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September 22, 2012 - RM Adventist Health Care Foundation Presents Walk Denver

What: Gala benefiting Operation Walk Denver

Where: Hyatt Denver Convention Center

When: Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150.00

Beneficiary: Operation Walk Denver

Master of Ceremonies: Gregg Moss

Gala Chairperson(s): Laura Fitch, Director of Events

Executive Director: Ed Ammon, Porter Hospital Foundation

Staff: Deana Alfonso, Heather Dean, Rhonda Fleming, Laura Fitch, Dan Hainault, Karen Johnson, Kathy Nafie, Lisa Padilla, Valerie Ross, Kara Turpen, Steve Younger

Introductions: Gregg Moss

Speaker: Dr. Todd Miner and Dr. Douglas Dennis

Libations: Courtesy of Dr. Douglas & Debbie Dennis

Entertainment: 17th Avenue Allstars

Sponsors: Dr. Douglas & Debra Dennis, Porter Adventist Hospital, Colorado Anesthesia Consultants, Biomet, Joshua & Jessica Carothers, Dr.& Mrs. Andrew Fedorowicz, Dr. Todd & Melisa Miner, Stryker Orthopaedics, Derick Levy, Dr. Barb Allen, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Tom & LouAnn Curran, Grynberg Petroleum, Dr. Brian & Patty Haas, Hanger Prosthetics, Barb "B" Jaguar, Dr. Derek & Mrs. Meredith Johnson, Dr. Raymond & Melissa Kim, Radiology Imaging, Zimmer Rocky Mountain

Auctioneer: Gayle Crosby

Quote of the evening: Alma Nestlebush hugging Jose Luis Diaz, guest patient from Panama said, "This young man has become my grandson."

Menu: 1st Course puree of celery root soup with apple mascarpone & chive oil. Entree of stuffed chicken breast with goat cheese & herbs, butternut squash risotto & braised brussel sprouts. Vegetarian entree zucchini lasagna, roasted tomatoes & peppers, herb ricotta, portobello mushrooms. Desserts, Almond & roasted pear tart with cranberry gel, white chocolate mousse with brandied cherries and chocolate heart.

Attendance: 300

Attire: Cocktail attire

Special Thanks: Walk of Dreams Volunteers: Debra Carlson, Debbie Dennis, Andrea Fitch, Danielle Fitch, Kendi McDaniel, Heba Nasereldin, Aileen Paez, Layla Rabih, Yolanda Ramos, Kristin Schank, Kendall Slutzky, Carolyn Thompson, Andrea Wanamaker, Brian Zarnock, Cohan Zarnoch, Gretchen Zornman.

Board of Directors: Barbara Allen, Tom Curran, Douglas Dennis, Mike Durbin, Steve Etkind, Brian Haas, Randy Haffner, Karen Johnson, Guy & Nicola Lansdown, Derick Levy, Tim McTavish, Todd Miner, Aileen Paez, Rosie Fedorowicz, Mark Leonard, R. Jerry Overgaard

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt


 Todd Miner & Gregg Moss
Todd Miner & Gregg Moss

 These Feets were Made for Walking, Jumping, Dancing

Downtown Denver was beautiful Saturday night. The Blue Bear could be seen greeting guests for the 9th Annual celebration for Operation Walk Denver's Gala, The 2012 Walk of Dreams at the Hyatt Convention Center Hotel. It was fitting that the exquisite Hyatt lobby expressed what they were celebrating: healthy feet. As one passed through the lobby they came face to face with sculptor Bill Starke’s life-size bronze, rock climbers hoisting themselves up the 20-30 ft. lobby wall. 

Operation Walk Denver was organized by local doctors who had dreams for restoring the joy of walking to men and women afflicted with debilitating arthritis and joint pain throughout the world. Twice a year, OWD sends a team of more than 60 dedicated medical volunteers to developing countries to provide free treatment for over 100 people per year. Indeed, many lives have been touched during the group’s travels to Panama, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Many of these individuals could barely walk, let alone run, jump, climb mountains or dance. Thanks to Operation Walk, their dreams came true. 

Operation Walk doctors have one goal in mind. They hope their travels result in educating in-country orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and healthcare professionals in the most advanced treatments and surgical procedures so they too can restore the joy of walking to their patients.

As the sun set, guests enjoyed a beautiful Colorado evening afterglow, and, the guests kept arriving and mingling amidst the brightly decorated silent auction items of gift baskets, sports equipment, jewelry, vacation getaway trips and hand-tooled leather bags. Most of the guests made it their mission to secure their bids at the auction tables before heading into grand ballroom for the evening’s program. 

Top live auction items included a Bronco trip with related Bronco items donated by John Elway and Dr. Derrick  & Meredith Johnson. Every one wanted The 5-day cycling tour in Tuscany, also the VIP night with the Colorado Avalanche, the nothing-leaves Las Vegas trip, a 3-bedroom villa at Waikoloa Beach Resort and the best, a trip to Panama with Operation Walk.

Executive Director Dr. Douglas Dennis said his greatest wish for the evening was that all guests leave with a better understanding of how this mission impacts a country, a community, a family and an individual.

For more information on this wonderful organization please their website: opwalkdenver.org. 

 

 

 

 

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