Really, they should be calling this event “big hearts.” Because that’s what abounded on Thursday when adorable children, dogs, firefighters and supporters gathered at Wings Over the Rockies for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Little Hearts Luncheon and Fashion Show.

This event has been going strong for over three decades, with amazing advocate Lyn Schaffer chairing the event for the 20th time this year. The chance to see the children and their families in a happy and festive setting is what this celebration is all about.

Kim Christiansen expertly took the helm again as emcee–always making things light-hearted and fun. Julie Neva of Chewy’s Bonetique was given the Maxwell Doud Paws of Praise Award, and John Mancheras and Dr. Neil Wilson were given the Sam and Fern Primack Heart Who Cares Award.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Ryan and Amanda Blanchfield took the stage with their kids Cash and Adrina and told the story of how CHC saved Cash’s life.

The kids invariably took the chance to shine when the time came for the runway presentation. A well-deserved platform for joviality, this fashion show provided the opportunity to drop inhibitions and to show that once these kids got through their treatment at Children’s Hospital Colorado, anything else is cake.