includes a ticket to the Gala [BUY TICKETS]


Saturday, Sept. 7 | 11a
$50; Master Class with Ben Vereen, includes two tickets to attend and observe Master Class. [BUY TICKETS]


Friday, Sept. 7 | 5:30p
$175; FAC Gala that includes cocktails, gourmet dinner, auction, and special performance by Ben Vereen. [BUY TICKETS]


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An Evening with Ben Vereen
Gala Committee Members

Carly Murphy – Chair
Kate Murphy – Chair

Missy Burkett
Nerissa England
Kate Faricy
Peri Faricy
Carol Ferguson
Lynne Fitzhugh
Martha Marzolf
Jan McCauley
Jim Raughton
Mari Sinton-Martinez
Meredith Vaughn
Elizabeth Youngquist

The FAC's Gala is Underwritten by:


Celebration of Life Fund

US Bank

Red Noland Cadillac

El Pomar Foundation

Gala Table Sponsors
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs Business Journal
Mary K. Chapman Foundation
El Pomar Foundation
Hogan Lovells
Kaiser Permanente
G. E. Johnson
The Colorado Springs Independent
Kirkpatrick Bank
Penrose St. Francis
Spire Investment Partners
Stockman Kast Ryan

Paula Poundstone

An Evening with Ben Vereen | The Gala with star-power!
Saturday, Sept. 7, 5:30p

This year, the Fine Arts Center welcomes Ben Vereen as our guest of honor for the 2013 Gala! With television credits as diverse as Roots, Sesame Street, the Carol Burnett Show and Star Trek: TNG, Ben Vereen has been a welcome guest in our homes for years! You've seen him in many films, including Sweet Charity and All that Jazz — and his Broadway credits include Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin, Chicago, Fosse, and many others. Ben Vereen is one of the most honored and accomplished singers, dancers, and actors of our time. And he’s coming to perform for the FAC's Gala!

Cocktails with Ben Vereen | Friday, Sept. 6, 6-8p | $250; Buy Tickets!
Meet Ben Vereen during an intimate cocktail party hosted by Kate and Rich Murphy, plus receive a tickets to the FAC's Gala featuring a performance by Mr. Vereen.

Ben Vereen Master Class | Saturday, Sept. 7, 11a | $50; Buy Tickets!
Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the outstanding talents of our era! Also, Mr. Vereen has agreed to hold a Master Class for the FAC Theatre’s Summer Rep students. This year the Summer Rep is producing Pippin – one of Mr. Vereen’s most memorable roles – and our students will have the opportunity to learn from the man who created the role! Please consider making a voluntary contribution of $50.00 to help support this exceptional opportunity for our students!

FAC's Gala: An Evening with Ben Vereen | Saturday, Sept. 7, 5:30p | $175; Buy Tickets!
Join us for an unforgettable evening that includes cocktails in the FAC courtyard, a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and Ben Vereen performing on stage in the fabulous SaGaJi Theatre!


by Pinery Gourmet

Baked Brie and Apple Bites with house apple compote and French Brie
Sweet Chili Soy Roasted Chicken Skewers with signature Sweet Chili Soy Glaze
Yucatan Shrimp Cocktail Shooters with avocado and chili


by Cravings

Fresh baby arugula and red radicchio with tender pear slivers, sugared black walnuts, and shaved parmesan reggiano.
Drizzled with a Black garlic lemon emulsion


by The Food Designers

(Gluten-Free except Israeli Couscous and Artisan rolls)
Salmon Cutlets Fresh salmon seared and served with a basil cream and roasted cherry tomatoes

Filet Mignon
With a parsley garlic béarnaise sauce

Roasted Asparagus
Crisp asparagus with garlic and lemon

Israeli Couscous
Pearl size pasta with saffron, lemon and herbs

Artisan Rolls
Freshly baked Artisan rolls


by Summit Catering

Chocolate Truffles, Mini Lemon Bars, Mini Cannolis, Mini Designer Brownies

Live Auction Items

#1 Taste a Mesa – A Progressive Dinner Party for 12
Spend an evening strolling down lovely Mesa Avenue, stopping along the way to be wined and dined by a series of gracious hosts for a progressive dinner party you’ll never forget! Welcoming you into their homes for food and fun will be Anita and Phil Lane, Terri and David Lux, and Kate and Rich Murphy. Wine, beer, and other libations will be included in this gourmet experience!
Donated by: The Lane, Lux, and Murphy Families | Date to be arranged with the donors.

#2 Beer Lover’s Dream Package
Get a behind-the-scenes, one-on-one tour of Bristol Brewing Company with one of their Master Brewers, as well as some tips for brewing your own beer at home. Then give home-brewing a try with a Mr. Beer Premium Brewing Kit thanks to Old West Home Brewing Supply, which includes hundreds of recipes so you can start brewing right away! Local graphic design house Lunchbucket Creative will even design a custom beer label just for you. Stock your fridge with 12 samplers from Beeradvocate’s Top 250 Beers list - a sampling from all over the country. And to top it all off, enjoy two growlers a month for a whole year, courtesy of Bristol Brewing Company. Thirsty yet? Bottoms up!
Donated by: Bristol Brewing Company, Old West Home Brewing Supply, and Lunchbucket Creative

#3 Lions, Tigers and Bears…Oh My!
Take a one-of-a-kind trip to see the great and powerful Oz with ten front row tickets to the Sunday, December 22nd matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz, followed by yellow brick road Rice Krispie treats and ruby red cake pops for all on stage. Once you’ve finished snacking away, enjoy an exclusive meet and greet and photo op with Dorothy and the gang! Each guest will receive a poster signed by the cast as well as their choice of a DVD or book of The Wizard of Oz. Perfect for a group of grandparents and grandchildren, a birthday party or holiday get together. You know you won’t be in Kansas - you’ll be at a party you’ll never forget!
Donated by: Fine Arts Center

#4 Secret Chefs Dinner for 10
There’s very little we can tell you about this mysterious evening for 10 guests, other than it is sure to surprise and delight! Your group will be picked up by a limousine and taken to the lovely homes of three different mystery chefs. Each chef will serve up one of three courses — gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a scrumptious entree, and then a decadent dessert. The FAC’s sommelier will provide wine pairings along the way. If you can handle the suspense, then this is the package for you! Donated by: Anonymous

#5 Stunning Art Deco Earrings
Take home these elegant rose quartz and lime citrine earrings set in rose gold with white and black diamonds from Italy. These stunning earrings are the perfect complement for elegant evening wear - from that little black dress to a floor length ball gown. You’ll never get tired of these timeless gems valued at $8,000. The highest bidder will wear them home tonight - and for countless other memorable evenings!
Donated by: Anonymous

#6 Theater Lovers’ Weekend in NYC
Spend your days taking in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple and your evenings exploring the tastes and culture in the city that never sleeps! This whirlwind weekend away includes roundtrip airfare for two from DIA, two nights of luxury hotel accommodations at the glamorous Mandarin Oriental perched on Central Park, dinner at Felidia’s – the acclaimed Manhattan East Side flagship restaurant of cookbook and television sensation Lidia Bastianich, and two tickets to the Tony-Award winning production of Pippin on Broadway. On any night in this magical city, there are countless performances of theatrical hits – from the Book of Mormon to Kinky Boots, Peter and the Starcatcher to Annie. Feed your theater-loving appetite and whisk away for a weekend you’ll remember forever!
Donated by: Mandarin Oriental, The Fine Arts Center, Anonymous | Expires September 7, 2014. Gift card to Felidia’s for $100.

#7 Be Our Guest: Board of Trustees’ Hosted Dinner Party at the FAC for Up to 20
Toast the Colorado sunset with drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the FAC’s rooftop, then make your way inside to Café 36 for a delicious dinner party for up to 20 cooked by none other than the FAC Board of Trustees. We’ll plan the menu, cook, serve, clean, even park your cars. You’ll have us at your beck and call. There’s nothing more enchanting than the FAC at night, and what’s more fun than having it all to yourself while the Board waits on you hand and foot? This is a perfect evening for a dinner with colleagues, clients or a group of friends.
Donated by: Fine Arts Center Board of Trustees

#8 Nearly Impossible To Get Your Hands On...Until Now: A Golden Bee Mug!
There’s nothing more fun than heading to “The Bee” and sipping something cold and frothy from your very own personalized pewter tankard. Established in 1963, “The Order of the Pewter Tankard” is an exclusive club of people who enjoy the fun of this tradition. Back in the day, only a limited number of 200 members were allowed into this coveted group. Today, the numbers include a mere 1,600 members...but getting in is trickier than ever. Tonight is your chance to join up and forever enjoy the tasty benefits of being in the mug club. Your high bid will make you a member!
Donated by: The Broadmoor

Silent Auction Items

#1 Escape to a Modern California Oasis for Fun in the Sun
Pack your bags and head to Rancho Mirage California in the greater Palm Springs area for a week-long vacation. Enjoy access to the neighborhood pools, with golf and tennis just minutes away. Don’t forget the shopping on El Paseo that parallels Rodeo Drive, activities galore and the renowned Palm Springs Art Museum a short distance away. This auction item includes accommodations donated by Kate and Rich Murphy featuring three bedrooms: a master with a king-sized bed and private bath, a second bedroom with a full-sized bed, and a third bedroom with two twin-sized beds (these two bedrooms share a hall bathroom). You’ll also enjoy dinner at one of the Murphy’s favorite restaurants - either Castelli’s or Pacifica with the $100 gift certificate included with this auction item. Bid high and grab the sunscreen!
Donated by: Kate and Rich Murphy | Subject to availability, good through December 2014

#2 Wine Spectator’s “Top 10” Bottles from 2012
Every year since 1988, Wine Spectator has compiled a list of the most exciting wines they’ve reviewed over the past 12 months. In 2012, their prestigious list was selected from more than 17,000 new releases, and we’ve got the top 10 bottles up for bid. (Due to availability, we’ve had to make some comparable substitutions - but always with the same varietal and same vineyard.) From Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec to Shiraz, the highest bidder will take home a collection of wines that come with a substantial stamp of approval … so bid early and bid often!
Donated by: Downtown Fine Wine & Spirits

#3 Museum Society Membership for Two
If you’re the kind of person who enjoys spending more than five seconds looking at a work of art— if you’re interested in the stories behind the art, the people who make the art, meeting fellow art aficionados and collectors— then the Museum Society is for you! The Museum Society provides in-depth arts experiences. In the last 12 months we’ve visited the Van Gogh exhibition in Denver, met with Floyd D. Tunson in his studios, and visited several private collectors in Los Angeles. The Museum Society offers you unprecedented access to the Art World!
Donated by: Fine Arts Center

#4 Break a Leg! A Walk on Spot in Forever Plaid
It’s a dream come true! This opportunity, only available for auction at the Fine Arts Center Gala once a year, is your chance to see your name in lights! Bid and win this one-night role in Forever Plaid, which runs May 8 through June 1, 2014. We’ll arrange a date that works for you, and we’ll also include 10 tickets to the performance so your closest friends will see your big debut. Go on, bid like a star and prepare to take a bow!
Donated by: Fine Arts Center

#5 Grab an Apron and Get Cookin’: A Culinary Arts Class for 10
Gather some friends for an educational, hands-on evening with one of Colorado Springs’ favorite caterers, The Picnic Basket, to create a masterful meal from scratch. After you’re done cooking, leave the dishes in the sink and have a seat to enjoy the fruits of your labor and some wine to go with it. A perfect gathering for some girlfriends, couples, colleagues or clients. Each guest will receive a copy of all the recipes made that evening so they can recreate it at home.
Donated by: The Picnic Basket

#6 Wine & Watercolors for 12
With a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, this night at the Bemis School of Art is bound to be an adventure. One of the FAC’s talented watercolor teachers will host a beginner’s watercolor class for 12, complete with all the materials each participant needs to walk away with a work of art. And while you unleash your inner artist, enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres to satisfy your “palette”. What a fun afternoon or evening for a group of friends, family or a small office!
Donated by: Summit Catering and The Fine Arts Center

#7 Curtain Call Society Membership for Two
If you enjoy the excitement of live theatre, you should be a member of the Curtain Call Society! Be the high bidder on this item and you’ll join other curtain call members for pre-show cocktails, wine and dinner at Café 36, and prime seats to opening night for all six mainstage productions (Noises Off, The Wizard of Oz, Play it Again, Sam, Agnes of God, Forever Plaid, Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky). You’ll also receive two additional tickets to an opening night performance of your choice, valet parking, invitations to cast parties and a rehearsal or read-through, a private tour, and tickets to our the Second Stage season!
Donated by: Fine Arts Center

#8 Custom Earings by Carol Ferguson
Keum-boo, or Kum-boo, or Kum-bu (all pronounced Come-boo) is a Korean technique meaning “attached gold.” It’s also popular in Japanese and Chinese cultures, and may also have been used by the Greeks and Romans. In this technique, gold is most commonly attached to silver, but can also be used on other metals. The technical term for this process is diffusion bonding - the metals don’t melt together, rather the atoms of the metals intermingle and bond together. The technique is fascinating - and as you’ll see, the result is beautiful!
Donated by: Carol Ferguson
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