Colorado Celebrity Classic

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Grove Family Ranch at Cherry Creek
6225 South Fraser Street
Centennial, Colorado

Saluting Our Military Fallen Heroes
Nashville Songwriters Show & Dinner

Colorado Celebrity Classic to Benefit TAPS
 

Join us for a memorable and fun evening as we honor the families of those who died for our freedoms.

You’ll hear Grammy and CMA Award-winning music from the writers and the intimate stories behind their songs. Starring Nashville singer/songwriters Andy Griggs, Deborah Allen, Frank Myers, and Jimmy Nichols

We get the party started with the toe tappin' music and entertainment by Tony David & WildeFire. Denise Plante, Emmy-Award winning host of television and radio emcees.

Enjoy the best Prime Rib dinner you've ever tasted. Prepared with all the fixin's by the Coors Chuckwagon Cowboys who come all the way from Amarillo, Texas to serve you.

Silent & Live Auctions with unique items open on-line Wednesday, September 1.

Hosted at the Grove Family Ranch in Centennial, Colorado.  Steve and Marla Grove make their extraordinary private venue available exclusively for TAPS.  This year’s auctioneer is Shelly St. John, nationally recognized for her ability to inspire and excite her audience.

Meet Our Featured Artists

Andy Griggs
 

Andy Griggs

Two #1's, five Top 5's and 4 other Top 10's on the Billboard Country Chart. Andy's popular singles include She's More; You Won't Ever Be Lonely; How Cool Is That, She Thinks She Needs Me; Tonight I Wanna Be Your Man; and Can I Get an Amen. Andy has recorded with Coley McCabe, Waylon Jennings and Martina McBride. There's a story behind every song and Andy's rich life experience fuels his music. He grew up in Louisiana, has been a youth minister, and an actor (La Bamba; Where the Heart Is; Inside Music Row.) His father died of a brain tumor when Andy was only 11, and his older brother, only sibling, and Andy's hero, died of a heart attack at age 21. He describes his music as gumbo, with influences of blues, rock 'n roll and a touch of jazz. "There is no defining a style of song," says Andy. "As long as there's soul, it has a place in music." Andy sings K-9 Brother on the TAPS Loves Lives On album, commemorating the life and service of K-9 handler, Sgt. Joshua Ryan Ashley USMC.


Deborah Allen
 

Deborah Allen

An extraordinarily talented singer, prolific songwriter, producer and performer, Deborah’s #1 crossover hit Baby I Lied brought her Grammy nominations for both Best Vocalist and Best Country Song. Deborah has earned multiple Million Air-Play Awards with songs recorded by artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Brooks & Dunn, Patty Loveless, Conway Twitty, Tanya Tucker, Janie Fricke, John Conlee, Isaac Hayes, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Fleetwood Mac and more. Additionally, Deborah’s songs have been featured on several major motion picture soundtracks, such as Coyote Ugly, River Rat, Clinton and Nadine, and River Phoenix's final film, The Thing Called Love. Deborah is featured on the TAPS Loves Live On album with her song, Press on Preston in memory of PFC Preston A. Brown, USA.


Frank Myers
 

Frank Myers

Frank got his start in Nashville as band leader, road manager and lead guitarist for Eddy Raven. He played for Marie Osmond. Frank’s first single #1 hit, You and I, was recorded by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle. Gary Baker became Frank's songwriting partner; their first #1 hit together was Once Upon a Lifetime, sung by Alabama. Gary and Frank recorded an album and were three-time nominees for Duo the Year at the ACM's and CMA's. Their #1 hit, I Swear, won the Grammy Award Song of the Year. Frank co-wrote two #1's, I'm Already There, BMI's 2002 Country Song of the Year and My Front Porch Looking In (Lonestar). He produced his first solo album Scrapbook in 2006. I Turn to You, recorded by Richie McDonald, was nominated for a Dove Award for Best Country Christian CD. Frank has 10 #1s and 25 Top 10 hits. With Billy Montana, he co-wrote a song for TAPS, I'm Here for You.


Jimmy Nichols
 

Jimmy Nichols

Jimmy toured for more than four years with Reba McEntire and seven years with Faith Hill on keys and as musical director for both. He has appeared in two movies as well as the Late Show with David Letterman, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Today, Ellen, Oprah, and performed on numerous TV specials including Christmas in Washington for President Bush and the 2008 inauguration ceremonies.  Jimmy has recorded with Elton John, Lee Ann Womack, Andy Griggs, Keith Urban, Lonestar, Jo Dee Messina and others.  He is the founding president of Black River Music Group, which helped launch the careers of Opry regular, Sarah Darling, and award-winning songwriter, Josh Osborne.

Sponsor Opportunities


Recognition in event program and ads offered when sponsorship paid by August 23, 2021.
Please contact Lynne Cottrell at 303.696.0450 or lcottrell@taps.org for details.

ANNIVERSARY SPONSOR $10,000

  • Premier table for ten
  • Personal concierge
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Ten tickets to the VIP After-Party with Singer-Songwriters and the Coors Cowboys
  • Sponsorship recognized from the stage at the event
  • Full-page ad in printed event program
  • Sponsor logo at TAPS Colorado website (through December 2021)


GOLD SPONSOR $5,000

  • Premium table for ten
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Two tickets to the VIP After-Party with Singer-Songwriters and the Coors Cowboys
  • Half-page ad in printed event program
  • Sponsor name at TAPS Colorado website (thru December 2021)


SILVER SPONSOR $2,000

  • Reserved table for ten
  • Recognition in the event program
  • Complimentary drink ticket for each guest
  • Sponsor name at TAPS Colorado website (thru December 2021)


MILITARY TABLE SPONSOR $2,000

  • TAPS will fill the table for you, if you choose.
  • Reserved table for ten active or retired military (may include their guest)
  • Complimentary drink ticket for each guest
  • For you as the sponsor:
  • Recognition in the event program
  • Sponsor name listed at TAPS Colorado website (thru December 2021)


FOUNDER'S TABLE TICKET $1,000

  • One reserved seat at the Premier table hosted by TAPS Founder and President Bonnie Carroll
  • Personal concierge
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks
  • One ticket to the VIP After-Party with Singer-Songwriters and the Coors Cowboys
  • Recognition in the event program

Individual Tickets


INDIVIDUAL TICKET $175

  • One Assigned Seat


TAPS SURVIVOR $175

  • We’ll invite a TAPS survivor to attend on your behalf.


YOUNG PROFESSIONAL TICKET $125

  • For guests under age 35

Complimentary Valet Parking offered to all guests.


For more information contact Lynne Cottrell: 303-696-0450; lcottrell@TAPS.org

The Colorado Celebrity Classic is made possible by our amazing volunteers, sponsors, private companies and individuals who donate products and services, and our Executive Committee, led by Directors Lynne and Bo Cottrell.