Welcome to the 2021 Cobalt Virtual Gala and Marketplace (Now Open!) This year's theme is SHINE!
Proceeds from this event support Cobalt's political and organizing goals in Colorado and the Cobalt Abortion Fund.
Thank you for being a part of Cobalt's largest 501c4 political fundraising event of the year. YOU are helping to advance abortion access and reproductive rights in Colorado. YOU are a powerful part of this movement.
We listened to your feedback about last year's event, and wanted to provide a more personal experience with a chance to see one another and connect. We are saving money by producing this event in-house with our small staff, so please be patient with us. This also means that your contributions go directly to supporting Cobalt's work this year, without any overhead. Thank you!
FYI: The deadline has now passed for VIP guests to be sorted into breakout rooms - thank you!
Cobalt is thrilled to announce our keynote speaker:
Assétou Xango (Ah-say-too SEAN-go), also known as the Dark Goddess Poet, uses Spoken Word to dismantle the harmful, colonial binaries that bind us.
Assétou Xango is a poet and community activist born and raised in Colorado. They have been writing since they were in 8th grade. As a teenager, they were featured on HBO's Brave New Voices in 2010 and is a two-time TEDxMileHigh Speaker. They have represented Denver, CO in competitions across the nation, was featured in Westword’s Top 100 Creatives and published in Santa Fe University of Art and Design's literary journal entitled "Glyph."
Xango is currently the Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado (2017-2021) and runs their own coaching business helping Black Femmes heal their unworthy stories and live the life they desire. Most recently, Xango is a part of the 2020 Poet Laureate Fellowship under the Academy of American Poets. In all of their work, Xango is dedicated to the visibility and rights of womxn and gender non-conforming people of color and promoting the use of storytelling to dismantle binaries and divisions.
Thank you to our 2021 Host Committee:
Thank you to the ACLU of Colorado, Keshia Allen-Horner, Sue Anderson, Anonymous, Janet and Andrew Baumann, Manthan Bhatt, Bonacquisti Winery, Katie Scolari Borden, Dr. Eliza Buyers and David Pinkert, Chambers Initiative, Dr. Rebecca Cohen and Sloane Irwin, The Colorado Trust, Jenny Davies and Progressive Promotions, Polly Ehrenhaft and John Loewy, Kaia Gallagher, Melissa and Mark Garland, Global Strategy Group, Danielle Glover, Donna Good, Kelsey Green, Dr. Warren Hern and the Boulder Abortion Clinic, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Javelina Consulting LLC, Rachel and Nicholas Jennings, Melissa Johnsen and Rob Noel, Chris Keating, Brad Levin Esq. and Patti Robinson, Laura Liss, Jaime Marston Cook and Ash Cook, Hon. Anne McGihon, Hon. Karen Middleton and Christian Overbey, Leticia Martinez and Mission Control Inc., New Era Colorado, Christy and Jonathan Powell, John Powers, Janna Six, Laura Stenovec, Karen Tomb and Steven Salter, Tierney Lawrence LLC, Tyler and Bryan Traficanti, Judi Wagner, Amanda West and the West Family Foundation, Jill Wildenberg, Topher Williams and Austin Montoya, Erin Wolf, the Wolff Family.
Cobalt encourages our hosts and guests to support local businesses every step of the way, especially those owned and run by people of color and those impacted by the pandemic. Here are some local options to choose from as you plan ahead - we thank these businesses for supporting Cobalt! Those who live outside of the Metro Denver/Boulder area, please consider supporting local small businesses near you.