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September 18, 2004 - Thousands of Children Will Experience the Magic

What: 27th Annual Children's Hospital Gala

Where: Adam's Mark

When: September 18, 2004

Beneficiary: The Children's Hospital, Post-News Charities, Colorado Avalance Community Fund, funds of the McCormick Tribune Foundation

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS

Master of Ceremonies: Logan McCall, The Children's Hospital Ambassador

Presenting Sponsor(s): Barbara Bridges

Gala Chairperson(s): Lee and Debbi Alpert and Steve and Cindy Farber

Corporate Chairperson(s): Barbara Bridges, John and Ginny Freyer, Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld, Walter and Christie Isenberg, Paul and M.J. Powers

Co-Chair(s): Dinner: Bruce and Lisa Alexander, David and Bonnie Mandarich, Scott and Virginia Reiman; Auction: Becky Beans and Kate Sherman; Decor: Faye Gardenswartz; Communications: Rebecca Russell

Committee Members: Corporate: Adam Argon, Meghan Arnold, Helen Atkeson, Wayne Berger, Andy Boian, Karen Chapman, Brad Dusto, Tonya Everist, Josh Hanfling, Michael Imhoff, Roy Ladawig, Jody Mathie M.D., Steve Sander, Malcolm and Nicole Seawell, Mark Smith, Ellen Stewart, Jim Thomas, Katy Traeger

Entertainment: Donna Summer, legendary performer and five-time Grammy award winner

Sponsors: Magic: The Barbara Bridges Family Foundation, Colorado Volvo Retailers, CTM Foundation / Cydney & Tom Marsico, Sage Hospitality / Walt & Christie Isenberg; Platinum: Adam’s Mark, American Airlines, Marcy & Bruce Benson, Steve & Elaine Berman, Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, The Chotin Group Corp., Mr. & Mrs. Don Elliman, EnCana USA, Frederic Printing, The Gallagher Family Foundation, Gary-Williams Energy Corp. / The Piton Foundation, Hexagon Investments – Scott & Virginia Reiman, Joy Johnson, Christopher & Tammy Marsico, MDC Holdings/Richmond American Homes, Skip & Nancy Miller, The Rutt Bridges Family Foundation, The Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation

Quote of the evening: "Experience the magic through the eyes of a child" - Theme for 2004 Gala

Attendance: 1,600 - Sold out

Attire: Blacktie

Information: 720.917.1700

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 Logan McCall has had four heart surgeries at Children's, since he was an infant.  Now at the age of 15, he is now an aspiring actor and a sophomore at Heritage High School.  He co-emceed the gala with Kim Christiansen of 9NEWS.
Logan McCall has had four heart surgeries at Children's, since he was an infant. Now at the age of 15, he is now an aspiring actor and a sophomore at Heritage High School. He co-emceed the gala with Kim Christiansen of 9NEWS.

Elizabeth Byrnes

Butterflies, bees, bugs…and beads, oh my! Over 1,600 patrons “Experienced the magic ~ through the eyes of a child,” the theme for the sold-out 2004 Children’s Hospital Gala, held this year on September 18 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

At the 27th annual gala, Donna Summer, the reigning queen of disco, packed the house and the dance floor with her hits like “Last Dance” and “Hot Stuff,” benefiting The Children’s Hospital Foundation and Post-News Charities and Colorado Avalanche Community Fund, funds of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.

Children’s Hospital Ambassadors were the honorees of the evening, along with all the children that have been treated by TCH. Each year, new ambassadors are selected to share their personal stories. They are living proof that miracles happen daily at The Children’s Hospital. Logan McCall, a former ambassador, was the Master of Ceremonies for the gala, along with Kim Christiansen of 9NEWS.

President and CEO of The Children's Hospital Dori Biester, PhD, RN, introduced the 2004 Ambassadors: Emily McIntyre, Brandon Boyer, Payton “Bailey” Morgan, Dante Palermo, Ashley Snellbaker, Christopher Ward, Tawnie Swanson and Alicia Valdes. Each took their place on stage and was “interviewed” by either Logan or Kim, talking about their hobbies and dreams. From being an aspiring Olympic gymnast to a future cardiologist, they each reminded the patrons what it truly means to experience the magic through the eyes of a child.

Gala Co-Chair, Steve Farber, along with his wife, Cindy Farber and Lee and Debbi Alpert, announced that $1.65 million was raised, exceeding their goal of $1.5 million. “We all attribute this phenomenal success to the amazing doctors and staff at The Children’s Hospital and each of the patrons here tonight,” said Farber.

Donna Summer, legendary performer and five-time Grammy award winner, toured The Children’s Hospital and visited with children in the oncology unit. “It was amazing to see what Children’s is all about,” said Ms. Summer, after she opened the show. “I saw babies that were as small as my hand,” she explained, holding up her palm. “Babies this small are being operated and taken care of at this amazing hospital.”

The amazing amount of funds raised at the 2004 gala makes the goal of building the new Children’s Hospital a little more attainable. On June 10, 2004, Children’s formally kicked-off “The Imagine the Miracles Campaign” for The Children’s Hospital with the public announcement of its campaign goal and a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the new hospital.

Founded in 1908, The Children's Hospital is a private, not-for-profit pediatric health-care network. It is consistently ranked among the nation's very best hospitals that care for kids by U.S. News & World Report and other publications. With more than 1,000 pediatric specialists and more than 2,000 full-time employees, Children's is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized medical programs. Children's provides care to the region's children at its main campus and through a network of care including five physician satellite offices, four community-based after-hours and emergency care sites, and four specialty-care centers providing principally rehabilitation services.

Since 1998, Post-News Charities has provided more than $18 million in funding to support local programs providing services to disadvantaged children and youth and literacy instruction in our community. Through the event partnership program, Post-News Charities is able to increase the amount of dollars raised at charitable events, making more funding available to support worthwhile programs in the Denver Metro area.

The Colorado Avalanche Community Fund supports charitable organizations that emphasize families and children, violence prevention and youth hockey programs. Since 1996, the CACF has granted more than nine million dollars to non-profit agencies in Colorado. Both Post-News Charities and The Colorado Avalanche Community Fund are funds of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.

The mystical and magical “Enchanted Forest” came to life in the grand ballroom with fluffy clouds, twinkle lights and hundreds of butterflies suspended from the ceiling. Each corner was set up with larger-than-life trees and brilliant bunches of fun paper flowers. Tables were draped with pale lilac and covered with more flowers, butterflies and hundreds of candles. A magical forest isn’t complete unless there are giant pink and purple caterpillars crawling around, creatively provided by Paul Borrillo.

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