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March 03, 2004 - Soup Warms the Heart and Soothes the Soul

What: Unique and Annual fundraiser

Where: Marriott City Center

When: March 2, 2004

Beneficiary: Hospice of Peace and Porter Hospice

EMCEE: Kim Christiansen of 9NEWS

Presenting Sponsor(s): Truffled Vichyssoise: Phase 2 Consulting

Committee Members: Event Staff: Corinne Ablin, Hospice Director; Erin Denholm, Sr. VP Centura Health at Home; Beth Georges, Hospice of Peace Foundation; Barb Nielsen, Volunteer Coordinator; Cinnamon Pettijohn, Porter Hospice Foundation; Kathie Repola, Porter Hospice Foundation; Edie Sonn, Public Relations Coordinator; Nancy Thompson, Hospice Social Worker; Susie Tombs, Marketing Manager; Committee Volunteers: Chris Agnew, Jennifer Ballentine, Jeannie Bennington, Janice Borie, Ruth Carney, Pam Grange, Margy McKenna, Jane Merrick, Patty Pisani, Debby Ross, Nancy Ruane, Anita Sanborn, Holly Stabler, Sandee Thieme

Introductions: Erin Denholm, Senior VP, Centura Health at Home

Invocation: Paul Roper, Hospice Chaplain

Speaker: Irv "Coach" Brown

Libations: Coors, Southern Wine and Spirits

Sponsors: Seafood Bouillabaisse: Adams Project Management Consulting, First Data Corporation, GE Johnson Construction/Kitchell Contractors, McKesson Medical-Surgical, Olinger Mortuaries and Cemeteries; Golden Gazpacho: Aon Foundation, Bennington Johnson Biermann and Craigmile, The Children’s Hospital, Earl Swensson Architects, Geriatric Medicine Assoiciates, Marsh USA, Edward LaFaye, Tony and Patti Pisani, PacifiCare, Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation, Signature Building Group, UnitedHealthcare, Wells Fargo

Quote of the evening: "Umm, umm GOOD!"

Menu: Blue Point Bakery, Mission Trujillo, Tony’s Meats and Specialty Foods, Amore, Bruno’s Italian Bistro, P.F. Chang’s, Dazzle Supper Club, Fourth Story Restaurant, Gumbo’s Louisiana Style Café, Il Fornaio, Mel’s Bar and Grill, Paul’s Catering, Pesce Fresco, Solera Restaurant, Tante Louise, Ventura Grill

Attendance: 710 - Sold out!

Attire: Business attire

Special Thanks: Caruso Group International, Children’s Hospice International, Colorado Data Mail, The Great Frame Up, Gail Honey with Project XXII, Kuni Lexus, Olinger Mortuaries and Cemeteries, 1 Stop Printing, Professional Book Center, Proforma

Florist: Lehrer's Flowers

Information: Please call 303.561.5100

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 Over 700 hungrey guests waited in line to sample soups and raise money for Hospice of Peace and Porter Hospice
Over 700 hungrey guests waited in line to sample soups and raise money for Hospice of Peace and Porter Hospice
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Elizabeth Byrnes

Hundreds of hungry people stood in line for soup and a little sustenance on March 2nd. The scenario was not a soup kitchen line but a sea of business suit clad guests that came out to support the fourth Annual “Soup for the Soul,” a unique fundraiser for Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace.

“The event has grown tremendously each year,” said committee member Ruth Carney, Owner and Director of Special Events at Paul’s Catering. “In the first year, there were less than 300 attendees and at this year’s event there are over 700!”

For nearly 20 years, both Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace have helped thousands of people through their end-of-life journey, allowing them to live their final days with dignity and respect. They have made it their mission to provide quality, compassionate care for terminally ill patients. Porter’s home hospice program allows patients to spend their final days in the comfort of their own homes, with family and loved ones around them. As a faith-based hospice, Porter also recognized the need to treat the emotional and spiritual needs as well as physical symptoms. Hospice of Peace, the only Catholic hospice in Denver, also recognized the importance of spiritual and emotional health, taking special care to treat both the body and the soul.

Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace are part of Centura Health at Home, a member of Centura Health. Centura Health’s mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in the community.

More than a few of the attendees know firsthand the services that Hospice offers. For many, the “Soup for the Soul” event is a way to remember family and friends and an opportunity to give back to the organization. The catchy name provides nourishment for both the body and the soul, giving attendees the opportunity to taste soups and appetizers from some of Denver’s finest restaurants and to also have the gratifying feeling that they have made a difference.

Before the tasting began, there was a large silent auction that included ceramics, photographs, glassware, sculpture and different mediums of artwork, donated by leading local artists. Chances were sold at ten dollars each for a seven-day stay at The Jewel, a charming farmhouse in West County Cork, Ireland, on the shores of Bantry Bay.

Sixteen of the area’s establishments and purveyors offered tasty samples of their best breads, soups and desserts, including Blue Point Bakery, Mission Trujillo, Tony’s Meats and Specialty Foods, Amore, Bruno’s Italian Bistro, P.F. Chang’s, Dazzle Supper Club, Fourth Story Restaurant, Gumbo’s Louisiana Style Café, Il Fornaio, Mel’s Bar and Grill, Paul’s Catering, Pesce Fresco, Solera Restaurant, Tante Louise and Ventura Grill.

Bruno’s Italian Restaurant has been with the event since the first year. “This is a great organization to be part of,” said Tom Mirabito of Bruno’s. “And it is a win-win situation, because there are many customers that come into the restaurant and tell us that they found out about us at the Soup for the Soul dinner.”

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