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April 21, 2011 - The Chanda Plan Foundation: People to Know 2011

What: 6th annual fundraiser for The Chanda Plan

Where: Exdo Event Center, Denver, Colorado

When: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual: $60, Bronze Sponsor table for 10: $1,000, Silver Sponsor table for 10: $1,500, Gold Sponsor table for 10: $3,000

Beneficiary: The Chanda Plan

Honoree(s): Darrel Burr (individual donor), Thomas Hinojos (successful participant), App-X (in-kind donor)

EMCEE: Brett Saunders, KBCO

Presenting Sponsor(s): The Craig Hospital

Founders: Chanda Hinton

Speaker: Author Matthew Sanford

Catering: Chipotle; Avenue Grill

Music: Something Underground

Sponsors: Gold Sponsors: ASCO Personal Assistance Services of Colorado, Performance Mobility; Silver Sponsors: Accessible Systems Incorporated, Pinnacol Assurance; Bronze Sponsors: Metier Law Firm, 1stBank, Colorado Fund for People With Disabilities, Yoga Workshop, Pinnacol Assurance, ARC Thrift Stores, Chubb, National Sports Center for the Disabled

Auctioneer: Shawn Hagler

Attendance: 350

Florist: King Soopers

Donors: Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Association, Virginia Carducci, Dennis Hogan & Associates, BMC Select, Tracy Price-Johnson, Christine Monford

Planning Committee: Chanda Hinton Leichtle, Elisabeth Long & Jason Viedo

Board of Directors: Chair: Virginia Carducci, Vice Chair: Gail Ramsberger; Members: Darryl Williams, Tracy Price-Johnson, Barry Rosenberg, Gail Ramsberger, Phillip Chupik, Heidi Crum

Blacktie Photos by: David Shults

 Author Matthew Sanford, who was the guest speaker, with founder Chanda Hinton
Author Matthew Sanford, who was the guest speaker, with founder Chanda Hinton

The Chanda Plan Foundation hosted its 6th Annual "People to Know" at the EXDO Event Center on April 21, 2011.  The fundraiser helped to raise awareness and funds for the Chanda Plan Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with physical disabilities through education and programs to access integrative therapies. 

The dinner for the evening was generously provided by Chipotle and desserts were furnished by Avenue Grill.  Something Underground entertained guests with music throughout the evening and even assisted auctioneer Shawn Hagler with playful displays of live auction items.  Artist Laurie Maves created a live painting of the band, which was later auctioned off to contribute to the fundraising effort.  Keynote speaker Matthew Sanford inspired attendees by sharing the fundamental importance of the mind-body relationship. The nationally recognized author, yoga teacher and founder of Mind Body Solutions also autographed copies of his book "Waking." 

Chanda Hinton's (founder of The Chanda Plan Foundation) interest in alternative health care started in 2003. Her spinal cord injury had compromised her health to the degree that her weight had dropped to 59 pounds, she had chronic pain and her immune system had depleted to a dangerous level leading to 911 emergency care and numerous doctor visits. Chanda and her sister decided to take the actions they discussed regarding her participation in alternative healing treatments. As a yoga instructor, Crystal was privy to valuable resources. In the following months, Chanda’s engagement in acupuncture, massage therapy, diet and physical therapy enabled her to gain 20 pounds and become almost pain free. In addition, her endurance, strength and movement increased dramatically. 

Medicaid, which is a primary insurance that people with disabilities often have to turn to for healthcare and homecare expenses created by their disability, will not fund alternative treatments. Through a concerted outreach effort, Chanda developed a team of healers that provides her treatments for zero cost. 

Due to her once unimaginable improvements, Chanda is dedicated towards having these treatments accessible for others. Dedication has created The Chanda Plan Foundation. As a non-profit foundation, licensed/certified practitioners provide treatments to clients who are experiencing health problems created by their disability.

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