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Our annual Minds Matter Colorado spring fundraiser is here! We’re putting a hold on Casino Night this year, because 2021 deserves its own party — Minds Matter CELEBRATE!

On Saturday, April 24th, watch our students lead the show, shining front and center, while we celebrate them as they head to college. It’ll be one of the most fun and inspiring nights of the year!

FAQs

What is Minds Matter CELEBRATE?

This is the 17th annual Minds Matter Colorado spring fundraiser -- the artist formerly known as Casino Night. Every year, Minds Matter helps more driven and determined high school students from low-income families succeed in college, create their future, and change the world. Minds Matter CELEBRATE is one of the best ways to CELEBRATE their successes and support our ability to serve more students, corner-to-corner across Colorado.

When is the 2021 Minds Matter CELEBRATE event?

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Virtual Show | 6pm-7pm MDT
In-person | 5pm-9pm MDT

While previous Casino Nights were limited by the capacity of a ballroom, the global pandemic has provided us an incredible opportunity to invite attendees from all around the state, country, and world to participate!

Our priorities for this event are (in order): safety, flexibility, and fun! That’s why the event will have both a virtual livestream available globally at http://celebrate.mindsmatterco.org, and an option for a live studio audience to watch the show in-person.

How can I participate in Minds Matter CELEBRATE this year?

Any way you want, and from anywhere you want! We have four incredible options for you to participate this year. 

Register at http://mmco.givesmart.com for one of the following options:

  • The Simple Life -- You've got enough stuff going on in your life. You just want to click a link, sit back, watch a fun hour-long show, and be inspired beyond your wildest dreams. Perfect! Join for free from the comfort of your couch!

  • Play-At-Home Package* -- You've been diligent for the past year and you're not ready to leave the house, but you are ready to have a great party at home. We get it, and we've got the perfect package for you! Watch the hour-long show with a curated meal+cocktail package for up to 4 members of your household delivered (safely) right to your door!

  • Pod-Party People* -- You've got your "pod" friends, you've been safe for the last year, and now you're ready to (cautiously) party it up with your crew! Watch the hour-long show with a delicious and decadent meal+cocktail package for up to 10 of your household and podmates delivered right to your door!

  • Dress Up Time! -- Maybe Casino Night was your last night getting dressed up in 2020, and now you're ready for Minds Matter CELEBRATE to be your first dress up party of 2021! Join us for a safe, socially distanced, and awesome time at the brand-new Social Capitol event space, where you'll hear our students rock the mic up close and personal -- but still 6 feet away. Includes a table for up to 8 friends and family, with curated cocktail hour, an extravagant dual-entree dining experience, a live DJ, photo booths, and interactive experiences to hype up the night!

*home delivery available in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Ft Collins metro areas.

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Wait, an in-person option? Is that safe?

We know we’re breaking new ground for many folks by hosting an event with an in-person component (for many this will be their first in-person event since Minds Matter Colorado’s Casino Night on March 7, 2020!). We don’t take this lightly -- our Minds Matter programming has been 100% virtual for over a year to ensure the safety of our students and volunteers.

That’s why we’ve spent the better part of the last 6 months evaluating options, poring over vaccine availability and case counts, working closely with the city and state governments to understand guidelines, and building a Plan A (and B, and C, and D) that are more conservative than those guidelines for a safe, masked, socially distanced, in-person dining experience for ~100 people. We’re in a brand new event space built for ~700 - 1000 people, and they’ve even got covid-filtration fans in their ventilation system!

If we weren’t confident we could do an in-person experience, we wouldn’t do it at all. But given what we know now, we think we can throw a safe and great event. So for those who want to join us to watch the show in-person, you have that option. And if that’s not you, no worries -- you have the option to enjoy the same food, cocktails, and incredible programming from the safety and comfort of your own home, and participants across the world can join together to CELEBRATE our incredible students. Win-win-win!

What time is the virtual portion of the event?

We recommend logging in by 5:45pm MDT to ensure that you can access the link, your sound is working, and you are fully registered to participate in all of the fun. The live show will begin at 6pm MDT with a fast-paced, energetic, and fun 60-minute student-driven program. You will have the opportunity to support our students through trivia questions, a silent auction, and a paddle-raise.

How do I tune in on April 24th?

Just go to http://celebrate.mindsmatterco.org. We recommend tuning in from a computer or tablet -- plugged into a monitor or TV if you like -- so each participant can use their phones for the interactive and fundraising elements of the program. And yes, it will be interactive!

If it’s interactive, will I have to turn my video cameras on?

NOPE. We get it, we’re all Zoomed out. You don’t have to have a camera on -- we’ll do the heavy lifting with an awesome show and you can participate fully from your phone. This is more like watching SNL or New Year’s Eve from your couch than it is an interminable Zoom webinar from your home office. 

 

However, there will be a chat box function for you to be able to interact. You’re also welcome to upload your favorite ‘90s pictures to social media using the hashtag #MMCOCELEBRATE!

What is the dress code for the in-person event?

We know many of you are ready for a gala experience, so we encourage your best cocktail attire for the event. We are also leaning into our best ‘90s vibes, so feel free to throw in a little throw-back flair…neon, high-tops, crimped hair, anything goes! And we’ll have some ‘90s-style goodies to help you accessorize. 🙂

What else should we know if we’re planning on attending in-person?

We’ll need everyone’s help to make sure we have a safe and fun evening. So we’ll send guidelines prior to the event to the email address we have from each attendee’s registration. We’ll ask you to follow all guidelines and directions from Minds Matter Colorado staff and delegates, and we’ll have you sign an agreement to abide by those guidelines and a waiver at check-in. Other than that, use your best judgment, and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Will there still be an auction?

Yes! Our auction is fully online at http://mmco.givesmart.com. Check out that site for up-to-date info and to register for the event. Once you do, you’ll be sent a personalized link you can use the night of the event to automatically log you into the program, and you'll be able to do all your bidding from your mobile phone. And we are so excited to welcome back Simone Ross as our supporting auctioneer for this year.

Sponsorship Options

If you're interested in sponsoring the event click below to explore our Sponsorship Options!

If you have any other questions, feel free to email savinay@mindsmatterco.org