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April 21, 2012 - Kempe Takes Hong Kong!

What: Yearly reception, dinner, award presentations and show to raise funds for Kempe and show support of the treatment of child abuse and neglect.

Where: Denver Marriott City Center

When: Saturday, April 21, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception with dim sum, 7:00 p.m. dinner - followed by awards and entertainment

Ticket Prices: $250 General, $400 Patron, $125 Young Professional

Beneficiary: The Kempe Center and Foundation

Honoree(s): Community Award recipient: Jon Kruljac; Professional Award recipient: Dr. Andrew Sirotnak

EMCEE: Ed Greene

Gala Chairperson(s): Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons & Jack Fitzgibbons

Corporate Chairperson(s): Nicole Ament of U.S. Bank

Founders: Denver pediatrician - C. Henry Kempe

Co-Chair(s): Entertainment Chairs: Lark Wittens Katchur & Terri Fisher, Auction Chairs: Steve Edmonds & Lyn Schaffer, Invitation Chair: Jamie Angelich, Kick-off Party Chairs: John Farnam, Paul Heitzenrater, Layne Fleishman, Wrap-up Party Chair: Debi Tepper, Decor Chairs: Guenther Vogt, BJ Dyer

President(s): Patricia L. Peterson

Staff: Steve Harrell, Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Advancement; Tara Manthey, Communications and Marketing Manager; Janet Doolin, Vice President for Philanthropic Gifts; Rachel Lease, Donor Database Manager; Peggy Sands, Office/HR Manager; Christopher Goetz, Development Associate/Special Events Manager; Gene Liffick, Director Operations; Nancy Witt, Controller

Introductions: Emcee Ed Greene and President/CEO Patricia Peterson

Speaker: Adrienne & Jack Fitzgibbons - Event Chairs, Patricia Peterson, Jon Kruljac and Dr. Andrew Sirotnak

Catering: Denver Marriott City Center

Entertainment: The spectacular "The Silhouettes" a unique nationally-known Denver dance group

Of note: Guests were also entertained by young Chinese children escorting people into the ballroom for dinner and "cabbage throwing" Chinese dancing lions on stage

Sponsors: Emperor: The Piton Foundation, Anonymous; Lotus: Ren & Maureen Cannon, Walt Imhoff Family, U.S. Bank; Dragon: Brownstein/Hyatt/Farber/Schreck, Calerich Family Foundation, Charla G. Cannon, Collegiate Peaks Bank, Colorado Business Bank, Columbine Health Plan, DaVita, Dovetail Solutions, EKS&H Audit/Tax Consulting, Faegre Baker Daniels, Fairfield and Woods, Inc., First American State Bank, 1st Bank, Planet-Soul, Jack & Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons, George & Gail Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Lockton, KRG Capital Partners, McMahon, MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation, M.J. Smith & Associates, NexGen, Nordstrom, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Skip & Nancy Miller Foundation, The Seff Group, P.C. Certified Public Accountants, June Travis, University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics

Auctioneer: Paul Borrillo - Auction and Special Appeal

Quote of the evening: "With your help, we're kicking off another 40 years of preventing and treating child abuse and neglect." Patricia Peterson, The Kempe Foundation President & CEO

Menu: Chinatown springrolls with ginger mustard, glass thread soup, white tea and peach sorbet, grains of paradise New York Strip served with forbidden rice, bok choy and stir-fried vegetables, Mandarin orange tartlet garnished with sesame seed tuile' for dessert

Attendance: close to 600

Attire: Black Tie with an Asian flair

Special Thanks: 2012 Kempe Superheroes: Denver Mayor - Michael Hancock, Colorado Ballet Ballerina - Cara Cooper, Colorado Mammoth Forward - John Grant, Jr., Colorado Rapids Forward - Conor Casey, Anchor/Reporter 9News - Cheryl Preheim, Denver Broncos Linebacker - Von Miller

Florist: Guenther Vogt and BJ Dyer of Bouquets


Decor/Rental Company: Guenther Vogt & BJ Dyer of Bouquets

Board of Directors: Andy Boian, Board Chair, Reynolds Cannon, Board Vice Chair, Ruby Kadota, M.D., Board Secretary, Dan Seff, Board Treasurer, Nicole R. Ament, Esq., Jamie Angelich, Yvonne Camacho, Stephen R. Daniels, PhD, MD, John D. Faught, Esq., Bruce Fowler, Patrice Gendelman, Walter F. Imhoff, Gail B. Johnson, Richard D. Krugman, MD, Jon B. Kruljac, Bill Mackiernan, Tate McCoy, Patricia L. Peterson, B.S.N., J.D., Cheryl Preheim, Des Runyan, MD, DrPH, David B. Savitz, Esq., Mark Smith, Julia Stone, Lisa L. Taussig, Kareina Westlund; Sandee Walling, John Farnam, Paul Heitzenrater - Kempe Foundation Alliance; Advisory Committee: Edward Goldson, MD, Dean Prina, MD, Jeannie Ritter, Former First Lady of Colorado, Landri Taylor, Anne Trujillo; Honorary Members: Jules Amer, MD, John Elway, Frances Owens, Former First Lady of Colorado, Howard Torgove

Steering Committee: Miriam Abreu, Robin Allen, Gail Johnson, Teresa Kennedy, Nancy Koontz, Sydney Lapidus, Leigh McMahon, Lisa Taussig, Sandee Walling

Blacktie Photos by: Nancy Koontz

 Event chairs - Jack and Adrienne Fitzgibbons
Event chairs - Jack and Adrienne Fitzgibbons

Two years ago, Kempe took Manhattan and last year it was Paris!  This year the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong was the themed journey guests experienced at "Kempe Takes Hong Kong."

“East met West” with a night of sights, sounds, and tastes of Hong Kong to raise money for Kempe and celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Kempe Center. The celebration also marked the 50th anniversary of founder Dr. C. Henry Kempe's landmark paper, "The Battered Child Syndrome." 

The evening included a reception, an elegant dinner and the recognition of two child advocates: Jon Kruljac with "The Kempe Community Award" and Dr. Andrew Sirotnak with "The Kempe Professional Award."  The awards established in 1985, recognized Kruljac and Sirotnak for their vision and collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life for abused and neglected kids. 

Long-time community supporters Adrienne and Jack Fitzgibbons chaired the event and thanked everyone who attended and asked them to remember that the purpose of the yearly event is to make children a priority, and to help build a brighter future for those kids who are being abused and have no voice of their own.  

After the live/video presentations came the main entertainment by the spectacular "The Silhouettes" a 42-member dance troupe (ages 3-to-23) that knocked the socks off of the audience - as well as the judges recently on NBC's hit Season 6 show "America's Got Talent."

The Silhouettes placed second in the competition, and they are part of Rocky Mountain School of Dance and Performing Arts in Arvada, led by Lynne Patton for the past 20 years. The dancers shake it up behind a white screen — and make silhouettes that amaze - and amaze they did!  The group performed shadowed images of such patriotic symbols as the nation's Capitol, the New York City skyline, the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Monument. They brought tears to guests as they performed to the song "God Bless America."

Nearly 800,000 children are confirmed as having been abused or neglected in this country each year, including 11,000 in Colorado alone.  Please join the effort to give them hope. The Kempe Center and Foundation provides thousands of medical consultations, psychological treatment sessions and therapy days to help children and their families. The professionals, board and volunteers at Kempe give tirelessly to make sure these children are cared for with science and compassion to make sure their innocent voices are heard. 

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