October 14, 2009 - Shanahans Host Patron Party for The Children's Hospital Gala
What: Patron pre-gala party
Where: The home of Mike and Peggy Shanahan
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Mistress of Ceremonies: Molly Hughes
Gala Chairperson(s): Jack and Darci Overstreet
Corporate Chairperson(s): Roger Hutson, Christie and Walter Isenberg, Kelly and Michael Kennedy
President(s): The Children's Hospital President and CEO: Jim Shmerling
Catering: Epicurean Catering
Sponsors: IMAGINE SPONSORS: Comcast, Crothall Services Group, First Data, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Sage Hospitality; EVENT PARTNERS: Kuni Lexus of Colorado Springs and Littleton, Hyde Park Jewelers, Neiman Marcus, American Airlines
Menu: Pan seared tuna, grilled tequila lime shrimp, crab and artichoke dip, garlic & tomato fondue, herb truffle goat cheese, roasted garlic hummus, sundried tomato basil pesto, anitpasto platter, chocolate biegnets, raspberry biegnets, mini cannolis
Steering Committee: Chairs: Janie and Rick Stoddard
Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress
Cathy Culshaw, left, Peter Culshaw (board chair), Foundation President/CEO Steve Winesett and Carol Solich
"Welcome to Hotel Shanahan!"
And so it was on a lovely fall evening when about 350 patrons were welcomed by The Children's Hospital Foundation President and CEO Steve Winesett to the home of Mike and Peggy Shanahan to thank them for their support. The incredible surroundings were just a taste of things to come in preparation for The Children's Hospital Gala on October 24.
The gala, well known for being one of the most over-the-top events of the year, is no exception this year as famous duo Loggins and Messina will be present to usher in another fundraising year for The Children's Hospital (TCH). By the way, you can bid on your chance to sing with Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina in one of the live auction packages.
Networking and partying on the patio and rooms of the vast Shanahan Cherry Hills mansion was also in keeping with the spirit of excellence and exemplary offerings for the traditional gala, which has raised more than $26 million for children in the course of its history. Last year alone, for the 100th anniversary of The Children's Hospital, $2.6 million was raised, and this year plans to be even better with some one-of-a-kind auction items like a personal tour of Washington DC including a taping of "Meet the Press" and a behind the scenes NASA experience celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo II moon landing, sponsored by Hyde Park Jewelers and Omega Watches. (You can bid early on some of the "buy it now" treasures by logging on to www.thechildrenshospitalfoundation.org/gala).
Patrons gathered in the foyer and listened as emcee Molly Hughes welcomed everyone and let them know what is in store for the live auction at the gala. Steve Winesett also made a few additional comments before turning the podium over to event chairs Jack and Darci Overstreet. Jack thanked everyone for coming, and told the Shanahans, "thanks for inviting us all back for Thanksgiving, but you really don't need to do that." Twelve lucky people will be returning to the Shanahans for dinner, however, if they win one of the live auction items at the gala.
The Children's Hospital President and CEO Jim Shmerling also welcomed everyone and gave the Shanahans a nice gift basket in appreciation of opening their home for the party. And it goes without saying that everyone couldn't resist gandering into the library to look at the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies--there aren't many times you can say that you were in such close proximity to one.
The Children's Hospital was founded in 1908 and has been a leader in children's healthcare oucomes ever since. A report issued by US News and World Report ranked them in 2008 as the 7th best hospital for kids in America. In addition to the hospital, there are 13 network of care locations, and The Children's Hospital has established itself as one of the nation's leaders not only in healthcare, but in research and advocacy. To find out more about The Children's Hospital, log on to www.thechildren'shospital.org.