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History

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.
Famous Faces who have contributed: 

    •    Carmelo Anthony
    •    Bill Cosby
    •    Matt Dillon
    •    John Elway 
    •    Peter Jackson 
    •    Jay Leno
    •    The Fray 
    •    Barack Obama
    •    George W. Bush 
    •    Dave Matthews 
    •    Paul Newman
    •    Sarah Jessica Parker 
    •    Michael Douglas 
    •    George Straight 
    •    Glenn Close 
    •    Miley Cyrus 
    •    Celine Dion 
    •    Sting 
    •    Donald Trump
    •    Hilary Swank
    •    Stephen Stills 
    •    Rod Stewart
    •    Dianne Reeves 
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