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September 17, 2010 - Operation Walk Denver Takes a Tropical Walk of Dreams

What: Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation Walk of Dreams

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Saturday, September 18, 2010

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: Operation Walk Denver

EMCEE: Randy Haffner

Gala Chairperson(s): Laura Fitch

Founders: Dr. Douglas Dennis - Operation Walk Denver

Executive Director: Dr. Douglas A Dennis M.D.

Committee Members: Debbie Dennis, Jeanne Lee, Melisa Miner, Aileen Paez

President(s): Karen Johnson

Staff: Deana Alfonso, Ed Ammon, Rhonda Fleming, Gina Erickson, Laura Fitch, Dan Hainault, Karen Johnson, Ann Pinelli, Valerie Stolz, David Trudell, Steve Younger

Welcome: Dr Todd Miner

Speaker: Guillermo Claverie

Catering: Marriott City Center Catering

Entertainment: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Comedian, TV Personality

Music: John "Keoni" Coelho

Sponsors: Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation Big Dreamer: Dr. Douglas A. & Debra Dennis; Platinum: Borgen Family Foundation, Colorado Anesthesia Consultants, Mike Durbin & Associates, Exclusive, Representative of Depuy, a Johnson & Johnson Co.; Gold: Porter Center for Joint Replacement, Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Fedorowicz; Silver: Dr. Todd Miner, Derick Levy, Active Motion Physical Therapy, Barb Allen, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, Colorado Business Bank, Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics, Lance Little, Porter Perioperative Services, Radiology Imaging Associates, PC, Zimmer Rocky Mountain

Auctioneer: Adam Kevil

Quote of the evening: "This is medicine in it's truest form ... for the people who really need this." Dr. Todd Miner referring to the service provided by Operation Walk

Menu: Soup Station: avocado cucumber soup, chilled melon soup, hot tomato basil, mini caesar parmesan baskets, summer strawberry salad. Serve to order: Osso bucco style beef short ribs, creamy polenta, pea tendril, roasted corn. Tapas bar: spiced olive salad, manchego cheese arepas with sweet onion, creamy wild mushroom on brioche toast, white bean puree on toast points, marcona almond salad with fig cocoa jam & cabrales cheese, grilled asparagus with lemon aioli, potato semolina cake with caramelized mushrooms. Stir fry station: ginger soy glazed beef or coconut lemongrass chicken, fresh vegetables, Asian long grain rice.

Attire: Tropical cocktail attire

Special Thanks: Jim Boyle-Medical Coordinator, Jackie Gorman - Operating Room Coordinator, Peggy Kettler - Logistics Coordinator


Event Coordinator: Laura Fitch

Board of Directors: BOARD OFFICERS: Todd M. Miner, MD, Chair; BOARD MEMBERS: Barb Allen, MD; James W. Boyle, FACHE; Stephanie Clements, DPM; Tom Curran; Douglas A. Dennis, MD; Mike Durbin; Steve Etkind; Brian Haas, MD; Randy Haffner; Jan Helen; Molly Hughes; Karen Johnson; Derick Levy, PT; Tim McTavish; Todd Miner, MD; A. Budd Zuckerman; BOARD EMERITUS MEMBERS: Rosie Fedorowicz, Mark F. Leonard, R. Jerry Overgaard

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Artist Deborah Carter with Jim & Jan Brenneman at the 2010 Walk of Dreams
Artist Deborah Carter with Jim & Jan Brenneman at the 2010 Walk of Dreams


Operation Walk Denver hosted their 5th Annual Walk of Dreams Gala, held Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Marriott Denver City Center. The hotel ballroom was transformed into a tropical island paradise, complete with palm trees, Hawaiian music and dancers and an island feast fit for royalty. Guests arrived dressed in colorful island prints and Hawaiian shirts, ready for this festive tropical gala. 


Over 400 people gathered in this tropical setting to raise funds for Operation Walk Denver and provide the support for a new mission trip to developing countries in 2011. With the soothing sounds of Hawaii in the background, provided by musician John "Koeni" Coelho, guests enjoyed a cocktail social hour followed by a dinner buffet provided by the Marriott Hotel. Hawaiian dancers entertained during dinner with Hula dances and a fun traditional New Zealand dance. 


During the evening's program, Dr. Todd Miner, board chair and partner at Colorado Joint Replacement, reminded everyone that "We can't work as an island, we need your support."  He was followed by Randy Haffner, CEO, Porter Adventist Hospital and Dr. Douglas Dennis, Executive Director and founder of Operation Walk Denver. Dr. Dennis shared a presentation showing the tremendous dedication and efforts of everyone involved that make up an OpWalk mission trip and some of the faces of the people in these developing countries whose lives are changed through the amazing work of Operation Walk.


Following the dinner program was one of the most fun live auctions in history, led by the fast talking humor and talent of auctioneer Adam Kevil. He had friends bidding against friends and individuals bidding against themselves for some great packages filled with family entertainment, something for the girls, a night on the town for the guys, private lobster dinners and a spectacular MIG jet ride. And just when you thought that was all, a few surprise items came from anonymous donors in the audience - Bronco tickets for the next day's home game and even a trip for two to join the next OpWalk Mission, which ended up being sold to two bidders, bringing in an additional $10,000 in a matter of minutes. 


The gala wrapped up with a room filled with laughter from the delightful humor of Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, comedian and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. It was an enchanting evening at the Walk of Dreams 2010 Gala. For those who receive the gift of walking from the OPWalk team, it's more than a dream, it's a life changing miracle.


The people encountered on the Operation Walk mission trips all suffer from advanced arthritis and other degenerative joint diseases. These trips consist of  an extraordinary volunteer medical team, donated surgical supplies, and financial contributions. Operation Walk Denver provides free, desperately needed knee and hip replacement surgeries to patients in developing countries where people have little to no access to healthcare. The week-long mission trips are designed to restore the gift of walking to as many people as possible, typically more than 50 patients, while educating local healthcare workers in advanced surgical and rehabilitation procedures.


Operation Walk is a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatments for patients in developing countries and in the United States. These patients suffer from debilitating bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, and do not have access to medical care. Operation Walk also educates local orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and other health care professionals on the most advanced treatment of hip and knee joint diseases. Founded in 1994, Operation Walk teams have operated on hundreds of patients in Russia, Cuba, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States.


To learn more about their mission and to find out how you can help, please visit their website at


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