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September 11, 2010 - The Children's Hospital Gala: What Matters Most

What: fundraiser for The Children's Hospital programs

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, September 11, 2010

Time: 6 p.m.

Co-Chair(s): Peter and Cathy Culshaw

Committee Members: 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

President(s): and CEO of The Children's Hospital: Jim Shmerling

Co-President(s): President of TCH Foundation: Steve Winesett

Welcome: Jim Shmerling, President and CEO of The Children's Hospital and Steve Winesett, President of TCF Foundation

Entertainment: Jay Leno

Music: Party on the Moon

Sponsors: Event partners: Kuni Lexus, American Airlines, Hyde Park Jewelers, Mizuna, Montage Beverly Hills, Neiman Marcus, Applejack; IMAGINE SPONSORS: American Airlines, Comcast, Crothall Services Group, Bridget and John Grier, Kuni Lexus, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Sage Hospitality; MIRACLE PLATINUM SPONSORS: Debbi and Lee Alpert, Cathey and Richard Finlon, Angie and Jeremy Flug; PLATINUM SPONSORS: Marcy and Bruce Benson, Cathy and Peter Culshaw, EKS&H, First Data, The Gallagher Family Foundation, Henry and Lorie Gordon, Joy Johnson and her family, The Ponzio Family, Wagner Equipment Company; MIRACLE GOLD SPONSORS: Berlin Family, ENCANA, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Jenifer and Lance Marx, Elizabeth A. Milias, Rest/Perry Family, The Snow Goose Companies, Douglas and Laura Wright; GOLD SPONSORS: Applejack Wine & Spirits, Balfour Concord, David, Hicks and Lampert, DaVita, Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Elliman, FirstBank, The Helppie Family Charitable Foundation and Santa Rosa Consulting, Hyde Park Jewelers, King Soopers, Elizabeth and Steve Kris, Land Title Guarantee Company, Lockton Companies LLC, McGraphix Companies Ltd., Neiman Marcus, Noble Energy Inc., Qwest, Scott and Virginia Reiman, Angie and Tim Romani, Betsy Searle and Mike Branham, Shea Properties Colorado, Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, Spectro Printing, Wells Fargo, Amy and Paul Wissmann/KPMG, The Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation; SHARED GOLD SPONSORS: Kowalski Family Foundation, Tom Kowalski and Dorothy Holder

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett along with Jay Leno

Menu: Red & green Romaine, Sorrel and Cress salad with roasted red and yellow tomatoes, agave grapes, shaved Reggiano and petit Focaccia croutons; grilled beef fillet in New Belgium 1554 dark ale,with braised sweet onions and mushrooms; gorgonzola and rosemary potatoes au gratin; butternut squash, roasted corn, red bell and Poblano peppers; peach tart with wild rose sweet cream

Attendance: 1,450, sold out

Attire: Black tie required

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Melange of seafood (snow crab claws, iced gulf shrimp and oyster on the half shell, cocktail, citrus Remoulade and Tabasco sauces; custom artisanal chesse selection; handcrafted sliced & wedge cheese with Lavosh and baguettes; toasted nuts and roasted fruits; Heirloom tomato station

Florist: Bouquets

Event Coordinator: Kelli Kindel

Board of Directors: TCH Foundation: 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 and Rick Stoddard (chairs); Walter Welty; Amy Wissmann; Tricia Weber Youssi

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 The Culshaw family talks about their experiences with The Children's Hospital
The Culshaw family talks about their experiences with The Children's Hospital

The Children's Hospital Foundation does not do anything half way. From the entertainment and participation of Jay Leno to the beautiful programs and decor for the gala to the over-the top silent and live auction items to the high-energy band Party on the Moon, the 2010 "What Matters Most" gala exceeded all expectations in panache, class and participation (the 1,450 guests sold out the event).

Guests converged at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center Saturday evening and seemingly entered a wonderland of offerings and tempatations. The live auction included a 2011 Lexus ES 350 from Kuni Lexus, an FXDSE Screamin' Eagle Dyna Harley Davidson (signed by Jay Leno), a Montage getaway (auctioned twice!) that included a stay at the swank Beverly Hills hotel, a visit to The Tonight Show and a personal tour of Jay Leno's famous car collection, and a party sponsored by Hyde Park Jewelers where special chefs prepare a fine dinner after guests get to pick a watch or piece of jewelry. Guests feasted on special seafood, cheese and vegetable stations and a special Scotch-tasting booth, even before dinner started.

If you felt rambunctious, you could take on one of three Olympic stars (bobsledder Steve Holcomb, skiier Michelle Roark and paralympian Hannah Pennington) in a special video game, or just admire their gold medals.

The theme of this year's gala, "What Matters Most," captures the true spirit of the importance of The Children's Hospital to its community and its families. Founded in 1908, The Children's Hospital is dedicated to the belief that all children should have the opportunity for a bright and healthy future. Conistently ranked by several publications and polls as one of the best children's hospitals in the country, Children's combines world-class pediatric medicine with a unique family-friendly environment. For more information, log on to

You couldn't have found a more friendly and cordial celebrity than Jay Leno to entertain supporters of The Children's Hospital. He has authored two children's books: "How To Be the Funniest Kid In The Whole Wide World (Or Just In Your Class)" and "If Roast Beef Could Fly." He regularly gives proceeds of his works to charities. From politics to parenting, Jay's musings had guests rolling in the aisles and had everyone in a good mood to welcome party band "Party on the Moon" to close out the evening.


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