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November 11, 2004 - Brunch in the Pines for Children's Hospital Patrons

What: Patron party for upcoming Children's Hospital Gala

Where: The Pavilion at Greystone in Evergreen

When: September 9, 2001

Host(s): Richard and Pam Bard

Master of Ceremonies: Steve Winesett, Children's Hospital Foundation CEO

Gala Chairperson(s): Charlene Dunn

Corporate Chairperson(s): Wayne Berger

Catering: Chef by Request

Event Coordinator: Innovative Events, Sue Ellen Goss

 Children's Hospital CEO Dori Biester, left, with June and Craig Ponzio of Evergreen
Children's Hospital CEO Dori Biester, left, with June and Craig Ponzio of Evergreen

By Blacktie Staff

EVERGREEN -- Richard and Pam Bard's stunning, cathedral-like, 6,700-square-foot lodge and meeting center stole the show at the Children's Hospital Gala Patron Brunch.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and an interior of white oak beams, felled by the Amish in Ohio and hand hewn by expert craftsmen in San Antonio, Texas, made the brand-spanking new lodge the belle of the ball.

"What's beautiful about Evergreen is its trees. So I insisted they be visible from most angles in this room," said Pam Bard.

Steve Winesett, Children's Hospital Foundation president and CEO, addressed the 150 gala supporters at the brunch, thanking the Bards for their generosity in hosting the function.

The Sept. 22 black-tie gala at the Adam's Mark Hotel will feature music by Kool and the Gang and Hazel Miller.

Another Children's Hospital VIP, CEO Dori Biester, had just returned to Colorado from a vacation in Italy. Fighting jet lag, she did an admirable job of summing up the hospital's current needs and challenges.

"I indeed feel privileged to work at one of the finest children's hospitals in the fact, for the past two years, Denver has been recognized as one of the top five children's hospitals in the nation," she said.

The number of surgeries performed jumped 10 percent last year, and a similar increase is expected this year, she said.

"We've outgrown our facility," she said, "and we have two options: stay where we are, or move to the Fitzsimons campus."

"The board is approaching a decision, but (whatever it is), we'll require a large capital infusion," she added. "Where we are today is not enough. We're going to be one of the world's best children's hospitals."

Others to address the crowd included Michael Pollack, co-owner of Hyde Park Jewelers, and Marc LeVarn of Vail Fine Art.

Mr. Pollack announced that Hyde Park is donating to the gala auction a one-of-kind piece made in Italy, valued at $12,000 to $15,000. "We have an association with Damiani, a third-generation Italian jeweler who is creating some of the most fabulous jewelery coming out of Europe."

Richard Bard finished the presentations by speaking a little about the lodge project. The Bards finished building the lodge this summer, just in time for their daughter's June wedding. "It was meant to be a small project," said Mr. Bard to laughter. Starting in the dead of winter, Mr. Bard's crews completed the project in an unheard-of six months. A helicopter garage, surrounded by forest, formerly occupied the site.

The lumber was "horse and buggied" out of Amish country, he said, adding that was no small feat, as the cross arches alone weigh 10 tons each.

Mr. Bard's project manager, Steve Katanic, later admitted his crews put in some long, long days to finish in the lodge by the wedding deadline. "I just didn't have an option," he smiled.

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