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March 17, 2005 - Greentie Honors Nonprofits on St. Patrick's Day

What: Inagural Green Tie Event

Where: Seawell Grand Ball Room, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

When: St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2005

Time: 6:00 pm

Beneficiary: Metro Community Provider Network, Family Tree, Helen's Hope

Host(s): Former District Attorneys Jim Peters, Bill Ritter, Dave Thomas and Bob Grant

Staff: David Myers CEO; Barry Martin, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Sherryl Brandes, Finance Director; Pamela Craig, Community Services Department Director; John Kuenning, Chief Operating Officer; Monty Moore, Director of Quality; John Reid, Director of Fund Development

Welcome: Tyrone Braxton and Mark McIntosh

Catering: Tony Rosacci's

Entertainment: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

Music: The Bridies

Of note: Award Winners: LMC Community Foundation, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, New West Physicians, HealthONE Alliance, The Medical Center of Aurora, Comcast, Arby’s Restaurants, 1st Data, 1st Bank

Sponsors: National Distributing, Quest Diagnostics, Exempla Lutheran, HealthONE Alliance, Marasco & Associates, MeKesson, DCPA, The Medical Center of Aurora, Coyote Motor Sports, Tony Rosacci's, Bushmills Irish Cream, Murphy’s Irish Stout, Comcast, Clear Channel, Arby’s, US Bank, CyraCom, 9 Health Fair, Coors, MCPN Staff, 1st Bank, Harmony, The Bridies, DES International, Celtic Eas, Bill Ritter, Bob Grantntertainment, BTG Foundation, Jim Peters, Dave Thomas

Auctioneer: Norm Early and Auction & Event Solutions, Inc.

Menu: Iceburg wedge with fresh seasoned vegetables, Tony’s aged beef tenderloin with Murphy’s Stout sauce, oven roasted vegetables, Yukon gold mashed potatoes

Attendance: 650

Attire: Green Tie

Special Thanks: LMC Community Foundation, Bushmills Irish Cream, Murphy’s Irish Stout, MontanaSolaria and MoSO, Propel Marketing

Florist: Banister's Flowers


Event Coordinator: DES International

Board of Directors: Michael Kenney, Chair; Wally Wesener; Margaret Burnett; Barbara Shannon-Banister; Claudia Frey; Frank Taylor; Judy Dooley

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods

 Don Mosley, Bruce Berger, Ruth Ann Russell and Jan Pemberton
Don Mosley, Bruce Berger, Ruth Ann Russell and Jan Pemberton

Janet Woods

The luck of the Irish was with the Metro Community Provider Network and they hit the pot of gold with their inaugural Green Tie event. Held on St. Patrick’s Day at the Seawell Ballroom, over six hundred and fifty lucky leprechauns turned out to support the organization that stands up for those who can’t always look out for themselves.

The four-leaf clover combination of former District Attorneys Jim Peters, Bill Ritter, Dave Thomas and Bob Grant hosted the green-themed affair. Being advocates for those that need someone on their side is not foreign to these guys, especially Dave Thomas.

Dave’s sister-in-law Helen was a victim of domestic violence and lost her life in 1996. A fundraising effort, Helen’s Hope, named in her honor, aims to raise an endowment that will help assure that all victims of domestic violence have access to safe shelter, and was one of the night’s beneficiaries.

The Metro Community Provider Network, along with Helen’s Hope, an endowment for Family Tree Women in Crisis were the beneficiaries of the Green Tie event. The organizations also received funds from the LMC Community Foundation, through its Nonprofit Preservation Challenge Grant. The organizations were awarded with endowment building challenge grants for $200,000 and all of the funds raised at the event were matched dollar for dollar by the LMC Community Foundation.

Former Denver Bronco Tyrone Braxton and sportsman Mark McIntosh welcomed everyone and dinner was commenced by bagpiper Ken Feighner from the Binn Fada Pipe Band, who gave an authentic Irish feeling to the dinner hour.

Entertainment for the evening came in the form of one of Denver’s best-known Irishmen. Veterinarian and part-time comic Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald had the crowd in stitches and in good spirits, which was the perfect lead-in to the live auction.

The Dean of DA’s, Norm Early, led the live auction and helped raised funds with a Raptor 350 ATV, donated by Coyote Motor Sports; an African safari for two; 2006 Super Bowl package for two; and a roundtrip to Ireland for two with a round of golf at St. Andrews and a stay in a castle.

The Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) has provided medical, dental and community-based services to the underserved since 1989. Their goal is to provide excellent health-related services to those individuals and families who have limited or no access to healthcare and other services that answer basic human needs. They currently serve Jefferson, Arapahoe, Adams and Park counties and have the largest population base of any Community Health Center in Colorado. Last year, MCPN provided almost 200,000 visits to over 30,000 individuals.

Family Tree Women in Crisis was the first domestic violence shelter in Colorado. Their purpose is to keep victims safe from domestic violence. The Women in Crisis shelter provides a refuge to families and children throughout the metropolitan area. Last year, Family Tree Women in Crisis provided 10,801 nights of shelter to 276 women and 188 children. The staff responded to 7,006 calls for assistance.

While social justice is what everyone wants, it’s social responsibility that everyone must take and organizations such as these set a lead that hopefully all will follow.

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