Please help us as we continue to keep Mary Elitch's legacy alive by helping us raise funds for our cultural and educational programming. The monies raised will help save our Executive Program Directors position and our cultural/educational programming. Any monies raised that exceed our goal will be used for the restoration of the original tapestry walls that were recently discovered under layers of walls and any additional items that will help us complete Phase III restoration, which is scheduled to begin this summer. Upon completion of Phase III we will have full occupancy. Why is funding raising so important and needed at this time?
1. COVID-19 first and foremost has stopped all of our events and fundraising events. But we are maintaining a strong online presence and continue to offer classes, programming and events.
2. This will be the second season that events have been canceled. Last season the theatre was hit by a microburst the caused over one million dollars worth of damages. Two seasons of very little revenue has been hard.
By giving you will help us sustain our commitment to the community by bringing quality family-friendly cultural arts and entertainment to the Denver metro area. With the help of our Executive Program Director the theatre continues to play a vital role in the cultural and entertainment landscape of Denver. May 1, 2020 marked our 130 years of a rich history and cultural revival.
BRIEF HISTORY OF MARY'S DREAM
This dream of Mary's was not just her own but one she envisioned with her husband John Elitch. Their dream was one that was well launched in 1890, when they successful turned an apple orchard into a botanical garden, zoo and theatrical haven for the world to enjoy. Unfortunately, John would only enjoy it for one year as he fell ill and passed away. The 34 year old widowed Mary would take on many hardships and challenges as she continued to bring all their dreams to fruition. Her deterimnation would bring her international fame. Publications would highlight her as the first woman in the world to own and operate a zoo, botanical garden and the longest running summer stock theatre in America. The theatre and carousel shell are all that are physically standing on the grounds but the memories will always remain. The amazing stars that graced the stage like Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, Sarah Bernhardt, Harold Lloyd and Grace Kelly are just a few of a long list of famous names. The grounds would be the incubator to inspire Denver's zoo, botanical gardens, symphony and Children's Day.