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June 08, 2013 - 10th Annual Wine Event for Children's Hospital Colorado

What: Annual gourmet wine pairing and dinner to support the Colorado Children's Hospital

Where: Infinity Park Events Center, 4400 E Kentucky Ave, Glendale CO, 80246

When: Saturday, June 8, 2013

Time: 5:45 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150 for Individual Ticket; $250 for VIP Patron Ticket

Beneficiary: Children's Hospital Colorado Fetal Care Center

EMCEE: Lisa Hidalgo, 7News meteorologist

Gala Chairperson(s): Jean Bitzer and Heidi Robinson

Committee Members: Andrea Adams, Micky Adams, Sommer Bannan, Shannon Bell, Lisa Binkowski, Betsy Carr, Adrienne Davis-Kallas, Judy Dolton, Chrissy Faraci, Amy Gavin, Heidi Ghiselli, Melissa Johnson, Rhonda Kay, Jenn Kimbel, Erin McDonnell, Sonya Peterson, Michelle Wilkinson

Welcome: 7News meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo

Speaker: Dr. Timothy Crombleholme

Libations: Wines from 17 various wineries

Catering: Catering by Design

Sponsors: Phipps McCarthy, Crothall Services Group, Accuvant, Association of Volunteers (AOV)/ Children's Hospital Colorado, Balfour Concord, EKS&H, EPIC Systems Corp., John Bothner, Jena Hausman, Kelly Johnson, Lockton Companies, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Vectra Bank, Braconier Plumbing & Heating, Dill Dill Carr Stonebraker/Faraci & Wolanske Attorneys at Law, Jim & Jodi Smallwood, Sean & Erinn Marrin, Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation, CoBank, ACB, Cobiz Financial, Justin & Sommer Bannan, Kenny Electric, Murphy Company Mechanical Contractors & Engineers, Rocky Mountain Investment Partners, Suncor Energy, The Fetal Care Center, UMB Bank

Auctioneer: Greg Quiroga

Menu: Espresso rubbed bistro steak with black cherry reduction, creamy polenta, balsamic grilled asparagus, and micro arugula

Attendance: 400

Attire: Cocktail attire

Special Thanks: 3 Story Design, Argonaut Liquor, Auction Event Solutions, Aurora Fire Department, By Design Event D├ęcor, Catering by Design, Children's Hospital Colorado-Association of Volunteers, Children's Hospital Colorado-Association of Volunteers, Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Dan Kim with Philnor Liquor Wine & Spirits, GH Phipps Women in Construction, Ink! Coffee, Lisa Hidalgo, Manas Consulting, Maxwell Print Management, Micky Adams, Nothing Bundt Cakes, r &d Wine

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Catering by Design

Donors: Participating wineries: Bremer Family Winery, Cade Winery, Cakebread Cellars, Chimney Rock Winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, Far Niente Winery, Frank Family Vineyards, Frog's Leap Winery, Heitz Cellar, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Opus, Plumpjack Winery, Raymond Vineyards, Rombauer Vineyards, Staglin Family Vineyard, St. Supery Vineyards & Winery, Whitehall Lane Winery

Blacktie Photos by: Lorenzo Chavez

 Heidi Robinson and Jean Bitzer present award to Kurt Klanderud, President at GH Phipps Construction
Heidi Robinson and Jean Bitzer present award to Kurt Klanderud, President at GH Phipps Construction

This year's 10th annual Wine Event was filled with glitz and glamour set among the blue violet and purple hues of the Infinity Park Events Center ballroom lighting. The Wine Event benefiting Children's Hospital Colorado celebrated its 10th anniversary with some of the world's best wines and an elegant, sophisticated setting that attracted a wide spectrum of supporters including some 400 donors, patrons, guests and wine connoisseurs.

The reputation of Children's Hospital Colorado extends nationwide for their children's critical care unit and a wide collection of awards for their medical expertise and groundbreaking research. This event is a special treat for Colorado wine lovers who get to pair their favorite wines with fantastic food amid the dynamic live and silent auctions. Presented by Phipps McCarthy, this fundraiser represents the annual signature event for the Children's Hospital Colorado Association of Volunteers or AoV group, who match volunteer skills and interests with the needs and roles of various hospital departments. The Wine Event specifically raises funding for the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program.

Filling in this year for emcee Chief Meteorologist Mike Nelson was the diminutive and proud mommy 7News meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo. Hidalgo and wine auctioneer Greg Quiroga kept the crowd engaged before turning over duties for an award to Kurt Klanderud, President, GH Phipps Construction, presented by event Co-Chairs Jean Bitzer and Heidi Robinson.

Amid the glitz and glamour and happy-go-lucky moments at some of the most successful charitable events are speakers, or actions that remind us why these charitable fundraising events are essential. That moment came when proud parents Erik Hall and Savannah Perry Hall reached the podium and described their own story with a video illustrating how Children's Hospital Colorado surgeons were able to save their now 7-month-old daughter, Lake Annabelle Hall.

Baby Lake is alive and doing well today because of a team of three dozen physicians for a complicated surgical procedure lead by Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, who removed a cyst on the girl's left lung before she was born. Today, Lake is thriving and a natural entertainer. To the delight of the crowd, Lake stole the show--blowing many 'bubbles' throughout her parents' emotional presentation. These pre-birth surgical procedures are rare and complicated but available, thanks to the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Hospital Colorado.

The couple thanked the top surgeons, specialists, nurses, researchers, and various support staff. Thanks also were also conveyed to the AoV group of dedicated volunteers whose year-round hours of services help support more than a dozen departments. Passionate, fast-talking and inexhaustible Quiroga once again showed why he has become an annual crowd pleaser by auctioning off top bottles of top-selling wine selections and various other auction items for more than an hour.

AoV board member Donna Boyette and more than two dozen volunteers and hospital employees aided the  Wine Event committee in ensuring the program proceeded smoothly. Besides The Wine Event, the AoV oversees a dozen programs including the Prescription Pet Program, the Ambassador Program, Junior Volunteers, staffing of the gift shop and various other duties in support of Children's Hospital Colorado.

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