CoBiz Financial Chairman and CEO Steve Bangert was tired of having to wear a suit and tie to every philanthropic event that he supported in the Denver community. After many conversations with Richard Dalton, EVP and COO of CoBiz, they came up with an idea for a fundraiser that they would both eagerly attend – AND invite their friends!
In 2001 the Biz Bash was created and combines music, mingling, a unique silent auction and delicious food – all to raise money for a great cause. The Biz Bash was well-received and quickly became renowned for being more black t-shirt than black tie, more dancing than programming, more epicurean than etiquette and more fun than you’ll ever have at a charity event. The mission of the Biz Bash is to produce a benefit concert that raises funds for worthy causes in both Arizona and Colorado. Our proven success comes from the support of CoBiz employees, clients, partners and friends who continue to believe in the Biz Bash’s purpose year after year.
Since its inception, the Biz Bash has raised more than $3.3 million for local non-profit organizations in both Arizona and Colorado. After becoming a qualified beneficiary, each non-profit selected receives monies for two consecutive years. Net proceeds from the Biz Bash have ranged from $100,000 to $270,000 – an amazing feat for only one night!
If you’d like to experience philanthropy in a truly unique atmosphere, please contact us to learn more about how to get yourself and/or your company involved in our annual event. We look forward to having you join us in our commitment to making a difference in our community.
Los Lonely Boys rocked the house for the 12th Annual Biz Bash on April 26, 2012. Their smooth sound was not “far from Heaven” and kept our guests dancing all night! With their help, hundreds of thousands of dollars were raised for two Colorado charities. Check back in November for information about next year’s entertainment!