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May 21, 2004 - Miracles happen at Americana with Tommy Hilfiger

Where: Adam's Mark Hotel - Plaza Ballroom

When: May 21, 2004

Time: 6:30 Cocktails; 7:15 Dinner; 8:30 Fashion Show

Ticket Prices: $150 Patron Ticket

Beneficiary: Colorado Neurological Institute. Proceeds support research, education, outreach & quality care for all CNI patients.

Honoree(s): Hope Award Winners: Sharon Mehesy, Terry Ford, Gene Houghton, Kobe Johnson Volunteer of the Year: Deb McVicker

EMCEE: Theresa Marchetta, Channel 7News

Gala Chairperson(s): Debra Gregory

Co-Chair(s): Ginny Messina, Jean Watt.

Executive Director: Luanne Williams, CNI

Staff: CNI Staff: Scott Barnes, Carol Green Wald, MD., Sue Goodin, M.A., Charlotte Larue, Natalie Pyle, Judith Stucky, Luanne Williams, CFRE.

Speaker: Presentation of Awards: Hope and Cindy Acree

Entertainment: Fashion Show and dancing to the rhythms of 'Full House.'

Sponsors: Banner: Tommy Hilfiger, Foley’s Blue: Swedish Medical Center Auxiliary, Weyland Enterprises, 5280 Magazine White: Swedish Medical Center, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Kelley, Adam Mark Hotel Red: Accredo Therapeutics, Denver Social Register, Johnson Moving and storage, Northwestern Mutual Financial Services, Radiology Imaging Associates, Rocky Mountain Ear Center, Rocky Mountain MS Center, Rocky Mountain Neurosurgical Alliance, Roselyn Saunders, South Denver Anesthesiologists, Stryker Spine, Tom Gregory/Merrill Lynch, Spalding Community Foundation Additional Donations: CNI Stroke Center, Colorado Neurology, PC, Craig Hospital, Del Fresco’s Steak House, Leslie Fanelli Designs, Lucille Gallagher & Dr. Richard Stieg, Merrill Lynch, Norgren Foundation, Northwest Mutual Financial Services, Outrigger enterprises, Inc., Saunders Construction, Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, Bob & Melody Staffen, Italy by Vespa, G.A. Wright.

Auctioneer: Rep. Debbie Stafford

Attire: Evening or Cocktail Attire

Special Thanks: Tommy Hilfiger and his team; Jan Blankennagel and Foley’s; G.A. Wright Marketing, Inc. for design and printing of our gala invitations and programs; Design Works for providing all the decorations; Fastlane Productions, Inc.; Sterling rose Florist; Theresa Marchetta, News 7; Rep. Debbie Stafford; Kimberley Langston/Swedish Medical Center Public Relations.

Planning Committee: Sharon Andrews, Jan Blankennagel, Artemis Khadiwala Donian, Sue Goodin, Robin Heppler, Caroline Karlin, Alex Khadiwala, Armen Khadiwala, Jennifer Knapp, Kimberly Langston, Mary McNicholas, Debra McVicker, Carmen Owens, Joy Ptasnik, Natalie Pyle, Roselyn Saunders, Jane Smedley, Margaret Stavros, Marie Treihaft, Luanne Williams.

Executive Producer(s): CNI Volunteer Board: President, Melody Staffen ;Vice President, Jean Watt; Recording Secretary, Charleen Merlo; Treasurer, Debra Gregory; Corresponding Secretary, Karen Schmidt; Immediate Past President, Debra McVicker; Nominating Chair, Debra McVicker.

Board of Directors: CNI Board of Directors: Chairman of the Board, Dan Weyland; President of the CNI Medical Advisory Board and Vice Chairman, John H. McVicker, MD; Treasurer, R. Donald Johnson; Assistant Treasurer, Walter R. Berger; Secretary, Peter E. Ricci, MD; CNI Executive Director, Luanne M. Williams, CFRE; Board Members, Cynthia Acree, Theron Bell, Walter R Berger, Norman Dyer, Barbara Farley, Lucille Gallagher, David C Kelsall, MD, Douglas Kerbs, Artemis Khadiwala Donian, Dennis O'Malley, James Osterhoff, Barbara Lynne Phillips, MD, Roselyn Saunders, Richard E. Schaler, MD, Michael M. Schmidt, Esq,, Marc M Treihaft, MD, Mary White, John Low, Esq., Debra McVicker, Roland Muhrer, Gary VanderArk, MD

Blacktie Photos by: Mollybeth Lombard

 Hope Award reciepient, Kobe Johnson, was selected as a recipient for CNI’s Cochlear Implant in 2003.  With all the new sounds he can now hear, Kobe  is larger than life, accompanied by his parents, Ron and Denise Johnson.
Hope Award reciepient, Kobe Johnson, was selected as a recipient for CNI’s Cochlear Implant in 2003. With all the new sounds he can now hear, Kobe is larger than life, accompanied by his parents, Ron and Denise Johnson.
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May 21st was a night of fun and fashion, making miracles happen for the Colorado Neurological Institute presenting ‘Americana with Tommy Hilfiger.’ An exclusive preview of Hilfigers new luxury collection was seen on the runway along with a live auction of fabulous items and dancing to the rhythms of "Full House".

The night began with a cocktail reception and guests were seated right away for the ‘Hope Awards’ presentation, what the night of miracles was all about. And the exquisite dinner was served. Theresa Marchetta, News 7, introduced the CNI video “What’s Possible,” a insightful message of the work CNI is accomplishing and the lives they are changing. Then Hope and Cyndi Acree took the stage to tell how CNI has allowed them life and to present the ‘Hope Awards.’

The Hope Award is named for Cyndi Acree who had a stroke while very young. She fought her way back and competed the bike ride called “Ride the Rockies”, which is a challenge for any person who is perfectly healthy. Cyndi was determined, and accomplished what she set out to do. The purpose of the Hope Award is to recognize CNI patients who have provided courage, inspiration and hope to others through their ability to communicate their story, adapt to their neurological condition or improve patient support services.

For their courage and inspiration, four CNI patients have been given the 2004 Hope Award:
Terry Ford reached a turning point in his battle with the pain of peripheral neuropathy when he found the CNI Neuromuscular and Peripheral Nerve Disorders Center. For the first time, he received a thorough testing of all aspects of his disease and began to receive innovative treatments, including andyne therapy. The result: the advancement of Terry’s disease significantly slowed down for the first time in 10 years.

Gene Hougton, after his stroke, was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center, which works in partnership with CNI to provide the region’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center. Through interventional neuroradiology and an innovative new “snare technique” to effectively retrieve and remove the clot from Gene’s brain, the procedure effectively reversed Gene’s strokes.

Kobe Johnson was 18 months old when his parents were told he was deaf. In 2003 he was selected as a recipient for CNI’s Cochlear Implant Assistance Program. Kobe is now adjusting to all the sounds that were absent during the first two years of his life, including his families voices. Kobe now sings, says "mom" and makes engine noises when driving his toy trucks.

Sharon Mehesy spent months in rehabilitation to overcome injuries from a devastating car accident. One highly visible remnant of her injuries was a disabling spasticity that made it impossible for her to go through a regular walking motion. Through a doctor’s referral, she was introduced to the CNI Movement Disorders Center, where Sharon received comprehensive treatment, including Botox injections that help her function more normally.

The night continued with Rep. Debbie Stafford, a fabulous energetic auctioneer who ran the live auction. And what an auction it was; the live auction alone raised over $11,700. Then the entertaining Tommy Hilfiger and FOLEY's runway show took the stage by storm. The young and the beautiful gave a fun colorful preview of Tommy's summer line. The line was fun and festive, every eye glued to the catwalk for the entire show. Afterwards, the evening progressed with dancing to the tunes of 'Fullhouse,' and several tables of chocolate fountains flowing with irresistable dessert from 'Sir Chocolate.'

About CNI
Since its founding as a non-profit organization in 1988, the Colorado Neurological Institute has become the largest, most comprehensive neuroscience center in the Rocky Mountain region. A regional, national, and international Center of Excellence, CNI's goal is to create and support disease-specific programs and services for every neurological disorder, providing patient care, education, clinical research and community outreach. Located on the campus of Swedish Medical Center, CNI is a membership organization with more than 80 physicians and neuroscientists.

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