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February 22, 2005 - Soup for the Soul Turns Five!

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Februay 22, 2005

Ticket Prices: $85.00 per person

Beneficiary: Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace

EMCEE: Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS Anchor

Speaker: Governor Bill Owens

Libations: Wines by Fred Wenholz. Beer by Coors Distribution

Catering: Catering by Design, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Dazzle Supper Club, Ventura Grille/Ocotillo, Tante Louise, Wellshire Inn, Amore Restaurant, Japon, Mission Trujillo and Mel’s Bar and Grill

Entertainment: Piano by Alix Corboy

Menu: Desserts provided by Il Fornaio, DTC, Tony Rosacci's

Attendance: 800

Attire: Business

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Dougals's Catering Service

Florist: Lehrer's Flowers

Donors: 153 artists and 33 restaurants and services

Blacktie Photos by: Patricia Hoffman


 Govenor Bill Owens applauds hospice programs
Govenor Bill Owens applauds hospice programs

Patricia Hoffman

What is more nurturing than a warm, wonderful bowl of delicious soup?

Well, on a chilly Tuesday night, the 22nd of February, nearly 800 caring and giving attendees were nurtured by twelve of Denver’s finest restaurants. All the proceeds benefited the Hospice of Peace and Porter Hospice, two of Denver’s longest running hospice programs. This year marks the 5th anniversary of this very popular event.

Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace are renowned for offering pain and symptom management for those who are facing the end of life. These organizations address the physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs of patients and their families. Both are part of Centura Health at home, a member of Centura Health. Centura Health’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people of their communities.

The evening began with a silent auction, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The works of art were of the highest caliber and donated by leading local artists. This portion of the evening was accompanied by classical music, played on the piano by Alix Corboy.

The Grand Ballroom was then opened for dinner. On the outside of the room were twelve elaborately decorated tables with sumptuous soups and appetizers from some of Denver’s finest restaurants and chefs. The most imaginative culinary creations were donated by; Catering by Design, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Dazzle Supper Club, Ventura Grille/Ocotillo, Tante Louise, Wellshire Inn, Amore Restaurant, Japon, Mission Trujillo and Mel’s Bar and Grill.

Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS Anchor, welcomed the guests and praised the marvelous work and dedication of the organizations. She then introduced Governor Bill Owens who had a personal story to relate. His mother had been cared for by the hospice in her last days and he wanted to express his personal gratitude, respect and appreciation for the people who made her and her family most comfortable during those trying days. After his heartfelt speech, Paul Roper, Hospice Chaplain delivered a blessing and the feast began.

The tables were decorated with lavish breads, desserts and flowers. Each guest visited the restaurant’s carts and brought back various soups and appetizers. The flow of the dinner allowed for lively conversation and lots of mingling.

In conclusion of this cozy evening’s program, Erin Denholm, Senior Vice President of Centura Health at Home addressed the audience and showed a video entitled “Living on through Love: The Legacy of Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace.” As a parting gesture, table prizes of the elegant flower arrangements by Lehrer’s were awarded.

The event raised nearly $200,000, therefore, Soup for the Soul proved to be a satiating experience for all involved.

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