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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

Attendance: 400

Attire: Blacktie

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
Rick and Claire Mathe, left, and Lee and Shannon MacDonald

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 Colorado residents including business leaders, politicians, and medical professionals. The Denver Heart Ball raises funds to support the mission of the American Heart Association and this year - makes a special appeal for programs that benefit children's health.

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 JohnsonJoe & Helenn Franzgrote, Craig Fleishman & Layne Hunt, Haasan & Sheila Salem, Stan & Sarah Sena, Stephen EdmondsKate 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:


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