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The Mask Project was founded in 1998 by The Denver Hospice and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center to capture the imagination of Coloradans with a unique fundraiser.
Since its inaugural year when Mickey Ackerman, vice chairman of The Denver Hospice board of directors, founded the biennial community event, The Mask Project has grown into a national event attracting masks by nationally-renowned artists, celebrities, sports figures, political and community leaders.

Over the years, The Mask Project has raised nearly $4.5 million for hospice care in the Denver metro area. In 2010, The Mask Project was viewed by over 1 million people who visited the Cherry Creek Shopping Center during the month-long exhibit of the gallery of masks. The online gallery drew thousands of hits over four weeks of online bidding.

The Mask Project broke a record in 2006 when Steve Chotin's mask titled Helpful = Joyful Heart, sold during a festive round of bidding for $141,000. Calls to the live auction came in from Tel Aviv, Australia, Los Angeles and New York as associates of Steve and Robin Chotin and The Chotin Group bid on a mask by Denver artist Charles Wooldridge.
Facts & Faces of The Mask Project:  
  • The Mask Project has raised nearly $4 million for The Denver Hospice and just as importantly has helped raised community awareness for end-of-life care. 
  • Over 1 million people visit the Cherry Creek Shopping Center during The Mask Project exhibit. 
  • It takes more than 150 dedicated volunteers to produce and present The Mask Project 2010.
  • The Mask Project Gala is one of Denver's most celebrated parties, attracting more than 1,200 supporters of The Denver Hospice.
  • People from across the country browse the online gallery and bid on masks. 
  • The Mask Project 2010 collection included masks from Michelle Obama, Kevin Bacon, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Edwards, John Elway, Chauncy Billups, to name a few big names.
  • Marcus Luttrell served as our Keynote speaker for the Inaugural Mask Project Luncheon hosted at the Grand Hyatt in 2014.
Famous Faces who have contributed: 
  • Barack Obama
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Celine Dion
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Dianne Reeves
  • Flobots
  • George W. Bush
  • Glenn Close
  • Hilary Swank
  • Jay Leno
  • John Elway
  • John Oliver
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Katy Perry
  • Keith Urban
  • Kenneth Faried
  • Luke Bryant
  • Matt Dillon
  • Michael Douglas
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Missy Franklin
  • Paul Newman
  • Peter Jackson
  • Peyton Manning
  • Rod Stewart
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Semyon Varlamov
  • Steven Stills
  • Sting
  • The Fray
  • The Lumineers
  • Wayne Gretzky
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