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November 22, 2008 - Heart of Hearts

What: 28th Annual Heart of Hearts Gala

Where: Sheraton Denver Hotel, Downtown

When: Saturday, November 22, 2008

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: The Cardiac Care Departments of Littleton & Porter Adventist Hospitals

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Koebrich, KUSA Channel 9

Committee Members: VOLUNTEERS: Amy Clark, Andrea Fitch, Danielle Fitch, Sarah Haigh, Heidi Hainault, Cheryl Hopper, Lisa Juergens, Chuck Morrison, Miriam Rabieh, Layla Rabieh, Tyler Ruder, Tyler Younger, Vicki Younger STAFF: Deana Alfonso, Rhonda Cooperman, Gina Erickson, Laura Fitch, Dan Hainault, Karen Johnson, Marble Jones, Peggy Morrison, Katie Parker, Bruce Will, Steve Younger

Entertainment: Political Satirist and Comedian, Mark Russell

Sponsors: DOUBLE PLATINUM HEART/ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR: The Hewit Charitable Trust; PLATINUM HEART SPONSORS: Emergency Physicians of Littleton, Porter, and Parker Hospitals; SILVER HEART SPONSORS: Calcon Constructors, Inc.; Critical Care, Pulmonary and Sleep Associates, Prof LLP; Radiology Imaging Associates, PC; Robinson Dairy; Unipath, LLC; BRONZE HEART SPONSORS: LaFawn Biddle, Colorado Business Bank, Colorado Joint Replacement, DASCO Companies, GE Johnson Construction, Darrell & Karen Johnson, Kutak Rock LLP, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Porter Adventist Hospital, Shamrock Foods Co., South Denver Anesthesiologists, PC; DINNER SPONSOR: Adventist Health System; VALET SPONSOR: Health Connection Properties, Inc., & Samuel J. Stoorman & Associates, PC; PHOTOGRAPHY SPONSOR: Saunders Construction

Quote of the evening: "Live every day as if it were your last," Honoree John Sacha

Menu: Salad of Radicchio, Romaine, Arugula & Frisee with roasted pear, Maytag blue cheese, toasted almonds & dried cranberries; filet with merlot demi glace & hazelnut crusted corvina fish with tarragon sauce; butternut squash risotto, roasted asparagus, grilled tomato & baby carrots; alternating desserts

Attire: Black-tie Preferred

Board of Directors: Hospital Foundation Boards LITTLETON HOSPITAL: Ken Bacon, David Besnon, Mary Bradford, Carl Fitch, Alicia Guerra, Karen Johnson, Kim Jones, Marble Jones, Jack Kennedy, Mathew Opheim, Darrell Schulte, Courtney Snyder, Henry Sobanet, Keys Tinney, Rhonda Ward, Patricia Wassik; PORTER HOSPITAL: Jim Boyle, Julie Johnson, Karen Johnson, Jack Kennedy, Mark Mostek, Bruce Patton, MD, James Reis, Tamra Ward, Patricia Wassik, Bruce Will; EMERITUS MEMBERS: LaFawn Biddle, Donn Bruns, Suanne Carr, Charles Danford, James Hammond, Maxin Hopkins, Gene Kissinger, Albert Kullas, Kris Ordelheide, Lorni Sharrow, Hugh Tighe, Jr.

Blacktie Photos by: Stacy Ohlsson

 William and Betty Ruth Hewit. This was the 18th year that The Hewit Charitable Trust sponsored the entertainment.
William and Betty Ruth Hewit. This was the 18th year that The Hewit Charitable Trust sponsored the entertainment.

The 28th Annual Heart of Hearts Gala benefiting Littleton and Porter Hospital Foundations was held at the Sheraton Hotel (formerly Adam’s Mark Tower) on Saturday, November 22, 2008.
The infamous silent auction was set up at the top of the escalators just outside the Grande Ballroom. Patrons snacked on a lavish buffet as they perused the dozens of items.
Inside the ballroom, behind a red velvet curtain adorned with lovely patterns of white heart lights, tables were decorated with oversized glass containers with hearts inside of them, thanks to the creativity of Valerie Schaefer and VS Designs. The music of Frank Sinatra was sung live on stage throughout the dinner hour.
Mark Koebrich of KUSA Channel 9 was the emcee for the event. He was rich with stories and jokes before he introduced the board members and CEOs of Littleton and Porter Hospitals, and recognized volunteers and event staff.
A year ago, Dr. John Sacha and his wife Christina had no idea that they would be honored as the 2008 Henry M. Porter Award recipients, because neither of them had anything to do with heart disease. But on November 5, 2007, John, who’s led a clean life, is physically fit and has no history of health problems, suffered a massive heart attack. He was “Code Blue” and had a 100% blocked artery, which could have led to death within 90 minutes. Being a physician, he asked the ambulance to go to Porter where he knew he would get the best care. His angioplasty and stent replacement was completed 43 minutes after the onset of his symptoms. Dr. Sacha told the story of a friend, who in a similar situation, went to a different hospital and didn’t get timely care. He now has so much damage that he needs a pacemaker.
Soon after John’s heart attack, Christina had the opportunity to compete in the Mrs. Colorado pageant, where she had been first runner up in the two previous years. John encouraged her to follow her dream, and she was crowned. She is taking advantage of her position in the community to promote the American Heart Association, and has been actively involved in several events benefiting AHA.
Dr. Sacha reminded everybody to “Live each day as if it is your last.”
Cardiovascular disease is the NUMBER ONE killer in the United States. FIFTY PERCENT of women will die from cardiovascular disease, while only four percent will die from breast cancer.
63% of women and 50% of men who have died suddenly of cardiovascular heart disease had no previous symptoms. Gender, race, creed and lifestyle cannot predict who will fall prey. Luckily, the Denver area has Littleton and Porter Adventist Hospitals to provide the highest levels of cardiovascular care along with the latest technology, while still serving the intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
To lighten things up a bit, the Hewit Charitable Trust brought in political satirist and comedian, Mark Russell, who is known for his mix of political stand-up comedy covering current events and musical parodies. “It has been a lifelong ambition of mine to appear at the Annual Heart of Hearts Gala!”
Mr. Russell didn’t leave any political figure out of his routine. “Barak Obama is reaching out to the opposition. Yes. Sarah Palin was offered an ambassadorship to a Latin American country. She turned it down, though, because she doesn’t speak Latin.”
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the time Mr. Russell was finished with his songs and quips. Laughter is the best medicine...

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