Penny Parker’s On The Town: Bronco and betrothed buck up for SaddleUp! Foundation event

Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker and fiance and country singing sensation Jessie James will add their celebrity status to this year’s SaddleUp! Foundation Denver Suitcase Party where guests show up with packed bags ready to leave on a jet plane the weekend of Aug. 17.

The event will be held in a private hangar at Mayo Aviation, Centennial Airport. Guests will walk the red carpet beginning at 6 p.m. and party hearty with drinks, dancing and food samplings from local restaurants and caterers.

James will be the featured entertainer for the summer soiree which raises money for the Parker-based charity that is dedicated to empowering individuals with special needs through equine assisted activities and therapies at a family friendly ranch. More information and tickets at www.saddleupfoundation.org.

Tickets are $125 for young professionals 35 years and younger, $150 for general admission and $250 for VIP, which includes a champagne greeting, access to the VIP lounge and discounts for Town and Country Limousine. Each ticket level includes one raffle ticket for drawing to win two seats on the six-seater plane. The five-star accommodations are provided by Inspirato, the luxury travel club.

Above: Decker and James are ready for takeoff.

Get ready to Rumba

La Rumba, the former home Oxygen, of one of Denver’s best GLBT club nights of its time, will host The Official Elitch’s Pride Day After-Party Monday featuring DJ Tatiana.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Monday, and there is a $5 cover charge. Patrons that present their Elitch’s ticket stub will receive a free house drink.

Patio party

I mentioned it earlier, but it bears repeating: Elway’s Cherry Creek summer concert series returns Wednesday with live music, cocktails and a special menu.

Wednesday’s concerts kick-off band is Message in a Bottle, a terrific group that covers songs from The Police. The backyard opens at 5; bands play from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Check out the rest of the summer schedule at www.elways.com.

Wednesday wine day

Strings Restaurant, 1700 Humboldt, would also be worth a visit on Wednesday for The Tour de France premium dinner and wine pairing event presented by The Denver Chapter of the American Wine Society.

Four courses will be paired with wines from leading producers from the Loire Valley, Alsace, Burgundy and Cobieres. Guest speaker will be Jeff Lott, southwest regional manager, Pasternak Wine Imports.

The event is $55 for AWS members; $65 for non-members and guests. Tickets available at www.blacktie-colorado.com.

Restaurant worker wins 100 clams for dinner

Scott Morgan with Cool River in the Tech Center was the big winner at Tuesday’s Tailgate party, a “fun-raiser” for the Colorado Restaurant Association Mile High Chapter.

Morgan’s name was drawn from all those who went on to the Chapter’s Facebook page and “liked” us (he really likes us!). Congrats to the restaurant industry worker who gets to spend a $100 gift certificate good at any Mile High Chapter member.

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