at Grand Hyatt benefiting Colorado Neurological Institute at 7:00 p.m.
Sitting on top of the world in Denver.
High above the city, on the 38th floor Pinnacle Club, the Colorado Neurological Institute gathered to honor five unforgettable individuals. Each had suffered life changing disabilities yet with strength and their insurmountable resilience each arrived that night with dignity to receive a Hope Award.
The annual Cindy Acree Hope Awards celebrates CNI patients who have shown great courage in the face of a neurological condition. Established in 1999, the event is named in honor of Ms. Acree, who underwent brain surgery for epilepsy, suffered a stroke and then exhibited tenacity and courage throughout her recovery. Ms. Acree is a former Colorado state representative, past chairman of the CNI Board of Directors and a major contributor to CNI’s volunteer successes.
The five stars of the evening were Kimberlee Nanda, Michael Williams, Mary Dobson, Ernie Hempel and Claire Torres. Inhaling the beautiful view the stars felt as if they were sitting on a mountain because each had climbed a mountain and made it to the top. From brain cancer to a stroke, multiple sclerosis and, a cochlear implant each award was a celebration for overcoming life threatening and life changing obstacles.
The evening was a true celebration for individuals and care givers to shine. It takes a village to see many through rough times. That’s why the Colorado Neurological Institute is alive and well.
The organization has one word to define them.
hope (hop) n.The emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one’s life.
CNI is a non-profit neuroscience organization providing research, patient services and education for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. For more information go to their website: www.thecni.org.
L to R: Ann Gwarjauski, Ernie Hempel, Curt Hempel
Joanne Smith, Don Kortz
L to R: Robin Fort, Greg Hipskind, Ann Fort, Rick Fort, Ron Kubit
L to R: Denise & Dr. Chuck Livsey, Joel Martin
Tanny Nanda, Mary Pierick
Kelly Martin, Kimberlee Nanda
Kimberly Wright, Rosyln Underwood
L to R: Casey, Michael, Tarryn Farrell
Chad Yurich, Randall Davis
L to R: Dave Glancy, Kelly Mahncke, JR Hedrick
L to R: Marilyn Arnold, Sara O’Mary, Kathy Wheeler
Tony Palizzi, Nancy Ivankoe
Daniel & Erin Zeitler
L to R; Ella, Mary & Barry Dobson
L to R: Elena Cok, Josh Theisen, Mercedes Wheeler
L to R: John Theisen, Mary Dobson, Josh Theisen
Barbara & Jim Parks
L to R: Brad Amman, Garrett Bussiere, Rick & Robin Fort
L to R: Peter Ricci, MD, Robin Fort, Ron Kubit
Allyson Bernstorf, Tara Duffy
Margaret & Tom Melander
L to R: Terri Davis, Dr. Chuck & Denise Livsey
L to R: Lisa May, Joel Martin, Sara Hanrahan, Jacob Hinkle
Brad & Danna Munson
Juliet Talley, Katie Zell
Jeremy Gleason, Ashley Fricks-Gleason
Cindy & Hope Acree
Larry Snell, Susan Jones
Bill Johns, Kim Katzel
Dottie Tarvestad, Mary Mosher-Stathes
Sitting on top of Denver
L to R: Kirsten Iona, Ryan Daley, Megan Canter
LaRae Dodson, Tami Lack
The dining room was lit in Colorado evening glow
Clarence & Lynn Bunnell
Margaret & John Anstetd
The cutest table of the night, L to R: Julia, Claire Anna
Jay Schneiders, Cori Milleu
Judy Sigg, Donna Miller
Carol & Tony Cox
Another beautiful view
Denver Art Museum from the Pinnacle Club
Tami Lack thanking Ron Kubit
Cindy Acree, creator of the Hope Awards
Kimberlee and Tanny Nanda
Hope Award presentations
Michael Williams, right receiving the Hope Award
Mary Dobson with husband, Barry, accepting her Hope Award
Ernie Hempel, proud to receive the Hope Award
Claire Torres accepting her Hope Award
Claire Torres with her family. An evening to celebrate.
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Baby spring greens, haystack mountain goat cheese, toasted pecans, strawberry vinaigrette Bread presentation with butter Citrus brined Boulder natural free-range chicken breast Grilled zucchini, creamy acini de pepe Breckenridge Brewery agave wheat Grilled pound cake, berry compote, sweet mascarpone Coffee and tea service
Board of Directors:
Mark O. Belfance Partner, Assurance Services Ernst & Young LLP Lynn Bunnell Volunteer, Swedish Medical Center Auxiliary Representative Diane G. Cook Owner, Cook & Company LaRae Dodson Vice President Real Estate & Fleet, CenturyLink Ron Eller (2013-2014 CNI Board Treasurer) Former CEO, Ascent Solar Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons Community Volunteer & Philanthropist A. Craig Fleishman, Esq. (2013-2014 CNI Board Secretary) Fleishman & Shapiro, P.C. Robin Fort (2013-2014 CNI Board President) Former NASA Aerospace Engineer Molly Hagan Vice President, Strategic Planning, HealthONE Adam Hebb, MD CNI Affiliate, Colorado Brain & Spine Institute David Kelsall, MD CNI Affiliate, Rocky Mountain Ear Center, President of Medical Advisory Board Ron Kubit Area Vice President, Optum Diane Reinhard, RN, BSN, MBA VP Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Craig Hospital Peter E. Ricci, MD CNI Affiliate, Radiology Imaging Associates, VP of Medical Advisory Board Mary White President and Chief Executive Officer, Swedish Medical Center