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October 18, 2012 - Inner City Health Gets Jazzed

What: Fundraiser for ICHC medical and dental programs

Where: Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: Thursday, October 18, 2012

Time: 5:45 p.m.

Ticket Prices: General: $75; Reserved: $100; VIP: $125

Mistress of Ceremonies: Gloria Neal

Executive Director: CEO: Kraig Burleson

Entertainment: Hazel Miller, Dotsero, Mary Louise Lee Band, Nelson Rangell

Sponsors: 1st Bank, Be a Champion in the Community, CBS4, KUVO

Event Coordinator: Lark Katchur, Ryta Sondergard, Marsha Temple

Board of Directors: Todd Krapf, chair; Stacia Schmalzer, vice chair; Krista Lavonas MD, secretary; Christine Bess, Sherry Delaney, Susan Nord, Bob Owen, Edward Wekesser, Robert Former Jr.

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Hazel Miller with attitude, and Nelson Rangell in the background
Hazel Miller with attitude, and Nelson Rangell in the background

The stars were out and glittering Thursday night, and not just in the sky.
Well-known Denver musician Hazel Miller brought her friends to deliver an out-of-the-park performance at the Seawell Ballroom in a special concert to benefit the Inner City Health Center. Miller's friends included internationally known saxaphonist and composer Nelson Rangell, Denver's first lady Mary Louise Lee and her band and Denver favorite Dotsero. The Seawell Ballroom was decorated for VIPs with white leather sofas and chairs, which emulated a cozy jazz club.
The crowd of more than 300 will remember this eclectic concert for many years to come--each segment was filled with incredible music and unparalled talent. Miller talked to attendees about her special affinity for ICHC, where she is not only a supporter, but also a client. CEO Kraig Burleson and Mayor Michael Hancock also took the stage to thank everyone for coming and to urge them to support ICHC. CBS4's Gloria Neal provided humorous and energetic emcee duties.
This was all for such an important cause. Inner City Health Center has been providing quality comprehensive medical and dental care as well as individual and family counseling to the uninsured for almost three decades. Founded in 1983, the Center has expanded from a small neighborhood clinic serving individuals and families in Five Points, one of Colorado’s poorest neighborhoods, to an award-winning community health care center with more than 51% of its patients coming from outside the city and county of Denver, including patients from Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. 

The most recent success story is the building of their new clinical home that is twice the size of its predecessor and offers space for substantial future growth and development. The Center has also earned significant recognition and honors including El Pomar Foundation 2007 Awards for Excellence and being named the 2006 Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year. Also in 2006 and again in 2012, the Center was named a Champion of the Community by the Denver Broncos Charities Fund.

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