February 07, 2009 - Heart Ball Celebrates their Diamond Anniversary
What: Annual gala for the American Heart Association
Where: Hyatt Regency Tech Center
When: Saturday, February 7, 2009
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m. reception & silent auction; 7:30 dinner; 8:30 program & live auction; 9 Hazel Miller
Ticket Prices: $250 Individual Ticket, $500 Patron Ticket & various other sponsorship levels
Beneficiary: programs of the American Heart Association
EMCEE: Becky Ditchfield of 9News
Presenting Sponsor(s): HealthONE
Gala Chairperson(s): Brenda Lambert
Corporate Chairperson(s): Denver Metro Board Chair: Steve Replin
Co-Chair(s): Executive Leadership Team: Tim Gilmore, Robert Kinder, Roxanne Marati, Jacqueline Stiff, Mary White; Special Appeal Chairs: Linda Cook, Robert Kinder, Trisha Hood, Chelsey Russell, Patron Chairs: Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Faye Washington, Sharon Whiton Gelt; Auction Chair: Lyn Shaffer; Logistics Chair: Debbie Taylor, Taylor Made Events
Speaker: David Gilmore, Brenda Lambert, John Hill and Ricardo Martinez
Entertainment: Hazel Miller Band from 9 p.m. to Midnight
Of note: Media Sponsors: 9News, Colorado Expression, KOSI 101.1 Radio, In-Kind Sponsors: Taylor Made Events, Centennial Press, Napa Ridge Winery; Jewelry Sponsor: Williams Jewelry
Sponsors: Denver Heart Champion: Health ONE, Valet Sponsor: South Denver Cardiology Associates, P.C.; Red Carpet Sponsor: Compass Bank; Gold Sponsors: Colorado Business Bank, Rocky Mountain Cardiovascular Associates, Gilead Sciences, Boston Scientific, Great-West Life, and Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation
Auctioneer: Rick Rolph
Gala Production: Stacy English, Director of Corporate Development
Menu: A perfectly presented "Surf & Turf" dinner with delicious accompaniments & dessert
Special Thanks: All Auction Donors and Table Sponsors
Models/Fashions: Mrs. Colorado, Christina Sacha
Event Coordinator: Stacy English
Board of Directors: Holly Butler, Luella Chavez-D’Angelo, Ellen Collins, Tom Currigan, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Jack Fitzgibbons, Richard Flanigan, M.D., James G. Fullerton, David Gilmore, M.D., Dick Hall, Trisha Hood, Richard Hughes, M.D., Brenda Lambert, R.N., Barry Molk, M.D., Dawn Nakamura-Kessler, Maureen O'Hare, David Port, Ph.D., Stephen Replin, Lyn Schaffer, Ilene Sloan, Jacqueline Stiff, M.D., Karyl VanBenthuysen, M.D., Herminia Vigil, Faye Washington, Reggie Washington, M.D., Mary White, Sharon Whiton Gelt, Eugene Wolfel, M.D.,
Blacktie Photos by: Alden Rogers
Rick and Claire Mathe, left, and Lee and Shannon MacDonald
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By Nancy Koontz
Love was in the air from the moment guests walked into the Hyatt DTC to attend the 2009 Denver Heart Ball - "A Tribute to the Health of Our Children." There were cheerful greeters welcoming all into a sea of beautiful red decor tastefully arranged throughout the lower and upper areas of the hotel.
It was the diamond anniversary for one of Denver's most popular yearly events. Always fun and elegant with a first-rate silent and live auction - and a professional photo station, The Denver Heart Ball is a "not-to-be-missed" blacktie affair attended by distinguished
The American Heart Association - Pacific Mountain Affliliate made a special point to recognize those individuals who volunteered to be the Chair of the Denver Heart Ball over the past 10 years. The people who were honored: 1999 Chair - Jane Bullock; 2000 Chair - Carolyn Dunn; 2001 Chair - Georgina Newman; 2002 Chair - Carol Roger; 2003 Chair - Jaylene Smith; 2004 Chair - Laren Naiman & Cindi Burge; 2005 Chair - Adrienne & Jack Fitzgibbons and Faye & Dr. Reggie Washington; 2006 Chair - Holley & Dr. Karyl Van Benthuysen; 2007 Chair - Lyn & Dr. Michael Schaffer.
Well-known Denver patrons such as Ted & Sharon (Whiton) Gelt, Don & Arlene Johnson, Joe & Helenn Franzgrote, Craig Fleishman & Layne Hunt, Haasan & Sheila Salem, Stan & Sarah Sena, Stephen Edmonds, Kate Paul of Delta Dental - and this year's Mrs. Colorado - Christina Sasha were present at the event. By attending this much anticipated evening, supporters contribute to valuable research, education and community programs that help save lives.
Cardiovascular diseases are America's No.1 killer - of both men and women. The continuing generosity of donors allows vital and lifesaving work to continue so many people can lead healthier and longer lives. It's amazing to see the strides that have been made in the field of heart disease. The American Heart Association has steadily improved programs, goals and research mechanisms, while simultaneously incorporating more diversity by including women and minorities in the target programs.
For more information on the wonderful programs offered by the American Heart Association, call: 1-800-242-8721 or contact the nearest local office at: 303-996-8737, website: www.americanheart.org.