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March 14, 2009 - 5th Annual St. Patrick's Day Green Tie Event

What: MCPN 5th Annual Fundraiser

Where: Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: Saturday, March 14, 2009

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $175.00

Beneficiary: Metro Community Provider Network

Host(s): John Ried - MCPN VP Of Operations

EMCEE: CBS4 Weather and News Anchor, Ed Greene

President(s): David S. Myers, President/CEO

Co-President(s): Dr. Barry Martin, VP of Clinical Affairs; John Kuenning, VP of Operations and Finance; Pamela Craig, VP of Community Services; John Reid, VP of Development; Monty Moore, Director of Quality

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Irish Dancing by Colorado's own "Strictly Irish"

Music: The Bridies

Sponsors: Sun Office Products; Marasco & Associates, Inc; Labcorp; St. Anthony Central Hospital; LabCorp; Quest Dignostics; CCHN; Castle Brand Beverages; Celtic Entertainment; Denver Oncology Consortium; Aurora Mental Health; Great Rooms, Inc; Ed Greene - CBS News4; Exempla Lutheran; Physician Sales & Serv.; 1st Bank of Aurora; Bannister's Flowers; Complete Business Systems; Community First Foundation; City of Aurora; USI; Pat McCullough; Technical Momentum; AJ's Formalwear; Colorado State Bank & Trust; Hyatt Regency Denver; Aurora Sentinel; Waddell & Reed; MCPN Staff/Volunteers; The Bridies; Grand Design / Barbara Shannon-Banister; Aurora Chamber of Commerce; HD Consulting; Trentadue Winery; Guinness; Western Wine Wholesalers, LLC; The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Menu: Salad course (baby spinach with candied pecans, fresh red onions and tomatoes with balsamic vinaigrette), entree (bistro tenderloin tower topped with porcini sage butter, drizzled with a red wine reduction on creamed spinach and garnished with crispy carrot) Dessert (duo of white and dark chocolate mousse layered with french seasonal berries and topped with cookie tuille and chocolate)

Attendance: 725

Attire: Black Tie Preferred

Special Thanks: Special thanks to the Bridies for performing a benefit concert and donating $10,000 of proceeds to MCPN.

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Passed hors d'oeuvres (grilled shrimp, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, artichoke fritters, crab snd spinich stuffed mushrooms)

Event Coordinator: MCPN's Amy Marasco

Board of Directors: Margaret Burnett, Secretary; Frank Taylor; Barbara Shannon-Banister; Marion Walls; George Romero; Claudia Frey, Vice-Chair; Lynn Ramey; Jeannette Botero; Waly Wesener, Treasurer; Michael Kenney, Chair.

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Barbara Shannon-Banister (center) accepts Volunteer of the Year award from MCPN President/CEO David Myers and City Council Member Deborah Wallace.
Barbara Shannon-Banister (center) accepts Volunteer of the Year award from MCPN President/CEO David Myers and City Council Member Deborah Wallace.

By Howie Grapek

The luck of the Irish had Denver's weather at its best bringing out over 200,000 people to the annual Denver St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, March 14.  On that very evening, over 700 people were treated to MCPN's 5th annual Green Tie Affair, opened by none other than the Parade's Grand Marshall - Denver's City Auditor Dennis Gallagher.

Dennis opened the evening with the following quote:  "
The Irish have been such an important part of Denver and Colorado’s history.  Many arriving as immigrants with little but the clothes they wore, but contributing in significant ways to build Denver and Colorado into the important city and state they have become.  I think about my grandfather who worked on the Moffat Railway.  I think about my father and uncles who were Denver firefighters.  I think about my blessed mother who would be so proud of her ‘little North Denver Kid’ now grown to be the Grand Marshal of the best St. Patrick’s Day Parade west of New York.  Now, tonight, I have the tremendous honor of kicking off the 5th Annual Green Tie Event for MCPN -
so on this happy day when everyone is a little bit Irish, join the other fine lads and lassies in this fine hall and enjoy in a spirit of moderation the Irish dancers and musicians and wonderful company."

Following the cocktail hour, the party's emcee Ed Greene (CBS4 news anchor) welcomed the audience and introduced MCPN's president / CEO Dave Myers.  Dave thanked everyone for coming and started the awards ceremony.  This year, there were seven winners as follows:

  • Volunteer of the Year - Barbara Shannon-Banister
  • Volunteer Physician of the year - Dr. Thomas Gottlieb
  • Volunteer Physician of the year - Dr. Alvin Otsuka
  • Community Partner of the year: Roger Dieckhaus - Sun Office Products
  • Community Business of the year: John Marasco - Marasco and Associates
  • Employee of the year - Liliana Carrillo

After the awards ceremony, dinner was served and Colorado’s own Celtic Dancers “Strictly Irish” (former professional lead dancers with Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance”) took the stage.  As always, they were amazing and got the guests into a party mood.   Following Strictly Irish, the Bridies took the stage and rocked the house until all guests left several hours later.  As part of MCPN's family for 5 years, the Bridies performed a special benefit concert to special guests on Thursday night.  The concert raised close to $10,000 and a check was presented to MCPN.

In March of 2004, MCPN applied for a nonprofit preservation endowment challange grant in the amount of $200,000 from the LMC Community Foundation. Consequently, the annual St. Patrick's Day Green Tie event was invented to raise funds to match MCPN endowment building efforts. The endowment fund as of today has grown to over $1 million dollars.  MCPN's service area includes all the city of Aurora and Arapahoe and Jefferson Counties. Services within the area are developed to provide primary health care for people who have no other access to health care. A family practice model of health care is supported by case management services, pharmacy services, and other coordination efforts to remove barriers to health care. Well child care, immunizations, obstetrics, gynecology, and chronic disease management are among the most often-requested services. Staff, fluent in languages other than English, help remove cultural barriers to care.

The event once again boasted a wonderful dinner and silent auction, and it was a great time to "Go Green."

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