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April 13, 2007 - Children's Hospital is Helping Hearts Grow

What: Little Hearts Luncheon and Fashion Show

Where: The Pepsi Center, Lexus Club

When: Friday, April 13, 2007

Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Patron Ticket $150.00 / Individual Ticket $60.00

Beneficiary: Heart Institute, Patient and Family Services at The Children's Hospital- Denver Colorado

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kim Christiansen, 9News Anchor

Gala Chairperson(s): Lyn Schaffer

Co-Chair(s): Joy Johnson, Chair for the Board of trustees, Children's Hospital Foundation

Committee Members: Lyn Schaffer, Edie Bell, Esther Carpenter, Maggie Cavanaugh, Lori Claussen, Carrie Connell, Marilyn Day, Sharon Downing, Elizabeth Farasy, Amy Feiman, Amy Halvorsen, Seree Offet, Vickie Ogden, Donna Parker, Louise Richardson, Stacy Schafer, Barb Trujillo and Evonne Young

President(s): Steve Winesett, The Children's Hospital Foundation

Invocation: Claudia Schmitt, Staff Chaplin, The Children's Hospital

Welcome: Kim Christiansen

Catering: Levy Restaurants

Entertainment: Video by Haycam Productions, Fashion Show

Sponsors: Anna & John J. Sie Foundation; Great Clips; Accredo; CuraScript; Encysive Pharmaceuticals; Enstrom's Candy; Levy Restaurants; Lifewatch; Medtronic; Mrs. Cyd Rodriguez; Dr. & Mrs. John Strain; United Therapeutics; The Children's Hospital Administration; The Children's Hospital Cardiac Intensive Care Unit; The Children's Hospital Department of Cardiology; The Children's Hospital Department of Cardiac Surgery

Menu: Italian salad, grilled lemon garlic chicken and chocolate mousse s'mores.

Attendance: 360

Models/Fashions: Fashions provided by Talbots and Talbots Kids

Event Coordinator: Stacy Schafer

Board of Directors: Joy Johnson, Chair; Marcy Benson, Immediate Past Chair; Peter Culshaw, Vice Chair; Kelly G. Kennedy, Secretary; Frederick B. Taylor, Treasurer; Molly Broeren, Jan Cortez, Mary Gittings Cronin, Phil Doty, Brad Dusto, Don Elliman, Steve Farber, Shane Feiman, John Fernie, Cal Fulenwider, Caleb F. Gates, Jr., Cannon "Cy" Harvey, John Ikard, Walter Isenberg, David P. Kaplan, Donald L. Kortz, Manuel L. Martinez, Tom McGonagle, Mary Osborn, Craig Ponzio, Virginia Reiman, Betsy Searle, Joan Slaughter, Pat Spieles, Richard E. Stoddard, Michelle Kuhn Thatcher, Brian Thomson, Joseph E. Wagner, Sheldon Weinberg, Ronald W. Williams, Steve Winesett, Laura Wright.

Blacktie Photos by: Courtney Ham

 Fireman Steve Bennett with patient Iain
Fireman Steve Bennett with patient Iain

The event was called the Little Hearts Luncheon, but there was more than just a little love in the room on April 13.

After a small cocktail reception and silent auction in the lobby, guests made their way upstairs for lunch. Filling the tables in the Lexus Club at the Pepsi Center was a warm group of family members, volunteers, medical and support staff, all involved with the Children's Hospital Heart Institute and the Little Hearts Committee.

Ever since its formation in 1985, the Little Hearts Luncheon has brought people together to support the families of children who are treated at The Children's Hospital. The Children's Hospital leads the region in treatment of pediatric heart disease and is a national leader in pediatric heart transplantation.

While people ate their food, Dr. Dunbar Ivy, Chair of Pediatric Cardiology and Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program, got up and talked about the Heart Institute at the hospital. He was followed by Steve Winesett, President and CEO of the Children's Hospital Foundation, who talked about the new Children's Hospital , which will be ready to move into on October 1, 2007.Then there were a couple of special awards given out to outstanding volunteers. One award in particular was the Fern Primack Award which was given to Jule Bigner for her amazing volunteer work. With mist in her eyes, Julie came up to the stage to receive her award. And she was not the only one who teared up, event chair Lyn Schaffer was fighting them back when she came up and thanked all the dedicated people who helped make the event possible.

The best part of the event was the fashion show. Each of the child models who came out was a patient at the Heart Institute. Accompanied by doctors, volunteers and members of the south metro fire department, the kids made their way to the stage in fashions provided by Talbots Kids. The emcee for the day was 9News' Kim Christiansen, who did a great job introducing the kids. It was delightful to see these kids' smiling faces. The whole event was a great way for everyone to spend the day. Both children and adults enjoyed themselves. And the overall feeling was warm and loving. These smiling kids who have all faced obstacles and struggled with heart disease remind everyone how precious and fragile life is.

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