Event Chairs Bill Mosher and Molly Broeren, left, with Debbie and Jim Shmerling

Zach Miller is a gregarious, friendly and outgoing 14-year-old young man who loves to snowboard, joke around and smile alot. He had no qualms about getting up in front of 1,400 well-heeled supporters at the Children’s Gala on Saturday night as co-emcee and hit it out of the park.

Zach was diagnosed with left hemiplegic cerebral palsey as a baby, but as the theme of “transformation” permeated the event and the mission of Children’s Hospital Colorado in general, it is evident that such afflictions do not present roadblocks for kids like Zach. With their resilience, the help of their families and supporters and the staff at Children’s, anything is possible.

Event Chairs Molly Broeren and Bill Mosher presided over the 2013 gala, which was light on traditional speeches at podiums and heavy on highlighting the kids. Slacker from the Alice 105.9 afternoon show co-emceed with Zach, and the crowd loved the performance by none other than Grammy-nominated OneRepublic, followed by cutting loose to Boogie Machine. The kids are why we do this, and Zach Miller is the perfect example of those reasons.

Children’s Gala has raised more than $30 million for children and families at Children’s Colorado in its 35-year lifetime. Visit www.childrenscolorado.org for more information.