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By Dahlia Jean Weinstein
Rocky Mountain News
Thursday, November 23, 2006

What: Museum After Dark: Unveiling a Colorado Gem

When: Nov. 10

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Proceeds: $368,000, for funding science education programs

After Dark co-chairmen: Cathy and Peter Dea

Honorary co-chairmen: Helen Thorpe and former geologist John Hickenlooper (yes, that John Hickenlooper), who helped unveil the largest aquamarine specimen found in North America

Colorado 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.

Patrons: 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.

Presenting sponsor: Qwest Communications

More info: 303-322-7009 or

Dahlia Jean Weinstein is the society writer. or 303-954-2882.,2777,DRMN_23962_5164470,00.html