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October 24, 2009 - Little Wishes, Big Dreams Raises Funds and Awareness for The Children's Hospital

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, October 24, 2009

Time: 6 p.m.

Mistress of Ceremonies: Molly Hughes, Jodi Brooks

Gala Chairperson(s): Darci and Jack Overstreet

Corporate Chairperson(s): Roger Hutson, Christie and Walter Isenberg, Kelly and Michael Kennedy; Corporate Committee: Kathy and Greg Bante, Alexis and Andy Boian, Karen Chapman, Jody Mathie and John Hoffman, Mark E. Jones, Bonnie and David Mandarich, Pat Cortez and Manuel Martinez, Pamela K. and John V. McDermott, Ilana Steinberg and Ray D. Merenstein, Dana Shepard and Michael Narkewicz, Steve Sander, Nicole and Malcolm Seawell, Stephanie and Matt Seebaum, Ellen E. Stewart

Entertainment: Loggins & Messina

Sponsors: EVENT PARTNERS: American Airlines, Applejack Wine & Spirits, Frasca Food and Wine, Hyde Park Jewelers, Kuni Lexus of Colorado Springs and Littleton, Neiman Marcus; IMAGINE SPONSORS: American Airlines, Hyde Park Jewelers, Richmond American Homes Foundation, Crothall Services Group, Comcast, First Data, Kuni Lexus of Colorado Springs and Littleton, Sage Hospitality; MIRACLE PLATINUM SPONSORS: Debbi and Lee Alpert, EKS&H, Cathey and Richard Finlon, The Flug Family, Betsy Searle and Family; PLATINUM SPONSORS: Marcy and Bruce Benson, Elaine and Steve Berman, Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Elliman, Britt and Robert Ganger, Cannon Y. and Lyndia K. Harvey, Joy Johnson and her family, Darci and Jack Overstreet, Ponzio Family, Virgina and Scott Reiman, Tuchman Family Foundation, Wagner Equipment Co.; SHARED PLATINUM SPONSORS: Kristin and Blair Richardson / Leslie Stanford and Don Bailey; (Additional Gold and Silver Sponsors listed at

Menu: Salad: fig, pear and feta strudel, roasted tomato Kalamata vinaigrette with bibb lettuce and white balsamic; red cinnamon beef filet, tamarind demi & lobster mac & cheese, asparagus, grilled tomato and button mushrooms or grilled vegetable Wellington, ratatouille salsa, roasted apple and cheese tart, rhubarb chutney

Attendance: 1,300

Attire: Black tie

Hors D'Oeuvres:: California roll, cheese tortellini, Risotto crab cake, coconut crusted prawns, southwest grilled chicken and avocado, cheese and olive display station, melange of seafood

Board of Directors: THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL BOARD: Mary Gittings Cronin, Peter Culshaw, Russ Dispense, Don Elliman, Candy Ergen, Cole Finegan, Cathey Finlon, Daniel Friesen, Marica Guajardo PhD, Randy Hertel, Tom Honig, Robert Hottman, Joy Johnson, Dwight Jones, Rhonda Kay, Donald Kortz, Richard Krugman MD, William Lindsay, Lilly Marks, Jay Markson MD, Jody Mathie MD, R. Scott Nycum, Craig Ponzio, James Shmerling DHA, FACHE, Andy Sirotnak MD, Ann Sperling, Hal Stein MD, M. Roy Wilson MD, MS; Lifetime Directors: Jules Amer MD, Nancy Gary PsyD, Bea Taplin, Frances Welborn, Ronald Williams; THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION BOARD: Marcy Benson, Molly Broeren, Jan Cortez, Peter Culshaw, Phil Doty, Katey Driscoll, Steve Farber, Shane Feiman, John Fernie, Caleb Gates Jr., Cannon "Cy" Harvey, John Ikard, Walter Isenberg, Lisa Jackson, Joy Johnson, David Kaplan, Rhonda Kay, Kelly Kennedy, Manuel Martinez, Tom McGonagle, Mary Osborn, Jack Overstreet, Craig Ponzio, Kristin Richardson, Angie Romani, Betsy Searle, Pat Spieles, Richard Stoddard, Frederick Taylor, Joseph Wagner, Ronald Williams, Steve Winesett, Laura Wright; Trustees Emeritus: James Cohig and J.H. Silversmith Jr.

Steering Committee: Chairs: Janie and Rick Stoddard; Katy Bante, Christine Breeden, Christina Brickley, Molly Broeren, Jennifer Cannon, Tina Cushman, Jacqueline Davis, Mary and Michael Desmond, Katey Driscoll, Jayne Ford, Tonya Frank, Jackie Brown Griggs, Kirsten Hamling, Todd Hossfeld, Christie Isenberg, Cassandra Kicklighter, Catherine Kornbrust, Lana Lee and Michael Swinyard, Allison Levy, Marilyn Libsack, Brian Linin, Marilyn Morrison, Angela Powers, Cathy Reano, Virginia Reiman, Kristin Richardson, Lyn Schaffer, Jessica Schley, Nicole Seawell, Stephanie Seebaum, Syd Sexton, Debbie Shmerling, Keely Spencer, Evelyn Stephens, Laura Stone, Tara Tongco Rojas, Tricia Weber Youssi, Walter Weltry, Amy Wissmann

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Event chairs Darci and Jack Overstreet, left, corporate chair Kelly Kennedy and corporate chairs Christie and Walter Isenberg
Event chairs Darci and Jack Overstreet, left, corporate chair Kelly Kennedy and corporate chairs Christie and Walter Isenberg

There are four deadly words that no one likes to hear, ever. When they're uttered in the same sentence as children, that makes it even worse to comprehend. They are epilepsy, leukemia and cystic fibrosis.

But, thanks to The Children's Hospital, these afflictions are much more treatable these days, and improvement prognosis has gotten better by leaps and bounds because of the dedication, research, time, energy and funds applied by the state-of-the-art professionals and all the people who support them. A poignant video was shown at The Children's Hospital Little Wishes, Big Dreams gala on Saturday evening to portray just how much hope is possible.

There was the story of the little 3-year-old who was a normal, happy girl until she found out she has epilepsy. But thanks to The Children's Hospital, she is able to manage the disease and still lead close to a normal life. There was a story of the darling children who have leukemia, but the good news is that the survival rate has increased from 5% to 90% in the last nine years. And there is cystic fibrosis, but there is also good news there: the life expectancy with the disease was only 16 years in 1979, and it is now close to 37 years. Miraculous strides, and there is optimism that this trend can steadily continue. And that was what the Little Wishes and Big Dreams gala was all about.

More than 1,300 well-heeled and glittery supporters converged at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center on Saturday evening. Guests perused the hundreds of silent auction items and talked with friends before moving in to the expertly prepared dinner, the highlight of which was a buttery beef filet.

Gary Corbett spun his auction magic for some wonderful, unique auction packages, including 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. Speaking of little wishes and big dreams, one patron paid $6,000 for the chance to sing live on stage with Loggins and Messina. Highlight of the fundraising effort, which was slated to reach $2 million this year, was the auctioning of a 2010 Lexus HS250H hybrid, donated by Kuni Lexus. Marilee Dowd won the bid at $42,000, and promptly turned around and donated it back to The Children's Hospital to be auctioned again!

The festivities didn't end there, as everyone awaited the performance of much loved and popular '70s duo Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina. The minute Loggins and Messina walked on stage, smiling and waving, the dance floor was overwhelmed with ardent admirers singing along to well-remembered tunes like "Danny's Song," "Pooh's Corner" and "Your Momma Can't Dance and Your Daddy Can't Rock & Roll."

The kids being treated at The Children's Hospital have every reason to believe they are in the best of hands and the highest quality of support and guidance, and the epitomy of this phenomenon is this annual gala. This one will be hard to top, but we can't wait to see what next year brings.

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