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September, 18 2004 - Thousands of Children Will Experience the Magic

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June 10, 2004 - Groundbreaking ceremony for the new Children's Hospital... ...and as seen in this photo, the building is going up very quickly. Completion is scheduled for Summer of 2007. Christie Isenberg, left, and M.J. Powers. M.J. and her husband Paul were Corporate Chairs, along with the Isenberg's. President and CEO of The Children's Hospital Dori Biester, PhD, RN, center, with Gala co-chairs Steve and Cindy Farber, left, and Debbi and Lee Alpert
A family portrait: Sarah Meile, left, Noah Wallis and Wayne and Debra Berger. Wayne was on the Corporate Committee. Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees member Virginia and Scott Reiman, one of the Dinner Chairs for the gala Communication Chair Rebecca Russell, left, with Brandt Wilkins, David Alexander and Corporate Committee member Tonya Everist. Both Brandt and David were on the gala committee. Sue Clinton, left, Martine Wollenweber, and Ginny Freyer. The Freyer's were one of the Corporate Chairs.
John and Suzanne Baron, left, with Marica and Dick Robinson Mistress of Ceremonies Kim Christiansen of 9NEWS and her husband, pose by the donated 2005 Volvo V50 T5 AWD car. Bruce and Marcy Benson, left, with Marilyn and Pete Coors. Marcy is the Chair of The Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and sits on The Children's Hospital Board. Rich Stoddard and Janie Lynch, left, with Cathy and Brad Rothhammer
Joanna and Alex Ringsby, left, with Kelly and Michael Kennedy President and CEO of The Children's Hospital Foundation Steve Winesett with his wife Kim Winesett, left, and Anne Rosen Walter and Christie Isenberg, one of the Corporate Chairs. The Isenberg's chaired the gala last year. Bud and Rebecca Wilkinson, left, Craig and Christy Martin and Stacy and Perry Mattern
Dennis and Helen Matthews, left, with Stefannie and Gregory Emerson Dr. Dean Prina, left, Kelly Gallagher, Michael Porto and K.C. Gallagher Corporate Chairs Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld, left, with Dr. John and Pam Grossman Denver Public Schools Superintendent Jerry and Diane Wartgow, left, Michael Pasquarella of Johnson and Wales, Carrie Besnette with the Daniels Fund and Corporate Committee member Steve Sander with Sander/GBSM
Matt and Stephanie Seebaum Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, center, poses with Steve Farber, left, and Walter Isenberg. Both Steve and Walter are on the Board of Trustees for The Children's Hospital Foundation. A family portrait: Steve Chotin, left, Scott Zemachson and Ross Chotin The Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees member Rich and Holly Kylberg
Auction co-chair Becky Beans, left, Virginia Reiman, and Richard and Jami Terlinden Dana Rebhun, left, Debra McKenney, Nancy Komatz and Susan Kurtz Girlfriends Kristin Richardson, left, and Joy Johnson, Children's Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees member and past gala chair President and CEO of The Children's Hospital Dori Biester, PhD, RN, center, with Dr. Mark Donovan, left, Dr. Brian Greffe, James Waring-White, Executive Director of the Colorado Film Foundation and Dr. Andrew Sirotnak
Gala co-chairs Steve and Cindy Farber, left, and Debbi and Lee Alpert Wendy Aiello and Josh Hanfling, one of the corporate committee members David and Bonnie Mandarich, left, with Dana and Chris Rebhun. The Mandarich's were one of the Dinner Chairs for the gala. Dr. James and Barbara Todd, left, with Dr. Doug and Ann Jones. Dr. Jones is the Chair of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital.
Candidate Pete Coors takes a moment to pose for a photo with Noah Wallis and Sarah Meile First Lady Frances Owens, left with her sister-in-law Mary Kay Owens-Lowe and Joe and Mary Smith Neiman Marcus' Public Relations Manager Nancy Sagar, left, and Leslie McKay, Special Events Director for The Children's Hospital John Moye, left, with newly engaged Alexis Owen and Andy Boian of Burkett Design. Andy was on the Corporate Committee.
Stan and Marianna Loftness Who is the doggie in the window? In this case, Clifford, the big red dog, selling for $300 at the silent auction. Last minute shoppers place their bids on the silent auction items. One of the most unique items was the ability to bid on a new Executive Tan franchise, valued at $25,000. Lara Salazar, left, Stefanie Clarke, Sylvia Atencio and Lynn Gorham
Dr. Bill and Betsy Pietra, left, with Tiffany and Rob Haynes Marissa Jablon, left, Blake Fisk and Jeff Ogden John Baron, left, Cathy Klein, Suzanne Baron and Dr. Jordan Klein of Partners in Pediatrics Teresa Immel, left, Susan Arigoni and Michelle Nathanson
Girlfriends Debbie Lustig, left, Barby Sidon and Cindy Farber "Experience the magic through the eyes of a child," was the theme for the 2004 Gala Master of Ceremonies Logan McCall has undergone four heart surgeries at Children's, since he was an infant. Now at the age of 15, he is now an aspiring actor and a sophomore at Heritage High School. President and CEO of The Children's Hospital Foundation Steve Winesett
President and CEO of The Children's Hospital Dori Biester, PhD, RN Leslie McKay and Emily McIntyre share a moment before the "interview" Preparing for the questions, Dante Palermo thinks of his answers Dori Biester cracks a joke and has the ambassadors Tawnie Swanson, left, Alicia Valdes and Christopher Ward in giggles
Emily McIntyre explains that she loves both gymnastics and soccer and would love to be in the Olympics for either sport. "Got to love this," said Kim Christiansen. "It is all about diversity - what a future!" Brandon Boyer was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2001 and underwent 16 months of chemotherapy. Here he tells Logan McCall about his love of sports and how he is the only freshman to play on the Varsity baseball team at his school. Seven-year-old Payton "Bailey" Morgan explains that she had an abdominal hernia that needed repairs, but as surgeons went to fix it, they found a large ganglioneuroblastoma, a tumor arising from nerve tissue. Bailey immediately began chemotherapy to reduce the size of the tumor. Bailey came prepared to show off what she has been working on since she got out of chemo - earning her next belt. Kim shows off the board that Bailey broke in one of her classes.
Dante Palermo had a mishap with a lighter and a trashcan and suffered second-degree burns. He is now a model for the Firefighter calendar - Mr. October - and is participating in the Juvenile Firesetter program. Ashley Snellbaker, 10-years-old, suffered with heart failure in the first days of her life, due to a problem with her aorta. "Now, I want to be a doctor," Ashley told Kim. "And give back to others that need help, like I did." 13-year-old Christopher Ward was born with a rare disorder indicated by a gap in his skull. He also has hydrocephalus, or "water on the brain." He has undergone many procedures, including cranial reconstruction and has made fantastic strides. Christopher is also a huge fan of knock-knock jokes and cracks the audience with a few. Around the age of four, Alicia Valdes was diagnosed with acute liver failure and received a liver transplant at TCH. She describes to Kim that she is a spokesperson for in Donor Alliance, a campaign to promote donor awareness in the Colorado/Wyoming region. Alicia had one small request for Dori Biester; perhaps at the new hospital they could put in a Pizza Hut in the cafeteria?
9-year-old Tawnie Swanson anxiously awaits her question from Logan... ...and smiles as she talks about her LOVE of riding horses at the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding School, especially her favorite horse Susie. Tawnie is an active girl with cerebral palsy, loves school and participates in Special Olympics. The ambassadors take a bow to a round of thundering applause Five-time Grammy winner, Donna Summer, dance music's greatest diva packed the dance floor when she opened with her hit "Hot Stuff."
Mystical and magical, butterflies found homes in many of the arrangements Towering arrangements of brightly colored spring flowers gracefully floated over the dinner tables like the hundreds of butterflies Butterflies even found their way to the cream filled chocolate baskets The grand ballroom at the Adam's Mark was transformed into a magical garden
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