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June 03, 2006 - Gabby Krause Foundation Brings Out and Fills up Bags

What: Gabby Krause Foundation's Bring Out the Bags event

Where: Park Meadows Mall

When: June 3, 2006

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $50 per person, $150 for a family, $1,000 or $500 for a Grip It & Ripp It sponsor. Those unable to attend the event can fill a bag for $300

Beneficiary: Gabby Krause Foundation, Children with cancer and other long term childhood illnesses

Mistress of Ceremonies: Lisa McCaffrey

Master of Ceremonies: Ed McCaffrey

Committee Members: Lesley Becker, Kathy Bergstrom, Jean Bitzer, Heather Cracraft, Liz Gallagher, Corri Gerrity, Shannon Gervasini, Amy Guthrie, Christine Hamilton, Julie King, Keli Kinsella, Abby Kranitz, Tammy Krause, Judy Lewallen, Elise Markel, Chris Nealy, Heather O'Brien, Pam Orban, Raina Paisley, Brad Parobek, Julie Pettit, Colleen Pisciotta, Kim Roose, Kerri Rule, Angela Schmidt, Nancy Shipp, Kirklyn Simonton, Kris Skaff, Kiersa Small, Dananne Solomon, Shawntel Staab, Vicki Swett, Kathy Thornton, Lisa Treadwell, Karen Tyler, Alicia Weaver, Brandy Wiley, Michelle Wiley, AnnMarie Younce, Bridget Zerr

Staff: Director of Operations: Dananne Solomon

Catering: Maggiano's, Starbuck's, Paradise Bakery & Cafe, John Holly's Asian Bistro, Personal Touch Catering

Entertainment: Fun Productions, the Mad Scientist and a special performance from this years “Loft” Gabby’s Hat, by Starstruck Academy of Dance

Music: A Music Plus

Sponsors: Super Sponsor: Birch Street Development; Gabby's Gang Sponsors: Kate Coughlin, NDF Construction and the DiFeterici Family, the Debbie and Lee Alpert Family, The Rick and Sara Gervasini Family, The Scott Leonhart Family, The David and Susie Packer Family, the Rich and Joanie Todd Family, Wakefield Management, Zerr Painting and Design and the Eldon Zerr Family. Gripp It and Ripp It Sponsors: the Joanie and Harvey Alpert Family, the Paul and Sally Bergner Family, the Bob and Kathy Bergstrom Family, the Jay and Karen Calderone Family, the Luther and Melinda Hunnings Family, the Joe and Gidget Long Family, the Tom and Denise Nalen Family, the Barb and Gary Reece Family, the Michelle and John Rodeno Family, the Angela and John Schmidt Family, the Karen and Bill Taylor Family. Corporate sponsors: Aveda, Maggiano's, Sephora, Brakes Plus, Nestle, Starbucks, Pterodactyl Toys, Paradise Bakery &Cafe, John Holly's Asian Bistro, 9News, Park Meadows.

Auctioneer: Lisa McCaffrey

Gala Production: Volunteers for the evening: Starbucks, the Junior League of Denver, Wet Seal--Park Meadows, Regis High School, Mullen High School, the STM Beta club

Quote of the evening: "It's all about the smiles--you can put a smile on the face of a child and be able to have the parents watch them smile."--Ed McCaffrey, in urging attendees to purchase Bags of Fun

Attendance: 1,200

Attire: Casual

Special Thanks: The Beerman Family, the DiFeterici Family, Patrick Hayes, the Peggy and Mark Johnson Family, Reserve Data Analysis of Colorado, St. Thomas Moore programs, the Jeff Leeper Family, the Matthews Family, the Chris Watson Family, the Rick Wiley Family, Paul Childress, Brynn Churchfield, Caroline McHugh, Mike Shipp, Andrew Solomon, the Cancer League of Denverr, First Data and the Travis Hukhill Foundation.

Information: For more information about the organization, log on to

Donors: Costco, Dryer's Ice Cream, Fun Productions, MatchBox Studio,Inc., Park Meadows, Pepsi Bottling Co., Personal Touch Catering, Rainbow Rewards, Rezonant Marketing, Specialty Incentives

Event Coordinator: Tammy Krause

Board of Directors: Kate Coughlin, Todd Gervasini, Tom and Tammy Krause, Matt Osborn, John Schmidt, Dr. Hoke Stapp, Rich Todd

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Matt Dorchuck, left, with Lisa McCaffrey, Ed McCaffrey, Tammy Krause, Tom Krause and Kennedy Krause. Luke McCaffrey is front and center.
Matt Dorchuck, left, with Lisa McCaffrey, Ed McCaffrey, Tammy Krause, Tom Krause and Kennedy Krause. Luke McCaffrey is front and center.

Pamela Cress


The event program indicated that Gabby Krause is smiling down from Heaven, and the giant wingding that was held in her honor on June 3rd, must have made her grin from ear to ear. There were 1,200 men, women and children who came out to Park Meadows to participate in a Gabby Krause Foundation party that rivaled any theme park in the country.

Gabby Krause died in 2004 after a bout with brain cancer. Her mother Tammy and family have since dedicated their lives to fulfilling the mission of providing love, support and "Bags of Fun" to other kids going through experiences with cancer and other life threatening diseases. Everywhere you turned at this festive fundraiser, there were kids smiling and playing games and adults smiling with their kids and friends, all to benefit the Gabby Krause Foundation and the Grip It and Ripp It program.

There was a snowboard simulation machine. There were sketch artists. There were sand bottles to build. There were giant tunnel mazes and plenty of games to play. Not to mention the wonderful silent auction items available for the adult fun arenas such as beauty packages, vacations, tickets and sports memorabilia.

After the huge crowd got a chance to chow down on the scrumptious buffet offered by several different catering companies, including Maggiano's, John Holly's, Paradise Bakery & Cafe and Personal Touch Catering, they were treated to a special play by the Starstruck Dance Academy.

Tammie Weitzman, an oncology nurse, received the 2006 Guardian Angel award for her dedication in making sure each kid starting treatment received a Bag of Fun at Children's Hospital and followed through each and every week of the year.

Former Bronco Ed McCaffrey and his equally celebrated wife Lisa served as emcees for the event. Lisa did a great job as auctioneer of the live auction packages, including a Broncos enthusiast package: an autographed Champ Bailey jersey, four Broncos home game tickets and an autographed Jason Elam football; a NASCAR weekend in Vegas; a golf getaway package at Sutton Bay in Agar, South Dakota; an "extreme" Denver sports package: Broncos tickets, an autographed John Lynch jersey, four Avalanche tickets, an autographed Rob Blake jersey, four Nuggets tickets, an autographed Andre Miller jersey, and four Rockies tickets behind home plate with an autographed baseball by Matt Holliday; and a four-person private golf outing at the Sanctuary.

They say it's about the smiles, and a poignant video was shown of some of the Bags of Fun recipients that make this program a success. No matter what adversities life throws at these kids, they are still smiling, and the Bags of Fun and Gabby Krause Foundation makes it easier for them to do so.

The mission of the Gabby Krause Foundation is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families who are faced with fighting cancer and other long-term childhood diseases.

Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer. Gabby loved purple, swimming, and coke-flavored slurpees. She sang, danced and laughed her way through chemotherapy. She found the silly in everything! It is in her memory that the Gabby Krause Foundation was started, and in her spirit that Bags of Fun began. The Foundation’s goal is to continue her legacy of smiles, zest for life, and the “Grip It & Ripp It” attitude that she exemplified while facing life’s toughest challenge.

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