Little Hearts Fashion Show Tugs at Everyone’s Heartstrings
Story by Pamela Cress
Photos by Pamela Cress
Little Hearts Fashion Show and Luncheon
at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation and the Heart Institute at 11 a.m.
Kim Christiansen made the point at the Little Hearts Fashion Show and Luncheon on Friday that it’s our responsibility to help parents and families of kids with heart problems. Most often they are working and can’t take off as much as they’d like to, and most often they need help with resources and plan of care.
The Little Hearts Fashion Show has, unbelievably, been doing this for 29 years for Children’s Hospital Colorado–Lyn Schaffer has tirelessly been the driving force behind this marvelous event for the past 15 of those years and she and the people she works with, including her husband, Dr. Michael Schaffer, are angels.
Returning this year to the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, models and escorts had a great time hamming it up for the audience and the kids’ heart challenges were a distant thought, at least for today. There were even dogs present through the Children’s Hospital Colorado Pet Prescription program, and they were obviously happy too!
Dr. Dunbar Ivy, Selby’s Chair in Pediatric Cardiology and chief of the cardiology department at Children’s Hospital Colorado, once again returned to tell the audience about new strides being made in the field and the good work being accomplished at Children’s.
Dr. Michael Schaffer presented the Sam and Fern Primack Heart Who Cares Award to Dr. Robert Wolff, a humble leader in the field whom Dr. Schaffer called his “mentor and role model.”
Then the much-anticipated fashion show began, as kids and their escorts (community leaders, kids’ doctors and a few firefighters and some happy dogs) paraded down the runway in fashions provided by Dillard’s And it’s all to benefit the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Stephanie Landree, left, Frances Owens and Maggie Scivicque
Lloyd Lewis of ARC Thrift (sponsor) with Claire Holz
Rachel and Dave played some tunes during the reception
Linda Johnson, left, Judy Ruzicka, Jill and Dick DeLand and Missy Ruzicka
Ilse Morris, left, Jane Beasley and Cyd Rodriguez (sponsor)
Keith Reinert, left, Gordon Reinert, Christy Carello, Carol Musick, Kalina, John Carello and Catalina Monterro
LaFonda Malleck, left, Kelly Olech, Ben May, Lindsay Beliaeva and Marissa Beasley, with kids Emma and Kate in frton
Joanne Gaffney, left, and Jennifer West
Michelle Olsen, left, Judy Fischer and Joely Maddux
Marika Klesic, left, Carlie Bremen and Michael Jerjovic
Fatima Dias, left, her mom Emma Dias and Kirk Watson of the Donor Alliance
Dr. Michael and Lyn Schaffer flank Dr. Dunbar Ivy
Beth Bowlen Wallace, left, Wendy Johnson, Gwenivere Snyder, Kaye Lynn Fote and Jane Norton
Volunteers at checkin: Katie Anders, left, Andrea Caruso, Katy Treadway, Hannah Blatt, Sandee Walling, Nadine Copley
Vickinda and Clint Dinnel, left, with Debbie Dinnel and Allura Jones
Allura Jones, left, Vickinda Dinnel and Vicki Schroeder
Dick and Lydia McKee, left, Any and Max Mitchell with Kate
Dr. Bob Wolff, Sharon Downing and Dr. Carol Greimann
Adrienne and Jack Fitzgibbons (sponsors)
Dr. Dunbar Ivy with Marie Wright and James
Patty Lorie, left, and Molly Broeren, board secretary
Linda and Gene Young
Robert Stafford and Melonie White
Tim “Gilby” Gilbert, left, Dr. Dunbar Ivy, Janie Stoddard and Dr. Fran Hickey
Sarah and Matt Gebhardt, let, Travis Tucker, Jen and Joel Rieck
Ned West, left, Dr. Jeff Durst and Jennifer West
Sharon McMeel, left, and Ruth Wolff
Dara Johnson with Isaac, left, Lou Raders and Phil Johnson
Darby Kelly with Pet Prescription dog Cormac
Ben Doud (sponsor) and Marilee Carter with Pet Prescription dog Maxwell
Beth McCarthy and Pet Prescription dog Rosie
Nancy Sahling and Pet Prescription dog Zach
Don Preisser and Pet Prescription dog Flip
Flip gets a treat.
Event Chair Lyn Schaffer welcomes everyone
Supporter Irene Zimmer, left, and Sue Piercy
Christina Enstrom (sponsor–thanks for the wonderful toffee!) and Jeri Langolf
Dr. Sara Mark says a few words
Melanie, Eden, Eloiza and Alexia getting ready for the show
Casey, Kaitlyn, Ashley and Jessica before the fashion show
Tanner Fieth and his aunt, Keri Christiansen
Kim Christiansen returned as emcee
Kim Christiansen makes a point
Dr. Michael Schaffer on stage with Lindsay Beliaeva and Cyd Rodriguez
Dr. Michael Schaffer and Cyd Rodriguez present the Heart Who Cares award to Dr. Robert Wolff
Dr. Michael Schaffer, Lindsay Beliaeva and Dr. Robert Wolff on stage
Dr. Robert Wolff with his Sam and Fern Primack Heart Who Cares Award
Model Ryan with Melonie White and Prescription Pet Gracie
Kenleigh is a little shy, escorted by a firefighter
Kepler is an 18-month old who underwent surgery to correct his artery. He is now an active little guy who loves to play “hockey” at home with a clean flyswatter and a ball.
Dr. Fran Hickey escorts Myles
Grace is escorted by her brother Kevin and Prescription Pet Flip
Models Violet and Caroline are escorted by firefighters
Joanne Davidson escorts Izabella
Trinity is escorted by Christina Ravazzolo, representing Accredo
Trinity and Christina enjoying themselves on the runway
A firefighter escorts Destiny
Dr. Michael Schaffer and Eloiza
A firefighter and Joseph
Eden Weisberg is escorted by a firefighter.
Pretty Eden Weisberg’s grandmother, Glory, proudly cheered her on at the end of the runway.
A firefighter hams it up with Eden.
Casey struts the runway–he overcame heart surgery at just 4 months old.
Dr. Max Mitchell high-fives Casey
Casey hams it up with Catalina
Ashley, Anthony and Cassie, winners of the Cardiac Kids Scholarship
A firefighter escorts Preston and Prescription Pet Zach
Firefighter, Preston and sheltie Zach ham it up on the runway
Proud dad Brandon Johnson escorts Emily
Brandon and Emily Johnson
Frances Owens escorts Kennedy
Former First Lady Frances Owens waves with Kennedy
Big smiles from Frances Owens and Kennedy
Irene Zimmer escorts Abbey, who was celebrating her birthday!
Vaughn waves to the crowd. He overcame heart surgery at just seven days old.
Christina Enstrom escorts Jonathan and retired Prescription Pet Maxwell, as Catalina looks on.
Christina Enstrom, Jonathan and Catalina
Melanie proudly stands on stage
Melanie is a confident and aspiring 10-year-old.
Kyndal had heart surgery on Valentine’s Day two years ago and is doing great now!
Dr, Jeff Durst with Tristan, who had an implant at just two month old.
Dr. Jeff Durst with Tristan
Tanner and his aunt Keri Christiansen
Tanner Fieth and Keri Christiansen, who had heart surgery herself when she was only six months old.
Noah takes the stage with Prescription Pet Rosie
Rosie is almost as big as Noah, and they’re both having a great time!
Dr. Robert Wolff--Sam and Fern Primack Heart Who Cares award
Lyn Schaffer, chair; Mary Ann Apmann, Donna Basile, Julie Bigner, Leslie Boersma, Esther Carpenter, Bryan Chavez, Laura Daily, Vickinda Dinnel, Sharon Downing, Steve Edmonds, Ashley Gallegos, Angie Gonzales, Gillian Hall-Perry, Michelle Houchens, Laura Hylton, Jacqueline Lindley, Kathleen McBride, Vicki Ogden, Donna Parker, Michele Pietras, Jasmine Radebaugh, Louise Richardson, Sarah Riggs, Gina Scheidt, Leslie Schott, Sandee Walling, Molly Wallrich
Peggy Warner, Senior VP; Leslie Schaeffer, VP; Steve Warnecke, Senior VP, Finance; Frank Dean, Director, Development Systems; Jennifer Darling, Senior VP, Philanthropy; Sonya Norris, Director of Events and Corporate Programs; Kellile Fischer, VP, Planned and Principal Giving; Monique Bronner, Senior Communications Manager; Cary Larger, Senior VP, Community Fundraising;
Claudia Schmitt, staff chaplain at Children's Hospital Colorado
Lyn Schaffer and Dr. Michael Schaffer
Dr. Dunbar Ivy
Presenting: Anna and John J Sie Foundation; Clothing sponsor: Joyce Daily, Houston, TX; Supporting sponsors: anonymous, Biscuits and Berries, Mike and Cyd Rodriguez, Boston Scientific; Little Hearts sponsors: Accredo, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, anonymous, ARC Thrift Stores, Association of Volunteers--Cardiac Kids Chapter, Association of Volunteers--Prescription Pets Chapter, The Carson Foundation, Davidson Gebhardt Chevrolet & Subaru of Loveland, Doud BTS Inc., First American State Bank, The Franciscus Family, The Ravazzolo Family; Event sponsors: Barking B*!?*?.com, Chewy's Boutique, Children's Hospital Colorado Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Department of Cardiology and Department of Cardiac Surgery; Enstrom's Candy, Home Depot--1501 Mississippi Ave., Stephanie Trowbridge Photography, WineShop at Home
Roasted leek and parmesan tart, yellow butter beans, assorted breads, red velvet or lemon bundt cakes with cream cheese frosting
3rd Avenue Studio, ABC Nannies, Kayte Charles, Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation, Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute, Dillard's--Aurora Town Center, Dillard's--Park Meadows, Event Rents, Larry Gardner, Johnny Long, Laura Murphy, Newberry Brothers, Joshua Ogden, Vicki Ogden, The Ravazzolo Family, Dr. Michael and Lyn Schaffer, Maggie Simmons, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, Chris Suskin, R Stafford and Company, Thunder Foundation, Stephanie Trowbridge Photography, Melonie White, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Irene Zimmer
Board of Directors:
Laura Barton, chair; Kelly Kennedy, immediate past chair; Richard Stoddard, vice chair; Molly Broeren, secretary; Frederick Taylor, treasurer; Steve Winesett, president; Ted Antenucci; Marcy Benson; Buck Blessing; Peter Calamari; Bob Clark; Jan Cortez; Peter Culshaw; Phil Doty; Katey Driscoll; Steve Farber; Shane Feiman; John Fenley; Jim Frein; John Freyer, Jr.; Caleb F. Gates, Jr.; Jeff Harrington; Cannon “Cy” Harvey; Robert Hottman; Sally Hybl; John Ikard; Walter Isenberg; Therese Ivancovich; Brandon Johnson; David P. Kaplan; Rhonda Kay; Steve Kris; Evi Makovsky; Tom McGonagle; Rob Millisor; Susan Noble; Mary Osborn; Kevin Reidy; Kristin Richardson; Betsy Searle; Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE; Joseph E. Wagner; Ronald W. Williams; Laura Wright; Trustees Emeritus: James C. Cohig