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April 08, 2006 - It's a Child's World Afterall with Tri-Delta and The Children's Hospital

What: Tri-Delta and the Children's Hospital It's a Child's World Grand Finale Event

Where: Belmar Center

When: April 8, 2006

Time: 6:00PM Cocktails and Silent Auction, 7:00PM Dinner and Live Auction

Ticket Prices: $100 per person, $1200 per table

Beneficiary: The Children's Hospital

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kyle Dyer, 9News

Co-Chair(s): Gretchen Astone, Karen Parry, Heather Pool, and Cara Waren

Entertainment: The Heinemann Quartet, with Violinists Laura Norman, Hannah packman and Adelyn Shimizu, and Cellist Galen Batson

Sponsors: Platinum Sponsors: The Susan M Lindsay Trust, The Autrey Foundation; Silver Sponsorship: Community Bankshares, Inc., Ron and Katy Myles Family and Companies; Bronze Sponsorship: The MULJAT Group Inc., Realtors, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Employees Charity Organization, The R.A. Bloch Cancer Foundation, WhiteStar Corporation; Friends: Orthopedic Rehabilitation Products; Kirsch Insurance Group, The Sileo Corporation, Great West Life & Annuity Insurance Company

Special Thanks: Corporate Thanks: Random House Publishing for donating Little Golden books as decor, which will be donated to the Children's Hospital Cancer Center, and RPM Parking Companies for providing complementary valet service

Steering Committee: Carolyn Anders, Laurie Anderson, Becky Beans, Beda Collins, Kyle Exline, Dianne Fuller, Angie Galloway, Derri Greene, Catherine Guzelian, Michelle Honan, Betsy Young Hunsicker, Kim Keller, Lili Keller, Cyndi Laub, Linda McAfee, Amanda Metcalf, jane Nemmers, Amy Nugent, Jenny Peters, Molly Proctor, Susan Rohde, Deirdre Russell, Genie Sherman, Kate Sherman Snapp, Maggie Spain, Rebecca Stallworth, Laura Stenovec, Martha Stoecker, Vicki Sullivan, Shannon Thomas, Nancy Tuma, Libby Wells

Blacktie Photos by: Chelsea Wyatt

 Meredith Bennett, Alison Smythe, Gianna Romano, and Kelsey Smelts
Meredith Bennett, Alison Smythe, Gianna Romano, and Kelsey Smelts

Chelsea Wyatt

The "It's a Child's World" event at the Belmar Center in Lakewood on April 8th, 2006 truly brought out the child in everyone present. Books donated from Random House Books were stacked on every table in the entryway, reminding attendees that they were free to be a kid again. The interior of the dining room at the Belmar Center was even more fanciful. Tri Delta Chapters from all over Colorado and even Wyoming transformed the main dining room into a true Wonderland. One corner even featured a life-like rendition of Alice In Wonderland's tea party, complete with tea sandwiches and a giant teapot that let out real steam! Another corner had been transformed into a jungle-like area, possibly from Jungle Book, and yet another featured a complete pirate ship covered with hors d’ourvres! Last, but certainly not least, was the Dr. Seuss corner, complete with his spiraling signature trees, and fountains of chocolate that the young and old alike enjoyed. Until guests were welcomed into this Wonderland, they got to enjoy one of the only venues in Colorado that has a balcony large enough for an entire cocktail party! Guests bid on top-dollar items such as portraitures for their families, Cheyenne Frontier Days tickets, or a Killians Golf Bag, donated by Rich Battista. Tables were laden with everything from sports gear to art to children's toys for everyone to bid on. Miss Colorado was even walking around the crowd, sporting an $800 necklace that would be raffled off later in the evening. Just a $5 donation would get you into the raffle for this amazing prize. The sunshine wasn't the only thing keeping every one's spirits up outside, however. The Heinemann Quartet played for everyone as the sun went down over the Rockies. This amazing youth group includes Hannah Packman, Laura Norma, Adelyn Shimizu, and Galen Batson, this year's Children's Hospital Ambassador. During the cocktail hour, Rashke from KOSI 101.1 also entertained the crowd as the emcee. The event also included an appearance by Kyle Dyer from 9News. Once guests got inside, they had a chance to bid on some fantastic getaways during the live auction. This year's live auction even featured a trip to France, complete with a stay at the Warwick Champs-Elysées Hotel and two round-trip, business class seats on American Airlines. Other incredible items included a Foursome of Golf at the Sanctuary, and the Ultimate Ski Weekend, Aspen Style, both highly coveted by all Coloradans! The event's greatest triumph, however, was not only getting such an amazing crowd together, and showing them that it was truly "a Child's World" but also doing it for such an amiable cause as the Children's Hospital. This event actually dates back to 1972 when the local Tri Delta alumnae chapter brought the idea to The Children's Hospital. The Tri Delta's came up with the idea when one of their sister's daughters, Lisa, had leukemia. They founded "It's a Child's World" to help Lisa and many other kids with cancer. Thirty-four years and one million dollars later, this event has grown into a truly extraordinary thing! Money raised through "It's a Child's World" benefit has been used to support all aspects of the Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital; ranging from treatment, clinical programs, fellowships, research, training programs, and the patient support fund. The vast majority of funds earned from all of Tri Delta's community service efforts go to the Children's Hospital, one of the noblest causes in Denver. Founded in 1908, The Children’s Hospital is a private, not-for-profit pediatric health-care network located in Denver, Colorado and 100 percent dedicated to caring for kids. U.S. News&World Report has ranked it one of the best children’s hospitals in America for more than a decade. With 1,130 pediatric specialists and more than 2,300 full-time employees, Children’s is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognized medical programs. Children's is at the forefront of research into childhood disease and receives more than $30 million each year from the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies. Children's and its affiliates are responsible for virtually all of the pediatric research published in the Rocky Mountain region for at least a decade. From medical breakthroughs to late-night fevers, Children’s provides complete pediatric care at its main campus and through a network that includes five community-based after-hour care sites, eight specialty-care centers, and more than 400 outreach clinics held in three states each year.

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