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September 17, 2005 - Blues Brothers Help Build Children's Hospital Block by Block

What: 28th Annual Gala “Building for Children” Gala

Where: Adam's Mark

When: September 17, 2005

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

Mistress of Ceremonies: Molly Hughes of CBS4

Honoree(s): Children's Hospital Ambassadors: Josh Baeza, Galen Batson, Whitney Boyce, Jordan Davis, Molly Kirk, Jessica Kramer, Liam Orlando

Presenting Sponsor(s): Presenting Imagine Sponsors: The Barbara Bridges Family Foundation, Castle Pines/ “The International” Charities, Colorado Volvo Retailers, Comcast, MDC Holdings/Richmond American Homes, Sage Hospitality Resources/Christie and Walter Isenberg

Gala Chairperson(s): Bonnie and David Mandarich

Corporate Chairperson(s): Debbie and Lee Alpert, Cindy and Steve Farber, Patty and Michael Imhoff, Christie and Walter Isenberg, Virginia and Scott Reiman

Co-Chair(s): Dinner: John and Nancy Sevo, Carl and Carol Vogel; Auction: Beth Hornstein, Katy Bante

Committee Members: Corporate: Adam Agron, Lisa and Bruce Alexander, Helen Atkeson, Debra and Wayne Berger, Andy Boian, Karen Chapman, Pat Cortez and Manuel Martinez, Hannah and Brad Dusto, Tonya Everist, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, Roy Ladawig, Jody Mathie, M.D., Elizabeth Milias, Dana Shepard and Michael Narkewicz, Cindy Parsons, Maureen Regan and Cannon Reynolds, Steve Sander, Nicole and Malcolm Seawell, Stephanie and Matt Seebaum, Mark Smith, Ellen Stewart, Jim Thomas

President(s): Dori Biester of The Children's Hospital, Steve Winesett, of The Children's Hospital Foundation

Libations: Carmel Road Winery and Matanzas Creek Winery

Entertainment: The Blues Brothers - Jim Belushi and Dan Akyroyd

Of note: The Volvo 2006 XC90 V8 was bought at the live auction for $54,000, donated back and RESOLD for $52,000!

Sponsors: Miracle Imagine, Gala commitment 2005-2007: Comcast; Miracle Platinum, Gala commitment 2005-2007: Wells Fargo; Live Auction: Neiman Marcus, Colorado Volvo Retailers; Table Auction: Hyde Park Jewelers; Platinum: Adam's Mark, Debbie and Lee Alpert, American Airlines, Marcy and Bruce Benson, Elaine and Steve Berman, CoBiz, Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Elliman, Frederic Printing, The Gallagher Family Foundation, Gary-Williams Energy Corporation/The Piton Foundation, Bridget and John Grier, Lyndia and Cannon Harvey, Hyde Park Jewelers, Joy Johnson, Nancy and Skip Miller, Neiman Marcus, Jack Overstreet, Hexagon Investments/Virginia and Scott Reiman, Kristin and Blair Richardson, Janie and Rick Stoddard, The Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation; Miracle Gold, Gala commitment 2005-2007: Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman, EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), Cathey and Dick Finlon; Gold: Joanie and Harvey Alpert, Marsha and Ted Alpert, American National Bank/Sturm Family Foundation, Leslie Stanford and Don Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Berger, Brownstein Hyatt and Farber, CTM Foundation/Cydney and Tom Marsico, Delta Petroleum, Diecidue Family Foundation, FirstBank Holding Company, Fuller and Company, H.C. Companies, H+L Architecture, Anne and David Hanson, Hogan and Hartson LLP, Manuel Martinez and Pat Cortez, Nancy Gegenheimer & Holme, Roberts & Owens, Icon Investments Group/Andrew Klein & Robert Marchini, Jr., Kramer Foundation, Anne and Tom McGonagle, Erin, Catlin and Morgan, MUFON, Majestic Fine Wines and National Distributing Company, Qwest, Romani Group, Charlene and Michael Ryan, St. Anthony Hospitals, Tuchman Family Foundation, Wagner Equipment Company, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership; Shared Gold: Nancy and John Sevo, Sue and Harvey Allon

Attendance: 1,500 - Sold out with a six week waiting list

Attire: Blacktie

Florist: Newberry Brothers Greenhouse & Florists


Event Coordinator: Kelli Kindel

Planning Committee: Wendy Aiello, Mark Anderson, Sylvia Atencio, Becky Beans, Carylyn Bell, Edie Bell, Jerilyn Bensard, Jean Bitzer, Molly Broeren, Barbara Brooks, Tamara Bujakowski, Susan Cantwell, Stefanie Clarke, Jan Cortez, Stephanie Cross, Susan Cudahy, Annie Cunningham, Terry Dennett, Christel Dikeman, Deb Dowling Canino, Laura Droy, Judy Ellis, Tonya Everist, Rochelle Fisher, Tonya Frank, Nancy Glover, Bridget Grier, Joyce Grosso, Susan Hagar, Liz Hanson, Nicole Isenberg, Karen Hollinger Long, Lorie Johnson, Bradley Joseph, Jesse Ketter, Kelli Kindel, Beverly Klepacki, Kim Knous Dolan, Kristen Leu, Marianna Loftness, Natalie Long, Oksana Matviyenko, Anne McFarland, Elizabeth Milias, Devany McNeill, Judith Ann Newman, Karen O’Keefe, Mary Osborn, Karen Pearl, Wendy Peterson, Heidi Pinnick, Dana Rebhun, Kellie Reichert, Ann Reidy, Louise Richardson, Jane Rubley, Pam Ruschmeyer, Rebecca Russell, Valere Shane, Dianna Terry, Tracy Ulmer, Grayson Waldon, Gina Warner, Brandt Wilkins, Julie Winger

Board of Directors: Children’s Hospital: Chair Donald Elliman, Immediate Past Chair Skip Miller, Vice-Chair Candy Ergen, Secretary Daniel Friesen, Treasurer David Hanson, CH President and CEO Dori Biester, PhD, RN, Executive VP and COO Mike Farrell, Marcy Benson, Mary Gittings Cronin, Peter Culshaw, Senior VP of Medical Affairs Peter Durante, MD, JD, Daniel Feiten, MD, Cathey Finlon, Donald Kortz, Maria Guajardo Lucero, PhD, Jody Mathie, MD, Stefan Mokrohisky, MD, Mike Palumbo, Craig Ponzio, Frank Ramirez, Richard Sabo, Chancellor of UCDHSC James Shore, MD, Ann Sperling, President of the Medical Board Susan Spoerke, MD, Sheldon Weinberg, Ronald Williams; Honorary Lifetime Directors: Jules Amer, MD, Nancy Gary PsyD, Frances Welborn and Bea Taplin; Foundation Trustees: Chair Marcy Benson, Vice-Chair Joy Johnson, Treasure Frederick Taylor, Secretary Walter Isenberg, Immediate Past Chair Donald Elliman, Michele Ashby, Kaia Borgen, Barbara Bridges, Molly Broeren, Jan Cortez, Mary Gittings Cronin, Peter Culshaw, Phil Doty, Brad Dusto, Steve Farber, John Fernie, Caleb Gats Jr., Cannon Harvey, John Ikard, David Kaplan, David Kasper, Kelly Kennedy, Rich Kylberg, Manuel Martinez, Tom McGonagle, Mary Osborn, Virginia Reiman, Pat Spieles, Mona Stephens, Richard Stoddard, Michelle Kuhn Thatcher, Brian Thomson, Joe Wagner, Ronald Williams, Steve Winesett, Laura Wright; Trustees Emeritus: James Cohig, J.H. Silversmith, Jr.

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

 2005 Children's Hospital Ambassadors Galen Batson, left, Joshua Baeza, Molly Kirk, Jessica Kramer, Whitney Boyce, Liam Orlando and Jordan Davis
2005 Children's Hospital Ambassadors Galen Batson, left, Joshua Baeza, Molly Kirk, Jessica Kramer, Whitney Boyce, Liam Orlando and Jordan Davis

Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

There was nothing blue at the 28th Annual Children’s Hospital Gala, “Building for Children,” which highlighted the organizations’ commitment to children’s causes and the development of the Children’s new hospital on the Fitzsimmons campus.

The sold-out blacktie gala, held on September 17th, had a six-week waiting list for the headliner Blues Brothers. Benefiting The Children's Hospital, Post-News Charities and the Colorado Avalanche Community Fund, funds of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, the gala raised $1.75 million, $100,000 more than last year and $20 million for the lifetime of the event!

“Building on Generosity” was the underlying theme of the night. Dan Akyroyd generously purchased a table for $10,500, children were honored, hurricane evacuees were in attendance and during the live auction the Volvo was purchased for the retail price, donated back to the auction and repurchased again! The live auction raised $138,000 with only four items.

Fifteen hundred patrons and guests shopped the extensive silent auction selections with the new “Buy it Now” feature and enjoyed a two-hour cocktail hour, offering more time to both shop and network.

The Gala 2005 core leadership included Gala Chairs David and Bonnie Mandarich, Dinner Chairs John and Nancy Sevo and Carl and Carol Vogel, Auction Chairs Beth Hornstein and Katy Bante, and Corporate Chairs Lee and Debbi Alpert, Steve and Cindy Farber, Mike and Patty Imhoff, Walter and Christie Isenberg, and Scott and Virginia Reiman.

Premiere sponsors of the Gala were Barbara Bridges, Castle Pines/"The INTERNATIONAL" Charities, Colorado Volvo Retailers, Comcast Communications, Inc., MDC Holdings, Inc./Richmond American Homes, and Sage Hospitality Resources.

Children’s Hospital Ambassadors were the honorees of the evening, along with all the hundreds of other 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.

CBS4 Anchor Molly Hughes was the emcee for the night, introducing the 2005 Ambassadors with individual video presentations. Hearing each child’s story and then meeting them, one would be hard pressed to know that they were once patients. They have each endured horrible pain but seem to have put that behind them. They light up a room with their smiles, sense of humor and positive attitudes. As their video segment ended, each child made their way to the stage. Each story reminded the patrons the reason of the evening.

Joshua Baeza, 13-years-old was involved in a car accident in 2004 and became injured after he came in contact with a power line. Today, he loves to skateboard, play football and basketball and is a talented artist. Twelve-year-old Galen Batson received a bone marrow transplant from his older brother Sean. While dealing with complications from the transplant, Galen has maintained a positive attitude. He loves to play the cello and has often played for other patients and staff at the hospital. At one-week-old, Whitney Boyce was admitted to Children’s with severe heart congestion and a rare vascular abnormality in her brain. After numerous surgeries over the last seven years, Whitney is now an extremely outgoing child that loves to show off her dance moves. Jordan Davis, eight-years-old suffers from sickle cell disease that causes serve pain in his hands, feet and bones. To help ease this pain, Jordan takes medicine regularly. Through all of this, Jordan has been able to excel at school and maintain a positive attitude.

Molly Kirk, 13-years-old was born with persistent pulmonary hypertension. She was part of a study group for an experimental treatment that allowed her to go home six weeks after her birth. Molly is now an accomplished singer, actress and flutist. Born with Cerebral Palsy, 11-year-old Jessica Kramer has endured many surgeries at Children’s and has frequented the Rehab, Orthopedics and the Gait Lab Departments. She likes bowling, rock climbing and golf and also participates in the Hospital’s Handicapped Sports Program. Liam Orlando, five-years-old, was born with polycystic kidney disease. At the age of two, Liam received a kidney from his father and had his first major organ transplant at Children’s. Due to complications, he underwent a liver transplant in 2003. In 2004, Liam returned to the operating table due to a malformation in his brain. Now, Liam is a very energetic, dynamic and charming five-year-old, enjoying kindergarten.

Gala Chairs Bonnie and David Mandarich welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support. “You all are building blocks in this remarkable project – building for our children,” said David, referring to the new hospital under construction. On cue, when Bonnie extended her thanks, each Ambassador flipped over their block that they had been leaning on to spell out “THANK YOU.”

There were a few other honorees in the audience, recent evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Lionel and Betty Daggs from New Orleans, Louisiana sat at the Frontier Airlines table and were dressed by Dillard’s, who donated the tuxedo and gown. They are now making their permanent residence in Denver. Regina Ferand, also from Louisiana, sat at the Johnson & Wales University table. She too is making Denver her new home. The evening’s entertainment didn’t disappoint the crowd – Dan Akyroyd and Jim Belushi ran on stage in their trademark black suits, glasses and hats rockin’ the packed house with lively renditions of classics like “Sweet Home Chicago.” Founded in 1908, The Children’s Hospital is a private, not-for-profit pediatric health-care network. U.S. News & Work Report and other publications consistently rank it among the nation’s very best hospitals that care for kids. 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 Children’s Care Centers providing principally rehabilitation services.

Since 1998, Post-News Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, has provided more than $22 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, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, supports charitable organizations that emphasize families and children, violence prevention and youth hockey programs. Since 1996, the CACF has granted more than $9.5 million dollars to nonprofit agencies in Colorado.

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