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March 15, 2008 - 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Green Tie Event

What: MCPN's Annual Fundraiser

Where: Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: Saturday, March 15, 2008

Time: 5:45 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $175.00

Beneficiary: Metro Community Provider Network

Host(s): John Ried - MCPN VP Of Operations.

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

EMCEE: KUSA's Bob Kendrick

President(s): David S. Myers, President/CEO

Co-President(s): Dr. Barry Martin, VP of Clinical Affairs; John Kuenning, VP of Operations and Finance; Pamela Craig, VP of Community Services; John Reid, VP of Development; Monty Moore, Director of Quality

Catering: Catering by Design.

Entertainment: Irish Dancing by Colorado's own "Strictly Irish"

Music: The Bridies

Sponsors: LabCorp, Bob Kendrick 9News, Al's Formalwear, Quest Diagnostics, Exempla Lutheran, Colorado State Bank & Trust, Marasco & Associates, McKesson, Faegre & Benson, 9 Health Fair, 1st Bank of Aurora, CCHN, BOLD, Sun Office Products, Inner City Health Center, MCPN Staff/Volunteers, Castle Brand Beverages, Community First Foundation, The Bridies, City of Aurora, Integrated Computer Consulting, Hilton Garden Inn, Grand Design/Barbara Shannon-Banister, Aurora Mental Health, Marriott Vacation Club, Denver Oncology Consortium, Great Rooms, David Myers, St. Anthony's Hospital, Daniel Montano, MOSO Films, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Aurora Mental Health, Pat McCullough, Celtic Events & Entertainmnet, HD Consulting, New West Physicians, Hyatt Regency Denver, Complete Business Systems, Bannister's Flowers and Republic National Distributing.

Menu: Salad: Shredded Romaine salad tossed with crumbled feta Cheese, sliced radishes, Bernuda onions & Dijon vinaigrette in fried wonton. Entree: choice beef tenderloin medallions, portobello mushroom stuffed with lobster, crab and goat cheese, highlighted with roasted red pepper Burre Blanc, grilled asparagus spears.

Attendance: 500

Attire: Black Tie Preferred

Special Thanks: Special thanks to Strictly Irish for their commitment to MCPN and for supporting the 4th Annual Green Tie Event. A round of appreciation to the Community First Foundation for their initial support for MCPN's Endowment Building Challenge grants which lead to the inaugural St. Patrick's Day event.

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Tomato, pesto & brie crostinis; meatballs in Chipotle cream sauce; mini reubens in egg roll wrappers with thousand island dipping sauce; twice baked baby red potatoes stuffed with bacon crumbles & chedder cheese

Event Coordinator: Amy Marasco

Board of Directors: Margaret Burnett, Secretary; Frank Taylor; Barbara Shannon-Banister; Marion Walls; George Romero; Claudia Frey, Vice-Chair; Lynn Ramey; Jeannette Botero; Waly Wesener, Treasurer; Michael Kenney, Chair.

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Complete Business Systems (CBS) received the Community Business Leader award as presented by MCPN's David Myers on the left
Complete Business Systems (CBS) received the Community Business Leader award as presented by MCPN's David Myers on the left

By Howie Grapek

A top o’ the evening it was on St. Patrick’s Day in the mile-high city of Denver. This was the fourth 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 Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, 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 again 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 again this evening as well. As Denver's only professional Irish dance troupe, Strictly Irish exploded with exhilarating dance performances.

The program included a presentation to MCPN of an awesome gift from King Soopers: a check for $55,000! Also, some awards were presented to those whose commitment, dedication and support were unparalleled, and very much appreciated:

  • Volunteer of the Year: Renee Sitler;
  • Community Organization of the Year: Blacke Anderson for Building on Life's Disappointments (BOLD);
  • Community Corporate Partner of the Year: Labcorp;
  • Philanthropy Award: Adolfson & Peterson;
  • Community Business Leader: Complete Business Systems;
  • Clinician of the Year: Joan Barker M.D.
  • Employee of the Year: Ken Watson.

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.

The event once again boasted a wonderful dinner and silent auction, and it was a great time to "Go Green."

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