New Year's Eve Denver 2012: What to do tonight - Reverb

New Year’s Eve Denver 2012: What to do tonight

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It’s one of the biggest questions of the year regarding your entertainment dollar. Yes, it’s amateur’s night. Yes, you’ll pay a big-night-out tax, with everything from hotels to bars to limos at a premium. But yes, it can be worth it if you handle it properly.

Take a look at the Midnight at the Library party, for example. They have one of the hottest venues in town, the towering, neo-classical, centrally located McNichols Building. They have a bluegrass band and food trucks, the red-hot Mile High Soul Club DJs and a slick 1920s speakeasy theme, an open bar of Colorado brews and distilled beverages and a crowd that’s not afraid to get really, really dressed up.

And that base audience also doesn’t mind shelling out $85 per person to party with a purpose.

“The majority of that ticket price goes to the non-profit that we’re supporting,” said Ryan Snyder, who helps with the non-profit S.O.U.L. Foundation, which works toward educating Ugandan youths. “We’re doing a lot of good things in Uganda and this is a good fundraiser for us.”

The average Ugandan family has eight people and earns $1 per day, according to Snyder — “So $5 is a lot of money to our non-profit.” The group targets youths considering dropping out of school and then partners with the family to pay 50 percent of a child’s school fees, which average $30 per month, Snyder said.

“We don’t do any handouts — it’s a partnership model, meeting with the families and getting them invested in the process of their child’s improvement,” said Snyder, who added that at least 65 percent of each ticket price will go to the non-profit.

Five great New Year’s Eve options in Colorado — from the family-friendly to the booze-happy:

The Big Kid Sleepover

What’s up: Imagine spending the night in one of those sprawling, trampoline-filled funhouses? I know, crazy. At the Big Kid Sleepover, kids (and entire families) can pack their sleeping bags and join the mania of an all-night jump-off. Jump into the new year, indeed.

Where it’s at: Jumpoline, 15380 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora

More: Tickets are $45-$300, via bigkidsleepover.com.

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