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February 28, 2013 - MCPN's 9th Annual Green Tie Gala

What: An evening of fun, food, and music

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013

Time: 5.45 p.m.

Beneficiary: Metro Community Provider Network

Host(s): Amelia Earhart 9 News

President(s): Dave Myers

Entertainment: Strictly Irish Dancers

Music: Hazel MIller

Sponsors: Quest Diagnostics and Exempla Healthcare

Attendance: 500

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Longtime board member Barbara Shannon-Bannister
Longtime board member Barbara Shannon-Bannister

Metro Community Providers Network got its start in 1989 with one clinic and one physician in the City of Aurora. By June of this year, MCPN will expand to 20 sites in Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, and Park Counties. Serving uninsured or underserved families, MCPN provides qualiy healthcare, thus decreasing emergency room visits.

It's not a complete St Patrick's Day weekend without the traditional Green Tie Gala.

Green Tie Gala guests were greeted on the promenade with a bagpiper and then entered the Seawell Ballroom at the Performing Arts Center, where they enjoyed cocktails while they bid on silent auction items. Lots of green was on display, keeping with the theme.  The Irish mood was in full swing as the Strictly Irish dancers took to the floor.  

To get the event underway, John Reid, MCPN Vice President, took to the stage and introduced and thanked Amelia Earhart from Channel 9 for hosting the event for her second year.  Dave Myers, the MCPN President and CEO, was excited as he introduced long time board member Barbara Shannon-Banister who talked about the history and accomplishments of Metro Community Providers Network.

Then it was time for the awards.  Community Partner of the Year was awarded to the City of Aurora and Mayor Steve Hogan with the City Council took to the stage to receive their award. Jane Colvin was thrilled to receive Volunteer of the Year.  Events Partner of the Year was presented to Todd Gleason. Finally, The HealthCorps Local Impact Award was presented to The Action Center. State level legislators were also introduced on stage. State Senator Andy Kerr, State Representative Kathleen Conti and State Representative Rhonda Fields were welcomed on stage.

Amelia Earhart encouraged guests in a paddle raiser that raised $25,000 dollars on the spot. Strictly Irish took to the stage once again for a rousing dance performance.

Guests were then encouraged to take to the dance floor as Hazel Miller and her band entertained with her unique Colorado blend of jazz, swing and blues.

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