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April 03, 2009 - DMNS Welcomes the New Health Expedition

What: Denver Museum of Nature & Science - Expedition Health Opening Gala

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

When: Friday, April 3, 2009

Time: 6:30 pm - 11:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $175/person, $1,750/individual table of 10, 5,000/corporate sponsor table of 8

Host(s): Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Gala Chairperson(s): Sondra & Dr. Richard Talley

Honorary Chairperson(s): Eric & Susan Sipf

President(s): George Sparks

Welcome: George Sparks, President & CEO

Speaker: Donna Lynne, Ph.D. & President, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; David R. Livingston, board chair, The Colorado Health Foundation; Bridget Coughlin, Deputy Chief Curator & Curator of Human Health

Catering: Denver Museum of Nature & Science Food Services

Entertainment: The interactive exhibits in the Health Expedition

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Event Sponsors: Caccavallo Investment Consulting at Wachovia Securities, FirstBank Holding Company, First Western Trust, Haselden Construction, Land Title Guarantee Company, Jim Nussbaum -The Kentwood Co., Pinnacol Assurance, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Mark Sexton/Walter and Sue Rakowich

Quote of the evening: "Welcome to an event that only happens once in a decade!" by DMNS CEO & President, George Sparks as he enthusiastically welcomed over 450 guests to the Health Expedition gala presentation

Menu: Plated salad, plated duet entrée- dijon chicken au Poivre and seared salmon with cucumber-cilantro salsa. Lavish luxury trio- lemon custard with fresh blueberry sauce, orange dream and warm chocolate souffle

Attendance: 450

Attire: Business or evening casual

Special Thanks: for the support of the Board of Trustees and the efforts of the Expedition Health staff team


Donors: Major Donors: Gates Family Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, Boettcher Foundation

Decor/Rental Company: Décor by The Perfect Petal, Equipment by Event Rents, water bottles provided by United Western Bank, coat check by RPM Parking Companies

Board of Directors: Board of Trustees: Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, Lisa Appel, Pamela D. Beardsley, Montgomery C. Cleworth, Anthony M. Combs, James H. Crocker, Peter A. Dea, John A. Ferguson III, John E. Freyer, Francisco Garcia, Charles R. Hazelrigg, Oliver W. Hickel III, Wayne Hutchens, Christine Johnson, PhD, Walter A. Koelbel Jr., Nancy Leprino Henry, Mary Pat Link, Harold R. Logan Jr., Anne McCarthy, Bruce Oreck, Timothy M. Ryan, Mark Sexton, Eric D. Sipf, Thomas W. Swanson, Sondra M. Talley, M. Ray Thomasson, Dell Van Gilder Jr., Edward M. Warner

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 The DMNS Expedition Health staff team celebrates the grand opening of the new exhibit
The DMNS Expedition Health staff team celebrates the grand opening of the new exhibit

There are some extraordinary events that only happen once in a decade or more. On April 3, 2009, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science celebrated one of those events with the Opening Gala of Expedition Health, the newest health science exhibition in the country.

Over 450 guests came to help celebrate this new exhibit and to be some of the first visitors to experience the new Expedition Health. A VIP reception offered a gala preview to the many amazing and interesting activity stations that test and explore each individual human body. A cocktail reception was also held in the north atrium for guests to have time to mingle and enjoy lively conversation.

A completely healthy and antioxidant rich dinner was prepared and served by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Food Services. During dinner, DMNS President & CEO, George Sparks came onstage to welcome the many excited guests. He was followed by Donna Lynne, PhD & President of Kaiser Permanente Colorado; David R. Livingston, board chair, The Colorado Health Foundation; and Bridget Coughlin, Deputy Chief Curator & Curator of Human Health, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Each speaker shared some words of praise and support for the making of the Expedition Health.

Guests were then invited to enjoy a selection of very healthy, yet absolutely tasty desserts before heading back up to the Expedition Health. Many of the guests chose to let dessert wait as they were anxious to play and explore everything this new exhibit has to offer. In the exhibition gallery, guests experienced interactive health stations that do everything from measuring their heart health, testing their balance, challenging their brains and watching themselves grow old. They could look at microscopic cells from their own bodies in a laboratory, participate in live demonstrations or head into the theater, an experience that engages all of their senses. This is definitely not an exhibit for young kids only, after observing the guests from the evening's grand opening experience; this is an exciting new interactive exhibit that everyone will enjoy and find fascinating.

It doesn't matter what age you are, the new Expedition Health at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will be enjoyed by all for many years to come. Expedition Health is a 10,000-square-foot exhibition that will offer visitors a remarkable journey inside their own bodies through a virtual expedition up a Colorado peak. By seeing and measuring how their bodies work, visitors will learn how their bodies adapt not only to the Colorado environment but also the personal environment that they create through lifestyle choices. This is not an exhibition about someone else’s body but rather an up-close and personalized look inside the fascinating and remarkable processes of each visitor’s unique body. Visitors to Expedition Health will experience highly interactive, highly personalized activities, immerse themselves in a theater experience that will engage all of their senses, look at microscopic cells from their own bodies in a laboratory, participate in live demonstrations and programs, meet new “buddies” who will help them learn about their health, and more.

Find out more about this educational and exciting new exhibition by visiting DMNS website at Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling reservations at 303.322.7009.

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