Choose Your Team
Event Planning

Captured Event

April 12, 2012 - Little Hearts = Big Impact at Children's Hospital Fundraiser

What: 27th annual fundraiser with luncheon, silent auction and fashion show featuring Children's Hospital Colorado heart patients to benefit the Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Institute

Where: Wings Over the Rockies

When: Friday, April 13, 2012

Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Little Hearts ticket: $65; patron ticket: $150

Beneficiary: Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado

Honoree(s): Sam and Fern Primak "Heart Who Cares Award" recipients: Paige Morris and Piya Vichayavilas

EMCEE: Kim Christiansen, 9News anchor

Gala Chairperson(s): Lyn Schaffer

Committee Members: Edie Bell, Veronica Benavides, Dana Berry, Julie Bigner, Christen Calamari, Esther Carpenter, Wanda Castleman, Lori Claussen, Marilyn Day, Sharon Downing, Layne Fleishman, Ashley Gallegos, Gillian Hall-Perry, Amy Halvorsen, Jacqueline Lindley, Vicki Ogden, Donna Parker, Louise Richardson, Gina Scheidt, Rae True, Sandee Walling

Invocation: Joshua Whistler, staff chaplain at Children's Hospital Colorado

Speaker: Dr James Jaggers, CHC Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; and Dr. Dunbar Ivy, Chief of CHC Cardiology Department

Catering: Biscuits & Berries

Sponsors: Presenting sponsor: Anna and John J. Sie Foundation; supporting sponsors: Biscuits & Berries, The Calamari Family, Mike and Cyd Rodriguez; Little Hearts sponsors: Accredo, The Ballenger Family, Davidson Gebhardt Chevrolet and Subaru of Loveland, First American State Bank, Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, Gilead, HARD Manufacturing, Lung Rx LLC, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP; contributing sponsors: 3rd Avenue Studio, Enstrom's Candy, Newberry Brothers Greenhouse, Children's Hospital Colorado Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Children's Hospital Colorado Department of Cardiology, Children's Hospital Colorado Department of Cardiac Surgery, Association of Volunteers Cardiac Kids and Prescription Pet Chapters

Menu: Colorado field greens, with four-year-old cheddar, Craisins and grilled chicken, sliced apple fans on top, and smoked pecans and crispy onions on the side--all dressed in a white balsamic vinaigrette; fresh assortment of sourdough rolls, crackers and asiago-pesto focaccia served with sun-dried tomato butter and herb butter; cranberry/ginger-infused iced tea; lemon, vanilla and chocolate-cake pops

Attendance: 350

Attire: Luncheon attire

Models/Fashions: Fashion show models (in order of appearance): Ava Z., Lilly Z., Sydney L., Matthew W., John C., Chandra B., DeMareia M., Piper K., Hadley C., Joseph G., Mara P., Ian K., Tristan K., Libby S., Abby P., Alex B., Brooke C., Zach A., Brooke B., Tanner F., Lily G., Dakota S., Adelaide H., Elsie H., Rivers H., Chris M., Molly M., Christina F...Fashions provided by Dillard's Aurora Town Center and Park Meadows...Model escorts: Keri Christiansen, Joanne Davidson, Michelle Davidson, Dr. Jeff Darst, John Elkins, Steven Halvorsen, Dr. Dunbar Ivy, Dr. Max Mitchell, Former Colorado First Lady Frances Owens, Patricia Peterson, Jennifer Prinz, Christina Ravazzolo, Derrick Rouen, Dr. Michael Schaffer, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, Emily Thompson, Glory Weisberg

Information:; and

Event Coordinator: Jacqueline Lindley, Senior Event Manager

Board of Directors: Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation Board of Trustees: Kelly Kennedy, Chair; Peter Culshaw, Immediate Past Chair; John Ikard, Vice-Chair; Molly Broeren, Secretary; Frederick B. Taylor, Treasurer...For a complete list of board members, please visit:

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Event chair Lyn Schaffer, with Children's patients and models Christina F. (left) and Sydney L.
Event chair Lyn Schaffer, with Children's patients and models Christina F. (left) and Sydney L.

Pure and simple: We Little Hearts Luncheon and Fashion Show. What’s not to love? On April 13, a team of 27 adorable tots to teens lit up the runway with bright smiles and irrepressible spirit for the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. The 27th annual fundraiser was made even more meaningful knowing that the models were all Heart Institute patients. More than 300 guests were both entertained and enlightened by heartwarming runway antics, as well as endearing and inspirational anecdotes. One youngster missed the event last year due to her own heart transplant, but was front and center this year on the runway. Another aspires to be a heart surgeon when she grows up. One 15-year-old tells people to “appreciate the adventures that are presented to you in life, because each one is a gift.”

The sold-out event began with a reception and silent auction held amid the high-flying backdrop of Wings Over the Rockies, where Miss Colorado, Diana Dreman, was spotted chatting with bidders. Guests sat down to a light and delicious lunch, and one lucky audience member walked away with a Tiffany bracelet when her winning ticket-number was called. The brief program was led by emcee and popular 9News anchor Kim Christiansen. Serving as narrator during the fashion show, she enthusiastically introduced her son Tanner who escorted her sister Keri Christiansen—Keri had heart surgery at Children’s when she was 6 months old.

Speakers included Children’s cardiology chiefs Dr. James Jaggers and Dr. Dunbar Ivy, who discussed specific ways money raised helps lessen stress on patients and their families. Resources made available include food, lodging, education and transportation. Dr. Michael Schaffer took the stage to announce this year’s recipients of the Sam and Fern Primak “Heart Who Cares Award,” Paige Morris and Piya Vichayavilas. Following the program, cameras and video recorders went into overdrive during the celebratory fashion show, as each young model took the runway escorted by a family member, doctor, Denver luminary or South Metro firefighter…occasionally with an affable therapy dog, as well.

With pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery expertise, access to technology, and basic and clinical research support, the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the fastest-growing pediatric heart programs in the United States.  More than 30 pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, 20 mid-level providers and 100 pediatric cardiology nurses offer nearly 25 specialized programs for children and adults with all types of congenital heart conditions, from fetal diagnosis through adulthood. Utilizing a family-centered care model, the team works together to deliver innovative and highly specialized care to meet the comprehensive needs of each patient. Demonstrated outcomes place the Heart Institute among the top-performing programs in the country, making it a leading referral center for the most common to most complex heart conditions. For more information, visit:

Children’s Hospital Colorado, a not-for-profit organization, sees more, treats more and heals more children than any other hospital in the region. A collaborative approach features the nation’s top pediatric doctors, nurses, researchers and scientists working together, pioneering a new approach to pediatric medicine. CHC is a top-five, nationally ranked hospital on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” 2011-12 Honor Roll. To learn more, visit:

See More Past Events