Beaux Arts Ball Celebrates 20 Years With Revolutionary Flair


When you’re one of the most prolific fundraising events in town—one that typically raises $2 million—how do you celebrate your own 20th anniversary? This year’s Beaux Arts Freedom Ball rose to the occasion, infusing its annual big, bold bash with American Revolution spirit, to the delight of 1,200 guests—all supporters of the programs and services of beneficiary National Jewish Health. The evening included Broadway-worthy performances drawn from “Hamilton,” including costumed dancers, singers, rappers and flag-wavers, along with a dance-inducing live band. And that was just the call to dinner.

Spirit of ’76

On Saturday, Feb. 25, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum was transformed into a Colonial village for a cocktail reception full of period décor, live characters from “Hamilton,” servers in Paul Revere hats … all with red, white and blue touches, of course. One side of the room was bordered by a floor-to-ceiling tarp, hiding the dining area. Just after 7 p.m., it was dramatically lowered after a song-and-dance presentation, and guests followed performers to their seats. Several partygoers hit the dance floor with the Bobby Attiko Band blaring out a musical invitation, even as dinner service was beginning.

John and Carrie Morgridge, recipients of this year’s Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service

Board chair Blair Richardson began the program singling out well-known people in the audience, including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Rep. Ed Perlmutter and Ken Salazar. Honorary chair Barry Hirschfeld was recognized onstage, and Michael Salem, M.D., president and CEO, talked about National Jewish Health’s singular programs and services. Carrie and John Morgridge were recognized as recipients of the 2017 Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service. The couple are vice president and president, respectively, of the Morgridge Family Foundation, which has supported major projects at NJH, as well as other noted Denver institutions. The award is the highest honor bestowed by National Jewish Health, and recognizes individuals who show leadership that has impacted the reputation, service science or mission of the institution. This year’s grand marshals were recognized from the stage: Debbie and Michael Feiner, Cathey and Richard Finlon, Mary Lou Blackledge Kortz and Donald Kortz, and Julie and Brent Morse.

The Bobby Attiko Band kept everyone dancing before and after the dinner program.

A live auction segment with auctioneer Christian Kolberg included a trio of package experiences: Bon Jovi and Faith Hill/Tim McGraw concerts, a trip to the CMA Awards in Nashville and an ultra-luxe excursion to Napa Valley. At the program’s conclusion, guests had the opportunity to once again take over the dance floor to kick up their heels, urged on by the Bobby Attiko until the building had to lock its doors.

National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, NJH today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and a treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Patients and their families come to National Jewish Health from around the world to receive cutting-edge comprehensive, coordinated care.

Salem writes: “Through your participation in this event, you share in (NJH) success, ensuring that important programs continue to transform lives, our scientists make groundbreaking discoveries to cure diseases and our physicians can care for all patients regardless of ability to pay. At National Jewish Health, we are focused on innovation and the future. The work we do today will shape health care tomorrow. And the future of patient care lies with the kinds of teamwork for which we are known. Pulmonologists consult with rheumatologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists and allergists to make the right diagnoses and to develop a complete picture and plan for their patients. As a result, we diagnose diseases earlier and we also focus on prevention and precision medicine.

“We would appreciate the opportunity to show you in person what makes National Jewish Health the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Please let us know if you are interested in a Behind the Scenes visit.” For more information, please visit

2016 Heart of Hearts Gala: Crusade Against Cancer


The 2016 Heart of Hearts Gala: Crusade Against Cancer welcomed more than 600 guests to the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum to benefit programs provided by the Rocky Mt. Healthcare Foundation (RMAH) which encompasses five hospitals in the Denver metro region.

The annual Gala raises funds for Cancer Care Center programs at Avista, Castle Rock, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals.

This year’s theme and dress attire featured the Indiana Jones adventure movies full of around-the-world exploration in exotic locales in Latin America, India, Egypt and other faraway places. Reflected in the menu buffet were a diverse selections of culinary favorites from South America, Egypt, China, India and Italy.

RMAH Director Christopher Carey and Parker Adventist Hospital President/CEO Morre Dean thanked guests for their continued support of the Foundation work. Later in the evening Sam Huenergardt, CEO of Parker Adventist Hospital, and  Leanne Hartford, COO of Parker Adventist Hospital, presented the annual award for the a pioneering physician named after Henry M. Porter who arrived in Denver in the 1860s and built telegraph and railroad lines to connect Denver to the East Coast. Porter also provided funding to build what would become Porter Memorial Hospital.

Honored this year with the Henry M. Porter Award was Dr. Christine Rogness, a general surgeon practicing at Parker Adventist Hospital.

Adventist hospitals strive to identify cancer symptoms early and provide awareness to post-treatment and care and compassion to those who live with a cancer diagnosis.  For more information visit:

Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation fundraiser at J. McLaughlin's


Dozens of Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) Foundation donors and supporters attended an informal fundraiser at J. McLaughlin, 2701 E 3rd Ave in Cherry Creek Wednesday, October 26 in support of hospital programs.

Thanks to hosts Cille Williams and Serena Robinson, Special Projects Manager for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, the get together provided a weekday break for a very good cause.

Cherry Creek retailer J. McLaughlin donated 15% of sales to support the Children’s Hospital Colorado, a part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals–a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals nationwide.

Philanthropists Cille and Ron Williams are well-known and long-time benefactors of various community-based non-profits in the Denver metro area including healthcare and educational institutions. Serena Robinson manages logistics and coordinates CHC Signature Events year-round including third party community-based events such as the annual Children’s Gala and Courage Classic Bicycle Tour. Among other CCH Foundation fundraising events coming up in November are:

Creating Ties Dinner / November 4, 2016
9th annual auction and fundraiser benefiting the Burn Camps Program.

Costume Craze / November 5, 2016
Themed costume party

Extra Life / November 5, 2016
A day of gaming

Merry Miracles Fun Shoot / Dec 3, 2016
Clays fun shoot and toy drive

To make a donation, volunteer or learn more about how you can help CHC please call 720-777-1700 or email

5280 AIR Society Knows How to Throw a Party


The National Jewish Health 5280 AIR Society raised $130,000 for the National Jewish Health Morgridge Academy for chronically ill children at its inaugural event, Party at Altitude, on Friday, August 19, 2016, on the rooftop terrace of DaVita World Headquarters. Nearly 400 people attended Party at Altitude presented by Hyde Park Jewelers.  

The 5280 AIR Society (Asthma, Immunology and Respiratory) is a group of young leaders in Denver who are invested in the National Jewish Health mission and want to make a difference. They represent a variety of industries and will lead the next generation of the institution’s philanthropy by sharing their ideas and vision to propel their fundraising efforts, drive awareness, and pave the way for up-and-coming young leadership. 

Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health is a unique, free day school for 90 chronically ill students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Its mission is to provide a safe, friendly and healthy school environment where students succeed academically, medically and socially.  

Chemical Foxes, an AXS Group production, combined a DJ, guitar and horns for a fully dimensional musical experience . The B-Boys and the Tricker performed some stylish break dancing moves that wowed the crowd. The event featured a silent auction and a coveted live auction package that included a Rolex Oyster men’s watch donated by Hyde Park Jewelers and two tickets to a Friday round at the 2017 PGA Tournament in Augusta, Ga.

Bo Jaxon from Mix100 and Vic Lombardi from Altitude Sports emceed the live auction and raised an additional $6,500 for Morgridge Academy.   Dom, Emily and Jeremy from the Mix 100 Morning Show along with Mark Andrew from Mix 100 and nearly 400 guests enjoyed a variety of small bites from Denver’s premier restaurants such as Matsuhisa, Work & Class, The Palm Restaurant, Barolo Grill, KTM Restaurant Group, Fish N Beer, SOL Cocina and White Lies. Guests also enjoyed a jolt of energy from nitro coffee courtesy of Ink! Coffee which was served at the dessert bar.  The glowing Sky Bar sponsored by Argonaut Liquors, Arta Tequila, Laws Whiskey and Global Wine Hounds was a big hit where guests had the option to order any cocktail they desired in addition to the signature cocktails that were offered by Steven Waters of White Lies and Girard Collier of Tacos Tequila Whiskey.

Fun And Philanthropy At CNI Golf Classic


Anyone who might think Colorado Neurological Institute’s annual golf tournament is made up of serious medical professionals would just have to re-boot. This year’s 17th Annual CNI Golf Classic Tournament was full of fun-loving participants from the first tee to the last green, with tunes blasting from golf carts and spontaneous comedy routines among the unofficial tournament antics. There was some good golf happening as well. Within just a couple of holes, at least one team boasted an eagle, and another golfer happily reported: “We just made a birdie … time for a Fireball shot!”

John Gordzac says: Cash. Don't leave home without it.

John Gordzac says: Cash. Don’t leave home without it.

On July 18, around 135 guests made the trek to beautiful Plum Creek Golf Club in Castle Rock to enjoy a day at the scenic course. Golfers ranged from CNI patients and their friends and families to medical executives and sponsor reps, plus anyone who wanted to support the positive work of the organization. The day began with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., and a round of 18 full of numerous hole contests and prizes. The apres-golf luncheon included a live and silent auction, awards and a short program emceed by former Denver Bronco Billy Van Heusen, who also served as auctioneer. Speakers included CNI Executive Director Tami Lack, tournament founder Pat Maley, and co-chairs Dean Mills and Stuart Kitashima.

(l to r): Former Denver Broncos Steve Watson and Billy Van Heusen, Philip Scott, and former Bronco Jack Gehrke

(l to r): Former Denver Broncos Steve Watson and Billy Van Heusen, Philip Scott, and former Bronco Jack Gehrke

The CNI Classic raises funds for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke survivors, traumatic brain injuries and other disorders, as well as CNI’s research and educational programs. This year’s golf-tournament fundraising goal: $60,000.

Colorado Neurological Institute’s mission is to enhance the delivery of personalized, comprehensive and state-of-the-art care to patients with neurological conditions through coordinated research, patient services and education. CNI, a non-profit neuroscience organization, has been providing research, education and patient services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. As the only nonprofit organization of its kind in the Rocky Mountain Region, CNI offers patients easy access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care, support services, clinical trials, outpatient neuro rehab, counseling and more. For more information, please visit:

Health Heroes at Work


Breakfast at the Studio Loft at the Ellie was an early morning start to recognize Colorado’s best health charities and also to acknowledge Colorado’s generous companies that support those charities.

The Sixth Annual Health Heroes at Work Breakfast was hosted by Community Health Charities and their generous sponsors. Cheryl Preheim from 9News emceed the event and helped Ed Pierce announce the 2016 Campaign Excellence Awards that were given to Great West Financial, Isle of Capri/Lady Luck Casinos, Johns Manville, Kaiser Permanente, King Soopers/City Market, Pinnacol Assurance and TIAA. Each awardee received a 2016,Super Hero award.

The prestigious Colorado Health Hero of the Year recipient was Dr. Marjorie Laird, co-founder of Second Wind Fund organization. Her mission for her organization, Second Wind was to ensure that children and teens at-risk of suicide always have access to professional mental health counseling. After fourteen years, the organization has served more than 4,000 children and teens.

Keynote speaker was Dr. Larry Wolk, the Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He spoke on children’s health and Colorado’s environmental health while emphasizing his mission, which is to simplify the health system for the citizens of our state.

The Recognition breakfast was an almost perfect event where breakfast was served promptly. The program began promptly and all guests were ready to leave by 9:00 A.M. The food catered by Kevin Taylor was delicious, healthy, and highlighted exquisite French pastries which gave guests all the calories needed for one day. The theme and message of the morning illustrated how dozens of organizations representing thousands of Coloradoans are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors who may be struggling with a chronic disease or disability.

To learn how you or your business can be a part of this organization contact Elizabeth Rosenblum, MPA Director. 303-758-0069. Community Health Charities, 1660 S. Albion Street, Suite 1004, Denver, CO 80222.


National Jewish Health Thanks Supporters and Friends


National Jewish Health has been the leading respiratory health hospital in the nation for 17 years. They have been setting the standard of care for personalized medicine for 117 years. US News and World Report has ranked NJH as the #1 or #2 hospital in pulmonology in its best hospitals list ever since pulmonology became a category.

The staff and speciaists at NJH are crucial, but just as important are the supporters, donors, board members and friends of the NJH network. To thank them, NJH President and CEO Michael Salem MD opened his home for a reception on a lovely spring evening this week.

We are very proud to have such a stellar, world-renowned health care system in our city. And fortunate to have the supporters to make it happen.

2016 Beaux Arts Rock "N" Roll Ball Benefiting National Jewish Health


The stage was set, the lights dimmed, the only thing missing was the green M&Ms. At the 2016 Beaux Arts Rock “N” Roll Ball benefiting National Jewish Health, over 1,200 guests got to bask in the glory of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. With the 2015 year’s event winning at the Colorado Expression Icon Awards, this year was looking to raise the bar.

Presented by Morgridge Family Foundation, the 2nd Floor of the Hyatt Regency mirrored a setup usually reserved for the likes of Aerosmith, Bowie or Springsteen. After a first class happy hour, complete with top shelf cocktails, a high end raw bar, models, and rock god impersonators, guests were brought into the Centennial Ballroom for the first of AXS Group’s ballad covers. Although most made it to their seats, a good amount made their way to the dance floor for some Foreigner, Styx and Kenny Loggins. Next, and representing Morgridge Family Foundation, Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers, came out and dropped a few “Colorado” themed blues standards.

Once all guests took their seats, Board Chair Blair Richardson welcomed the crowd and brought up Governor John Hickenlooper. Next, National Jewish Health’s President and CEO Dr. Michael Salem addressed the crowd and showed video to the crowd showing them the day to day struggles of NJH’s patients and the groundbreaking work being done to change that. Music and dancing followed, including a Mick Jagger impersonated rendition of “Start Me Up.”

A special moment was taken to recognize the grand marshals: Libby Anschutz, Janie and David Eves and Rebecca and Lewis Kling. Auctioneer Randy Parnell presented three once in a lifetime auction packages that stretched to cultural hubs across the country before opening it up to general donations. In one more tender and heartwarming moment, guests were introduced by Dr. David Beuther to Jake and Kailia, two asthma patients of NJH. Both received a standing ovation.

The music and dancing started back up as the AXS group showcased a few final show stopping numbers before Libby Anschutz and her band Tracksuit Wedding came out to bring the house down.

MCPN 12th Annual Green Tie Gala


The Metro Community Provider Network 12th Annual Green Tie Gala attracted more than 500 to the Hyatt Regency DTC, Saturday, March 12.

The evening started with a silent auction and cocktail reception in the Hyatt atrium. Later, Denver Broncos player Ebenezer Ekuban and John Reid, VP of Fund Development, welcomed guests and recognized MCPN’s continued health service to under-served individuals throughout the Denver metro region. Emcee Karl Mecklenburg, a popular speaker and 12-year veteran of the Denver Broncos, introduced guests to the evening’s festivities.

President and CEO Dave Myers thanked sponsors, presented awards and recognized the commitment and dedication of the MCPN board including Barbara Shannon-Bannister, Janis De Baca, Lynn Ramey, Carrie Reid, Jean Sisneros, Frank Taylor and Marion Walls.

Reid spoke about how he was grateful for the decades of support from individual donors and more than 30 corporate sponsors including title sponsors– Quest Diagnostics and Lutheran Medical Center, and premier sponsors: Community First Foundation, Cigna, CoBiz Insurance, Colorado Community Health Alliance, Colorado State Bank and Trust, CBS-Complete Business Systems.

In March the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded about $1.75 million to five Colorado health centers to expand the delivery of substance-abuse services, with an emphasis on Colorado’s prescription drug and heroin crisis.  As part of those federal funds, the Metro Community Provider Network received $310,000.

“As our family of supporters grows, so does our outreach to thousands of individuals, children, and families,” said Reid. “Today, we have grown to 24 health center locations and are slated to expand to four new locations in 2016.”

The evening ended with a boost of evening energy and with guests staying late into the night to enjoy one of Colorado’s best-known rock bands, Chris Daniels and the Kings.

Founded in 1989, MCPN partners with the community to provide medical and health education services to the under-served members of society. the organization provides medical, health-related services and health education services to residents of Jefferson, Arapahoe, Adams and Park counties and the cities of Lakewood and Aurora.

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Beaux Arts Rock 'N' Roll Ball Kick-off Reception

The Beaux Arts Ball presented by Morgridge Family Foundation is a black-tie gala and one of the most anticipated social galas in Denver, raising over $2 million each year to support National Jewish Health, the leading respiratory hospital in the nation.  The kick-off reception was held at the Governor’s residence at the Boettcher Mansion on Wednesday, February, 3, 2016.  “We look to raise $2 million dollars for National Jewish Health, with the support of our friends, sponsors, and board, we will hit our goal.” said Clem Connolly, Associate National Director, Special Events, National Jewish Health.

The 2016 Grand Marshall honorees were on hand for the event: Libby Anschutz, Janie and David Eves, and Rebecca and Lewis Kling.  Libby Anschutz and her band, Tracksuit Wedding, entertained the guests with rock ‘n’ roll hits.  The 200 guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

The Beaux Arts Rock ‘N’ Roll Ball will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.  The event starts at 6 p.m. with cocktails and dinner at 7 p.m.  Tickets start at $500 and sponsorships range from $5,000 to $100,000.

Founded 117 years ago as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders.  National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders. U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish Health as the number one or number two hospital in pulmonology on its Best Hospitals list ever since pulmonology was included in the rankings.

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St Anthony Hospital Gala 2016


It’s rare that an organization tries to implement strategies to decrease their business. But since the St Anthony Hospital system is focused on HEALTH as a primary priority, the steps they have taken are designed to actually decrease hospital visits.

From the Level 1 Trauma Center to the Comprehensive Stroke Center, Heart and Vascular Care and legendary Emergency Department and Flight for Life, St Anthony programs provide exemplary and state of the art care. And the novel concept of community health centers to pre-diagnose and address potential health problems presents a state of the art approach to managing health care.

Over 900 guests gathered at the Hyatt Regency Denver Saturday night to celebrate and support the St Anthony Health Foundation. President and CEO Jeff Brickman described the vision of health care returning to the dynamic that he experienced as a kid, traveling around with his physician Grandfather in his Buick Electra and making people well, one household at a time.

Group Chief Development Officer Shelley Thompson thanked everyone for their support, past and future, and Reggie Rivers brought his usual joviality to the paddle raiser and Heads or Tails game (with the inevitable Broncos jokes intertwined).

Guests also heard from physician co-chairs Dr. Paula Dennen and Dr. Michael Brunko through video highlights, and honorary chairs Becky and Chuck Morris also expressed their deep support for St Anthony’s, whose Flight For Life program saved Becky’s life after a critical accident many years ago.

Chuck Morris then introduced the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, celebrating their 50th anniversary and still going strong. He has represented them since back in the Tulagi days in Boulder in the ’70s.

The entire program was an illustration of the pride and caring that goes into the St Anthony Hospital group. Since the Sisters of Saint Francis arrived in Denver in 1893 and opened St. Anthony Hospital, they continue to serve our community and be one of the best places to go in times of sickness and injury. 122 years later, they help everyone in Colorado strive for vibrant health from the day they are born.

National Jewish Health Hosts Cocktails with Class

The 2015 Cocktails with Class helped benefit the chronically ill children of Morgridge Academy. Guests were surrounded by panoramic mountain views from the rooftop marketplace at DaVita, and spent the night enjoying signature cocktails from high-end distilleries, varietal wines and local craft beer.

This event supports Morgridge Academy for Chronically Ill Children on the campus of National Jewish Health.   The Morgridge Academy on the campus of National Jewish Health is a unique, day school program for approximately 90 students in grades K-8 who require medical assistance during the normal school day. The school is approved by the Colorado Department of Education and is located on the grounds of National Jewish Health in Denver. Children who attend the school have medical problems, which have caused frequent absences from regular school.

The children at Morgridge Academy suffer from serious respiratory diseases, including asthma. Others have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell anemia and heart problems. Because of their serious illnesses, these children require immediate access to medical attention. The majority of the children are from low-income and minority neighborhoods in Denver’s inner city.

The evening featured music, games, prizes and coveted silent auctions items.  Avalanche tickets, United Airlines tickets and dinner at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox were a few of the auction items at Cocktails with Class, benefiting Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health.   Guests enjoyed eclectic small plates and desserts from The Palm Restaurant and danced the night away to live music by The JV3, a popular Denver pop-rock cover band.  Bret Saunders from KBCO was the emcee for the event.

The researchers, physicians and patient-care staff at National Jewish Health provide world-class care to people who suffer from respiratory, immune and related diseases, including asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, allergic disease and heart disease. National Jewish Health has a substantial impact on healthcare beyond the patients it sees. Ground-breaking research conducted at National Jewish Health advances the frontier of medical care for everyone in their search for cures for the life- threatening diseases they treat. For more information visit

Children's Gala

Kevin and Ann Reidy shared their family’s story about the life-saving treatment and the unparalleled support they received from Children’s Colorado when their daughter Diana was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.  “It’s an amazing place, the physicians and the nurses are second to none.  You don’t need to take your kid anywhere else if he or she is sick.  We should cherish this place, as I do, because it saved my daughter’s life,” said Kevin Reidy.  Children’s Hospital Colorado board chair Kevin Reidy and longtime volunteer Ann Reidy were excited to host this year’s Children’s Gala and share insight from their medical journey during their daughter Diana’s cancer treatment.

Ann & Kevin Reid sharing their family story

Ann & Kevin Reid sharing their family story

A video showed Diana’s treatment, Rachel Platten’s hit single “Fight Song” served as the emotional soundtrack during the video.  American singer and songwriter, Rachel Platten was the opening act at this year’s Children’s Gala.  Her 2015 single “Fight Song,” the first single from her Columbia Records debut, is an uplifting anthem that embodies a “don’t give up” message, perfect for the night’s program.  While performing “Fight Song,” Diana Reidy joined Platten on stage to accompany Platten on the flute.  Platten hugged Diana Reidy after the song as everyone in attendance cheered the wonderful performance.

Platten performing

Platten performing

Children’s Gala benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado, is one of Denver’s premier black tie charity events. This year’s event was held Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Colorado Convention Center at 5:30 p.m.   For the 38th year, Children’s Gala brought together guests for an elegant evening to support the hospital. The ever-changing and always crowd-pleasing event included mission-focused live and video programming, dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction. Children’s Gala has raised more than $33 million and continues to be one of the largest annual fundraising events to benefit the hospital.

Dance floor and stage

Dance floor and stage

Returning for the second year, 9News anchor Kyle Dyer was the master of ceremony.  Dyer has a special place in her heart for the care providers at Children’s Colorado who helped to save her youngest daughter’s life. She frequently profiles the medical challenges and triumphs of families at Children’s Colorado and her own experiences have helped her to bring unparalleled compassion to her storytelling.

After Rachel Platten took the stage, this year’s headliner was Super Diamond.  Super Diamond has been embraced by the long time Neil Diamond fan-base and also found huge popularity in the hip rock clubs of America.  They performed the timeless classics including “Sweet Caroline,” “America” and “Cherry Cherry.”

Super Diamond performing

Super Diamond performing

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s mission is to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy.


Walk of Dreams Gala

Operation Walk Denver is restoring the joy of walking.  It began with a small team doing a small number of joint replacements and evolved to today’s team of over 100 healthcare volunteers who have cared for over 1,200 patients.  This is the 10th annual Walk of Dreams Gala.  Operation Walk Denver is remembering the hundreds of patients whose lives have been touched during the 16 mission trips to countries such as Panama, Guatemala, and Honduras.  “Operation Walk Denver is the dream of a group of healthcare providers committed to providing free surgical care for those with debilitating arthritis in developing countries. Our missions have provided us with great personal satisfaction and the ability to give back to those in need.” said Dr. Douglas A. Dennis, Executive Director.

“Our biggest reward on these mission trips is the patient’s smiles.  I would say most of the patients have never seen a doctor at all and they are just crippled with a debilitating arthritic disease,”  said Jim Boyle, Medical Coordinator of Operation Walk Denver.

Operation Walk is a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatments for patients in developing countries and in the United States. These patients suffer from debilitating bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, and do not have access to medical care. Operation Walk also educates local orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and other health care professionals on the most advanced treatment of hip and knee joint diseases. Founded in 1994, Operation Walk teams have operated on hundreds of patients in Russia, Cuba, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States.

In addition to giving many people a new hope and ability to walk again in other countries, Operation Walk Denver also strives to help people in the Denver community who have few resources and are in desperate need of joint replacement surgery.  During the last three years, the Denver chapter has performed 47 free hip and knee replacements through the partnership with Operation Walk USA.  Through the generosity of donors, their dreams have come true.

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MCPN: 11th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic


At the start of a week slated to be the hottest of the summer, the clouds stayed out just a bit longer to provide a cooler backdrop for the 160 plus players and supporters for the 11th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by MCPN. Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) is a 501(c) (3) Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC) with a 26-year history of providing health-related services in a community-based setting.

Established in 1989 in response to the primary health care needs of the medically indigent population in suburban Denver, MCPN has the largest population base of any FQHC in Colorado.  MCPN’s mission is to partner with the community to provide excellent, culturally-sensitive health services to meet the needs of each individual.

On Monday, August 3rd, The Ridge at Castle Pines North was looking as beautiful as ever. Guests were welcomed by the MCPN staff upon arrival and treated to catered breakfast fare by The Ridge. After a registration grace period of 8am-10am, MC and former Bronco Ebenezer Ekuban welcomed fellow celebrities, supporters, and friends of the MCPN. MCPN CEO Dave Myers then wished everyone well and the shotgun start was underway. Teams were treated to their own featured celebrity ranging from sports heroes to toasts of Hollywood.

Players had several opportunities to double down their donations and take a chance at winning some great prizes. Five time world PGA long drive champion Joshua Crews of Mutant Golf, LLC treated golfers to their 1st shot on the second hole accepting donations for the MCPN. Golfers had a chance to win a trip through Green is Green or a Subaru from MCPN on the hole in one contests on seventh and twelfth respectively. Wheel spin for Comedy Works tickets amongst other great prized was on the thirteenth hole. A diamond heart pendant drawing on the eighteenth hole. A longest drive competition on the fifth hole and closest to the pin on seventeen both rounded out the specialized contests.

After the tournament, golfers were treated to BBQ fare from The Pines,  auction winners were announced, and Kermit Alexander of the 49ers helped wrap up a great afternoon.

Special thanks to all the celebrity golfers: Ed “To Tall” Jones, Frank Robinson, Carroll Hardy, Kermit Alexander, Leroy Mitchell, Ebenezer Ekuban, Mike Gibbs, Ron Egloff, Ivory Sully, Tony Davis, Dave Studdard, Anthony Naranja, David Reavis, Jimmy Spencer, Richard Burgi, Haven Moses, Daryl Jones, Efren Herrera, Blake Anderson, Rashann Salaam, Reggie Doss, Joel Fonteno, Dexter Carter, Wade Manning, Frank Robinson, Joel Fonteno, Jeff Alexander, Charles Johnson, Steve Haggerty, Billy Thompson, Steve Watson, Michael Harden Steve Thomas, Stephen King, Miah Valez, Cody Starman, and Kevin Chan.


Final Results:

·         Long Drive- Men

o   Reed Smith (Team 14-A)

·         Long Drive- Ladies

o   Paige Spiranac (Team 18-B)

·         Closest to the Pin- Men

o   Phil Schneider- Hole in One! (Team 8-B)

·         Closest to the Pin- Women

o   Paige Spiranac (Team 18-B)

·         1st Place- Team 18-B

o   Cary Sowers

o   Mike Morris

o   Brandon Ropp

o   Roger Wilson

o   Paige Spiranac

·         2nd Place- Team 7-B

o   Efren Herrera

o   Zach Wolfel

o   Clark Witzeleben

o   Spencer Campbell

o   Daryl Jones

·         3rd Place- Team 15-A

o   Anthony Naranja

o   Scott McNeil

o   John Burke

o   Lance Balthaser

o   Derek Finger



Jeannie Ritter Speaks out for Mental Health


Community Health Charities hosted their 5th Annual Health Heroes at Work Recognition Breakfast, May 6, 2015 at The Studio Loft.

Cheryl Preheim from 9News introduced the organization and spoke of Denver’s Community Health Charities saying, “Their mission is to connect caring donors in the workplace with our nation’s most trusted health charities.” Workplaces like King Soopers, Kaiser Permanente, TIAA-CREF and many more such as Ameristar Casinos, Great-West Financial, Hunter Douglas, Hyatt Regency, Johns Manville, LenderLive Network, NREL, and Wells Fargo who show support for 52 local charities through partnerships and payroll contribution gifts.

On this Mile High rainy, spring morning, Community Health Charities proudly presented Campaign Excellence Awards 2015to King Soopers/City Market, Kaiser Permanente and TIAA-CREF.    The 2015 Campaign Success Awards were presented to Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Great-West Financial, Hunter Douglas, Hyatt Regency Denver, Johns Manville, LenderLive Network Network, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Wells Fargo.  All awardees were recognized for the way their giving campaign improves Colorado for all of us.

Former First Lady Jeannie Ritter, Mental Health Ambassador from Mental Health Center of Denver, gave an enthusiastic, upbeat presentation focused on children. She has been a champion of emotionally disturbed children in Denver Public Schools since serving as First Lady. With her heartfelt interest for those in need of mental health education and services, she shared two powerful videos that left the guests teary eyed yet acutely aware of the need and impact of mental health on children and families.

Becky Haddad was awarded the 2015 Community Health Hero of the Year Award. She has been a dedicated volunteer for Susan G. Komen Colorado for more than 20 years and has served on the board for more than 10 years. She was recognized as the Health Hero of the Year for her tireless volunteer efforts and for serving as a role model for fellow cancer survivors. Unfortunately, Haddad was attending an Anti-cancer Workshop at Duke University for Susan G. Komen Colorado, and couldn’t be there to accept the award. Her children, Tim and Mindi, dabbing tears away, proudly accepted this honor on behalf of their mother, Becky Haddad.

Other 2015 Community Health Hero Nominees were Laura Crowley, Angel Eyes; Mike Mills, Arthritis Foundation; Anna Aranda, Craig Hospital; Michael Lederer, Developmental Pathways; Dr. Joseph Dankey, KIND; Peggy Fetchenhier, Home Health Care; Kerrie Olsen, Down Syndrome Association.

Everyone left a little less sleepy and warmly satisfied that the mission they support is working successfully in our health communities.

For more information on Community Health Charities call 303-758-0069. 1660 South Albion Street, Ste. 1004, Denver 80222.






A Wickedly Beaux Arts Ball


This year’s National Jewish Beaux Arts Ball, presented by the Morgridge Family Foundation, was a wickedly good time, drawing over 1,100 down the yellow brick road. Despite Colorado’s spell of a storm, the room was filled with supporters eager to help fundraise for National Jewish Health’s groundbreaking medical research and treatment.

The event honored Grand Marshals Lindsey and Stanton Dodge, Dianne Eddolls and Glenn Jones, Leslie and Noel Ginsburg, and Elaine and Kevin Kauffman. These couples were recognized for their philanthropy in the Denver community.

As soon as the doors opened to the ballroom, everyone was in complete awe. The Hyatt Regency was completely transformed, with artistic and ornate centerpieces, green and pink up lighting, Oz inspired performers, magic wands and flying monkeys.

Starting with the entry of the goggle-wearing emerald drummers, Vali Entertainment filled the room with magic.The band and vocalists were brilliant, successfully getting guests on their feet and dancing.

Attendees bid on exclusive packages, including viewing the 2016 Academy Awards with Elton John, vacationing at a 16th century Tuscan estate and driving exotic sports cars at High Plains Raceway.

The Fund-A-Need auction allowed guests to make a direct donation to support a specific area of need at National Jewish Health. This year, the funds will be used for eczema and allergy programs.

National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation.  Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Patients and families come to National Jewish Health from around the world to receive cutting-edge, comprehensive, coordinated care. To learn more, visit

34th Annual Heart of Hearts Gala


It’s not often you attend a charity event that transports you to Venice, Italy. With the help of vivacious circus performers and elaborate Venetian carnivals masks, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel was dramatically transformed for an evening of fundraising and frivolity.

As guests entered the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation’s 34th Heart of Hearts Gala, they were warmly greeted by volunteers and eccentric performers from Bella Luna Cirque. Instantly, Denver’s chilly weather was forgotten. Dancers twirled around the room, entertaining the guests with their whimsical charm. A gondolier manned his rowing boat, while couples and friends posed for photos. And a stunning masked lady stood tall above everyone, balancing on stilts and waving to the crowd.

After cocktail hour and the silent auction, guests were invited to enter the main ballroom. The room was jaw dropping gorgeous. Everywhere you turned there were captivating performers and decor. Near the stage, dancers were suspended on hula hoops. Their grace was mesmerizing. White birds flew around the room on the tall sticks carried by masked Venetians. The atmosphere was simply magical, and guests couldn’t help but pull out their phones to capture the scene.

The Henry M. Porter Award was given to Jim Boyle, President and CEO of Summit Leadership Solutions and former CEO of Porter Adventist Hospital. Boyle received this award for his continuous generosity to the hospital foundations and the community. He specializes in leadership development, board development and executive coaching. The Henry M. Porter Award is named for Henry M. Porter, the original philanthropic donor to Porter Hospital.

Proceeds from the Heart of Hearts Gala support women’s breast cancer departments within Avista, Castle Rock, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals. Over $66,000 was raised with the evening’s paddle raiser. This total will  be used to provide free  mammograms and breast cancer care for under served individuals in the community.

The generosity of sponsors and individual donors is greatly appreciated, as one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime and one in 1,000 men will face a diagnosis. Donations will fuel support groups, treatment options and integrative therapies.

If you would like to learn more about Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation and make a donation, please visit

A colorful Fiesta on the Plaza


La Cucaracha! It was a night for dancing and singing, and happy meet-ups for friends and supporters at The Clinica Tepeyac 20th Anniversary celebration held Saturday, September 27th. The Annual ‘Fiesta on the Plaza’ is always colorful and festive. This year the roaming musicians were strumming among a Latino flavored street market atmosphere, providing music and laughter among the throngs of supporters. Everyone was either chatting up old friends, eating chips & salsa, sipping a margarita or shopping for brightly colored handmade items such as Mexican and Peruvian blankets, scarves, purses, jewelry, pottery, and local original art.

The Clinica Tepeyac is a well-respected and much loved organization in Denver. From the beginning its goal was to insure that every person who walked through the clinic’s door was welcomed and treated with the highest level of compassion. Jim Garcia, Executive Director and Founder, let it be known, Clinica Tepeyac is a volunteer-driven organization. From the podium, he recognized those who were there in the beginning. The evening’s highlight honored the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth and Ken & Hope Salazar for their unwavering support throughout the last twenty years. Governor Hickenlooper didn’t spare his praise for Ken & Hope Salazar when he described the couple as the quintessential couple. “Together, they represent the ‘heart & soul’ of Colorado.”

Gregg Moss and Belen DeLeon, the Channel 9News duo, were enthusiastic and pleased to be involved with the night’s celebration. DeLeon, a South Texas girl, was a singer in a band before coming to Denver television.  She delighted the audience as she belted out a beautiful song in Spanish. Mayor Hancock followed DeLeon on stage. As he stood at the podium with a big smile plastered across his face, he informed the crowd, “I’m going to watch Channel 9 weather from now on.”

With exquisite entertainment from the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ensemble, the Grupo Folklorico Sabor Latino and Mariachi Vasquez, the 20th Anniversary of Clinica Tepeyac was a true fiestal that rang with colorful non-stop focus.

Reggie Rivers, former Denver Broncos, wooed the crowd with his charm and enthusiasm as he bantered with the audience to raise bids for live auction packages such as dinner for four at the Chophouse Brewery (Reggie Rivers at the table, was part of the package); VIP package for the 37th Starz Denver Film Festival, a New Mexico vacation, signed football by Karl Mecklenburg, original art by Lynn Fresquez and much more.

The Clinica Tepeyac depends on Denver’s support through donations and volunteers. For more information on how to be a part of this worthy organization call 720-274-2923. If you need medical help contact the clinic at 303-458-5302. Clinic is located at 5075 Lincoln, Denver, 80216.






Something to Smile About: KINDness Gala

A smile is so simple and oh-so powerful. Our smile helps ease the way as we inch into a packed elevator. It is the silent thank you to the person who stopped their shopping cart so we could roll on. Or, it may be the only bright spot in someone else’s long day. It’s often the beautiful default of children. Yet, some children have a hard time smiling and need dental care. Kids In Need of Dentistry (KIND) helps children, and their families, get back to bright smiles. For more than 100 years, KIND has helped thousands of children each year get the dental services they need at a cost their families can afford. Recently the organization celebrated its work at its 3rd annual Expressions of KINDness Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. Of course, there was a lot to smile about.

It was a night of good shopping. Many mouth-watering silent auction items greeted guests during the cocktail hour. You could pamper yourself at a spa, insure yourself with a top-notch first-aid kit for the car, adorn yourself in sparkling jewelry, or entertain yourself by being a guest on live radio. The choices were surprising and fun.

KIND Board President Caitlyn Fagan shared that when she brought the board together for a retreat she asked them about their “why” for getting involved in the non-profit. The common response was that what KIND does matters. It matters to the child, their parents and entire families. KIND is needed. And the organization’s numbers give context to that need. Each year they serve thousands of children throughout the state. Caitlyn does her fair share of getting the word out about that.

“If you know me personally, you know about KIND. I talk about KIND at the gym, at work, at happy hour; really anywhere there is a small lull in the conversation,” said Caitlyn.

The vivacious Shelly St. John from The Auction Divas revved up the audience with a rousing round of “Heads or Tails”. The game was played for an assortment of wine of spirits. The batch of booze was so big the winner would be covered for holidays, holiday gifts and assorted dinner parties. Each flip of the coin drew lots of cheers and groans depending on the side the bidder chose. It was a fun way to get the group warmed up to bid on the many enticing items to come. Sports items proved a big draw with signed footballs and helmets, but travel could also call to the bidder with trips to New York and Napa.

“It’s overwhelming to see how many people support our organization,” shared a beaming Julie Collett, KIND’s Executive Director.

Sally Walker, Association Director, echoed her sentiment. “I am thrilled so many are here. So many people connect with KIND. It’s heartwarming.”

The youngest, brightest smile came from five-year-old Madeline who was most excited about being dressed-up and out with her dad. And with a huge grin she modeled her “up-do” hairdo. She had lots to smile about.

KIND’s mission is to increase the health and happiness of Colorado children in need by eliminating disease through treatment and education. And for more than a century they have been doing just that. Bringing smiles and being with those who care about smiles is a big “why” of the KIND gala.




Guests love-love Stout Street Tennis Social


Picture this: The self-proclaimed “shot of the day” at this year’s Stout Street Tennis Social featured a partner squatting down to leave the upper lane clear for a volley…and getting hit squarely in the back. Needless to say, almost-pros to “I think I’ll just watch” folks all had a great time at this year’s tennis soiree on Saturday, Aug. 9. With Meadow Creek Tennis Club owners generously opening their doors to players and complimentary food all provided by donors, 100 percent of the proceeds were able to go directly to Stout Street Foundation’s resident treatment programs.

Guests arrived around 6 p.m., grabbed a complimentary event t-shirt and headed to the upstairs lounge, a tennis-lover’s dream. Snacks and soft drinks were available, along with a wide-screen TV featuring—what else?—tennis. Guests had the opportunity to bid on a number of silent auction items, and those who were in non-player cheerleading mode could watch the action on all the courts.

(l to r): Meadow Creek member Brian Mikkelson, with teaching pros Doug Rees and Ashley Tindle

(l to r): Meadow Creek member Brian Mikkelson, with teaching pros Doug Rees and Ashley Tindle

Meadow Creek teaching professionals Doug Rees and Ashley Tindle led drills for beginner-to-intermediate players, and heavy-hitters warmed up on their own. Tennis play featured great shots along with a lot of laughs and the evening ended with a casual dinner for all.

The event was yet another sellout for Stout Street Foundation, and Vice President of Development Teri D. Smith expressed her thanks to Meadow Creek owners Adam Kahn and Debra Kahn Freeman for opening their venue to the event, as well as Robyn and Tim Lollar for donating and handling all the event catering.

Perfect tennis form

Perfect tennis form

The mission of Stout Street Foundation is to provide the necessary services and support in a totally structured, therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitation, recovery and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens.

SSF operates as a not-for-profit, self-sufficient organization without primary economic dependence on municipal, state, or federal funding. Within the structured environment, the organization provides food, lodging, and specific programs and treatment for its residents. For more information on long-term residential treatment, 28-day residential treatment and out-patient assistance, please visit:

Perfect Pairings: Wine with Entertainment for a Great Cause

It was hard to tell who was having the better time at the event: guests or volunteers. The 11th annual Wine Event attracted more than 40 people ready to serve, celebrate and help raise money for Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Fetal Care Center.

Event chairs Kevin and Melissa Hopkins – who met while volunteering at Children’s – beamed like proud parents when talking about the commitment and compassion the volunteers give to make the evening happen. “They are the essence of tonight,” explained Melissa. She further shared they don’t rest on a job well done for long. “We will take a few days break and the come together to start planning for 2015.”

Chair of the Volunteer Subcommittee Annie Gray had a permanent smile when she shared about her affinity for all those who stepped up to help. “From the first meeting I was amazed at how much people wanted to be a part of this. It’s my first year and I will definitely be back,” said Gray just before hugging and smiling with others from her team.

Volunteer Sandy Lehto has been helping since the event launched eleven years ago. “Oh, how it’s grown,” she reported. “And it’s so well organized. Guest credit cards get recorded right as they come in so there isn’t a wait to check out. It’s all done before they are ready to leave. It’s great.” Lehto is a member of the Boulder Chapter of Volunteers for Children’s Hospital and she confirmed she will travel year after year to help at The Wine Event.

Special Projects Philanthropy Director for the Children’s Hospital Foundation Martine Hyland echoed the sentiment of the evening. “It’s so inspiring to see how people come together and give to the hospital. They spend time with patients and give time at events. It’s incredible to witness.”

Normally working in finance, Nathanael Shue stepped away from numbers and toward regions as he helped design how the wines would be categorized. The event showcased wines from Colorado, the West Coast, South America and Europe, along with Chilled Summer Wines and, for those who prefer hops over grapes, two “Refreshing Brews” tables displayed tasty beer options.

The event itself was as beautiful as the generosity of those who made it happen. As guests entered the reception they were greeted with lovely strums by Classical Spanish guitarist René Heredia. Overhead, guests marveled at the grace and beauty of aerial artistry performed by a member of Frequent Flyers Productions. Intermittently, happy cheers from the “Ring Toss Table” punctuated the mass of good conversation. With Rockies-like precision, guests flung wide colorful rings toward the empty necks of rows and rows of wine bottles.

“We have four full pages of people who have tossed,” said smiling volunteer Cindy talking about the popularity of the table. “Many people get one ring on, but one gentleman hit four out of five throws. That was fun to cheer on.”

Along with table after table of enticing wines to bid on in the silent auction, the event offered an array of live auction items including a package for the Grammys, an America’s Cup Yacht Experience, and trips to Napa, San Francisco, Italy and Indonesia.

The Children’s Hospital Association of Volunteers puts the entire event together and can proudly report that their efforts have raised more $1 million to date. The volunteers at Children’s Hospital Colorado are part of a group called Children’s Hospital Colorado Association of Volunteers (AoV). The AoV coordinates placements for volunteers and ensures that complete orientation and training is provided to all volunteers.