Mountain Top Children’s Museum hosts 10th annual Family Night Fundraiser
If you go
What: 10th annual Family Night Fundraiser for the Mountain Top Children’s Museum
When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23; magic show begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center, 620 Village Road, Breckenridge
Cost: Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and younger; tables are also available
More information: For questions, to buy tickets or to inquire about table pricing, call Laura Horvath, executive director of the Mountain Top Children’s Museum, at (970) 333-7353
The Mountain Top Children’s Museum will host its 10th annual Family Night Fundraiser on Saturday, May 23, at Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center.
“As a nonprofit, obviously fundraising is a big part of what we do,” said Laura Horvath, executive director of the Mountain Top Children’s Museum. “The money all goes right back to the kids, to exhibit improvement to our day-camp program and other local outreach programs that we do.”
Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and younger and include a taco bar buffet dinner, hands-on magical activities for kids, face painting and balloon sculptures with colorful clown Suz-Z-Q-Z and a silent auction with items from local businesses.
“Anywhere from an Epic Local Pass to spa certificates, dining all over, loads of entertainment stuff, like tickets to the Denver Zoo, Country Boy Mine — honestly, anything and everything that you can think of is going to be there,” Horvath said of the silent auction. “We have over 300 items.”
Other items up for bid include goodies such as rounds of golf, whitewater rafting, Fun Park tickets, kids’ toys from Peak-A-Boo Toys and Stork & Bear and things for the parents from Nature’s Own and other local retailers. Horvath said the silent auction alone typically raises more than $10,000 for the museum.
The main attraction for the Family Night Fundraiser is a family-oriented, interactive magic show with Denver magician Shawn Preston, which will last about 45 to 50 minutes.
“I try to make it interactive by bringing people up onstage to take part, and I go down into the audience and try to engage the audience,” Preston said. “People can go to a movie theater and watch a show, but in this case, they are actually interacting with the show. It’s clean comedy suitable for all ages, fun for the kids and awesome for the adults, as well.”
Preston said often when people think of magicians, they think of performers who cater to kids at birthday parties and the like, but his show is fun for all ages.
“My bread and butter is corporate entertainment, major corporations all over the country, so I definitely want parents to know that they’re going to be fooled and amazed and have a great time,” he said. “And the kids are going to love it, too, because kids love magic and I engage the kids and bring them up onstage, but it’s definitely something the grown-ups will love, as well.”
Horvath said she’d encourage people to attend the fundraiser because it’ll be a night of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
“It’s a well thought out fundraiser that we’ve really dialed in over the years,” she said. “It’s a guaranteed night of fun and laughter for everyone who comes and it supports a really great cause in our community.”
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