2020 Fall Benefit

The 2020 CDA Fall Benefit was 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.


Click here to view or print the event program.


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)



View recipes to enjoy at home during the benefit.

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 [email protected].


Watch the official book trailer here. 

About Adryn Sumner: 

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


More about Adryn.


Watch the performance.


View Adryn’s official Facebook page.

Benefit Chairmen

Anna Rich

Lauren Rose

Benefit Committee

Laurie Aldinger

Sumner Anderson

Catherine Brawer

Chapter XXIV – Atlanta

Kathi Chulick

John Chulick

Jennifer Wallace Dobbs

Robin Dougherty

Ashley Ganz

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

Melanie Peterson

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.

Christine Tredway

Sharon Vaino

Jaan Vaino

Douglas Reid Weimer

Toni K. Wirth


Evelyn Aucoin

Chapter II – Philadelphia

Chapter XXIII – Virginia

Deborah Kopinski

Christy Morris

Anne Nemetz

Susan Whitfield


Jane Campbell

Connie Grund

Margaret Gunn

Cathy Hedlund

Sharon Holt

Peggy Parker Johnson

Melissa Levesque

Ann Robinson King

Margaret MacKenzie

Lucy Patricola

Vicki Smith

Karen M. Stetler

Barbara Suhay

Adina Taylor

Julia D. Thieriot

Miller Gaffney Thomas

Chapter XXII – Michigan, in memory of Eva Lomerson Collins, Founding Chapter President