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April 19, 2001 - Disco fever hitsHospital gala kick-off

What: Children’s Hospital Gala 2001 Kick-off Party

Where: Polly-Esther’s disco, 23rd and Blake in LoDo

When: April 19, 2001

Beneficiary: Children’s Hospital

Buffet by: Adam’s Mark Hotel

 Children’s Hospital Gala 2001 dinner chairman Diane Sweat, left, and Martha Kelce have a clear case of  Saturday Night Fever.
Children’s Hospital Gala 2001 dinner chairman Diane Sweat, left, and Martha Kelce have a clear case of Saturday Night Fever.
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By Blacktie Staff

Children’s Hospital Gala 2001 organizers and volunteers turned back the clock to get ready for the future.

They gathered at Denver’s funkiest 70s nightspot, Polly-Esther’s, and got hopelessly hip for the hospital.

Gala chairman Charlene Dunn announced that Kool and the Gang would be the musical entertainment at the Sept. 22 event, which she promised will be “wonderfully fun and funky.”

Gala corporate committee members hope to bring in $1 million for the hospital at the gala.

Chief Operating Officer Dick Argys said demand is at an all-time high at the hospital; 12,000 surgeries were performed last year, the staff handled 300,000 outpatient visits, and the hospital cared for an average of 170 children per night.

Chairman Dunn praised dinner chair Diane Sweat for her enthusiasm and the good example she sets for other committee heads: “Diane’s warming up the lava lamps and the disco balls as we speak.”

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