2020 Fall Benefit

The 2020 CDA Fall Benefit will be held virtually on Friday, October 16th.


Celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Society’s Gilded Age founding with a talk by Shelby Carr on her new book, The Queen of Denver: Louise Sneed Hill and the Emergence of Modern High Society.


Proceeds will go to fund the initiatives of the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (built in 1799), which is wholly owned and operated by The Colonial Dames of America.

Benefit Chairmen

Anna Rich

Lauren Rose

Benefit Committee*

Sumner Anderson

Catherine Brawer

Chapter XXIV – Atlanta

Kathi Chulick

John Chulick

Jennifer Wallace Dobbs

Robin Dougherty

Sharon Hare

Pegi Ivancevich

Suzanne Boone Katz

Brantley Knowles

Peter Knowles

Jocelyn Lance

Carolyn Levin

Carol M. Lynch

Rebecca Madsen

Steven Madsen

Angela Parks Masand

Caroline McLain

Pamela Pate

Sandra Pearl

Erwin Pearl

Laura Ramsay

Anna Rich

Dianne Robinson

Lauren Rose

Christine Rother

Virginia Hurtes Rouse

Beverley Sherrid

Susan Somerville-Hawes

Kathleen Springhorn

Jane Told

William Told, Jr.

Sharon Vaino

Jaan Vaino

Douglas Reid Weimer

Toni K. Wirth

*List in formation


Evelyn Aucoin

Anne Nemetz

Chapter II – Philadelphia

Chapter XXIII – Virginia

*List in formation


Zoom Conference



Friday, October 16, 2020


7 pm ET: Cocktails and musical performance by renowned pianist and Colonial Dame Adryn Sumner


7:30 pm ET: Author and Colonial Dame Shelby Carr



  • General: $130 (for CDA’s 130th anniversary)
  • Friend: $250+ (printed recognition)
  • Patron: $500+ (printed recognition)
  • Benefit Committee: $1000+ (printed recognition)



Click here to download and print the reply card to mail with an enclosed check.



While checks are preferred, online reservations are available:


About Shelby Carr:

Shelby Carr has a background in history, historic preservation, genealogy, and museum work. Her new book is The Queen of Denver: Louise Sneed Hill and the Emergence of Modern High Society. She is a member of the Parent Chapter of CDA.


More about Shelby and her book.


Order a personalized copy of the book by emailing shelbyncarr@gmail.com.


Watch the official book trailer here. 

About Adryn Sumner: 

Adryn Sumner is a classical pianist and founder of Lit Classical. She is also Second Vice President of CDA Chapter XXXI – South Carolina.


More about Adryn.


View Adryn’s official Facebook page.