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June 09, 2008 - Fun-filled and Fundraising for Gabby's Bags of Fun

What: The Gabby Krause Foundation 2008 Bring out the Bags Charity Event

Where: Douglas County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday, June 7, 2008

Time: 6 - 10 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $50 per person, $150 for a family, $1,000 or $500 for a Grip It & Ripp It sponsor. Those unable to attend the event can fill a bag for $300

Beneficiary: Gabby Krause Foundation & children with cancer

Host(s): Krause family

Sponsors: Corporate sponsors: Axiom Solutions, Castle Pines Capital, Fiserv Investment Support Services, Pterodactyl Ptoys, Samsonite; Bring out the Bag sponsors: Birch Street Group LLC, Brakes Plus, Cain Travel, California Cafe, Maggiano's Little Italy, Juicy Juice, Heritage Hills Wine & Spirits, Paradise Bakery and Cafe, Signature City Properties, Starbuck's Coffee

Attendance: 1,000+

Attire: Casual

Board of Directors: Todd Gervasini (Wakefield), Rich Todd (Innovest), John Schmidt (Castle Pines Capital), Kate Coughlin (Helen Rae Luggage / Oracle), Matt Osborn (Village Homes), Dr. Hoke Stapp (Pediatric at DTC), Tom Krause (Axiom), Tammy Krause, Dananne Solomon (Director of Operations)

Blacktie Photos by: Becca Barry

 From left: Preston Kilzer, Tammy Krause and Kayla Kilzer
From left: Preston Kilzer, Tammy Krause and Kayla Kilzer

Literally thousands of children, parents and friends gathered at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Events Center for the “Bring Out the Bags” fundraiser hosted by the Gabby Krause Foundation. This wonderful event, held on June 7, 2008, was done in loving memory of Gabby Krause in hopes of continuing her legacy of smiles, zest for life and the “Grip-it & Ripp-It” attitude she exemplified while facing one of life’s toughest challenges.

The events center was set up as a dreamland for the kids with green and purple balloons hanging from the ceiling, a real live band made up of kids themselves, face painters, sketch artists, and carnival-type games and even a jumping castle. To entertain the kids and all the adults, there was a silent auction that had items which ranged from all inclusive vacation packages to sports memorabilia. There was something for everyone.

The “Bag of Fun” event is dedicated to Gabby Krause, an angel taken before her time. This amazing six-year old died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer. Gabby loved purple, swimming, and coke-flavored slurpees. She sang, danced and laughed her way through chemotherapy. She found the silly in everything! It is in her memory that the Gabby Krause Foundation was started, and in her spirit that Bags of Fun began. Instead of keeping her toys and activities to herself, Gabby shared her bag of fun with other kids in her ward. This selfless act not only brought joy to the affected children, but also to the parents. Before her passing, Gabby wished that every child in a hospital setting who is faced with fighting cancer or any other long-term childhood illness receive a Bag of Fun. To this end, the Krause family, friends and supporters have dedicated their lives to fulfilling her mission of providing love, support and "Bags of Fun" to other kids going through similar experiences.

The mission of the Gabby Krause Foundation is to make a difference in the lives of children and their families who are faced with fighting cancer and other long-term childhood diseases. For more information either contact or visit their website

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