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May 30, 2009 - JDRF Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Style

What: 10th anniversary Dream Gala for the Rocky Mountain chapter of the JDRF

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, May 30, 2009

Time: 6 p.m.

Beneficiary: Research for juveniles with Type 1 diabetes

Honoree(s): Dr. William G. Wright MD, MSPH

EMCEE: Vic Lombardi

Presenting Sponsor(s): DCP Midstream

Gala Chairperson(s): Don & Jennifer Baldridge

Co-Chair(s): Committee Chairs: Pam Fast & Diane Jones: Auction Co-chairs; Ingher Leeuwenburg, Decor Chair; Rodney Lontine, Entertainment Chair; Tom & Rose Robeson, Dinner Chairs; Stacy Robinson, Print Chair

Executive Director: James F. Buckles

Committee Members: Youth Ambassadors: Will Baird, 14; Sydney Baldridge, 8; Allyson Bernicke, 8; Casey Brackus, 12; Patrick Crowley, 17; Erin Doyle, 13; Kenna Dougherty, 12; Addie Finch, 11; Harrison Fuller, 6; Virginia Hamilton, 12; Sierra Horecky, 14; Nicole Kracha, 13; Jordon Lebsock, 7; Jessica McFerrin, 12; Hailey McKay, 16; Nicole Newman, 12; Katelynn McKay, 12; Kenton Parrett, 12; Mackenzie Naylor, 14; Logan Pelletier, 8; Madigan Naylor, 17; Paige Rooney, 13; Olivia Westall, 6; Aliza Saper, 10; Ellie White, 7; Drew Smith, 16; Zyler Zartun, 9; Krista Waldinger, 13

Staff: Nancy Walters, Special Events Director; Jami Alleman, Special Events Manager; Sally Dunleavy, Special Events Coordinator; Sandi Mehl, Special Events Assistant; Melissa Crowley, Outreach Manager; Jonie McGhee, Office Manager

Libations: Ultimate Vodka/Patron Martini bar donated by the Patron Spirits Company

Entertainment: Wikked Evolution dancers

Music: Up Close and Musical Symphony Orchestra accompanied by The Big Wheel Band, DJ Vajra, DJ Checkbone

Sponsors: Delta Dental of Colorado, AMG National Trust Bank, Don & Jennifer Baldridge, Brownstein Farber Hyatt Schreck, Colorado State Bank & Trust, Deloitte Services LP, George & Pat Adam, Denver Investment Advisors, Steve & Cindy Diamond, Jim & Mary Donovan, Encana Oil & Gas USA Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, FirstBank Holding Company, Fuller Custom Homes, IHS Inc., Janus INTECH Institutional, Kaiser Permanente, Charles & Diane Miller, Glen & Lauren Naylor, Noble Energy Inc., Ollila Law Group, Pets on Broadway, Tom & Rose Robeson, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Royal Bank of Scotland, Wagner Equipment Co., Sage Hospitality Resources, Smoker Friendly, Tenaska Philanthropy, University of Colorado Denver School of Pharmacy, Wachovia Capital Markets LLC, Wachovia Securities, Patron Spirits

Auctioneer: Mark Schenfeld

Quote of the evening: "The worst thing that happens to you can be the best thing that happens to you, if you don't let it get the best of you."--honoree Dr. William Wright

Menu: Yellow and plum tomato tower; seared beef filet in Madeira demi glace paired with sugarcane skewered shrimp; truffle risotto blended with sweete peas and crimini mushrooms; asparagus; roasted tomato; creme Brulee in a chocolate shell, topped with a sugar spun tumbleweed

Attendance: 600

Attire: Black tie optional or cocktail

Event Coordinator: Nancy Walters

Board of Directors: President: Peter Gottlieb, MD; Secretary: Stan Adelstein; Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair: Mike Gallagher; Government Relations Chair: Tina McKay; Community Outreach Committee Chair: Beth White; Development Committee Chair: Don Baldridge; Nominating Committee Chair: Peter Baird; Major Gifts Chair: Jay D. Neppel; Strategic Plan Champion: Timothy Gognat

Steering Committee: Gala Committee: Jevin & Susan Aldridge, Linda Bradford, Jay & Jana Kisskalt, Bill & Christine Breeden, Jantzen Bridges, Michael & Karey Finch, Dan & Betsey Fuller, Nick Green, Don & Kathy Hanson, Rick Hinman, Matt & Dana Jordan, Russell & Ana Kemp, Christina Maxwell, Chuck & Diane Miller, Lexi Neisler, Jay & Jennifer Neppel, Lee Prosenjak, Jill Schmidt, Victoria Smith

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Ryan and Victoria Cunningham, left, Rob and Carla Ayers, Gala Chairs Don and Jennifer Baldridge and their daughter Sydney
Ryan and Victoria Cunningham, left, Rob and Carla Ayers, Gala Chairs Don and Jennifer Baldridge and their daughter Sydney

It was quite a memorable evening as a well-heeled and spirited crowd gathered at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center Saturday evening for the 10th annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Dream Gala."

Dubbed "an evening of urban elegance," the evening's festivities were just that, as smiling and sparkling guests perused a wide array of silent auction items, stopped continuously to pet live auction canine "Isley" and be thoroughly entertained throughout the program by the Up Close and Musical Orchestra, accompanied by The BigWheel Band, DJ Vajra and DJ Checkone and the Wikked Evolution Dancers.

During a scrumptious filet and shrimp dinner provided by Hyatt catering, sponsors and past honorees were ackowledged by emcee extraordinaire Vic Lombardi, who first entered the room pretending to be Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony. Gala chairs Don and Jennifer Baldridge took the stage to thank everyone, especially Don's company, DCP Midstream, for stepping up as presenting sponsor. The Baldridge's daughter Sydney, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 4, was flitting around the room during the reception, enjoying the evening and stopping by often to pet Isley. Sydney and the other 28 Youth Ambassadors are why we do this, hoping to one day find a cure for this affliction that can randomly affect children at any age.

The 2009 Commitment to the Dream award was presented to Dr. William G. Wright MD, MSPH, Executive Medical Director and President of Colorado Permanente Medical Group.  He was a driving force behind the development of new insurance products designed to meet employers’ needs and emphasize the strengths of the integrated delivery model. While serving in these roles, he built an impressive reputation as a respected and progressive business leader who has been called on to help advise, influence, and shape the vision for a healthier Colorado.

JDRF, the leading charitable funder and advocate of juvenile (type 1) diabetes research worldwide, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes – a disease which strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $900 million in direct funding to diabetes research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

JDRF funds more than $3 million annually to research grants in Colorado through the Barbara Davis Center and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  DCP Midstream is dedicating a large portion of the money raised during the tenth annual Dream Gala to research projects being conducted here in Colorado.  Money raised will benefit more than 5,000 children locally. JDRF’s mission is constant:  to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.  Approximately 40 children are diagnosed with diabetes each day in America. We can dream that one day will come when there will be none.

For more information, visit the JDRF web site at or call 303.770.CURE (2873).

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