Blue Star Connection, charity associated with Grand County Blues Society, to hold 7th Annual Blue Star Denver fundraiser Saturday
February 9, 2018
The Blue Star Connection is holding the 7th Annual Blue Star Denver fundraiser at The Tivoli in Denver on Saturday, hoping to raise thousands for children and young adults fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
The Blue Star Connection is a Grand County based charitable organization associated with the Grand County Blues Society, which donates musical instruments to children facing serious life challenges.
The Annual Blue Star Denver event is the nonprofit's biggest fundraiser.
"It got started when Blue Star began working with organizations in the Denver area," said Art Ferrari, treasurer and accountant for the Grand County Blues Society. "We starting getting folks from the Denver metro area involved in our organization, raising money and collecting used instruments.
We just starting getting a following down there, and we wanted to go outside of Grand County to do our fundraising."
Ferrari said the event typically pulls about 300 people, and that last year Blue Star Connection raised more than $12,000.
He said in the biggest year the organization raised nearly $20,000.
The big draw is music.
This year the event will feature Albuquerque based blues guitarist Ryan McGarvey as the headliner, along with Chris Daniels & The Kings and My Blue Sky. Up-and-comers Emma Marie, who performed at last years Blues From The Top, and Jordan "Stixx" Jamison will also be playing.
There will also be a silent auction that includes 13 guitars signed by the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Lonnie Mack, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and more.
Tickets are available at the Blue Star Connection website, as well as at the door. Guests can purchase a VIP experience for $69, reserved seats for $35 or general admission for $25.
"We've had a lot of our patrons come to this event every year, and we have a pretty strong return clientele for this event," said Ferrari. "Both because of the great cause, and because we typically put on a pretty spectacular night of music."