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February 23, 2011 - Sporting legends put on their aprons for Make A Wish

What: The Sporting Affair Celebrity Waiter Dinner

Where: The Four Seasons Hotel, Denver

When: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $125

Beneficiary: Make A Wish Foundation

Honoree(s): Wish Kids: Brandon, Dana and Kevin and all the couragous children with life-threatening illnesses

EMCEE: David Treadwell

Presenting Sponsor(s): Klabzuba Oil & Gas

Gala Chairperson(s): Steve Frazier

Founders: Frank Shankwitz, Linda Bergendahl-Pauling and Scott Stahl

Co-Chair(s): Auction Chair Dianne Yoss

Executive Director: CEO Joan Mazak

Committee Members: Dennis Brown, Kari Coughlon, Victoria Dardick, Janelle Hahn, Steve McCarley, Paul Meyer, Jil Niemann, Jli Ohara, Lorena Poling, Sandy Robinson, Greg Warneke, Lisa Weiting, Rachel Whitmire and Renee Woehl

Catering: The Four Seasons Hotel

Music: Dueling Pianos 2GO

Sponsors: Catholic Healthcare Audit Network LLC, Holland & Hart LLP, Beau and Lucy Stark, Starz Entertainment, DeMont Partners LLC, Joel Javer, KPMG Capital Management, Liberty Global, Presidential Worldwide Transportation, The Children's Hospital, Voager Exploration, Inc., Wellborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley. P.C

Auctioneer: Don Martin

Donors: In-Kind Donors; Cohn Marketing, Creative Print Solutions, Denver Magazine, Denver Tux, Effecttive Presentations, FastSigns, Republic National Distributing Company, Robert Mondavi Winery, Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan, Wareneke Paper Box Company and many, many more

Event Coordinator: Patti Forsythe

Board of Directors: Dennis Brown, Scott Esmond, Patricia Gruber, Kelly Maloney, MD., William Marsh, MD., Bobbee Musgrave, William Myers, Suzanne Philips-Kline, John Ramstead, Steve Schaffer, Cary Spain and Beau Stark

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Wish Kid Kevin shares his journey
Wish Kid Kevin shares his journey

 It’s not often we have a chance to grant a wish, to make a wish come true, especially for someone in grave need of joy and hope. On Wednesday February 23, over 300 genies and fairy godmothers materialized at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver to do just that.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation was created in 1980 by wonderful, caring people who heard of a boy with a wish. Seven-year-old Christopher James Greicius was being treated for leukemia and every day he dreamed of becoming a police officer. To read the heartwarming story of how this first wish was granted visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation website first_wish.
When a child makes a wish, often the wish is not only granted but miracles begin to happen everywhere. Beginning with one friend and the boy’s mother, soon two more people, then a whole public service department and a community joined in.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation fills two needs: the needs of children with life threatening medical conditions and the need people have to give of themselves. From its humble beginnings 30 years ago, Make-A-Wish has grown into one of the most well known charities in the world. It has reached more then 193,000 children, given an outlet for the generosity of nearly 25,000 volunteers and countless donors.
The Sporting Affair Celebrity Waiter Dinner is just one of the many events throughout the world that raise funds to grant wishes. Radiothon in Oregon, Chocolate Festival East Tennessee, Host Night Wisconsin, Championship/Tickets Fore Charity Orange County & the Inland Empire, An Evening of Extraordinary Things Alaska & Washington, Walk For Wishes Arizona, BIG Wish Gala Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. That’s just a few in March and February alone.
Sports figures have a long history of making wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. At the Celebrity Waiter Dinner, they stepped up to the plate by agreeing to serve the plates.
Just some of the recruits who signed on to this year's roster included Olympic skier and former NFL football player Jeremy Bloom, NFL free agent Darius Walker; Denver Nuggets'  J.R. Smith; and Pablo Mastroeni, team captain of the Colorado Rapids. David Treadwell, former Denver Broncos and Pro Bowl place-kicker, served as the event emcee.
With all this, a fabulous live auction with Don Martin, wonderful music with Dueling Pianos 2Go staring Van & Cristina, two rooms full of incredible silent auction items, not to mention the delicious food served up by the Four Seasons Hotel and all the celebrity waiters--over $30,000 was raised for Wish Kids in Colorado.
“We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” --The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado.

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