By Dahlia Jean Weinstein
Rocky Mountain News
Thursday, November 23, 2006
• What: Museum
After Dark: Unveiling a Colorado Gem
• When: Nov.
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
$368,000, for funding science education programs
• After Dark
co-chairmen: Cathy and Peter Dea
co-chairmen: Helen Thorpe and former geologist John
Hickenlooper (yes, that
John Hickenlooper), who helped unveil the largest aquamarine
specimen found in North America
gem: Known as Diane's Pocket, the 37-by-25-inch specimen
consisting of more than 100 aquamarine crystals and other
gems was found in 2004 by prospector Steve Brancato near the
summit of Mount Antero in the Sawatch Range of central
Colorado. It now is on permanent display in the museum's
Coors Gem and Mineral Hall.
Cody and Bruce Oreck, the mineral collector who donated
Diane's Pocket; museum chief curator and vice president of
research and collections Dr. Kirk Johnson; President and CEO
George Sparks and his wife, Karen;
Elizabeth and Ric Padilla,
Qwest; Gordon and Sally Rippey, Coors Foundation;
museum Chairman and University of Colorado Foundation
President Wayne Hutchens and his wife, Joyce; museum trustee
emeritus Harry Lewis; and trustees Philippe Dunoyer, Bob
Thomson and Jack Ferguson, to name a few.
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Dahlia Jean Weinstein is
the society writer.
weinsteind@RockyMountainNews.com or 303-954-2882.