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October 12, 2008 - Pump Boys and Dinettes

What: Inner City Health Center Gala

Where: Lakewood Cultural Center

When: Sunday, October 12, 2008

Time: 6 p.m. cocktails; 7 p.m. showtime

Ticket Prices: Free. Donations accepted

Beneficiary: Inner City Health Center

Honoree(s): VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR: Nelson Joo, DDS and DJ Hillenburg, RN; CORPORATE SPONSORS OF THE YEAR: First Bank and Econocopy; FRIENDS OF ICHC: Mike Barrett and Carla Madison

Executive Director: Kraig Burleson, Chief Executive Officer

Staff: ADMINISTRATION: Portia Carter - Billing Manager; Margo Casey - Community Outreach Director; Nancy Haldane - Executive Assistant; Kathy Henkelman - Director of Finance; Connie Hutchinson, Director of Congregational Health Ministry; Cindy Kihorany - Director of Operations; MEDICAL: Ruth Albu - Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Robert Cutillo, M.D. - ICHC Medical; Heather Cutillo- Diabetic Care Coordinator;

Catering: Purple Avocado

Entertainment: Performance Now Theatre Company

Of note: Live theater performance

Sponsors: First Bank

Menu: Passed appetizers: mini club sandwiches with turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, toothpicked olive; petite quiche with spinach; smoked salmon cream cheese canapes; Displayed appetizers: mini burger sliders with house-made buns, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and served with squirt bottles of mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup; Dinner: macaroni & cheese with three cheeses, topped with buttered bread crumbs; raw vegetable crudite with Ranch dressing served in glass containers; Dessert: mini ice cream sandwiches of chocolate cookies filled with vanilla ice cream and vanilla wafers filled with chocolate ice cream, house-made marshmallows, Jello cut-outs

Attendance: 200-250

Attire: Business casual

Board of Directors: Christine J. Bess – Chair, Sherry Delaney, Brinda Herron, Edward Ho, M.D., Hunt Holsomback- Vice Chair, James Shira, M.D., Julissa Molina Soto, Alberto J. Stapleton, Sandra Thiessen and Edward K. Wekesser

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Corriveau

 ICHC CEO Kraig Burleson, left, with Board of Directors President Christine Bess, and honorees Dr. Nelson Joo and First Bank representative Rick Bruno
ICHC CEO Kraig Burleson, left, with Board of Directors President Christine Bess, and honorees Dr. Nelson Joo and First Bank representative Rick Bruno

Inner City Health Center perfectly captured the essence of its fundraiser – a live performance of “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a rock 'n roll, country and blues musical revue – with servers in white frilly aprons, white T-shirts with rolled up sleeves and a menu of mini hamburgers, ice cream sandwiches and macaroni and cheese dripping with diner deliciousness. The boundless enthusiasm of the musical was well matched with the meaning of the event: raising money for the “Make a Dramatic Difference Campaign”: ICHC’s capital campaign to support its new facility.

The evening also included a tribute to some special people who generously give of themselves to the center. In accepting their awards, each of the honorees, without hesitation, reversed the direction of the spotlight from themselves back to the Center. DJ Hillenburg, recognized as one of the Volunteers of the Year, shared how the clinic staff and volunteers truly make all those whom they serve feel valued and respected. Dr. Nelson Joo humbly thanked the crowd and echoed DJ’s sentiment of care and respect. Councilwoman Carla Madison, who was recognized as a Friend of ICHC, gave heartfelt testimony about how much this clinic means to not only the people in her district, but geographically so far beyond. Rick Bruno of First Bank explained how his organization is proud to be a part of making the new facility a reality.

For 25 years, ICHC has been providing quality medical and dental care for the uninsured and underserved in the Denver metro area, tallying up more than 20,000 patient visits per year. The fundraiser at the Lakewood Cultural Center was to raise further funds for the clinic’s new facility, which doubles the Center space. It’s space that’s desperately needed. “Right now we are using every nook and cranny. There’s not enough room here anymore,” ICHC CEO Kraig Burleson said, referring to the Center’s facility in Five Points. Following a two-year search, ICHC selected 3800 York Street in Denver as its new site. Plans include renovating two vacant buildings for the dental and medical clinic and connecting the units via a newly constructed entryway.

A new center will also be built, which will include a medical lab, dental operating suite, counseling area and treatment rooms. The project is expected to be finished by the end of this year. Along with medical care, ICHC will invite the community to ongoing seminars on oral care and prevention, nutrition, childhood obesity, and the importance of immunizations. ICHC will continue to provide medical and dental care from its current facility at 3405 Downing Street until it transitions to the new location. For more information about ICHC visit

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