Anicee didn’t seem to get the memo that most 11-year-old little girls are usually shy and reserved when talking on stage in front of hundreds of strangers. Instead, she has such a bright, vivacious and engaging personality that guests at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Gala on Saturday instantly fell in love with her.

Anicee is one of the precious patients at Children’s who receive the world class care that consistently puts the hospital in the top ten ranking in the nation in the US News & World Report and Parents Magazine. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado has more than 2,000 pediatric specialists and more then 5,000 full time employees who all have as their mission and utmost concern the best care possible for children. When area physicians need to find a place to care for their loved ones, Children’s Colorado is the top choice.

Anicee has catapulted to celebrity status herself, as she is an accomplished artist who began painting at age 3. Her paintings are not the average cute drawing that parents tape to their refrigerator. They are beautiful masterpieces, two of which were auctioned at the gala for $50,000 apiece. Look at her artwork at

Well-heeled guests, who have come to expect the same calibre in a gala for the Foundation every year as the hospital reputation, were not disappointed this year. The meal was outstanding, the auction was superb, the camaraderie unparalleled. A former patient at Children’s, Noah, treated attendees to “Noah’s Concerto” and the evening ramped up even higher with Canadian band Barenaked Ladies, who are this year celebrating their 25th anniversary with their 12th album, “GRINNING STREAK.”