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April 14, 2012 - Hope Springs Eternal at Annual CNI Celebration

What: 2012 Cindy Acree Hope Awards Celebration

Where: Inverness Hotel

When: Saturday, April 14, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner

Ticket Prices: Free event to donors, sponsors, members and patients of CNI

Beneficiary: CNI patients

EMCEE: Doug Tisdale

Presenting Sponsor(s): Radiology Imaging Associates, Art and Kathy Judd, Rocky Mountain Ear Center, Ron Eller, Rick and Robin Fort, BNY Mellon, Swedish Auxilliary, Triple B, Ruth Disher, and Rocky Mountain Movement Disorders Center

Executive Director: Tami Lack

Attendance: 200

Board of Directors: Tami Lack, Executive Director; Mary White, CEO of Swedish Medical Center; Sarah Tomicich; Peter Ricci; Steven Lantz; Ron Kubit; David Kelsall; Arthur Judd; Stanley Gallery; Donald Frie; Mike Fordyce; Craig Fleishman; Christopher Fanale; Diane Cook; Lynn Bunnell; Robin Fort, Secretary; John Stuck, Treasurer; Rajeev Kumar, Vice Chairman; Ron Eller, Chairman

Blacktie Photos by: Chad Chisholm

 Shelly Sadler, left, with Cindy Acree and Dr. Ira Chang
Shelly Sadler, left, with Cindy Acree and Dr. Ira Chang


The Columbine Room at Inverness Hotel was abuzz with the energy of the Cindy Acree Hope Awards for 2012. State Representative Cindy Acree, along with Executive Director of CNI Tami Lack and Dr. Rajeev Kumar were all in attendance beaming at the success of patients helped by CNI.

Dean Mills and Diane Damore were both presented Serve Colorado letters from Govenor Hickenlooper by Chairman Ron Eller. For their exemplary service and volunteerism, both were congratulated by CNI and Swedish Medical Auxiliary.

Detailing the stories of recipients in short video clips, patients ranged from 3rd grader Elise Daly to veteran paramedic/firefighter Eric Sondeen. Other recipients Shelly Sadler, Greg Jarvis, and Bob Miller all accepted Hope Awards from their doctors who nominated the patients individually for their fighting spirit and optimism during treatment.

"This experience changed me tremendously," reflected Bob Miller, "It taught me that I could accomplish more than I thought I ever could."

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