at Wings Over the Rockies benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute at 11 a.m.
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 LynSchaffer 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.
Firefighters from South Metro District came to be fashion show escorts and supporters: Matt Wolfe, left, Greg Pollard, Chris Shea, Garrett Stowall and Derek Jordan
Committee members Sharon Downing, left, and Donna Basile
Dr. Michael Schaffer with his former patient Erika Kimber and her mom Brenda Kimber
Megan Bigner, left, her mom Julie Bigner (committee member), and Mary Jane Wood and Paul Martin
Pet Prescription dog Shelby with Pam King
Models getting spiffed up for the fashion show
Kids ate lunch before the show
Ken Proch and his Prescription Pet dog Gracie
CHC’s Kali Smith, left, Erin Beimford and Zoie Jordan
Brenna and Marisa Vialpando
Nicole Adams, left, Kristie Adams and Hanna Ireland
Riane, Maddie and Moira Teagarden
Matthew, Delilah and Alice enjoying the luncheon gathering
Joyce Butler, left, Marie Wright and Alexis O’Neill
Fernanda Perez Chaves and Daniel Badaroux
LienChi Hall, left, Hope Hartman and Jean Denike
Committee members Kristopher Hays and Julianna Inge
Jimmy Gulick, left, and Ari Feldman
Jamie Gulick, left, Katherine Frost and Karen DeLeo
Susie Hummell, left, and July McNeil
Joanne and John Davidson, left, with Vickie Dow
Claudia and Bob Beauprez
Event chair Lyn and Dr Michael Schaffer, left, with Kristina Davidson
Candice Hutton and longtime Little Hearts supporter Robert Stafford
Kay Burke, left, Cindi Burge, Kristina and Jay Davidson, Michelle Gruber and Vickie Dow
Carrie Alm and Dr Dunbar Ivy
Bill Barrett, left, Lisa Lipscomb, Faith Fisher and Dr. James Jaggers
Dale DeLeo, left, and Dr. Max Mitchell
Ben Doud and his dog Sarge
Kay Burke, left, Kristina Richardson, Terri Fisher and Cindi Burge
Dr Bob Wolfe, left, Cristine Martinez and Dr. Michael Schaffer–Dr. Wolfe was Chief of Pedatric Cardiology when Dr. Schaffer was an intern
Meredith Wilson, left, Dr. Michael Schaffer, Dr Neil Wilson (recipient of the Primack Heart Who Cares Award) and Katy Rady
Faith Beazer, left, Chris Reynolds, Dan McLennan, Jamie Ross and Natasha Kimberg
Frances Owens and Monica Owens Beauprez
Dr Sara Mark peruses some silent auction items
Steve Edmonds, left, Stacy Johnson and Margot Gilbert Frank
Joy Hawkins, left, Randall Clark, Chris Reynolds and Dan McLennan
Dr. Max Mitchell, left, chats with Rick Enstrom and Les Lee
Presenting: Anna and John J Sie Foundation; Little Hearts: ARC Thrift Stores, Assn of Volunteers Cardiac Kids Chapter, Assn of Volunteers Prescription Pets Chapter, Children's Diabetes Foundation; Enstrom Candy; Premier sponsors: Mr & Mrs Greg Ruzicka, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Katy Rady, Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute, Deb Kostelecky, First American State Bank, Pat Givens and Suzy Jaeger, Mark Twite MD--Dept. of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesiology, Chewy's Bonetique, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Arlene Mohler Johnson, George Johnson, Bonnie Neiheisel, Patricia Williams
Tomato Tar-Tar: wild baby Arugula, whipped Chevre, blistered Shishito peppers topped with herb chicken; assorted rolls; vanilla Panna Cotta; flour-less chocolate cake
Lyn Schaffer, chair; Mary Ann Apmann, Donna Basile, Bonnie Bellairs, Julie Bigner, Esther Carpenter, Laura Daily, Sharon Downing, Angie Gonzales, Gillian Hall-Perry, Kristopher Hays, Michelle Houchens, Julianna Inge, Kathleen McBride, Tanya Mrazek, Michele Pietras, Carrie Rafferty, Sara Schaffer, Gina Scheidt, Sandee Walling, Molly Wallrich, Ania Wojcki
Board of Directors:
Laura Wright, Chair; Rick Stoddard, Immediate Past Chair; Molly Broeren, Secretary; Frederick B. Taylor, Treasurer and Vice Chair; Roxanne Anderson; Ted Antenucci; Mike Asher; Laura Barton; Marcy Benson; Wayne Berger; Buck Blessing; Peter Calamari; Bob Clark; Jan Cortez; Peter Culshaw; Celia Dietrich Wattles; Phil Doty; Katey Driscoll; Shane Feiman; John Fenley; John Freyer, Jr.; Caleb F. Gates, Jr. ; Jeff Harrington; Cannon “Cy” Harvey; Jena Hausmann; Sally Hybl; Walter Isenberg; Therese Ivancovich; Brandon Johnson; David P. Kaplan; Ed Kerr; Steve Kris; Bill Lindsay; Evi Makovsky; Tom McGonagle; Susan Noble; Kevin Reidy; Kristin Richardson; Betsy Searle; Joseph E. Wagner; Steve Warnecke; Duncan Wilcox MD; Ronald W. Williams;