Make-A-Wish Colorado Celebrates at the Brown Palace Champagne Cascade

Eight-year-old Jack R. becomes a Colorado Avalanche player for the weekend at the annual Champagne Cascade
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Photo courtesy The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

Each November, hundreds of people gather in the historic Brown Palace Hotel lobby and line the hallways surrounding the eight-story atrium to toast the start of the holiday season during the hotel’s Champagne Cascade. This year, 8-year-old Jack R., a wish kid diagnosed with leukemia, will have a unique vantage point as master swordsmen swing Napoleonic sabers to sever the bottlenecks of Moet Champagne magnums. He’ll flip the switch to turn on the hotel’s giant chandelier as former Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles and the hotel’s general manager pour champagne into the topmost glasses of a 500-glass tower. As each glass fills, it cascades into the ones below, eventually filling every drink in the tower with sparkling bubbles.

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Jack R. at his last day of treatment.

The Champagne Cascade on Nov. 13 will be the kickoff for Jack’s wish granted by Make-A-Wish Colorado, which is to be a Colorado Avalanche player. Jack and his family will spend the weekend at the Brown Palace. On Monday, Nov. 14, Jack will dress and practice with the Colorado Avalanche before taking a behind-the-scenes tour of Ball Arena. That evening, he and his family will watch the Colorado Avalanche take on the St. Louis Blues from a rink-side suite.

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Photo courtesy The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

In addition to the cascading champagne tower, the 34th annual Champagne Cascade will feature a special appearance by Santa Claus, the lighting of the holiday Denver Debutante Chandelier and music from the John Kite Quartet. Each year, the Brown Palace chooses a nonprofit as the beneficiary for its Champagne Cascade. For the past three years, Make-A-Wish Colorado has received proceeds from the event. The 34th annual Brown Palace Champagne Cascade tickets begin at $20 and are available via Eventbrite.

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Jack R. and family.

Make-A-Wish Colorado had several additional ways in which the community can help to power wishes this holiday season.

  • Schedule a donation for Colorado Gives Day now thru Dec. 6. 
  • Take the family to the Christmas In Color drive-thru animated light show at Water World, Bandimere Speedway and Arapahoe County Fairgrounds from Nov. 18 – Jan. 2. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish.
  • Write a letter to Santa and drop it off in-store at a Macy’s red letterbox between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24. Macy’s will donate $2 to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa ─ up to $2 million during this year’s campaign.
  • Help stock our Holiday Wish Store, presented by Mager Law Group. Wish kids can shop at the Wish Store for free holiday gifts for family members. You can help make this holiday experience magical by selecting an item from our Amazon Wish List. Shipping information will be automatically completed once you place your order. 

Join the Make-A-Wish Colorado community and help share holiday joy with Colorado children like Jack who are battling critical illnesses.

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