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April 28, 2007 - Teens Who Have Special Dreams

What: Teen with a Dream 3rd annual dinner & silent auction

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

When: Saturday, April 28, 2007

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Adult -$35, 12-18 yrs. - $30, under 12 - $12, table for 10 -$350, dream sponsor table for 10 -$500

Beneficiary: Children with cancer

Host(s): Teen with a Dream

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kathy Sabine, 9News

Master of Ceremonies: Spencer Harrison, founder

Honoree(s): Chelsey Heffron, Scott Faulkner, Collier Longshore

Founders: Spencer Harrison

Committee Members: Spencer Harrison, Cherise Bernard, Kim Farley, Jan Harrison, Cliff Holmes, Junior League of Denver volunteers, Jennifer Kramer, Kim Moore, Belinda Peterson, Sara Streight, Miriam Vinton, Audrey Walters, Pam Walters, Candice Wolfswinkel, Megan Yoder, Julie Zimbelman

Introductions: Kathy Sabine, 9News and Spencer Harrison, founder

Speaker: Spencer Harrison, Founder

Music: Kai Brown

Sponsors: Colorado Capital Bank - Stroh Ranch Branch, The Slanket, PET Imaging, Dr. Julie Zimbelman & Dr. Laurie Odom, Cliff Holmes & Megan Yoder, Kevin & Stephanie Geraghty, Pediatric Anesthesia Consultants

Auctioneer: Chuck Chamberlin

Menu: Wedge of lettuce with walnut vinaigrette, glazed chicken with asparagus, mint ice cream and coffee

Attendance: 250

Attire: Business Casual

Special Thanks: Wells Fargo, Kathy Sabine, 9News, Dr. Julie Zimbelman for saving Spencer's life!, Amy Sharpless, who prints the invitations & programs, Doug Fisgus, who graciously designed the logo, Kai Brown - who generously donates his wonderful talent!

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Shrimp on skewers, casadillas, pigs in a blanket


Board of Directors: Spencer Harrison - President, Jan Harrison - VP, Sara J. Streight - Attorney at Law - Secretary, Jennifer Kramer - CPA - Treasurer, Cliff Holmes - Director, Candice Wolfswinkel - Director

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 (L to R) Scholarship winner Scott Faulkner, 9News Meteorologist Kathy Sabine, Founder Spencer Harrison, scholarship winners Collier Longshore and Chelsey Heffron
(L to R) Scholarship winner Scott Faulkner, 9News Meteorologist Kathy Sabine, Founder Spencer Harrison, scholarship winners Collier Longshore and Chelsey Heffron

Howie Grapek

The 3rd annual Teen with a Dream dinner and silent auction was held on April 28, 2007 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. With 250 attendees, the fundraiser was emceed by 9News meteorologist Kathy Sabine.

The organization's founder, 18-year-old Spencer Harrison, is now a senior at Ponderosa High School. Spencer was unable to attend school his freshman year because of his battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Instead, Spencer dedicated the year reclaiming his health, working on schoolwork at home, and creating this foundation. The foundation was born from Spencer's own experiences while receiving treatment and the needs he saw for other children also battling cancer.

Spencer is determined to use his experiences to help others through the painful treatment, the financial strain and the medical system itself. At only 14, when Spencer saw the 80-100 children a week at just one center going through the same pain he had, he knew he had to help, so he started Teen with a Dream, a 501(c)(3) non-profit to provide aid and comfort to children with cancer. Teen with a Dream now proudly provides "chemo-daycare" bags and college scholarships.

At the start of the night's events, there was a silent auction which included close to 200 items including food items, spa packages, things for the home, interesting items for kids, autographed sports paraphernalia, designer clothing and jewelry. During dinner, three scholarship winners were announced.

The first scholarship winner was Chelsey Heffron, who was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma in July 2005, her junior year of high school. Because of this illness, she was unable to attend the entire junior year. Chelsey wants to become a physician's assistant studying biomedical sciences at Colorado State University.

The next scholarship winner was Scott Faulkner, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in September 2005, during his junior year of high school. He was treated with chemotherapy and radiation. Scott loves golf and hockey. He will attend the University of Northern Colorado this fall.

The third and final scholarship winner was Collier Longshore, who is currently being treated for thyroid cancer. His love for music has him involved with his high school choir. He plans to study history in college in the fall.

After the scholarship winners were awarded, dinner was served. Following dinner, Chuck Cumberlin performed a live auction where a signed Avalanche hockey stick, beautiful quilt and a few golf trips were auctioned to the highest bidder. After the live auction, the raffle tickets were pulled and to wrap up the evening, Kai Brown performed several songs for the audience. Approximately $40,000 was raised on this spirited occasion. All proceeds go to the Teen with a Dream Foundation, whose mission is to make the pediatric cancer diagnosis and treatment a little easier to tolerate!

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