Award to be received posthumously by family at Symphony Ball 2012The Colorado Symphony has announced that the 2012 Margaret Phipps Award will be given to Erna Butler posthumously at the Symphony Ball 2012 held on April 28. This prestigious award goes to an individual or institution in recognition of longstanding philanthropic support of The Colorado Symphony.
“The Board of Trustees is honored to recognize the long-time generosity and support of Erna Butler to The Colorado Symphony. Her philanthropic spirit and enthusiasm provided inspiration to everyone she touched at every level of the organization. Erna was at the forefront of those providing financial and volunteer support crucial to the health of the symphony,” says Colorado Symphony board co-chair, Jerome H. Kern.
The Colorado Symphony established the award in 1993 to honor the philanthropic contributions and the memory of Margaret Rodgers Phipps. A Denver native, Mrs. Phipps was celebrated throughout Colorado for her remarkable devotion to the arts community. She served two terms as president of the Denver Symphony Association, and was a passionate advocate of music and the arts, distinguishing herself as a renowned and generous philanthropist.
Some of the past recipients of the Margaret Phipps Award include E. Atwill Gilman, The Denver Debutante Ball, Bill and Carol Gossard, Katie Stapleton, Robert and Judi Newman, The Boettcher Foundation, Marin Alsop, Cy and Lyndia Harvey and Mayor Wellington E. Webb and First Lady Wilma J. Webb.
The ball benefits the Colorado Symphony’s community engagement, education and outreach programs. Symphony Ball 2012, sponsored by Arrow Electronics and CBS4, will be held on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. It is chaired by Colorado Symphony Association trustee and CBS4 general manager, Walt DeHaven, and his wife and president of Aiello Public Relations & Marketing, Wendy Aiello. Ed Greene, CBS4 weather and news anchor, will be the evening’s emcee. The Colorado Symphony will be the featured performer.