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Saturday September 18, 2021
5pm – 9pm | Cocktail Attire Requested
Denver Downtown Aquarium Ballroom
700 Water St. Denver, CO 80211

Join us for an evening celebrating our Veterans at the Denver Downtown Aquarium’s newly redone Nautilus Ballroom! Enjoy a VIP visit and photo opportunity with the Aquarium’s Animal Ambassadors, and tour the beautiful Aquarium exhibits!

Start with delicious appetizers in the fabulous Dive Lounge, then feast on a full-course dinner in the Nautilus ballroom, complete with wine pairings.  Bid on our fantastic Silent Auction offerings, and enjoy the fun of our famous dessert auction! All proceeds from this fun evening go towards supporting the Healing Warriors Program clinics in Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs and Longmont.


Early Bird Pricing Until August 30, 2021. Hurry! Last year’s event SOLD OUT.

Veteran – $75
General Admission – $95 | Early Bird $85
Couples Admission – $180 | Early Bird $165
Table for 6 –  $525 | Early Bird $475
Table for 8 –  $700 | Early Bird $650

Appetizers • Dinner Complete with Wine Pairing • Dessert • Famous Pie Auction • Silent Auction • Access to Exhibits

About Waves, Wine & Warriors

Ray Martinez

Ray Martinez

Keynote Speaker

Ray is a retired Fort Collins police sergeant, as well as a former three-term mayor of Fort Collins. He most recently served as City Councilmember for District 2 in Fort Collins from 2015 to 2019. He is a U.S. Army veteran, having received the Army Commendation Medal. Ray has dedicated significant time working closely with Hispanic community leaders, youth and athletes to improve the relationship between the community and law enforcement. He co-founded an organization that works directly with at-risk youth to provide them with positive educational and recreational experiences while keeping them active within their neighborhoods and communities. He was a member of the National League of Cities Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee until 2019 and has been a member of several boards and organizations over the years, including the chair of Colorado’s Minority Business Advisory Council under Governor Owens and Governor Ritter, a member of the Colorado Mesa University board of trustees, and a White House appointee on the Defense Advisory Board for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Ray lives in Fort Collins, enjoys writing and has published several books.


Domestic and International Cheese Display
with Imported Cheese, Fresh Seasonal Fruits, Berries, Sun-Dried Fruits,
Nuts, Sliced Breads and Crackers
Pecan-crusted smoked salmon
House salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Carrots and a Creamy herb dressing

Choice of:

Beef Short Ribs, Slow Cooked to Perfection
Sliced Grilled Chicken Breast with Herb butter sauce (GF)
Rustic Pasta (Veg/V)
Fresh Veggies and rich Marinara tossed with Pasta. Romano Cheese optional


Roasted Red Potatoes and Chef’s Choice Veggie, Served with Petite Rolls

Chocolate Flour Torte (GF)

Thank You to Our Partners

VFW Post 1
Anemone Awards Sponsor

Inheritance of Hope
Abalone Auction Sponsor

Gerlinde & Jon Stockard
Deep Sea Dessert Sponsor

Stonescape Steel Roofing
Tidal Wave Sponsor

Elevations Credit Union
Denizen Dinner Sponsor

Colorado Veterans Project
Coral Wine Sponsor

Cornerstone Asset Management

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