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November 21, 2009 - A Heart Pumping, Boot Stomping Gala

What: Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation 29th annual Heart of Hearts Gala

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

When: Saturday, November 21, 2009

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals Foundations--Cardiac Care

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Koebrich, KUSA Channel 9

Gala Chairperson(s): Laura Fitch

Committee Members: GALA/AUCTION COMMITTEE: Darleen Boyle, Michelle Chen, Alicia Guerra, Linda Harris, Allegra Nelson, Rita Prowant, Maureen Reis, Cheryl Romrell, Kate Rooney, Jan Rosen; VOLUNTEERS: Christine Alexander, Sheree Alfonso, Donna Blue, Julie Collett, Andrea Fitch, Danielle Fitch, Sarah Haigh, Heidi Hainault, Debra Jackson, Jeryl Jones, Lisa Juergens, Jeanne Lee, Chuck Morrison, Layla Rabih, Miriam Rabieh, Rachel Robinson, Tyler Ruder, Tammy Smith, Maurine Taylor, David Trudell, Debbie Wamsley, Kevin Wikoff, Liz Yaeger, Tyler Younger, Vicki Younger

Staff: Deana Alfonso, Ed Ammon, Rhonda Cooperman, Gina Erickson, Laura Fitch, Aaron Fritz, Jackie Greene, Dan Hainault, Geoff Isaak, Karen Johnson, Marble Jones, Peggy Morrison, Ann Pinelli, Kathie Repola, Steve Younger

Entertainment: The Oak Ridge Boys

Sponsors: DOUBLE PLATINUM HEART/ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR: The Hewit Charitable Trust; DOUBLE PLATINUM HEART SPONSOR: Adventist Health System; PLATINUM HEART SPONSORS: Emergency Physicians of Littleton, Porter and Parker Hospitals; SILVER HEART SPONSORS: Colorado Capital Bank, GE Johnson Construction, Radiology Imaging Associates, PC, Robinson Dairy, South Denver Cardiology Associates; DÉCOR SPONSOR: Johnson Storage & Moving Company; BRONZE HEART SPONSORS: APP-Unipath, LLC; LaFawn Biddle; Colorado Business Bank; Colorado Cardiovascular Surgical Associates; Colorado Joint Replacement; Critical Care, Pulmonary & Sleep Assoc. Prof. LLP; Crooked Willow Farms; DASCO Companies; Diversified Radiology of Colorado PC; Fleisher Smyth Brokaw; Johnson Storage & Moving Company; Darrell & Karen Johnson; Kutak Rock LLP; Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists; Parsons; Larry & Cheryl Romrell; Saunders Construction, Inc.; South Denver Anesthesiologists, PC (2); United Surgical Partners International, Inc.

Menu: Salad: winter greens martini with roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds, and shaved parmesan cheese with Carrot Miso Dressing; Entrée: char-grilled beef tenderloin with roasted asparagus, roasted San Luis Valley potato, and smoked shiitake rosemary glaze; Dessert: Colorado whiskey chocolate mousse with spiced roasted pear and brown butter pecan crunch served in a chocolate cowboy boot

Attendance: 470

Attire: Western cocktail

Special Thanks: ENTERTAINMENT SELECTION: Jack Kennedy and the Hewit Charitable Trust; Entertainment Specialist: Patrick Emerine; ENTERTAINMENT: Pro Entertainment; EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER: Allen Premium Portraits – Amber Allen; DÉCOR: VS Design – Valerie Schaefer; AUDIO VISUAL: Noble Productions – Stuart Noble; VIDEO PRODUCTION: 360 Media; MARKETING COLLATERAL: VBK Design – Val Kaleda; TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Rob Schenk

Board of Directors: RMAHF Board: Ken Bacon, James Boyle, Gary Campbell, Erin Denholm, Terry Forde, Randy Haffner, Todd Inglee, Karen Johnson, Stephen King, Kris Ordelheide, Esq., Darrel Schulte, Chair; John Sackett, Tamra Ward, Eric Wolverton

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Corriveau

 CEO of Littleton Adventist Hospital Ken Bacon, left, with DeAnna Bacon, Marijane Forde and CEO of Parker Hospital Terry Forde
CEO of Littleton Adventist Hospital Ken Bacon, left, with DeAnna Bacon, Marijane Forde and CEO of Parker Hospital Terry Forde

When Willie Nelson advised mommas not to let their babies become cowboys, he wasn’t talking about the crowd that came out for the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation 29th annual Heart of Hearts Gala. The event—previously black tie attire—went western-wear this year. Everyone cleaned up nicely donning their best Stetsons, studded boots, and fringed jackets.  

The new theme proved to make good horse sense and was well embraced by the community. “We did great as far as RSVPs” said RMAH Foundation Director of Operations Dan Hainault talking about the nearly 500 people who attended.  


RMAH Foundation’s Director of Special Events Laura Fitch shared that more than 400 items made up the array of options in the silent auction. “The community was so generous.” Many items were bundled into enticing gift baskets. For the cowboy or cowgirl who needs more, the silent auction was the perfect place to find original artwork, artistic photo shoot sessions, furniture, jewelry or a night out on the town. For those who like to gamble on more of a sure thing, boots were available for purchase for $25 or $50 with a guaranteed prize from MP3 players to gift certificates for activities around town.


Ronald L. Sackett was honored with the Henry M. Porter Award for his extensive body of work in the community, most notably his contribution in leading Porter Adventist Hospital. The crowd whooped up cheers for the winner, possibly the loudest coming from his son, Avista Adventist Hospital CEO John Sackett.


The Hewit Charitable Trust stepped up as entertainment sponsor and helped solidify the western theme by signing one of country music’s most well-loved groups: The Oak Ridge Boys. A crowd-pleasing act for decades, “The Oaks” entertained the guests with their distinctive harmonizing and upbeat songs.


The mission of the RMAH Foundation is to provide resources for its hospitals and hospice, enhancing their ability to extend the healing ministry of Christ. Funds from the Heart of Hearts Gala support cardiovascular services at Porter, Parker, Littleton and Avista Adventist Hospitals. To learn more about the foundation visit



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