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March 07, 2004 - Bloodhounds Fill Pearl Street Mall in Boulder

What: Scavenger Hunt and Party

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Boulder

When: Sunday, March 7, 2004

Time: 1 pm - 6 pm

Ticket Prices: Spectators $35; Individuals $55: Hunt Teams $300

Beneficiary: Bonfils Blood Center Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Jeff Larsen, Bonfils Blood Center donor

Co-Chair(s): David Gilman, President, First National Bank of Colorado

Executive Director: Thomas C. Puckett, CEO

Staff: Suzi Stolte, Krista DeSabato

Welcome: Jeff Larsen

Libations: Boulder Theater

Catering: Spice of Life

Of note: Judges included: Lauren Larsen, Kim Kobel

Sponsors: Boulder Community Hospital, CBS 4, First Bank Holding Company, First National Bank of Colorado, Geomega, Kaiser Permanente, Sam's Club Foundation, Wells Fargo, Boulder Theater, Gambro BCT

Menu: Chicken skewers served with a spicy peanut sauce, Deep South meatballs, hot artichoke & Asiago spread, artichoke hearts and mushrooms baked with Asiago cheese and served with pita chips, vegetable crudités accompanied by herb Boursin and sun-dried tomato dip, traditional style and teriyaki style chicken wings served in an orange tamari sauce, fresh fruit cornucopia, and assorted cookies and brownies

Attendance: 200+

Attire: Crazy costumes

Information: 303-361-2873

Event Coordinator: Suzi Stolte

Board of Directors: William C. Dickey, M.D.; Charles A. Dierker; Carolynn Bond; Heather Ehret-Faircloth; Ben Galloway, M.D.; Douglas G. Laub; Thomas C. Puckett; L. William Schmidt, Jr., P.C.; Hollie Trow

Blacktie Photos by: Brenda A. Fraser

 Adelaide Naughton and Lara Urano were part of a team called
Adelaide Naughton and Lara Urano were part of a team called "Dover Dan and the Canteenas" at the Bloodhounds Scavenger Hunt for Bonfils Blood Center Foundation

By Brenda A. Fraser For six years, the very creative "Bloodhounds" Scavenger Hunt, created by Bonfils Blood Center Foundation, has roamed the streets of Denver. This year, the event moved to Boulder to attract some new "dogs" to the cause. The "hunt" took place in the afternoon during 2-4 pm along the Pearl Street Mall on a bright sunny March day. Spring was in the air as buskers juggled and twirled on the mall and costumed scavengers scurried about the place. Emcee Jeff Larsen emphasized that the scavenger hunt was "not a race" but rather a test of imagination, creativity, and old-fashioned investigative skills. Jeff announced also that he has reached a personal blood donation of one gallon! This lifelong commitment to donating blood was a personal response to his wife's challenging health issues which required her receiving 200 units of blood. Lauren Larsen is now healthy and is living proof how vital blood donations are to saving someone's life. She was in attendance as one of the judges at the event. Following the wild scavanger hunt, the post-hunt party took place at the Boulder Theater. Guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet menu prepared by Spice of Life Catering which included BBQ meatballs, artichoke dip, fresh veggies, chicken skewers and much more. Some of the more creative costumes included Dover Dan and the Canteenas. the Blood Bankers, the Blood Drippers, the Life Savers, the Hep B Hippies, Flirtateous Philpotibists, Gilligan's Crew, and more! Geomega, Inc., was one of the corporate teams that have participated since the beginning six years ago. Other corporate teams came from Micro Motion, News4, Gambro, First National Bank of Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, the Boulder Community Hospital, and even Bonfils staff.

Prizes were awarded for these categories: Scavenger Hunt Champions: 1st place - The Donation Dogs from Downtown Boulder Inc. 2nd Place - The Drippers - Sheryl Elliss and Friends 3rd Place - News Hounds - News 4

Best Song: 1st Place - Donor Dan and the Canteenas from Bonfils Blood Center 2nd Place - The Drippers - Sheryl Elliss and Friends Honorable Mention - The Blood Bankers - First National Bank of Colorado

Best Name: The Phlirtatious Phlebotomists and Dr. Vain Vein from Bonfils Boulder Community Donor Center

Best Costume: 1st Place Donor Dan and the Canteenas from Bonfils Blood Center 2nd Place - The Three Zygote Zoo - Dave Claflin and family

Established in 1995, the Bonfils Blood Center Foundation provides financial support for many of the organization's life-saving efforts, including the development of Cord Blood Services and numerous transfusion medicine research projects.

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