at Sheraton Hotel Denver benefiting MS research and support at 6 p.m.
Anyone who can make a crowd of well-heeled guests put on red clown noses and clap enthusiastically must have some kinda personality.
That was putting it mildly, as Dr. Patch Adams was special guest at the Rocky Mountain MS Center’s annual gala on Saturday, and he had a memorable message for guests: you have the choice to be who you are, and you have a choice to be happy.
The crowd was very attentive as the eclectic Adams talked to them about some of his philosophies and took questions (but guests had to do something outlandish before they were allowed to ask). Adams has traveled the world with friends and followers dressed as clowns and other characters, and most people recognize the name from the famous biographical movie in which Robin Williams portrayed him.
This was a special evening, with comments from RMMSC CEO Gina Berg, Event Chairs Louise Richardson and Arlene Mohler Johnson, Board Chair BrettHanselman, Denver Life Magazine’s Kristin Miller (presenting sponsor) and board member Jeff Wren, who forged a friendship with Patch Adams many years ago.
The Rocky Mountain MS Center’s mission: Improving the quality of life for individuals and their families living with MS and related neurological diseases through care, support, education and research.
The Rocky Mountain MS Center was founded in 1978 by Dr. Jack Burks and N. Daren Writer. Mr. Writer was diagnosed with MS in 1974. He was told “there was nothing anyone could do about MS,” and to “go home and put his affairs in order.” This was unacceptable to this exceptional man of action and business leader. He sought out a brilliant, young neurologist who was dedicated to finding the cause of MS and a cure for the disease. Like Mr. Writer, Dr. Burks believed something could be done for people living with MS. Together they created a single, comprehensive facility to treat people with MS and find the cause and a cure.
Since then, the RMMSC has grown and continued to provide support and research for those with MS. For more information about programs and other information, log on to www.mscenter.org.
Event Co-Chair Louise Richardson and her daughter Aly Albert
Elsie and Jeff Faul, left, with Linda and Kevin Burke
Kim and Marti Acker, left, with Jean and Jim Austin
Beth Woydziak, left, Sheri Rotolo, Dick Rotolo, Whitney Rotolo, Mike Rotolo
Edie Marks, left, Lee Bowen, his mom Elizabeth Bowen, Susan Stiff, Lorraine Salazar and Jan Top
Lee Bowen and his mom Elizabeth, visiting from out of town
Daniel Kopnisky, left, and Steve Edmonds
Claudia and Bob Beauprez
Jan Blankennagel and John Godzac
BJ Dyer (Bouquets) did an incredible job with decorations, as always
RMMSC CEO Gina Berg, left, with Event Chairs Louise Richardson and Arlene Johnson
Stephanie Degraff Bender and Doug Tisdale
Heather Brecl, left, Danielle Anderson, Sandee Walling and Denise Bellucci
Gayle and Ed Novak
Elizabeth Bowen chats with Dr. Patch Adams
Susan Stiff, left, Tori Smith, Rochelle Woods
Victor Anthony, left, Vickie Dow, Frances Owens, Monica Owens Beauprez, Claudia and Bob Beauprez
AJ and Heidi Fisher, left, Terri and Al Fisher, Denise and Ray Bellucci
Bo and Lynne Cottrell
2014 Event Co-Chair Terri Fisher, left, with 2015 Event Co-Chair Louise Richardson
Cindi Gallagher, left, Kaylynn West and Jan Hammond
Angela and John DellaSalle, left, with Adrine and Adam Writer
George and Gail Johnson
Mike Jalving, left, Susan Spero, Gina Berg
Jennifer Blankenship, left, Susan Vigoda, Dr. Shawn Glazer
Sherry Huntsinger, left, Stephanie Doss Odak, Jan Top
Pam and Dave Fisher, left, with Tony and Theresa Giarratano
Timothy Vollmer MD; John Corboy MD; Ken Tyler MD; Tom Steward JD, MS, PA-C; Pat Daily LCSW
Gina Berg, Chairs Louise Richardson and Arlene Mohler Johnson
Dr. Patch Adams, Kristin Miller, Brett Hanselman, Jeff Wren
G3 Merlot and Chardonnay
Chase N The Dream
Presenting: Denver Life Magazine; Title Sponsors: University of Colorado Hospital and UC Denver Department of Neurology, Rocky Mountain MS Center Anschutz Medical Campus; Platinum: Colorado State Bank & Trust, The Denver Post, Don and Arlene Johnson, Novartis, Teva Neuroscience; Gold: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel; Silver: Deloitte LLP, Genzyme, Lariat Partners LP, Navajo Express, Barb & Gary Reece, The Writer Family
Shelly St John
Mixed greens and baby spinach with seasonal berries, spiced pumpkin seeds, artisanal goat cheese; grilled flatiron steak; spiced shrimp with sofrito scented butter sauce; artichoke and celeriac-Yukon puree; flash seared broccolini and roasted tomatoes; blackberry clafouti with lemon mousseline
BJ Dyer, Bouquets
Marketing and PR Committee Chair: Cindi Burge; Decor Committee Chairs: BJ Dyer, Stephanie Doss Odak, Lorraine Salazar; Entertainment Chairs: Terri Fisher, Gail Johnson; Menu Committee Chair: Jan Hammond; Mystery Wine Wall Chair: Chuck West; Sponsorship Committee Chair: Lee Bowen; Auction Photographer: Denise Bellucci; Past Gala Chair/Advisor: Terri Fisher; Committee members: Alexandra Albert, Christine Alfred, Jamie Angelich, Del Arnold, Gina Berg, Murri Bishop, John Carter, Keri Christiansen, Stevie Crecelius, Stephen Edmonds, Cyndy Everett-Marsh, Adrienne Fitzgibbons, Elana Jacobs, Dave Johnson, Jules Kelty, Nancy Koontz, Deborah Massa, Kristin Miller, Bob Mulverhill, Pat Robinson, Jackie Rotole, Sheri Rotolo, Lyn Schaffer, Bob Shanahan, Pam Sletten, Susan Stiff, Shari Sullivan, Jodi Urgitus, Sandee Walling, Michele Weekes, Jeff Wren
Board of Directors:
Brett Hanselman, Chair; Robert Shanahan., Vice-Chair; Michael Persichette, Treasurer; Jennifer Mayes, Secretary; Del Arnold, Development Chair; Members at Large: Jerry Buck, Brad Cillian, Kimberly Eilber, Jennifer Nelson, Anne Marie Pewterbaugh, James Tarpey; Honorary Members: H. Lee Ambrose, Liz Frawley, A. Barry Hirschfeld, Kevin and Mary McNicholas, Cindy Medema, Charles A. Miller JD, Larry Olsen, Steve Roesinger, W. Dean Singleton, Sandee Walling, Marie Windlinger, Adam H. Writer, Diane Writer