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March 17, 2007 - MCPN: "We Are All Tied Together"

What: MCPN's 3rd annual Green Tie Event

Where: Westin Tabor Center

When: March 17, 2007

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $175

Beneficiary: Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN)

Host(s): MCPN

Master of Ceremonies: Bob Kendrick, 9News Anchor

Grand Marshal(s): John A. Reid, Vice President of Development, MCPN

Catering: The Westin's Executive Chef: Jean-Luc Voegele

Entertainment: Denver comedian Kevin Fitzgerald

Music: The Bridies, with special performances by Strictly Irish

Of note: Awards Ceremony -- "We Are All Tied Together".

Sponsors: Marasco & Associates, Inc, LabCorp, The Westin Tabor Center, Colorado State Bank and Trust, LMC Community Foundation, McKesson, Castle Brands, Compass Bank, Quest Diagnostics, Integrated Computer Consultants, Bold, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 1st Bank, Inovus Office Products, Complete Business Systems, Sparrow, New West Physicians, Aurora Sentinel & Daily Sun, Marriott Vacation Club International, Aurora Community Relations Division, Mister Neat's Formalwear, Anastasia Collection, The Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Grandesign, Inc, MooSoFilms, Cyracom International, Aurora Mental Health, The Daums-Talton Foundation, HD Consulting, Inner City Health Center, 9Health Fair

Menu: Salad course: wild field greens with candied walnuts, gorgonzola cheese and balsamic vinaigrette dressing-- dinner: grilled beef tenderloin with Irish stout reduction, and grilled salmon with creamy curry sauce, horseradish mashed potatoes, glazed root vegetables -- dessert: vacherin glace with pistachio, vanilla and tangerine ice cream

Attendance: 450

Attire: Black Tie

Special Thanks: 1st Bank of Aurora, 9 Health Fair, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Mental Health, Aurora Sentinel, Bannister's Flowers, Bob Kendrick 9News, BOLD, The Bridies, Castle Brand Beverages, CCHN, Celtic Entertainment, City of Aurora, Colorado State Bank & Trust, Complete Business Systems, Compass Bank, CyraCom, The Dahms-Talton Foundation, Denver Oncology Consortium, Exempla Lutheran, The Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado, Grand Design/Barbara Shannon-Banister, HD Consulting, INOVUS, Inner City Health Center, Integrated Computer Consulting, Jim Peters, LabCorp, LMC Community Foundation, Marasco & Associates, Marriott Vacation Club, McKesson, MCPN Staff/Volunteers, Mister Neat's Formalwear, New West Physicians, Pat McCullough, Quest Diagnostics, Sparrow, The Westin Tabor Center

Florist: Bannister's Flowers


Board of Directors: David Myers, Barry Martin, MD, Pamela Craig, John Kuenning, Monty Moore, John Reid, Barbara Shannon-Banister

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 9News Anchor Bob Kendrick (left) with MCPN President David Myers (right) presenting an award to Rick Marcove (center) of McKesson Corporation.
9News Anchor Bob Kendrick (left) with MCPN President David Myers (right) presenting an award to Rick Marcove (center) of McKesson Corporation.

A top O’ the evening it was on St. Patrick’s Day in the mile-high city of Denver. This was the third annual “Green Tie” event fundraiser for the Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN), which provides medical care at no cost to families who have limited or no access to health care.

500 tickets were available for this event in the Westin Tabor Center Ballroom, and all were sold out! Bob Kendrick, 9News anchor, was the master of ceremonies for the evening. Bob entertained the audience with Irish jokes and thanked MCPN for having him there to partake in the festivities.

The entertainment of the evening included Ireland's fabulous ladies, "The Bridies", who include the lead fiddle soloists Maire Egan and Brenda Curtin from Michael Flatleys "Lord of the Dance Show." The Bridies graced the audience with a blend of Celtic music, song, dance and comedy that was just incredible. MCPN was thrilled to have "Strictly Irish" perform this evening as well. Former stars of "Lord of the Dance" Chaun Casey, Aisling Toal, Louise Connoly and Martin Percival performed with an abundance of energy. As Denver's only professional Irish dance troupe, Strictly Irish exploded with exhilarating dance performances.

Denver's own comedian, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, DVM, Ph.D. put on a fabulous show. Fitzgerald is most notable for being a veterinarian at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, where the Animal Planet television series Emergency Vets was filmed. Fitzgerald did not get into veterinary school the first time he applied, so he tried other occupations for a time. In the meantime, he was a teacher at the University of Hawaii. On summers off, he worked as a bouncer for a wide variety of musical acts. Fitzgerald is also a regular on the Denver-area stand-up comedy circuit, where he is billed as "the hardest working veterinarian in show business." "Everybody laughed when I said I wanted to do comedy," Fitzgerald noted dryly, "but no one's laughing now." He was a huge hit of the evening. Everyone laughed tonight.

Marney Duckworth, Mrs. Colorado, was a guest speaker. Marney talked fondly about MCPN and their "amazing" mission. She talked about MCPN's history and supported the endowment pledge supporting health care to the medically underserved.

In March of 2004, MCPN applied for a nonprofit preservation endowment challange grant in the amount of $200,000 from the LMC Community Foundation. Consequently, the annual St. Patrick's Day Green Tie Event was invented to raise funds to match MCPN endowment building efforts. The endowment fund as of today has grown to the amount of $988,709.59. MCPN's service area includes all the city of Aurora and Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties. Services within the area are developed to provide primary health care for people who have no other access to health care. A family practice model of health care is supported by case management services, pharmacy services, and other coordination efforts to remove barriers to health care. Well child care, immunizations, obstetrics, gynecology, and chronic disease management are among the most often-requested services. Staff, fluent in languages other than English, help remove cultural barriers to care.

During tonights event, a wonderful dinner was prepared by Westin Tabor Center Executive Chef Jean-Luc Voegele. A silent auction was held, and with the comedy and dancing,  plenty 'O food, drink and merriment were had by all.

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