Volunteers of America 26th Annual Western Fantasy Gala

DATE: October 12th, 2019
TIME: Doors open 5:45pm
ADDRESS: National Western Complex
1515 East Forty-seventh Avenue, Denver, CO, 80216

Benefiting Volunteers of America
Honoring Michelle Sie Whitten
Featuring Lauren Alaina

The Western Fantasy gala has been a signature event in Denver for 26 years, dazzling guest with elaborate western themes and attire, cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and a concert by renowned country western stars, all benefiting Volunteers of America Colorado. 

Western Fantasy was founded by community leaders Sharon Magness Blake and Jean Galloway in 1994. Since its inception, Western Fantasy has raised more than $25 million to support Volunteers of America, helping children and families and our elderly neighbors in need across Colorado. The 26th Anniversary Western Fantasy will be chaired by Judy and Charlie McNeil.

Charlie and Judy McNeil are honored to be the event chairs for the 2019 Western Fantasy in support of Volunteers of America. With strong Colorado native roots, Judy and Charlie have frequently joined forces in support of local charities with a common purpose to make a true difference to their community. They were honorees for the Arapahoe House “Pillars of the Community,” the Arapahoe House “Ruston Award,” and honorees for the 25th Anniversary Children’s Diabetes Foundation “Carousel Ball.”

The entertainer for this year's Western Fantasy is someone that truly fits our Women of the West theme. Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she competed on Season 10 of American Idol. In 2017, Alaina followed up her No. 1 debuting first album, “Wildflower,” with the release of the critically acclaimed “Road Less Traveled.” The album landed on multiple end-of-year “Best Of” lists and it became the top-streamed female country album release of the year. In 2018, she was honored as the ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year and received her second CMT Music Award for Collaborative Video of the Year with her childhood friend, Kane Brown. We are so excited to have Lauren Alaina perform at this Gala.

We are honored to salute Michelle Sie Whitten as our 2019 Humanitarian of the Year at Western Fantasy! Michelle is a true pioneer woman of the west, a 21st Century symbol of how one person with a passionate desire can change the world. Michelle’s trailblazing efforts led her to creating the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the world’s foremost research, advocacy and support services organization for families with Down Syndrome. Please join us on Saturday night as we pay tribute to Michelle Sie Whitten at Western Fantasy!

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Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including the frail elderly, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless individuals, women in need, and veterans and their families. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit voacolorado.org.

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