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May 01, 2010 - MyLifeLine Runs for the Roses and Brings the Kentucky Derby to Denver

What: Jockeys, Juleps & Jazz Kentucky Derby Event to benefit

Where: Invesco Field at Mile High, Club Level

When: Saturday, May 1, 2010

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Kentucky Derby $5,000/8 tickets, Jockey Club $2,500/6 tickets, Clubhouse $1,500/4 tickets, Silver Cup $500/4 tickets


Host(s): Marcia Donziger, founder, executive director

EMCEE: Mitch Jelniker and Theresa Marchetta, 7News

Founders: Marcia Donziger

Co-Chair(s): Carol Karshmer

Executive Director: Marcia Donziger

Committee Members: Laura Carnes, Lauren Coleman, Marci Dimas, Christi Disch, Marcia Donziger, Nora Earnest, Amy Fleming, Mike Franzmann, Naylet Garcia, Joan Heller, Bridget Hurley, Kristen Kirsh, Sharon Lips, Alsion Maelzer, Blake McBride, Jackie McNamara, Ryan O'Donoghue, Monique Roth, Aliza Rothman, Sarah Strasser, Brandy Suazo, Madison Suazo, Jessica Sullivan, Lisa Thorner, Janie Trevor, Shasta Wade, Wendy Wilson, Molly Zier

President(s): Rob Fisher, M.D.

Speaker: Chad Crittenden

Libations: Budweiser, Republic National Distributing Co.

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Nelson Rangell Band

Sponsors: Marcia and Rob Donziger, Laurie and Rob Fisher M.D., Cambiar Investors, Denver Neurological Clinic, 1st Bank, Fleming Financial Management, Holmes Murphy, Kaiser Permanente, Lockton, Evolife Laboratories, Paperdot Design, Performance Building Services, UFCW local 7, Joan Heller, Carol and Hud Karshmer, Alison and Kent Muckel, Lisa and Michael Schatz, Christine and Scott Simon

Attendance: 350+

Attire: fancy hats and seersucker suits

Donors: Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher LLP, Colorado Capital Bank, Atlantic Trust

Board of Directors: Rob Fisher M.D., Holly Hampson, Carol Karshmer, Alison Muckel, Lisa Schatz M.D., Christine Simon, Alma Suazo, Cari Wolff

Blacktie Photos by: David Shults

 Marcia Donziger (left), and Carol Karshmer at the derby photo booth
Marcia Donziger (left), and Carol Karshmer at the derby photo booth

Although the weather in Denver was partly sunny, the morning hours at Churchill Downs were soaking wet as heavy rains pelted the famed racetrack on derby day, causing some doubts as to whether or not the 136th run for the roses would take place. But the rains certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of those attending Jockeys, Juleps & Jazz, the 3rd annual fundraiser for at the Club Level of Invesco Field at Mile High. 

Over 350 guests were dressed in their finest Kentucky Derby style hats and seersucker suits to celebrate race day. A southern style buffet was served by Epicurean, which included sweet potato fries, creamy grits with corn, a selection of fine cheeses, fresh vegetables and dips, and a smothered meatloaf sandwich, which had many guests coming back for more, saying it was the best they ever had. And of course, it wouldn’t be derby day without mint juleps and pecan bars.
7News anchor Mitch Jelniker emceed the event and live auction. There was some spirited bidding for the auction packages, especially “Quit Your Wine-ing,” a fabulous selection of 52 bottles of fine wines, and the “Windy City Weekend,” an upscale trip for two to Chicago. Several silent auction tables featuring hundreds of items from a laptop to a John Elway autographed helmet were also there, along with a stunning jewelry table. Following the live auction was the best hat parade and competition. Denver native and internationally renowned musician Nelson Rangell kept the guests swinging throughout the afternoon with his diverse and exciting style of contemporary jazz.
As post time neared, the clouds parted and the sun came out over Churchill Downs. The guests cheered on their favorite horses and jockeys as they watched a thrilling race on the big screen.
After everyone caught their breath from the heart-pounding race, keynote speaker Chad Crittenden took the stage to talk about overcoming challenges with optimism, confidence and courage. Chad certainly knows a few things about beating the odds. Not only is he a cancer survivor, but also a former contestant on the CBS hit reality show “Survivor.” was founded by Marcia Donziger, herself a cancer survivor, to empower cancer patients and the people who love them. infuses families with large doses of connection and inspiration to ensure a strong personal support network and lift patients’ spirits for better healing and recovery. The program helps patients and families mobilize this support through free, customizable websites. Inspired by Lori Arquilla Andersen and her family, Marcia saw the tremendous benefit for cancer patients to communicate via a personal website. Sharing updates and managing caring messages via one central website can help everyone touched by cancer to deal with it.    

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