at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum benefiting Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado at 11:00 a.m.
Hearts and heroes come in several sizes. But impact is always huge.
Children and families from the Children’s Hospital Colorado Heart Institute demonstrated this fact for the 34th year, with Lyn Schaffer in her 21st year in spearheading the event.
Alongside them were firefighters from the South Metro District, community members, doctors and health professionals, and prescription pets–all heroes with big hearts.
Marilee and Ben Doud, with their newest dog Sarge, presented the Paws of Praise award to Sandy Miller and Lonnie (who couldn’t attend) from Hope Animal Assisted Crisis Response, and Pam King from Chewy’s Bonetique (longtime supporters).
Dr. Michael Schaffer and Cyd Rodriguez were on stage to present the Heart Who Cares Award (named after Cyd’s parents and started by her 16 years ago) to Dr. MarkTwite, anestheseologist and pediatric critical care specialist from Children’s.
Becca and Alex Kalivas and son Oliver took the stage with a heartwarming and emotional story about Oliver’s challenges that were met every time by the miraculous work at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Then the kids, dogs, firefighters and supporters took the stage to proudly showcase that with resilience and the heart of heroes, anything is possible.
Toys available to support the program
Longtime supporter Ben Doud and Sarge
Bart, Emmalee and Geri Fischer
Dr Michael Schaffer with Brenda and Erika Kimber–Erika was Dr. Schaffer’s patient when she was a newborn.
Lyn Schaffer, chair; Mary Ann Apmann, Donna Basile, Bonnie Bellairs, Esther Carpenter, Sharon Downing, Angie Gonzales, Gillian Hall-Perry, Kristopher Hays, Michelle Houchens, Julianna Inge, Kathleen McBride, Bridget Mitchell, Jamie Ross, Sara Schaffer, Gina Scheidt, Ben Thompson, Sandee Walling, Molly Wallrich, Ania Wojcki
CHC Foundation: Jennifer Roe Darling
Sara Reynolds, chaplain at CHC
Presenting sponsor: Anna and John J Sie Foundation; Premier sponsors: Mr & Mrs Greg Ruzicka, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum; Clothing sponsor: Joyce F Daily, Houston, Texas; Supporting sponsors: Biscuits and Berries Catering, Katy Rady; Little Hearts sponsors: ARC Thrift Stores, Association of Volunteers, and their Kids Chapter and Prescription Pets Chapter, Children's Diabetes Foundation, Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute and Leadership Team and Congenital Cardiac Anesthesia Team, Deb Kostelecky, Kory and Bridget Mitchell; Event sponsors: Enstrom Candy, Chewy's Bonetique
Association of Volunteers, The Body Shop at Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Bryan K Chavez, Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation, Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute, College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors, Dr. Harold Daily, Dillard's Park Meadows, Parachute Family Photography, Dr. Michael and Lyn Schaffer, Maggie Simmons, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, Robert Stafford, The Strain Family, Daniel Sullivan, The Thunder Foundation, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
Dillard's Park Meadows
$75 individual; $150 patron; sponsorships from $1,500 to $10,000
Patron Ticketholders: Marilee and Ben Doud, Doud Guests, Stephen Edmonds, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Carol Greimann, Arlene Mohler Johnson, Bonnie Neiheisel, Sandee Walling, Patricia Williams
Board of Directors:
Roxanne Anderson, Ted Antenucci, Mike Asher, Laura Barton, Marcy Benson, Wayne Berger, Buck Blessing, Molly Broeren, Peter Calamari, Bob Clark, Jan Cortez, Bob Cuculich, Peter Culshaw, Jen Darling--Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation President and CEO, Katey Driscoll, Shane Fieman, John Fenley, John Freyer Jr., Caleb Gates Jr., Cannon