The Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) 2018 Spotlight on Hope 30th Anniversary Gala honored the founders, physicians, medical professionals and other community advocates who have supported and sustained the organization for three decades. Long-time community speaker and volunteer Scottie Iverson served as mistress of ceremonies with comments made by CNI Executive Director Tami Lack Crawford and CEO Ryan Simpson, representing Swedish Medical Center who with HealthONE were Presenting Sponsors.
To be eligible for nationwide grants and sponsorships CNI has adopted a 2nd working name–“Center for Neurological Innovation”–to reflect its continued research efforts and initiatives.

More than 400 guests attended the April 21st Gala at CU South Denver which emphasized the Past, Present and Future. Staff recognition went to Ellen Belle, Debra Bandstra, Judith Stuckey, and Lorre Gibson. Special recognition went to more than three dozen individuals who have contributed to medical advances, research and community outreach during CNI’s 30 years of existence. Among founders and primary supporters recognized were:

Past Founders and Early Supporters:
Dr. Gary VanderArk
Mr. Nick Hilger
Dr. Peter Ricci
Dr. Paul Levisohn
Ms. Kay Phillips
Ms. Mary White
Charlie Ferguson
Don Johnson
Don Smith
Carol Greenwald
Chuck Siebert
Chris O’Brien
Trish Leavitt
LuAnne Williams
Dr. Rajeev Kumar

Present physicians, medical professionals and supporters:
LaFawn Biddle
Dr. Richard and Mrs. Linda VG Kelley
Dr. Cori Millen
Bill and Leslie Vollbracht
Drs. Allen and Diana Bowling
Dr. David Kelsall
ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter
Rick and Robin Fort
Dan Weyland

Future Innovators:
Dr. Alex Dietz
Suzanne Douthat Birkans
Kevin Schmidt, John Carlin, and Tom Palizzi
Dr. Charles Livsey
Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley
Jameson Smith
Kelly Corey
Dr. Adam Hebb
Dr. Eric Luppo

Established in 1988 CNI offers access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care, support services, clinical trials, outpatient neuro rehab and counseling. CNI is home to 70 physician and research associates, works to advance clinical trials into new treatments for MS, Parkinson’s and other brain and spinal conditions. Visit or call 303-788-4010 or email for more information or to volunteer or make a donation.