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September 24, 2011 - CNI Presents An Evening With Scott Hamilton

What: Colorado Neurological Institute Gala

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception; 7:00 p.m. dinner

Ticket Prices: $250 for individual tickets

Beneficiary: Colorado Neurological Institute

EMCEE: Debra Bandstra, MS-CCC

Gala Chairperson(s): Quinn Washington

Executive Director: Tami Lack

Committee Members: Sarah Tomicich, Garrett Hommel, Kate Sutton, David Blake

Speaker: Scott Hamilton

Sponsors: Dean Mills and the Denver Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, The Washington Family

Auctioneer: Auction Divas

Quote of the evening: "You fall down, you get up. Even if what happens next is dangerous or something you don't have a lot of confidence in, you get up. You just get up." Scott Hamilton

Attire: Cocktail

Decor/Rental Company: Sceneographics

Board of Directors: Ron Eller, Chairman; Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Vice Chairman; Jon E. Stuck, Treasurer; Robin Fort, Secretary; Lucille A Gallagher, ARM, Past Chairman

Blacktie Photos by: Chad Chisholm

 Craig and Layne Fleishman, left, with Scott Hamilton
Craig and Layne Fleishman, left, with Scott Hamilton

It's not often that A-list celebrities, gold medalist olympians, or internationally acclaimed motivational speakers attend Denver charity event galas. CNI got all three in Scott Hamilton during their CNI An Evening with Scott Hamilton event on Sept 24th.

Familiar faces Dr. Reggie and Faye Washington were amongst the audience members as their son, Quinn Washington, welcomed guests as the gala chair. Dr. Richard and Mrs. Linda V.G. Kelley toasted to Dawn Denzer as their received her namesake Community Leader Award for their contributions to CNI's mission.

Scott Hamilton gave a heartfelt and beautiful speech about his own story, struggles with cancer, brain tumors, and personal losses, applauding the continued efforts of those involved with CNI. His optimistic attitude was reflected in him saying after he was diagnosed with cancer to his doctors "I am going to make (cancer) fun. And if you can't make it fun, I'll find someone who can." 

Scott is a cancer and two-time brain tumor survivor. With his many accomplishments and Denver roots, he is certainly one of the most respected and sought after speakers in the country, speaking 30-35 times a year to audiences ranging from 250 to 15,000. Those in attendance of the event were in for a special treat to hear him share his story and how CNI is affecting so many individuals every year.

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