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October 05, 2005 - Inner City Health Center Plays a Part in Saving Lives

What: A benefit performance of West Side Story

Where: Littleton Town Hall Arts Center

When: October 2 and 5, 2005

Time: 6:00 to 10:00 PM

Ticket Prices: free admision

Beneficiary: Inner City Health Center

Honoree(s): St. Mary Land and Exploration, Company,UBS Financial Services, Sharon Begley, Kim Feehs, Dr. Duane Claussen

EMCEE: Paul Dunn

Founders: Bob and Jan Williams, Duane Claussen

Catering: Tony Rosacci's

Entertainment: Production of West Side Story

Sponsors: Harpers Design

Attire: Buisness Cashual

Event Coordinator: Chandra Al-Khafaji

Board of Directors: William Barnes J.D. John Forney D.D.S Edward Ho M.D. Hunt Holsomback C.P.A. Sharrel McCorkle James Shira M.D. Marisol Solarte-Erlacher, Sandra Thiessen, Robert Williams M.D.

Blacktie Photos by: Christine Cool

 Retiring Dr. Dwain Clossen
Retiring Dr. Dwain Clossen

Christine Cool

On October 5, 2005 The Inner City Health Center (ICHC) in partnership with Littleton Town Hall Arts Center held it’s second night of the renowned Musical “West Side Story.” The gorgeous Town Hall in the Center of Main Street in historic Littleton downtown was almost too small as literally hundreds of guests came to watch the play and show their support for this very worthy organization.

The Inner City Health Center sees nearly 20,000 patient visits a year. Their aim is to give medical treatment to poor and impoverished families who lack the benefits of health insurance. In Colorado alone, it is estimated that there are currently 772,000 people who are without health insurance, and with insurance premiums on the rise, that number is surely going to grow.

On October 5th, supporters and members of the ICHC came to Littleton to share in the wonderful practices the Health Center performs on a daily basis, and to watch the performance “West Side Story” which will be at the Littleton Town Hall from September 23, to October 23. Guests came early to mingle and taste delicious hors D’ourves from Tony Rosacci's Fine Catering. Guests were also able to meet board members and doctors from ICHC and learn more about the fine work they do.

At 7:00 guests went up stairs to the theater were they had a brief introduction by Paul Dunn. The evening also was a time to recognize a few important people who have helped make ICHC a success.

ICHC Director of Development Craig Burlesen gave out awards for Corporate Partner of the year, and Volunteers of the year. This year’s corporate partner was St. Mary Land Exploration Company, which engages in the exploration, exploitation, development, acquisition and production of natural gas. Partnering with ICHC’s medical and dental clinics, St. Mary Land and Exploration Company gave $30,000 to fund an ultrasound unit and panoramic x-ray machine for expected mothers and to take full dental x-rays. Two volunteers were also recognized.

Sharon Begley has volunteered with the ICHC since 1985 and although she also works part time at the Children’s Hospital, she still finds time to lend a hand were it is needed. Dr. Kim Fields has been volunteering with the ICHC since 1997 and it is her skills, knowledge, and dedication that proved to the organization she deserved to be awarded. ICHC also recognized the retirement of Dr. Duane Clossen who has been with the center since its beginning, 21 years ago.

After the awards ceremony and a small movie about the ICHC. Guests watched the riveting play “West side Story.” The evening proved to be a touching and uplifting night for members of the Health Center.

Kraig Burleson, CEO of the ICHC said, “The difference between what some of them (patients) can realistically pay, and the uncompensated services that we render to care for them is a financial challenge. Yet with one hand reaching out to help another, and on heart moved from compassion, together we can make a dramatic difference, and that, my friends, is the making of one wonderful story.”

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