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February 23, 2012 - Soup for the Soul Serves Up Compassion

What: Twelfth annual benefit for Porter Hospice and St. Anthony Hospice programs

Where: Sheraton Denver Downtown

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012

Time: 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $100 for community members, $80 for young professionals and Centura Health associates

Honoree(s): Tom Driscoll, current Porter Hospice patient

Presenting Sponsor(s): Wells Fargo, Background Information Services, McKesson, Zunesis, Colorado Business Bank, GE Johnson Construction Company, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Fante Eye & Face Centre, Horan & McConaty, Patti Pisani, LaFawn Biddle, KOSI 101

Gala Chairperson(s): Sundee Clemans

Catering: Barolo Grill, Blue Point Bakery, Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, Elway's Cherry Creek, Fruition, Japon, Linger and Root Down, LoHi SteakBar, The Oceanaire Seafood Roo, Panera Bread, Pesco Fresco, PF Chang's China Bistro, Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, Squeaky Bean, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Table 6, TAG and TAG|RAW BAR, Windows on the Rockies

Planning Committee: Deana Alfonso, Chris Agnew, Mary Jo Baker, Jeannie Bennington, Janis Borie, Lisa Cardarelli, Danika Demers, Erin Denholm, Laura Fitch, Mindy Humphre, Lauren Klopfenstein, Tamara Kriese, Judi Kugler, Dianne LaKamp, Paige Leanard, Laura Nelson, Kathy Pettit, Ann Pinelli, Patty Pisani, Katie Polce, Kathie Repola, Stacie Schubert, Holly Stabler, Heidi Taylor, Susie Tombs

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Centura Health at Home CEO Erin Denholm, left, with 2012 Soup for the Soul Committee Chair Sundee Clemans
Centura Health at Home CEO Erin Denholm, left, with 2012 Soup for the Soul Committee Chair Sundee Clemans

The 12th annual Soup for the Soul was held on Thursday, February 23rd at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.  For over 25 years, thousands of people have had their lives profoundly changed by the compassionate, expert care and support of Porter Hospice, St. Anthony Hospice and the Butterfly Program. This event is an incredible opportunity where one person can make a difference in the life of a hospice patient.

Guests began the evening by perusing silent auction items from local artists and businesses during the cocktail hour, while sushi rolls from Japon were passed.  Guests were then invited into the ballroom to sample from delectable gourmet soups and appetizers from top restaurants in Denver. 

Erin Denholm, CEO of Centura Health at Home, welcomed guests to the event, and expressed her gratitude to the Sheraton for allowing the participating restaurants to bring their food to the event each year.  She then eloquently explained the purpose of the evening: to raise money in order to help families with bereavement care and counseling and other services that are not reimbursed to hospice, and she thanked all attendees for their generosity in helping families at this sacred and challenging time of life.  Representatives from Panera Bread then presented a check for the almost $5,000 which has been raised so far this year to Ms. Denholm.

The recipient of this year's Award of Courage was Tom Driscoll, a Porter hospice patient currently living at the Southeast Denver Porter Hospice Residence.   He was accompanied by his wife, Karen, their daughters and his brothers and a large group of other family and friends to this memorable event.  Erin Denholm, CEO of Centura Health at Home, spoke about Tom's amazing journey with hospice.  A film documenting Tom's time at the Hospice and his extraordinary gifts that have touched the lives of all around him provided guests with a true feeling for the purpose of the evening, which is to support the exceptional and noble work of these organizations and caregivers.

It is an extraordinary job that the hospice men and women accomplish. Many thanks to all the supporters who make their angelic help possible for those who otherwise might not be able to get it at such an important time.


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