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March 03, 2001 - Children's Hospital Cancer Center Benefit
Where: Marriott Denver Tech Center
When: March 3, 2001
Beneficiary: Children's Hospital Cancer Center
Event co-chair Susan Rohde, left, and Colorado First Lady Frances Owens. The Owens' daughter, Monica, modeled for the event.
By Blacktie Staff
Twenty-nine years ago, a handful of Denver women staged a fashion show and luncheon in one of the women's homes. It was the very first "A Child's World" benefit, held to raise funds and blood donations for one of the women's young daughters, who was fighting leukemia.
Today, the benefit continues.
Now in its 29th year, the annual event involves more than 700 women in Denver alone and has raised $600,000 to fund an endowment at Children's Hospital Cancer Center.
The event, which has spread to cities across the nation, is a proud legacy of the Colorado chapter of the Delta Delta Delta, which owes it all to those first few sorority sisters trying to help a fellow Tri-Delta in need.
In 1974, Children's Cancer Charities was adopted as the sorority's national philanthropy, and to date, the event has raised more than $10 million nationwide.
Saturday's event drew the likes of Colorado First Lady Frances Owens, who gave the invocation, and Channel 4's Stephanie Riggs, mistress of ceremonies.
Money raised from Saturday's benefit helps pay expenses for out-of-town families with children undergoing treatment at the hospital, and for an endowment. Currently, neurosurgeon Dr. Nicholas Foreman of England is the recipient. He is practicing at Children's and his patients include Gabrielle Bayless, a 3-year-old Colorado girl fighting a brain tumor who is this year's Child's World Ambassador.