Rockies to Rivers Gala

Our annual fall gala has a new look and feel! Our signature event has been reimagined as the “Rockies To Rivers Gala” and will take place at a new location, the Denver Botanic Gardens in downtown Denver. The event will be decidedly less ‘gala,’ and a lot more ‘Outward Bound.’

The outdoor event at Denver Botanic Gardens will focus on the most important part of COBS: the students. Featuring stories from the field, a live auction, opportunities to support scholarship students, and a bit of base camp – this will not be your typical fundraiser. Make your mark on the lives of young people in our community and have fun along the way. Have questions? Contact [email protected].

Mark your calendars for an epic adventure on September 13th. Don’t wait to purchase your ticket (tickets will be available soon), grab your adventure buddies, coziest Colorado casual outfit, favorite memories from the trails, and get ready to enjoy an evening under the stars.

Here are a few details to keep in mind for the event:

Sponsorship Opportunities

Why sponsor? COBS annual fundraising event attracts a robust crowd. With a move to the Denver Botanic Gardens on York Street for the event, the gala will have room to grow. This year’s event will have around 300 supporters in attendance.

COBS’s community of supporters believe in the restorative power of nature. Many have been on a COBS course themselves. Others have had students in their lives come home from a COBS experience with a renewed sense of purpose. After 60 years of changing lives through challenge and discovery, we have a large community passionate about the outdoors.

Become a Sponsor


Ticket sales will open summer 2023.

Our individual ticket holders will have open seating at community tables, offering a chance to connect with someone new from the COBS crew.

Event Schedule

September 13, 2023

5:30 p.m.  Social hour with cocktails and live music
6:30 p.m.  Dinner is served
7:00 p.m.  Program starts including a live auction, and a special appeal
8:30 p.m.  Grab a s'more and catch up with friends before heading home

Live Auction

Plan your bidding strategy now. You don't want to miss out on any of these amazing adventures!

Live Auction Preview coming soon


No need to rent a tux this year! We encourage guests to embrace a Colorado casual vibe – think clean jeans/khakis/skirts with a button-down.


This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of our amazing sponsors.

Presenting Sponsor

Imagine your business name here!

Summit Sponsors


Elan Greenberg & Erin Lester

Bryan & Cynthia Mix

Expedition Sponsors

Bob and Joan O'Rourke
Kate Ridgway & Eric Holmstrom

Ascent Sponsors

GroundFloorMedia | CenterTable

Lauren Schmidt & Eric Olson

Alex Sugahara

Tarn Udall & Alex DeGolia

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Check them out here.

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