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August 31, 2010 - The Children's Hospital Patrons Tickle the Ivories

What: Patron party for The Children's Hospital Gala

Where: Wild Ivories Dueling Piano Bar, 1400 Market St.

When: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Catering: Visitale Catering

Sponsors: Imagine Sponsors: American Airlines, Comcast, Crothall Services Group, Kuni Lexus, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Sage Hospitality

Attire: business casual

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Tomato Bruschetta, crudites with dip, antipasto kabobs, cheese quesadilla trumpets, crab filled mushroom caps, wild caught shrimp, Brie en Croute, beef Wellington en Croute, adobe chicken in a begger purse, royal chocolate petit fours

Planning Committee: CORPORATE COMMITTEE: Katie and Adam Agron; Debbi and Lee Alpert; Helen Atkeson; Howard Atlas; Katy and Greg Bante; Laura P. Barton; Alexis and Andy Boian; Molly Broeren and Bill Mosher; Karen Chapman; Pat Cortez and Manuel Martinez; Russ Dispense; Cindy and Steve Farber; Bridget and John Grier; Karen and John Ikard; Lisa and Mark Jackson; Joy Johnson; Mark E. Jones; Kelly and Michael Kennedy; Elizabeth and Steve Kris; Cindy and Jack Parsons; Shereen and Michael Pollak; Brit Probst; Joanna and Alex Ringsby; Nicole and Malcolm Seawell; Stephanie and Matthew Seebaum; Dr. Andrew Sirotnak; Ellen E. Stewart; K.C. Veio; Bert Williams; Laura and Doug Wright

Board of Directors: Peter Culshaw, Chair; Joy Johnson, Immediate Past Chair; Kelly G. Kennedy, Vice Chair; Molly Broeren, Secretary; Frederick B. Taylor, Treasurer; Marcy Benson; Jan Cortez; Phil Doty; Katey Driscoll; Steve Farber; Shane Feiman; John Fernie; Cathey M. Finlon; Caleb F. Gates, Jr.; Cannon “Cy” Harvey; John Ikard; Walter Isenberg; Lisa Jackson; David P. Kaplan; Rhonda Kay; Steve Kris; Manuel L. Martinez; Tom McGonagle; Susan Noble; Mary Osborn; Jack Overstreet; Craig Ponzio; Kristin Richardson; Angie Romani; Betsy Searle; Pat Spieles; Richard E. Stoddard; Joseph E. Wagner; Ronald W. Williams; Steve Winesett; Laura Wright

Steering Committee: Lisa Alexander; Debbi Alpert; Sylvia Atencio; Ingrid Carlson Barrier; Edie Bell; Katie Benjamin; Barbara Brooks; Susan Cantwell; Lindsey Carpio; Jan Cortez; Jackie Davis; Mary Desmond; Susan Drake; Katey Driscoll; Jessica Farias; Layne Fleishman; Jayne Ford; Tonya Frank; Heather Rule Grady; Jackie Brown Griggs; Susan Hagar; Kirsten Hamling; Michelle Hanley; Christie Isenberg; Kasia Iwaniczko; Lisa and Mark Jackson; Joy Johnson; Kelly Kennedy; Cassandra Kicklighter; Angela Kmezich; Tiffaney Kolander; Catherine Kornbrust; Sharon Leone; Stephanie Lepard; Allison Levy; Brian Linin; Lori Marks-Connors; Cindy Parsons; Angela Powers; Virginia Reiman; Louise Richardson; Tara Tongco Rojas; Angie Romani; Lyn Schaffer; Nicole Seawell; Stephanie Seebaum; Debbie Shmerling; Risa Silverman; Carol Solich; Jessica Snider; Keely Spencer; Evelyn Stephens; Janie Stoddard; Walter Welty; Amy Wissmann; Tricia Weber Youssi

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 BJ Dyer, whose Bouquets will once again be doing the decor for the gala, left, with Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Event Co-Chairs Cathy and Peter Culshaw
BJ Dyer, whose Bouquets will once again be doing the decor for the gala, left, with Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Event Co-Chairs Cathy and Peter Culshaw

Supporters of The Children's Hospital got a real treat Tuesday evening when eight-year-old John got up on stage at Wild Ivories and belted out the song "Don't Stop Believing." Not only was his rendition entertaining, but it brought home the sentiment of just how important our children are.

The much-anticipated, sold-out gala to raise money for The Children's Hospital programs is coming up September 11, continuing with A-list entertainment in the form of Jay Leno and topped off by dance favorite "Party on the Moon." (They’re the band that played Eli Manning's wedding in Cabo, Obama's inaugural and Donald Trump's New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago.)  Event chairs (and Foundation board chair) Peter and Cathy Culshaw were on hand at Wild Ivories to thank everyone for their support to The Children's Hospital Foundation, and also expressing appreciation and a few notes about the upcoming event were The Children's Hospital President and CEO Jim Shmerling and President and CEO of the Foundation Steve Winesett.

As guests got to unwind later in the evening, they were caught up in the "dueling pianos" efforts of Jeff Puszykowski and John Sherman, singing along to old favorites.

Mr. Shmerling reflected on some of the reasons why The Children's Hosptial is one of the premier top-10 children's facilities in the country. They are diligently working on adding a 10-story building with 124 beds, and not only are they experts in treatment and care for children, but they also work hard to keep kids out of the hospital through medical research and advocacy efforts. They are also at the forefront in educational efforts. For more information, log on to

September 11 promises to be a magical evening, with auction items including a Lexus from Kuni Lexus, beautiful jewels from Hyde Park and many other enticements. Although the event is sold out, you can contact Marcia Sandoval, 720.777.1751 or to get on a wait list or simply provide a donation to support one of the top children's health care facilities in the nation, because, after all, it's for our children.

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