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November 10, 2012 - Craig Ferguson tickles Colorado's funny bone at annual event

What: 2012 Children's Hospital Colorado Gala

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, November 10, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception, 7:30 p.m. dinner

Beneficiary: Children's Hospital Colorado

Gala Chairperson(s): Bridget and John Grier

Co-Chair(s): Steering Committee Chairs: Janie and Rick Stoddard; Corporate Committee Chair: Scott Reiman;

Committee Members: Corporate Committee: Brad Coors, John Grier, Roger Hutson, Walter Isenberg, Geoffrey Lord, Dave Prokupek, George Solich, Patrick Youssi;

President(s): Jim Shmerling

Libations: Chateau St Jean Chardonnay and Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon

Entertainment: Craig Ferguson, Iluminate, and DJ Casey Connor

Sponsors: IMAGINE SPONSORS: The Barton Family Foundation, Marcy and Bruce Benson, Kathy and Brad Coors, Crothall Services Group, Bridget and John Grier, Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Reiman Foundation, Virginia and Scott Reiman, Sage Hospitality, Carol and George Solich; Live Auction Sponsors: Cuvee, Hyde Park, Gucci, Montage Laguna Beach, USA Pro Challenge; Beverage Sponsor: Republic National Distributing Co.

Auctioneer: Leticia Frye

Menu: Grilled filet mignon, tomato and sun-dried apricot ragout and truffle Risotto

Attendance: 1,300

Attire: Black tie

Florist: Bouquets

Board of Directors: Terrence Carroll, Robert Hottman, Cathey Finlon, Joy Johnson, Kevin Reidy, Cole Finegan, Jim Shmerling, Russell Dispense, Donald Elliman, Brian Greffe, Maria Guajardo, Roxann Headley, Randy Hertel, David Hoover, Wayne Hutchens, Rhonda Kay, Kelly Kennedy, Richard Krugman, William Lindsay, Lilly Marks, R. Scott Nycum, Craig Ponzio, Paul Rady, Kristin Richardson, Jane Schumaker, Bradley Smith, Hal Stein and Ben Walton

Steering Committee: Nhu Agostine, Christy Andrisen, Sylvia Atencio, Ann Ayers, Edie Bell, Molly Broeren, Barbara Brooks, Meghan Brown, Jackie Brown-Griggs, Jenna Burstein, Kathy Coors, Amy Corrigan, Kimberly Coughlon, Melinda Couzens, Peg Crombleholme, Cathy Culshaw, Jackie Davis, Susan Drake, Kelly Eisinger, Faith Fisher, Annie Foonberg, Bridget Grier, Christie Isenberg, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Jennifer Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Kelly Kennedy, Stephanie Lawrence, Stephanie Lepard, Allison Levy, Marty Lord, Jessica Louis, Suzanne Mackenzie, Jennifer Marsico Milo, Diana Mead, Bill Miller, Chris Murray, Susan Noble, Kingsley Parsley, Cindy Parsons, Shannon Rapp, Lesia Rehl, Ann Reidy, Virginia Reiman, Joanna Ringsby, Brookly Rosen, Lyn Schaffer, Nicole Seawell, Stephanie Seebaum, Lori Sherry, Shelley Sloan, Holly Smith, Matt Smith, Carol Solich, Janie Stoddard, Tara Tongco Rojas, Tricia Youssi

Blacktie Photos by: Chad Chisholm

 Comedian Craig Ferguson had the crowd of 1,300 rolling in the aisles
Comedian Craig Ferguson had the crowd of 1,300 rolling in the aisles


Denver's funny bone was tickled by comedian Craig Ferguson, who amiably entertained the audience during the 35th annual Children's Hospital Legacy gala on Saturday evening. The packed ballroom was abuzz with excitement.

Welcoming guests, this year's Gala Chairs Bridget and John Grier stood with the 2012 Children’s Hospital Ambassadors, children ranging from ages 8 to 17 and patients at the hospital. The theme of the night, Legacy, was well suited for the amazing care the hospital continues to provide.

Donating back his entertainment fee to the hospital, Mr. Ferguson cajoled about everything from Kardashians to bison, Amendment 64 to Honey Boo Boo.

Appearing in a white sequined dress, auctioneer Leticia Frye earned $144,000 for the hospital during the live auction, bidders receiving everything from Grammy Awards packages to a travel experience by Cuvee.

To learn more about the work of the Children’s Hospital Colorado, visit


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