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August 30, 2011 - Gearing up for Children's Hospital Colorado Gala

What: Patron party for Children's Hospital Colorado's Caring and Curing event

Where: District 475

When: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: by invitation only

Gala Chairperson(s): George and Carol Solich

President(s): CHC Foundation President and CEO: Steve Winesett; CHC President and CEO: Jim Shmerling

Libations: Small Vineyards wine

Catering: Castle Pines Catering, Pinkberry

Menu: Spinach and artichoke mini pizza, pepperoni pizzas, chicken pesto pizzas, Caesar salad, beef bolognaise, chicken Alfredo, pasty trays; yogurt and toppings by Pinkberry

Attendance: 200

Attire: Cocktail

Special Thanks: District 475, Castle Pines Catering, Pinkberry, Small Vineyards Wine, Bouquets Decor, Trap Door Magical Entertainment (Shawn Preston), Towne Park

Florist: Bouquets

Board of Directors: Children's Hospital Colorado Board Chair: Cathey M. Finlon, Immediate Past Chair: Craig Ponzio, Chair-Elect/Treasurer: Robert "Bob" Hottman, Vice Chair: Joy Johnson, Secretary: Cole Finegan...Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation Board Chair: Kelly Kennedy, Immediate Past Chair: Peter Culshaw, Vice Chair: John Ikard, Secretary: Molly Broeren, Treasurer: Frederick B. Taylor (for a complete list of board members, please visit

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Gala event chairs George and Carol Solich
Gala event chairs George and Carol Solich

Children's Hospital Colorado changed its name this year and with that a new era is ushered in for the already stellar, award-winning haven for children needing medical care. A new facility is opening in Colorado Springs and more beds and programs are being offered in Denver.

Children's Hospital Colorado President and CEO Jim Shmerling and Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation President and CEO Steve Winesett addressed a crowd of supporters at District 475 Tuesday evening to herald these accomplishments, thank sponsors and gear up for the annual bash. "Care and Curing" is coming up just around the corner on September 10 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center and it promises to be top notch--we have come to expect nothing less from this group. They see more, treat more and heal more children than any other hospital in a seven-state region. Since they are always pioneering new ways of curing childhood diseases, effective care is available there years before any other hospitals.

Whether or not you attend the Caring and Curing event, you can give in several ways in the "pay it forward" program for Children's Hospital Colorado. You can provide a scholarship for a child to attend the Cheley/Children's Hospital Burn Camp, buy supplies for the Butterfly art therapy program; purchase a bundle of books; buy a nebulizer for home use by cystic fibrosis patients; or give to the fund to purchase Xbox video games car seats or bike helmets for kids, For information on the Caring and Curing gala and these gift programs, log on to

Children's Hospital Colorado has been ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report every year since the inception of its pediatric hospital rankings edition in 1993. In 2011, five of Children’s specialty areas were among the country’s top 10, including cancer (10), diabetes and endocrinology (4), gastroenterology (5), orthopedics (9) and pulmonology (4). Children’s also ranked fifth on the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital’s 2011-12 Honor Roll.

For more information about Children's Hospital Colorado, log on to



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