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November 08, 2012 - 2012 Heart of Hearts Gala

What: The Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation held its 32nd Annual Gala to raise money for the breast cancer centers of Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals.

Where: Sheraton Hotel - Downtown Denver

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Time: Cocktail Hour & Silent Auction: 5:30pm, Dinner & Program: 7pm

Ticket Prices: $275 each

Beneficiary: Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals

Master of Ceremonies: Murphy Huston of KOSI 101

Honoree(s): Henry M. Porter Award Recipients: Michelle Brokaw and Glen Sibley of Fleisher Smyth Brokaw LLC

Executive Director: Ed Ammon, Marble Jones, Geoffrey Isaak, Lisa Sandoval

President(s): Karen Johnson

Staff: Dan Hainault (Director of Operations), Valerie Ross (Development Officer), Steve Younger (Senior Accountant), Jude Keller (Director of Healing Arts Program), Peggy Morrison (Development Associate), Kathy Nafie (Stewardship Coordinator), Heather Dean (Executive Support for Marketing), Rhonda Fleming (Data Manager),Lisa Padilla (Office Assistant), Kara Turpen (Intern)

Welcome: Murphy Huston

Speaker: Dr. Colleen Murphy, Randy Haffner

Catering: Sheraton Hotel

Music: 1964...The Tribute and FACE

Sponsors: The Hewit Charitable Trust, Adventist Health System, Emergency Physicians of Littleton, Porter and Parker Hospitals, CHI Colorado Foundation, Diversified Radiology of Colorado, P.C., Fleisher Smyth Brokaw LLC, GE Johnson Construction Company, HKS, Inc., Radiology Imaging Associates, Robinson Dairy, UniPath, Guardian, Parsons, La Fawn Biddle, Guardian Anesthesia Services, Inc, ColoradoBiz, Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Johnson United and over 30+ more

Auctioneer: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Attendance: 580+

Attire: 1960s era fashion

Special Thanks: VBK Design (Marketing Collateral) and Direct Response, Inc. (Printing)

Information: Phone: 303.715.7600 /// Web:

Donors: 303 Training Center, American Furniture Warehouse, Richard Andrews, Arapahoe Basin & Ski Area, Bandimere Speedway, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Bennihana of Tokyo, Bolder Boulder and 60+ more

Event Coordinator: Laura Fitch (director of events), Deana Alfonso (event coordinator)

Decor/Rental Company: Scenographics

Board of Directors: Tamra Ward, Morre Dean, Erin Denholm, Daren Forbes, Alicia Guerra, Randy Haffner, Aric Hilmas, Karen Johnson, Stephen King, Kris Ordelheide, John Sackett, Darrell Schulte, Brett Spenst, Kristy Suda

Blacktie Photos by: Kimberly Johnson

 Executive director of the Porter Adventist Hospital Foundation, Ed Ammon, Julie Ammon, and RMAHF President Karen Johnson
Executive director of the Porter Adventist Hospital Foundation, Ed Ammon, Julie Ammon, and RMAHF President Karen Johnson

The Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation, with Centura Health, celebrated the 32nd annual Heart of Hearts Gala benefitting Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals in a groovy evening of fundraising for the hospitals’ breast cancer centers.  Sixties attire was encouraged, and guests looked hip in psychedelic patterns and retro hairstyles.

Cocktail hour and auction bidding kicked off the evening and the ballroom at the Sheraton filled up quickly. More than 580 guests attended this year’s gala. Next, the a capella group from Boulder – FACE entertained with really impressive beat boxing skills and harmonious melodies.

Murphy Huston, of KOSI 101, engaged and warmed the audience as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.  Avista, Littleton, Parker and Porter Adventist Hospitals have come together to join efforts creating this wonderful event in the battle against breast cancer and I must thank you all for doing that,” he said. “My wife is a 16-year breast cancer survivor and it’s because of all your hard work, thank you.”

Deanna Alfonso, events coordinator for Rocky Mountain Adventist Heathcare Foundation, expected the foundation to exceed its fundraising goal of $335,000. This will significantly help more women access healthcare and receive exceptional oncology care.

Randy Haffner, CEO of Porter Hospital, spoke at last Thursday’s event about the disheartening odds of a cancer diagnoses sometime in their lives: 1 in 8. “Those are pretty lousy odds at this point,” he said. “I want to recognize those women that have valiantly fought against this disease. So I would ask, if you have been diagnosed or treated for breast cancer, please stand, so that we can recognize and give you our support.”  About 10 women stood amidst enthusiastic rounds of applause. “I would now ask if there is anyone in the audience that knows somebody that has had breast cancer, whether that’s your wife, your mother, sister, co-worker, neighbor, please stand.” Nearly every person in the ballroom rose. It was a profound statement and reminder of the purpose of the event.

The evening concluded with a vibrant performance by 1964…The Tribute – a remarkably realistic version of the infamous Beatles. 1964…The Tribute has played worldwide and to sold-out audiences at Carnegie Hall and Red Rocks. The band was a fun and fitting nod to the night’s theme.

Breast cancer affects men and women. Every two minutes there is a new breast cancer diagnosis. Every 14 minutes a life is lost. Through the help of sponsors, donors, researchers and the community, hope for a cure remains strong. And, survival rates have increased greatly over the years. The 5 year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is now 90%.

For more information about the Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation: 303.715.7600 or


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