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October 30, 2010 - 30th Annual Heart of Hearts Gala

What: Celebrating 30 years, presented by Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel

When: Saturday, October 30, 2010

Time: 5-7:30 p.m. social hour, 7:30-11 p.m. dinner, presentations, concert

Beneficiary: Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Hospital Foundations - Cardiac Care.

Host(s): Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Mark Koebrick, KUSA Channel 9

Gala Chairperson(s): Laura Fitch, Director of Events

Committee Members: Michelle Chen, Alicia Guerra, Linda Harris, Lisa Juergens, Ashley Nelson, Rita Prowant, Cheryl Romrell, Kate Rooney

Staff: Deana Alfonso; Ed Ammon, CFRE; Rhonda Fleming; Gina Erickson; Laura Fitch; Valerie Stolz; Lisa Sandoval; Dan Hainault; Geoffrey Isaak, J.D.; Karen Johnson, EdD, CFRE; Marble Jones; Peggy Morrison; Anna Pinelli; Kathie Repola, CFRE; Steve Younger

Music: Randy Travis

Sponsors: DOUBLE PLATINUM HEART SPONSOR/ ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR: The Hewit Charitable Trust; DOUBLE PLATINUM HEART SPONSOR: Adventist Health System' PLATINUM HEART SPONSORS: Emergency Physicians at Porter Hospital, P.C.; SILVER HEART SPONSORS: CHI Colorado Foundation; Colorado Capital Bank; Critical Care, Pulmonary and Sleep Associates; GE Johnson Construction; Radiology Imaging Associates; Robinson Dairy; BRONZE HEART SPONSORSHIP: American Furniture Warehouse; APP – Unipath, LLC; Atlas Metal & Iron Corporation; Bank of the West; LaFawn Biddle; Centura Health – Colorado Cardiac and Vascular Network; Centura Health at Home; Colorado Business Bank; Colorado Joint Replacement; Commerce Bank; The DASCO Companies; Diversified Radiology of Colorado, PC; Fleisher Smyth Brokaw, LLC; Hunton Brady Architects/ccrd partners; Insite Properties, Inc.; Darrell & Karen Johnson; Kutak Rock, LLP; Parsons; Pediatrix Medical Group of Colorado, PC; South Denver Anesthesiologists, PC; South Denver Cardiology Associates; United Surgical Partners International, Inc.; W.E. O’Neil Construction Co.; PEWTER HEART SPONSORSHIP: Calcon Constructors, Inc.; Colorado Joint Replacement; Crooked Willow Farms; John & Laura Hicks; Mid-America Union Conference of SDA; Rocky Mountain Conference of SDA; Tamra Ward

Quote of the evening: "Don't wait to let them call an ambulance for you if you are having symptoms of a heart attack... if you wait, it could cause your life."

Menu: Salad: chilled slow roasted tomatoes and asparagus, point reyes blue cheese, baby lettuces, sweet shallot vinaigrette; entree: herb seared beef tenderloin and honey glazed pan roasted salmon, thyme and honey jus, melted onion mashed Yukon potatoes, seared broccolini and golden beets; dessert: decadent surprise.

Attendance: 550

Attire: Western formal

Event Coordinator: Deana Alfonso

Board of Directors: Ken Bacon; James Boyle; Gary Campbell; Erin Denholm; Terry Forde; Randy Haffner; Todd Inglee; Karen Johnson; Stephen King; Kris Ordelheide, Esq.; Darrel Schulte, Chair; John Sackett; Tamra Ward; Eric Wolverton

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Randy Travis (center) with Julie and Ed Ammon, Executive Director, Porter Adventist Hospital Foundation
Randy Travis (center) with Julie and Ed Ammon, Executive Director, Porter Adventist Hospital Foundation

This year marked the monumental 30th anniversary of the Heart of Hearts Gala.  It was held on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.  Proceeds from this event benefit the Cardiac Care Departments of Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals.

'In my heart of hearts' means that you know or have known that something is true even if you have not been willing to admit it to yourself or others.

  • More than 2,600 Americans die of cardiovascular disease, making it the number one killer in the United States.
  • 50 percent of women will die from cardiovascular disease, while only four percent will die from breast cancer.
  • 63 percent of women and 50 percent of men who have died suddenly of cardiovascular heart disease had no previous symptoms.

These statistics are enough to alarm anyone, regardless of how healthy they might appear. Cardiovascular disease does not discriminate between gender, race, creed, and often not even lifestyle.  The guest speakers tonight reminded us that we should listen to ourselves and make sure that we pay attention to the signs.

The returning emcee, Mark Koebrich of KUSA 9News, welcomed the 550 guests to the events of the evening.  There were four guest speakers:

  • Randy Haffner, CEO, Porter Adventist Hospital, who discussed the vision of cardiac care for Centura Health;
  • Kristin Madsen,  Interim ED Director at Parker Adventist Hospital, who talked about what triggers a cardiac alert in the hospital;
  • Cathy Hunter, heart attack survirvor, who discussed her experiences as a cardiac patient at the hospital;
  • Dr. Mark W. Sheehan, MD, cardiologist, who discussed the advances in cardiac health care and rehabilitation over the last 30 years.

The special guest performer of the evening was Randy Travis.  This event was the last stop of his 60-city tour and he played with his band for over 90 minutes.  Mr. Travis has recoded more than a dozen studio albums to date, in addition to charting more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, of which 16 have reached number one.

There is no question that healthcare is one of the most pressing issues facing individuals and families today.  Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation (RMAHF) exists to ensure that the Adventist Healthcare facilities along the Front Range of Colorado remain at the forefront of patient care and preventative medicine. 

For decades,  Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals have provided compassionate cardiovascular care along with the highest possible levels of technology and expertise in the quest to combat this deadly disease.  These full service hospitals are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cardiovascular care in terms of technology and medical advances, yet still serve the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. They have worked hard to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives and health of our communities.

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