VIP Benefit

2016 Highlights: Cuban Food and Rides

Friday, September 23, 2016
5:30 p.m.

Dinner and rum pairings were held at the Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar. Guests were transported to an old Havana courtyard, complete with exotic tropical foliage and vintage déco. Chef Guillermo Pernot prepared a delectable menu of classic and contemporary Cuban cuisine. Guest even got the chance to make a mojito and salsa dance with a pro.

After Dinner guests were able to experience Universal’s Islands of Adventure® as VIPs with a tour guide that granted them exclusive access to the park and the rides.

Proceeds from this charitable event benefit the humanitarian, education, and scientific programs of the AAFP Foundation.

2015 Highlights: Music and Food

Friday, October 2, 2015
5:45-9:30 p.m

Dinner was held in the Chambers Grant Salon in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex and included action stations and wine pairings by local celebrity chef Kevin Taylor. Chef Taylor has received awards and recognition from local press and more than 25 national media outlets, including Bon AppetitRestaurant Hospitality, and GQ.

After dinner, guests were escorted to their once-in-a-lifetime VIP seats for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s Masters Series performance highlighting the works of Mozart. Colorado Symphony Principal Horn Michael Thornton performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's well-known Horn Concerto No. 3, then traded his French horn for an eight-foot alphorn for Sinfonia Pastorella by Leopold Mozart, Wolfgang's father.

2014 Highlights: Newseum and More

Friday, October 24, 2014
5:30-8:00 p.m.

VIPs enjoyed the history and magnificence of Washington, D.C., at the Newseum. The Newseum features 15 galleries exploring news history and major historical events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. VIPs were free to tour such fascinating exhibits as Tim Russert’s office, the Comcast 9/11 Gallery, Berlin Wall Gallery, and so much more.

Guests even got to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Knight Studio on Pennsylvania Avenue, which has played host to numerous local and national broadcast events, including ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and "Good Morning America," an NBC News interview with President-elect Barack Obama, major press conferences, and NPR's "Talk of the Nation."

The museum provided VIPs with breathtaking views of the National Mall and U.S. Capitol, followed by dinner created by internationally-acclaimed Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Participating VIP guests boarded a luxury motor coach after dinner to embark on a tour of the monuments by moonlight. They were able to see some of the most famous monuments and landmarks illuminated at night. Tour guides shared fascinating facts about the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, White House, National Mall, U.S. Capitol Building, and more.

2013 Highlights: Batter Up for A Night at the Ballpark

The AAFP Foundation VIP Benefit: Batter Up for A Night at the Ballpark was held on Friday, September 27, in Petco Park’s Hall of Fame in San Diego, California, where guests were able to overlook the Assembly Celebration from above. They enjoyed delicious food and drink, plus tours of the press box and the Padres locker rooms (a rare treat to see the home team’s locker room). Guests left with a Padres hat as a souvenir.

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