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February 27, 2002 - A Souper Fund-raiser for Porter Hospice

What: Soup sampler by fine Denver restaurants

Where: Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: February 27, 2002

Beneficiary: Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS anchor

Gala Chairperson(s): Head Chair: Jeannie Bennington

Executive Director: Erin Denholm, VP Centura Home Care & Hospice

Invocation: Hospice Chaplain Paul Roper

Welcome: Teri Morrison, hospice director

Speaker: Karen Quinn

Catering: Paul's Catering, Bravo! Ristorante, P.F. Chang's, Bruno's Italian Bistro, Dazzle, Fourth Story Restaurant, Mel's Restaurant and Bar, Maggiano's Little Italy, Tante Louise, Baralo Grill

Music: Salvation Army Band

Sponsors: McKesson Medical and Surgical Supply, Kitchell Contracting, Strategic Reimbursement and 360 Media

Quote of the evening: "Many of us here tonight have had some experience with hospice, and we know it can be a truly beautiful experience," Kim Christiansen

Attendance: 500

Attire: Business

Information: Hospice of Peace/Porter Hospice 303 561-5100

Blacktie Photos by: Laurie Clark


 John Imbergamo and Ingrid Nagy from Paul's Catering worked as consultants to assemble all the great food for the evening
John Imbergamo and Ingrid Nagy from Paul's Catering worked as consultants to assemble all the great food for the evening

By Laurie Clark

“Many of us here tonight have had some experience with hospice, and we know it can be a truly beautiful experience,” said channel 9 News anchor Kim Christiansen.

With the glittery Seawell Grand Ballroom as a backdrop, she and many others spoke of death and how peaceful and dignified it can be with hospice care.

Soup for the Soul benefits faith-based Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace, divisions of Centura Health. Centura’s PR whiz Tiffany Uglow reported that this year’s event raised a whopping $70,000, exceeding the goal. Medicare covers only 80 percent of hospice care, and much of the work is done by dedicated volunteers.

The crowd of nearly 500 came together for this second annual event to feast on delicacies from 11 local eateries. Paul’s Catering orchestrated the fare, including lettuce wraps from P.F. Chang’s, pan-fried jumbo lump crab cakes from Paul’s Catering, and Sicilian spiced olives and parmesan chips from Maggiano’s Little Italy, just to name a few. Of course, each had a specialty soup to ladle up and help warm all the guests on this chilly January night.

Margy McKenna did a stellar job of putting together silent auction items. One standout piece was a kaleidoscope quilt conceived by Joan Walker and comprised of favorite quotes and sayings submitted by the staff and volunteers of Porter Hospice. If you looked closely, you could see two hands reaching up toward a heart. The colors jumped out and the detail work was incredible.

After a welcome and blessing from hospice director Teri Morrison and chaplain Paul Roper, Centura Home Care and Hospice Vice President Erin Denholm acknowledged four of the many great sponsors for the event: McKesson Medical and Surgical Supply, Kitchell Contracting, Strategic Reimbursement and 360 Media. Each of these companies donated $5,000. Erin then introduced a video produced by 360 Media that offered true insight into the world of hospice care. There was hardly a dry eye in the house as the audience watched critically ill people talk about their dying experiences and how hospice kept them strong.

Keynote speaker Karen Quinn, widow of the late Channel 9 helicopter pilot Peter Peelgrane, spoke about her personal experiences with hospice care and how they have affected her life. She told of how one of her friends, close to the end of her life, surprised everyone by buying a brand new car. She did not, however, opt for the extended warranty!

It was a glorious night, full of good food and great sentiments. Kudos to all of those who do so much to bring respect and dignity to those at the end of their journey.

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