New Year’s Eve Denver 2012: What to do tonightBy Ricardo Baca | December 31st, 2012 | No Comments »
Itâ€™s one of the biggest questions of the year regarding your entertainment dollar. Yes, itâ€™s amateurâ€™s night. Yes, youâ€™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 thatâ€™s not afraid to get really, really dressed up.
And that base audience also doesnâ€™t mind shelling out $85 per person to party with a purpose.
â€śThe majority of that ticket price goes to the non-profit that weâ€™re supporting,â€ť said Ryan Snyder, who helps with the non-profit S.O.U.L. Foundation, which works toward educating Ugandan youths. â€śWeâ€™re doing a lot of good things in Uganda and this is a good fundraiser for us.â€ť
The average Ugandan family has eight people and earns $1 per day, according to Snyder â€” â€śSo $5 is a lot of money to our non-profit.â€ť The group targets youths considering dropping out of school and then partners with the family to pay 50 percent of a childâ€™s school fees, which average $30 per month, Snyder said.
â€śWe donâ€™t do any handouts â€” itâ€™s a partnership model, meeting with the families and getting them invested in the process of their childâ€™s improvement,â€ť said Snyder, who added that at least 65 percent of each ticket price will go to the non-profit.
Five great New Yearâ€™s Eve options in Colorado â€” from the family-friendly to the booze-happy:
The Big Kid Sleepover
Whatâ€™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 itâ€™s at: Jumpoline, 15380 E. Hampden Ave., Aurora
More: Tickets are $45-$300, via bigkidsleepover.com.