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September 10, 2011 - Children's Gala: Caring and Curing

What: 34th annual black-tie fundraiser featuring comedians Brian Regan and Dennis Regan, music by Starlight Experience, dinner and dancing, and live and silent auctions

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, September 10, 2011

Time: 5:30 pm-midnight

Ticket Prices: $350

Beneficiary: Children's Hospital Colorado

Gala Chairperson(s): Carol and George Solich

Co-Chair(s): Steering Committee chairs: Jamie and Rick Stoddard

Executive Director: Jim Shmerling, CEO, Children's Hospital Colorado

President(s): Steve Winesett, President and CEO, The Children's Hospital Foundation

Libations: Beverage sponsor: Republic National

Catering: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Entertainment: Comedians Brian Regan and Dennis Regan

Music: Starlight Experience

Sponsors: Sponsors include: Barton family and Elliman family, Marcy and Bruce Benson, Crothall Services Group, Gallagher and Kennedy family, Lorie and Henry Gordon, Bridget and John Grier, Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation, Virginia and Scott Reiman, Sage Hospitality, Carol and George Solich...Live auction partners: American Airlines, Cuvee, Hyde Park, Jet Linx, M&N Aviation, and Schomp BMW

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett

Menu: Cherry-tomato caprese salad; truffle-and-herb-crusted vine-ripe tomato; beef filet served with grilled prawns; green asparagus; oat biscuits and rustic breads with herbed butter and cruet of olive oil; vintage hazelnut chocolate crunch with anise berry copote in chocolate tuile

Attendance: 1,400

Attire: Black Tie

Florist: Bouquets

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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, Terrance Carroll, Russ Dispense, Don Elliman, Candy Ergen, Maria Guajardo, Eric Hartmeister, Dr. Roxann Headley, Randy Herrel, Tom Honig, Kelly G. Kennedy, Dr. Richard Krugman, William Lindsay, Lilly Marks, R. Scott Nycum, Paul Rady, Kevin Reidy, Jim Shmerling, Dr. Andrew Sirotnak, Brad Smith, Dr. Hal Stein, Ben Walton; Lifetime Directors: Dr. Jules Amer, Nancy Gary, Bea Taplin, Frances Welborn, Ronald W. Williams...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: Lisa Perry

 The Solich family (l to r): Carol, Brooke, George and Jordan
The Solich family (l to r): Carol, Brooke, George and Jordan

Like kids in a candy store, guests at the 34th annual Children’s Colorado “Caring and Curing” Gala were treated to delight after delight during an entertaining evening that raised $1.86 million for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Almost 1,400 in black-tie attire enjoyed the fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Colorado Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 10. Featuring success stories told by Children’s young patients, the event not only generated funds, but also was an engaging celebration of more than 158,000 kids treated at the hospital in the last year.

The evening began with a silent auction and cocktail hour in the Capitol Ballroom, highlighted by a pre-dinner buffet and gravity-defying aerial bartenders serving champagne while suspended from the ceiling by their feet. Guests adjourned to the massive Centennial Ballroom, where artistically elegant tables set the stage for a sumptuous sit-down dinner. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and first lady Mary Louise Lee were among the luminaries spotted in the crowd.

The brief program began with a video featuring touching personal vignettes of young patients served by Children’s Hospital Colorado. Co-chairs Carol and George Solich took the stage with daughters Brooke and Jordan, and Children’s young ambassadors presented the family with a commemorative wagon. The cause is especially relevant to the Soliches—daughter Jordan was treated at the hospital as an infant, and today is a healthy teenager. Gary Corbett presided over a live auction that garnered high-dollar amounts from generous bidders, and the Soliches announced that the 2012 Gala is planned for Saturday, Nov. 12, with co-chairs John and Bridget Grier.

Brian Regan, of Late Night with David Letterman fame, and his brother Dennis Regan had the crowd in “stitches” during separate, hilarious stand-up routines. Then, New York-based Super Bowl veterans Starlight Experience burst onstage with high-energy R&B tunes that had guests on the dance floor in no time. Founder Valerie Romanoff says the group performed at the wedding reception of Mike Shanahan’s daughter, met Children’s reps there, and were honored and excited to be part of this year’s gala. The evening ended with a dessert buffet that complemented convivial chats and camaraderie.

Founded in 1908, Children’s Hospital Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked fifth in their Best Children’s Hospitals 2011-12 Honor Roll, Children’s Hospital Colorado is known both for its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research and education programs, as well as the full spectrum of everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. With more than 1,000 healthcare professionals representing the full spectrum of pediatric specialties, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s network includes the Anschutz Medical Campus, 14 Network of Care locations and more than 400 outreach clinics. For more information, visit

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