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Colorado’s Premier Wine Event DAM Uncorked

Annual Tasting and Auction Honors the Duncan Family Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Denver Art Museum

(Denver, CO) February 16, 2012 — Get ready for one of the most impressive wine-tasting events in Colorado, DAM Uncorked presented by Applejack Wine & Spirits. The 12th annual fundraiser will take place the third weekend in April at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). Whether a seasoned sommelier or a curious novice, wine lovers will not want to miss the chance to taste more than 300 wines during the Wine Tasting Friday, April 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. DAM Uncorked has grown into the museum’s largest fundraiser and is presented in partnership with UMB Bank and Applejack Wine & Spirits.

Guests will spend Friday evening enjoying fine hors d’oeuvres, learning more about wine with helpful tasting guides and sampling exceptional vintages from prominent domestic and international vintners. Always a festive affair, guests can take a break from tasting and bid on items in the silent auction such as spa and restaurant packages or bottles of wine.

The Friday Wine Tasting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $90 for museum members, $125 for non-members and $45 for designated drivers. All attendees must be over 21 years of age. Beat the crowds and taste the best wines first with First Taste tickets, which are an additional $35 and allow early access at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.denverartmuseum.org/uncorked. Guests may also purchase tickets at the door for an additional $10, subject to availability. Reservations are strongly recommended.

The DAM Uncorked Dinner & Auction will take place Saturday, April 21. The event begins with a silent auction reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a seated dinner and live auction. Guests can bid on rare bottles of wine, exclusive access to private art collections, tours with DAM curators and unique travel packages. The silent auction features a variety of luxury items with something for every taste. New this year, guests will bid on fantastic original artworks from artists connected to the DAM through past programs or exhibitions in the Salon du Musée section of the silent auction, proceeds from these items will directly fund new acquisitions for the museum’s collections. Reservations are required, space is limited. For Dinner & Auction tickets, contact Gravely Wilson at 720-913-2763 or gwilson@denverartmuseum.org.

This year the museum honors the Duncan Family for their many years of dedication to and support of the DAM and DAM Uncorked. Sally and Ray Duncan, Renée and Michael Duncan and Leanne and Kevin Duncan have made a number of transformational gifts to the Denver Art Museum, including support of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building Capital Campaign and the Petrie Institute of Western American Art. The Duncans offer ongoing support of museum exhibitions and programming through the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and most recently through support of Becoming Van Gogh, the museum’s blockbuster exhibition opening in October 2012. The Duncans’ vision and support was instrumental in the 2012 remodel of the Raymond T. and Sally C. Duncan Pavilion. For over 10 years, Duncan Oil has supported the museum as an upper-level corporate member and as a major supporter of all fundraising events at the DAM through sponsorships, tables, auction donations and purchases and with donations from their family wineries Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars.

The Duncans offer support in a multitude of ways, sharing their time and thoughts with the museum for all its fundraising endeavors. Michael has been as a member of the DAM’s Board of Trustees since 2007, also serving as a key leader on the Board’s Executive, Collections and Development Committees. Renée and Leanne have served on the DAM Uncorked and Collectors’ Choice committees through the years, including Leanne’s role as co-chair of the record-breaking DAM Uncorked 2011. In addition, Renée and Michael are currently chairs of The Museum Associates Committee. The museum is grateful for the unwavering support of the Duncan Family.

Presenting sponsors for DAM Uncorked are UMB Bank and Applejack Wine & Spirits. Catering is provided by Kevin Taylor Catering at the Denver Art Museum. The event also is sponsored by the Duncan Family, Elk Fork Ranch, the Anschutz Corporation, Frederic C. Hamilton Family Foundation and Liberty Global.

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