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September 27, 2008 - Let's Get Everyone Walking Again

What: Operation Walk Denver's 3rd Annual Walk of Dreams

Where: Grand Hyatt Denver

When: Saturday, September 27, 2008

Time: 6 p.m.

Beneficiary: Operation Walk Denver

EMCEE: Molly Hughes (CBS4 News)

Executive Director: Douglas A. Dennis MD

President(s): Jon Hoehn

Staff: Deana Alfonso, Sheree Alfonso, Jim Boyle, Kelly Bradshaw, Rhonda Cooperman, Tom Curran, Danielle Fitch, Laura Fitch, Lana Flemmer, Sunny Gazell, Jackie Gorman, Steve Haas, Dan Hainault, Karen Johnson, Linnet Jung, Peggy Kettler, Peggy Morrison, Mike Murrill, Alleen Paez, Katie Parker, Jim Phillips, Miriam Rabieh, Layla Rabih, Mikell Rabih, Dale Robinson, Peary Schroeder, Bruce Will and Steve Younger

Catering: Grand Hyatt

Music: Manuel Molina

Sponsors: Big Dreamer: Borgen Family Foundation, Dr. Douglas and Debra Dennis; Platinum: Colorado Anesthesia Consultants; Gold: Janco Partners, Inc., Porter Center for Joint Replacement (2), Porter Perioperative Services, Budd and Laura Zuckerman; Silver: Active Motion Physical Therapy, Jim and Darleen Boyle, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, Graebel Relocation, Dr. Brian and Patty Haas, Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics;

Menu: Gourmet bread basket, salad - papaya, jicama, orange, pepper and marinated red onion salad in bibb lettuce cup topped with candied pecans with cilantro lime vinaigrette, grilled beef tenderloin served with chermula sauce paired with seared halibut with mango pineapple puree and asparagus bundle tied with carrot ribbon and red pepper strip, potato stack with pablano pepper in the middle with queso fresco, desserts - brulee banana on rum marscarpone cream with pistachios and chocolate in orange white chocolate ring, guava custard in a dark chocolate cup, pate de fruit, passion fruit and blueberry

Attendance: 300

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Board of Directors: OpWalk Foundation 2008 Board of Directors: Douglas A Dennis - MD; Todd M. Miner - MD; Jim Boyle; Jackie Gorman; Peggy Kettler; Mike Murrill;
Executives Directors: Aaron Fritz - Parker Adventist Hospital Executive Director; AnneMarie Kemp- Avista Adventist Hospitals Executive Director; Kathy Repola - Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace Executive Director; Erik Wangsness - Littleton Adventist Hospital Executive Director;
Development Board: James W. Boyle; John Butler; Stephanie Clements - DPM; Douglas A Dennis - MD; Mike Burbin; Steve Etkind; Ben Graebel; Brian Haas - MD; Jan Helen; Molly A Hughes; Christina Isenberg; Karen Johnson; Todd M. Miner - MD; Angie Moss; John Moss and Budd Zuckerman;
Emeritus: Mark F. Leonard and R. Jerry Overgaard

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Jim Boyle, left, Jackie Gorman, Myrna Saldana and Dr. Ariel Saldana
Jim Boyle, left, Jackie Gorman, Myrna Saldana and Dr. Ariel Saldana

Do you ever think about the motions your body goes through when you walk, bend, kneel or even sit down? Probably not. Well Saturday night, there were a number of people who do not take this motion for granted, and helping these people was what it was all about, as the Walk of Dreams Gala unfolded.

There are the many volunteers who put together the third annual Walk of Dreams Gala benefiting Operation Walk Denver. The auction room of the Grand Hyatt Denver looked like it was getting ready for operations on individuals, as there were numerous instruments up for bid to help people move around again. There were also sports packages, trips and even a brand new Moped.

The people that attended either were afflicted with a problem that prohibited them to move around with ease, or knew someone that was in need of an operation or had been through one. The Grand Hyatt Denver had turned the 2nd floor into a beautiful place for all the festivities that took place for the evening and helped make the event a success.

Upon entering the ballroom for dinner, guests were greeted by Dancers from Unleash Dance Studio. After a wonderful dinner, attendees were treated to some fantastic Latin American Dancing. It was beautiful. With the help and support of all the volunteers and the many auction items, the night raised over $50,000. 

But as always, this could not be accomplished without the help and support of all involved. And if you are interested in finding out more information on how you could help with next year's event or even help out year-round, please contact the members of Operation Walk Denver at 303-715-7600 or check out the website at The more help and support they receive, the more this wonderful organization is able to help the individuals who need the operations to rebuild their lives so they too can walk, bend, sit or kneel without the pain that many of us don't experience.

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