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March 15, 2006 - Soup for the Soul Supports and Saves Souls

What: Rocky Mountian Adventist Healthcare Foundation's 6th Annual Soup for the Soul Benefiting Porter Hospice & Hospice of Peace

Where: Adam's Mark

When: March 15, 2006

Time: 5:30 pm Cocktails and Silent Auction 7:00 pm Dinner

Ticket Prices: $85.00 Individual Tickets and $850.00 Tables of Ten

Beneficiary: Rocky Mountian Adventist Healthcare Foundation, Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace

Honoree(s): Award of Courage: Brian Greffe, M.D, Founder of The Butterfly Program

EMCEE: Kim Christiansen, KUSA Channel 9

Gala Chairperson(s): Ruth P. Carney

Committee Members: Corinne Ablin, Chris Agnew, Jennifer Ballentine, Jeannie Bennington, Janis Borie, Ruth Carney, Pam Grange, Linda Kropf, Judi Kugler, Linda Bandt-Law, Neysa Lettin, Sara Loss, Carol Matthews, Margy McKenna, Patty Pisani, Holly Stabler, Barb Wagner, Debbie Younggren

Staff: Deana Alfonso, Cynthia Anderson, Dana Berry, Lisa Cutter, Erin Denholm- CEO, Laura Fitch, Barb Nielsen, Kathie Repola-Executive Director, Susie Tombs, Mary Alice Zoeter

Music: Alix Corboy

Sponsors: Golden Gazpacho Sponsors-$5,000: Adams Project Management Consulting, Cator, Ruma, Associates/ Earl Swensson Associates, First Consulting Group, M.D.C. Holdings, Inc./Richmond American Homes, McKesson Medical-Surgical, Dignity Memorial/Olinger Mortuaries and Cemeteries, PacifiCare a United Healthcare Company, Toni and Patti Pisani, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Wells Fargo Bank; Chicken Gumbo Spondsors-$2,500: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bank of the West, Bennington, Johnson, Biermann & Craigmile, LLC, Copic Insurance, GE Johnson Construction Company, Great-West Healthcare, Hammes Company, Horan & McConaty, Land Title Guarantee Company, Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation, St. Anthony Health Foundation, The Children’s Hospital; Consommé Sponsors-$1,500: Allstate Insurance/Angela Williams Agency, Children’s Home Health, Colorado Business Bank, Concentra Health Services, Inc., Diversified Radiology of Colorado, Donn and Linda Eley, General Air Service and Supply, HKS, Inc., Kutak Rock LLP, Lewan and Associates, Systems Design International Inc.; Media Sponsors: Channel 9 News and MIX 100; Additional Sponsors: Alphapage, Arapahoe Sertoma Club, Basecamp Capital LLC, King Soopers, South Denver Anesthesiologists, P.C.

Quote of the evening: "Our stories are all different but our pain is the same, yet there is hope for our troubled souls."

Menu: Signature Soups and Appetizers

Attendance: 800

Attire: Business Formal

Special Thanks: Christ the King Catholic School, Lehrer's Flowers, Arapahoe/Douglas Vocational Program at Englewood High School

Florist: Lehrer's Flowers

Information: www.centurahealthathome.ocg; The Butterfly Program please call (303) 561-5601.

Board of Directors: Porter Hospice Foundation Board includes: Chris Agnew, Jeannie Bennington, Irv Brown, Kevin Byerly, Steve Catts, Kim Christiansen, Erin Denholm, Bob Heavers, Jon Hoehn, Chuck Myers, Kathie Repola, Anita Sanborn, Patrick Schilken, Michael thompson, Angela Williams, Eric Wolverton. Hospice of Peace Foundation Board includes: Natalie Anderson, Robert Blankenship, Ruth carney, Erin Denholm, Jan Eyer, Daren Forbes, David Kriese, Fr. Ben Meyer, Cindy Prado-Gutierrez, Kathie Repola, Kristine Schneider and Nicole Vap.

Steering Committee: Erin Denholm, Michelle Fillos-Cox, Brian Greffe, M.D., Alan Johnson, Nancy King, Kathie Repola, Christine Staberg, Susie Tombs

Blacktie Photos by: Tracy E. Hoback

 Brian Greffe, M.D. Recipient of the Award of Courage, left, Erin Denholm
Brian Greffe, M.D. Recipient of the Award of Courage, left, Erin Denholm

Tracy E. Hoback

A wonderful way to share in so many of life’s joys, food, fun, friends, love, and hope all at one very special event, the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation’s 6th Annual Soup for the Soul Event benefiting Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace.

Attendees began this event with a cocktail hour and a silent auction. In the foyer of the Plaza Ballroom of the Adams Mark Hotel, guests mingled while enjoying cocktails. Hors d’ oeuvres provided by Dougal’s Catering Service were passed as guests were socializing. The silent auction was a dream, so many items and so little time.

The silent auction included items from Children’s Things to Quilts, Handmade Pottery and Ceramics, to Fine Art and Jewelry. Two pieces of numbered and signed copies of the originals by Tommy Tune were available to the highest bidder. For those interested in instant gratification, Huggable Butterfly Bears were available for a nominal donation. These bears came in every size and color and each wore a customized tee shirt in support of The Butterfly Program. This auction offered something for every bidder.

The 6th Annual Soup for the Soul Benefit honored the Butterfly Program. This is a very unique partnership between The Children’s Hospital and Porter Hospice of Centura Health. The Butterfly Program provides ongoing emotional support and palliative care while at the same time allowing children to aggressively treat their illnesses. This unique program helps families focus on the quality of life for the time they have left. The Butterfly Program has helped more than 200 children and their families.

As the cocktail hour ended and the silent auction came to a close the doors to the Plaza Ballroom opened in filled the foyer with the wonderful and enticing scents of dinner. Inside the ballroom food stations surrounded the dinner tables. At each place was a wonderful parting gift, a soup cup bearing the Soup for the Soul logo. Attendees found their seats, picked up their soup cups and began the evening’s food adventure.

Fifteen restaurants participated in the evening’s festivities. Each donated their food and time and chefs to help in the success of the event. Catering by Design, Elway’s Restaurant, San Lorenzo Ristorante, Highland’s Garden Cafe, Opus, Amore, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Bruno’s Italian Bistro, Dazzle, Japon, Mission Trujillo, Pesce Fresco, Wellshire Inn, Mizuna / Luca D’Italia, Ventura Grille / Ocotillo were the participating restaurants. Each food station served a specialty soup and an appetizer. There was everything from Sweet Corn Chicken Chowder to Bittersweet Chocolate, Spiced Rum, and Kona Dessert Soup, if the food wasn’t special enough, how about being served by the chefs themselves? Good food, a nice meal and fun atmosphere was enjoyed by all.

As dinner came to an end and attendees had eaten their fill of soup and appetizers as well as desserts the evening program began. EMCEE Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS Anchor, welcomed everyone and introduced Erin Denholm, CEO of Centura Health at Home.

Erin thanked the restaurants for their continued support of the event for all they had given. She encouraged guests to visit the restaurants they liked in the future to help restaurants continue their support of the event. She thanked all the volunteers who worked for months to put together another successful event, in fact the highest attended event they have had. Erin also pointed out the centerpieces, each containing two or more butterflies made by children from Christ the King Catholic School. These centerpieces were given to one winner at each table.

Erin Denholm then introduced the winner of the Award of Courage; this award is given for inspiring courage and grace in those facing adversity. She was very emotional as she spoke about Brian Greffe, M.D. the recipient. Dr. Greffe is a Pediatric Oncologist at the Children’s Hospital in Denver. He is also a founder of The Butterfly Program. In his acceptance of the award he told the audience that the award did not belong to him alone but to all the members of The Butterfly Program for their passion, compassion and support. He was very heartfelt in his speech and was very thankful for the opportunity he has had to help all the children and the families he has, and looks forward to all the children and families he can help in the future.

There was a short video highlighting stories of children and their families, participants of The Butterfly Program. “Our stories are all different but our pain is the same, yet there is hope for our troubled souls.” This was the theme of the video, hearing the stories and watching the pain and the sadness and the glimpse of comfort and hope provided by The Butterfly Program gave a meaningful end to the evening. As the video concluded, Doug Turner, the father of a late Butterfly Program participant, took the podium and gave a speech full of gratitude for everything the program did for his daughter and for his family. He also thanked each guests for their attendance and their continued support of The Butterfly Program.

All proceeds of the event benefit Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace, which directly benefit The Butterfly Program.

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