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September 16, 2006 - What the Future Holds, 2006 Childrens Hospital Gala

What: The Children's Hospital Gala

Where: Adam's Mark

When: September 16, 2006

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: The Children's Hospital

Honoree(s): Madeline Seusy, Paul Lemieux, Nolan McLaughlin, Zellie Elliot, Anise Fletcher, Dominic Harden, Annette Pride, Eryn Ely

EMCEE: Molly Hughes CBS 4

Gala Chairperson(s): Virginia and Scott Reiman

Corporate Chairperson(s): Lisa and Bruce Alexander, Bridget and John Grier, Patty and Michael Imhoff, Cindy and Steve Farber, Christie and Walter Isenberg

Committee Members: Adam Argon, Kellie and Mike Arthur, Katy and Greg Bante, Debra and Wayne Berger, Andy Boian, Karen Chapman, Robin Chotin, Steve Chotin, Jane and Fred Hamilton, Beth Hornstein, Mark Jones, Bonnie and David Mandarich, Pat Cortez, Manuel Martinez, Jody Mathie, John Hoffman, Ilana Steinberg, Ray Merenstein, Dana Shepard, Michael Narewicz, Cindy and Jack Parsons, Daniel Ritchie, Steve Sander, Stephanie and Matt Seebaum, Mark Smith, Carol and George Solich, Ellen Stewart

President(s): Dori Biester

Entertainment: Huey Lewis and the News

Sponsors: Comcast, Colorado Volvo Retailers, Crothall Services Group, Gerald H. Phillips, Bridget and John Grier, Jane and Fred Hamilton, Hexagon Investments, MDC Holdings, Bobbi and Roy Reiman, Sage Hospitaility, the Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation, Jack Overstreet and Darci Huston, Wells Fargo

Menu: Antipasto Salad, Crusted filet of beef topped with a red wine demi glaze, chocolate fruit truffle

Attendance: 1500+

Attire: Blacktie

Special Thanks: The evening's dinner chairs: Kelly and Michael Kennedy

Event Coordinator: The Gala is a production of The Children’s Hospital Foundation and Kelli Kindel Events

Board of Directors: 2006 Board of Directiors, The Children's Hospital: Donald L. Kortz, Chair Don Elliman, Immediate Past Chair Cathey M. Finlon, Vice-Chair Craig Ponzio, Secretary David L. Hanson, Treasurer Doris J. Biester, PhD, RN, President and CEO Members at large: Marcy Benson, Mary Gittings Cronin, Peter Durante, MD, JD and Sr. VP of Medical Affairs, Candy Ergen, Mike Farrell, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer, Daniel J. Feiten, MD, Daniel E. Friesen, Tom Honig, Bob Hottman, Maria Guajardo Lucero, PhD, James Lustig, Jody Mathie, MD, Stewart "Skip" Miller, Mike Narkewicz, MD, President, Medical Staff, Frank Ramirez, Ann Sperling, Hal Stein, MD, Mona Stephens, President, Association of Volunteers, Tom Strickland, and Ronald W. Williams. Honorary Lifetime Directors: Jules Amer, MD, Nancy Gary, PsyD, Frances Welborn, and Bea Taplin 2006 Board of Trustees, The Children's Hospital Foundation: Marcy Benson, Chair, Don Elliman, Immediate Past Chair, Joy Johnson, Vice Chair, Frederick B. Taylor, TGreasurer, Walter Isenberg, Secretary, and Steve Winesett, President and CEO Members at large: Michele Ashby, Kala H. Borgen, Barbara Bridges, Molly Broeren, Jan Cortez, Mary Gittings Cronin, Peter Culshaw, Phil Doty, Brad Dusto, Steve Farber, Shane Feiman, John Fernie, Cal Fulenwider, Caleb F. Gates, Jr., Cannon "Cy" Harvey, John Ikard, David P. Kaplan, Kelly G. Kennedy, Donald L. Kortz, Rich L. Kylberg, Manuel L. Martinez, Tom McGonagle, Mary Osborn, Craig Ponzio, Virginia Reiman, Betsy Searle, Pat Spieles, Richard E. Stoddard, Michelle Kuhn Thatcher, Brian Thompson, Joseph E. Wagner, Sheldon Weinberg, Ronald W. Williams, and Laura Wright. Trustees Emeritus: James C. Cohig. and J.H. Silversmith, Jr.

Blacktie Photos by: Christine Cool, Chelsea Wyatt

 Steve and Kim Winsett, (Steve is President and CEO of the Foundation), left, and Leslie Schaeffer and Mark Rosenbaum
Steve and Kim Winsett, (Steve is President and CEO of the Foundation), left, and Leslie Schaeffer and Mark Rosenbaum

by Chelsea Wyatt

Over the years, the Children's Hospital Gala has always been an annual favorite. From disco balls to Kelly Ripa, it has never ceased to amaze. This year though, chaired by Virginia and Scott Reiman, might have been the most glam ever!

Before stepping on to the escalator to head towards the spacious ballroom of the Adam's Mark Denver, guests were greeted by each of the Children's Hospital 2006 Ambassadors. They then decended to discover a world of silent auctions, futuristic gause panels hanging from the ceiling, and one of the largest live auction items, a 2007 Volvo C70, valued at over $46,000!

The theme for this year's Gala 2006, "What the Future Holds" could not have been more poignant. The children of this community are our future, and it is the hospital that ensures that many more of these kids not only become great citizens, but that they have a future to look forward too.

One of the most touching statements in the evening's presentation was when each of the Children's Hospital 2006 Ambassadors shared that the hospital had given them the courage to hope and to think forward again. Each of them was looking forward to the next month, next year, simple things like being able to dance or swim again, graduation, going to Vegas for the first time, and having a family of their own. All of these things are milestones that we often take for granted, but each of these kids, and their parents, cherish the thought of them every day. Reaching these dreams were all made possible by the Children's Hospital.

The Children's Hospital 2006 Ambassadors were: Madeline Seusy, Nolan McLaughlin, Paul Lemieux, Zellie Elliot, Anisé Fletcher, Annette Pride, Dominic Harden, and Eryn Ely. Each of them have been treated at the Children's Hospital, and are truly the face of the hospital, as well as ambassadors to the community.

After the silent auction portion of the evening, complete with everthing from fur coats to Donald Duck pop-art to chilled crab claw appetizers, guests were ushered into the ballroom. A more elegant future could not have been constructed, with floor to ceiling fabric panels, exotic lighting, and of course....fog machines.

All of the guests were literally floating on air toward their seats, and thought that they were floating on air through the rest of the program. Molly Hughes was this year's emcee of the event, and truly had a local's appreciation of all that the hospital does for Colorado's children. After dinner, an incredibly talented tap group took the stage, the Funky Beat Kids, who came complete with glowing shirts, ties, and balls that they bounced to the rhythms. They even brought one of the 2006 Ambassadors, Zellie Elliott, up on stage. She was truly a great tap dancer as well, and had no trouble "keeping up with the beat" of the group! It was the Children's Hospital's treatment that allowed her to dance again.

Next, the 2006 Ambassadors entered the ballroom wielding light sabers in the same glowing blue, and were greated by a standing ovation. All of the 1,450 attendees to the gala this year truly enjoyed the evening. They showed their appreciation and support for the Children's Hospital by raising a total $2.3million! The auction (silent, table and live, plus Patron Party auction of Andrisen Morton Fashion Week Trip) raised $368,000!

This truly might be one for the Colorado record books. The live auction items helped reach this astounding number, far past anyone's expectations. In a great show of generosity, the first winner of the 2007 Volvo C70 Convertible, Ben Doud, actually managed to raise $46,000 for the Children's Hospital Foundation. Then, he gave the car back so that it could be auctioned again! The final winner of the Volvo was Jerrel Armstrong, who raised another $39,500 for the Foundation.

The other live auction items included a Kentucky Derby "Derby Darling" package complete with flights, four seats, and even a St. John weekend wardrobe valued at $6,000 so the winner could be dressed to kill. The winning bidder was Steve Shaffer. Another amazing item included a "Fashionista Fantasy" wardrobe makeover, including a makeover for your body as well at LaFontaine Aesthetics Spa, won by Charles Gallagher. There also was a chance to fly to Dublin for a VIP tour of the Waterford factory, stay at the Druid's Glen Hotel and Country Club, and take home a signature piece of Waterford crystal.This was won by John Cohagen, who raised $9,000. Last, but certainly not least was a trip to France, and a chance to stay at both Paris and the private Chateau Andelot to be the King and Queen of the castle for the long weekend. This was won by Terrance Murphy who raised $16,000!

The amazing and heartfelt evening culminated with a much anticipated performance by Huey Lewis & The News. The band sang hit singles like "Do You Believe in Love," "Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do," and of course "Workin' for a Livin'," as well as several others through the evening. For two though, the concert was not yet over. Another live auction item was a chance to sing with the Huey Lewis & The News! The two lucky winners of this were Ben Doud, who gave his friend Jack Overstreet the chance to live the dream of a lifetime, and Michael Whalen, who gave the opportunity for his daughter Kelsey to sing. The band was so popular that just these two performances with them on-stage at the Gala raised another $30,000 for the Children's Hospital Foundation!

Be sure to join next year, for what is sure to be another dynamic event, and help to show just how much this community cares about the Children's Hospital and Colorado's children.

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