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November 10, 2011 - MS Society of Colorado-Wyoming Salutes its Champions

What: The MS Society of Colorado-Wyoming held its annual award ceremony, recognizing fundraisers who participated in Bike MS, Walk MS, Hike MS, and Mud Run MS. Participants in the four events raised a total of over $5 million and the evening was a celebration of their efforts.

Where: Grand Hyatt Denver

When: Thursday, November 10, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m. cocktails; 6:30 p.m. dinner and awards

President(s): Carrie Nolan

Libations: Left Hand Brewing provided beer for the event

Sponsors: Great-West Life, Newmont Mining, News4, KBCO, TeleTech, Williams, AlphaGraphics, Frontier, Left Hand Brewing, Hyatt Resorts, SaraLee, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Denver Post, Charles Schwab, Anadarka, IHS, PointB, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, FedEx, Kaiser Permanente, MadGreens, Deltaco, USI, St Anthony Central Hospital, Three Tomatoes, Clif, EarthGrains, Wells Fargo, MS LifeLines, Acorda, Oppenheimer Funds, News First 5/30, Kiss FM 96.1, Big Country 97.9, KJCT News 8, CW13, Luna, Perkins, Texas Roadhouse, Blue Sky, Blue sport, KSNO, KUUR

Attire: Bike attire

Board of Directors: Whit Conant, Elizabeth Brandon Coors, John Corboy MD, David Cordova, Robert Hartnett CPA, Claudia Curry Hill, Mary Hobson, John Kivimaki, Craig Lopez, Kyle Ocasek, Richard Raymond MD, Randall Schapiro MD, Kathryn Spritzer, Michele Vaughan

Blacktie Photos by: Bob Fontneau

 The Raw Hinies join the Million Dollar Club
The Raw Hinies join the Million Dollar Club

The MS Society Colorado-Wyoming Chapter help its annual awards ceremony Thursday Nov. 10, at the Grand Hyatt Denver to recognize the partipants and fundraisers in their four main fundraising events.  The participants raised more than $5 million to help fight Multiple Sclerosis and this was a night to celebrate and honor their efforts. 

Award winners and guests arrived at the Hyatt and were treated to beer from Left Hand Brewing Company and passed hors d'ouvres before walking down the red carpet to dinner and the award ceremony.  Guest dined on a grilled chicken breast over a squash as MS Chapter President Carrie Nolan took the mic and opened the ceremony by presenting an award for political support to State Senator Betty Boyd, who has been instrumental in passing legislation that has made life better for people suffering from MS and other chronic illnesses. 

Prizes were then awarded to participants in the four big events: Mud Run MS, Hike MS, Walk MS, and Bike MS.  Prizes were awarded for first, second, and third place in each event, as well as team spirit, most improved, and communication. 

Hike MS raised more than $117,000, Mud Run MS raised more than $170,000, Walk MS raised more than $1.7 million, and Bike MS raised more than $3.6 million.  Those kinds of numbers don't happen without the efforts of a lot of people and this was the night to recognize their work.

Award winners and participants attended in their colorful team uniforms, with such interesting team names as the Sloppy GI Joes, the Raw Hinies, and the Wet Pain Walkers.  The enthusiasm for the cause was apparent among each of the teams, applauded loudly for each award winner.

In additiion to all the prize winners in each event, three teams reached the Million Dollar Club, meaning the teams have raised a million dollars or more to fight MS.  This year's inductees to the club were the Raw Hinies, Great-West Life, and Home Buyers' Warranty.  Congratulations to them and all the prize winners and participants at this year's event.

If you have questions or want to get involved in the quest to beat MS, you can find more information on the chapter's website at


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