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March 11, 2011 - The Arthritis Foundation Presents the Evening of Honors

What: 2011 Evening of Honors Gala, Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Friday, March 11, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: Arthritis care

Honoree(s): John Fielder, Photographer & Preservationist and Youth Honoree Grant Jacobs

EMCEE: Murphy Huston, KOSI 101 and Gregg Moss, 9NEWS

Gala Chairperson(s): Michele Falivene, Jan Johnson and Lisa Williams

President(s): John H. Klippel, M.D.

Staff: Kristie Archer, Cary Bement-Kelly, JoNell Chance, Gerald Compton, Brad Jesse, Jill Lysengen, Eileen Martin, Laura Rosseisen, Trish StJohn, Carrie Strike, Diane Vertovec

Speaker: John Fielder, nature photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist

Catering: Marriott City Center Catering

Entertainment: John Pinette, Stand-Up Comedian

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: RE/MAX Gold Sponsors: Amegen, Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, Carl M. Williams, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Dr. Lawrence Spivack & Lisa Williams

Quote of the evening: "It's all about people, the happier, the healthier we are helps to motivate us to preserve or enviornment..." John Fielder

Menu: Avocado soup with crap and lavosh crackers, pan seared salmon with mustard miso broth & NY strip steak, chocolate berry triffle with an agave & hibiscus syrup

Attendance: 300

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail


Board of Directors: Richard T. Brennan, Mark Butscher, Leonard Dragone, M.D. Ph.D, Anita Fricklas, Carolyn Gratrix, Dale Harris, Jan Harris, Roger Hollister, M.D., William C. Horst, Ph.D., Matt Kaspari, Stuart Kassan, M.D. FACP, Michael Mills, Kristn Peck, Cheryl Ricklefs, Karl Sterner, Ed.D., Michael Stiff, Cynthia Wieme, Lisa Williams, Jan Wondra, In Sok Yi, M.D.

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Co-chairs Michele Falivene and Lisa Williams with the evening's honoree, John Fielder
Co-chairs Michele Falivene and Lisa Williams with the evening's honoree, John Fielder

Each year the Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter honors a noted recipient who has made a significant contribution to the Denver community. This year's 2011 honoree was photographer and preservationist John Fielder.  Held at the Denver Marriott City Center on Friday, March 11, 300 guests attended to participate in the special honoree salute and share their support for the Arthritis Foundation.

Guests were invited to a cocktail reception which included a silent auction filled with a nice variety of items. A sit down dinner followed as well as the evening's program. Arthritis Foundation CEO Laura Rosseisen spoke to the crowd and thanked them for their support before Honoree John Fielder was introduced with a special video, sharing some on John's history as a young boy taking his first trip to Colorado in 1964 with his Science class. It was during that trip that he decided "Someday, I'm going to live in Colorado." And indeed he did.

Most of us are familiar with the beautiful Colorado photography of Mr. John Fielder but many do not realize that John has also known and lived with the chronic pain of arthritis. Thanks to the support of the Arthritis Foundation as well as a knee and hip replacement surgery, he is now able to continue trekking to the far reaches of the state, capturing the natural beauty through photography. After being presented with the Evening of Honors award by emcees Murphy Huston from KOSI 101 and Gregg Moss from 9NEWS, Mr. Fielder shared his story of living with arthritis and also expressed his mission to preserve the natural environment of the state of Colorado.

Also receiving an Arthritis Foundation Salute was 15-year-old Grant Jacobs, who was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the very young age of 2 1/2. Grant has benefited from the support of the Arthritis Foundation and its mission in that he is currently in remission.

A beautiful photograph, donated by John Fielder, was auctioned off during the event to benefit the Foundation. And the event wrapped up on a comical note as stand-up comedian John Pinette came out to entertain and provide some good laughs at the end of the evening.

The Arthritis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter is working to better the lives of over 1.3 million people in this specific area who have arthritis. The Rocky Mountain Chapter serves Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.  Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.

The Arthritis Foundation offers information and tools to help people live a better life with arthritis.  Whether it’s advice from medical experts to specialized arthritis self-management or exercise classes, the Arthritis Foundation has your solution.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved with the Arthritis Foundation, please visit their website at or locally at

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