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November 19, 2011 - Kellie Pickler Headlines 31st Annual Heart of Hearts Gala

What: Elegant Western-themed social hour and dinner

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown

When: Saturday, November 19, 2011

Time: 5:30-10 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $275

Beneficiary: Cardiac Care Departments of Avista, Littleton, Parker, and Porter Adventist Hospitals

Honoree(s): GE Johnson Construction Company, honored with the Henry M. Porter Award

EMCEE: Mark Koebrich, KUSA Channel 9 personality

Staff: Deana Alfonso, events coordinator; Ed Ammon, Porter Hospital Foundation exec. director; Heather Dean, marketing support; Laura Fitch, events director; Rhonda Fleming, data manager; Dan Hainault, operations director, Geoff Isaak, Avista Hospital Foundation exec. director; Karen Johnson, Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation president; Marble Jones, Littleton Hospital Foundation exec. director; Rick Laub, development officer; Lisa Sandoval, Parker Hospital Foundation exec. director

Speaker: Kim Herzfeldt, guest patient

Catering: Sheraton Denver Downtown

Entertainment: Kellie Pickler, country music recording artist and "American Idol" finalist

Music: Coles Whalen

Sponsors: DOUBLE PLATINUM HEART SPONSOR/ ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR: The Hewit Charitable Trust; DOUBLE PLATINUM HEART SPONSOR: Adventist Health System; PLATINUM HEART SPONSOR: Emergency Physicians at Porter Hospital, P.C.; SILVER HEART SPONSORS: CHI Colorado Foundation; Critical Care, Pulmonary and Sleep Associates; GE Johnson Construction Company; Radiology Imaging Associates; RK Mechanical; Sturgeon Electric Company; BRONZE HEART SPONSORS: Unipath, LLC; LaFawn Biddle; Colorado Business Bank; Commerce Bank; Diversified Radiology of Colorado, PC; Hunton Brady Architects/ccrd partners; Insite Properties; Intermountain Rural Electric Association; Darrell & Karen Johnson; Kutak Rock LLP; Parsons; Robinson Dairy; South Denver Anesthesiologists, PC; South Denver Cardiology Associates; United Surgical Partners; PEWTER HEART SPONSORS: Blue Sky Medical; William Brachvogel, DDS; Calcon Constructors, Inc.; Centura Health – Colorado Cardiac & Vascular Network; Centura Health at Home; Morre & Katrina Dean; Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh Day Adventists; Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, Saunders Construction, Tamra Ward; DECOR SPONSOR: Johnson Storage & Moving Company; MEDIA SPONSORS: 92.5 The Wolf; ColoradoBiz; Tidbits of South Denver Metro

Quote of the evening: Kellie Pickler, entering the VIP reception: "Y'all look so good! I was hoping there'd be some country people here."

Menu: Southwestern Caesar salad with roasted corn, spiced pepitas, queso fresco, cornbread croutons, roasted pepper Caesar dressing; Breads: Blue-corn, sage muffins, jalapeno-cheddar sourdough whole-grain harvest fruit-and-nut dinner roll; Entree: Herb-crusted house-smoked strip loin, cheesy mash, chuckwagon vegetables; Vegetarian option: Brown-butter seared sweet-corn ravioli and butternut-squash ravioli, ranch bean ragout, grilled asparagus Dessert: Cornbread pudding, preserved peach cream, jalapeno honeycomb, caramel sauce, brown-butter sand cookie

Attendance: 500

Attire: Black Tie Western

Information:; 303-715-7600

Event Coordinator: Laura Fitch, Director of Events

Planning Committee: Deana Alfonso, Sarah Ellis, Lisa Juergens, Pipa Lakeman, Teri Pollock, Kate Rooney, Maurine Taylor, Meaghan Vandeloo, Brenda Yost

Board of Directors: Avista Hospital Foundation board chair: Aric Hilmas; Littleton Hospital Foundation board chair: Alicia Guerra; Parker Hospital Foundation board chair: Kristy Suda; Porter Hospital Foundation board chair: Tamra Ward

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Marble Jones, Director of the Littleton Hospital Foundation, left, with Healthagen's Alicia and Wayne Guerra and Littleton Adventist Hospital's CEO, Ken Bacon
Marble Jones, Director of the Littleton Hospital Foundation, left, with Healthagen's Alicia and Wayne Guerra and Littleton Adventist Hospital's CEO, Ken Bacon

Whole-heartedly embracing Denver’s Western "cowtown" heritage, the Heart of Hearts Gala rounded up some downhome fun, along with country music’s most engaging singer, adorable Kellie Pickler. The 31st annual event managed to combine fundraising for cardiac care programs at Avista, Littleon, Parker and Porter Adventist hospitals with a chance for guests to kick up their heels on a big-town Saturday night. On Nov. 19, nearly 500 folks got all gussied up in their best blacktie-Western apparel to honor the party’s theme, as well as the darling of season five's "American Idol."

A comprehensive silent auction spanned the ballroom foyer of the Sheraton Denver Downtown, featuring a variety of items that ranged from Pickler-autographed guitars to a bright, shiny Harley-Davidson. Around 50 lucky guests attended a pre-dinner VIP reception that gave them the photo opp of the evening: the chance to chat and pose with Miss Pickler. With homespun, natural friendliness, she easily charmed everyone in the room.
Dinner was served with western flair and music by Coles Whalen, and Mark Koebrich, KUSA personality-plus, emceed the program with his usual panache. Heart patient Kim Herzfeldt was among the evening’s speakers, driving home the reason for the event with her personal story. The evening ended with Pickler’s entertaining concert, showcasing her voice, personality and songwriting talents.
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the number-one killer of both men and women in the United States, with 1.5 million heart attacks occurring every year that result in one million deaths—2,500 each day. For decades, Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals have provided compassionate cardiovascular care along with the highest possible levels of technology and expertise in the quest to combat this deadly disease. These full-service hospitals are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cardiovascular care with technological and medical advances, while serving the intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
The Cardiac Care departments of Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals have worked hard to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives and health of area residents. With the funds raised at Heart of Hearts, additional resources can serve an even larger number of patients. For more information about the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation, go online:, or call 303-715-7600.

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