Throngs of attendees enjoyed Salt-N-Pepa, Grammy Award winning first ever female rap crew. Photo by Jensen Sutta Photography
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Layers of gourmet food, layers of special entertainment and layers of generosity (totaling $2.4 million) framed the annual gala to raise funds for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Lavish seating vignettes with drape-partitioned intimate areas greeted guests at Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center when Children’s Hospital Colorado literally staged its elegant annual gala. After a silent auction, tables laden with shrimp and other treats, attendees were invited to the ballroom for the Ancho rubbed tenderloin and seared scallop entrée followed by the emotional program. Auctioneer Reggie Rivers was exceptionally persuasive and interviewed adorable and poised ambassadors (who served as guest emcees) Maya, Lillian, Maddy, Nate and Thomas onstage.
Auctioneer and former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers and former Denver Bronco Larry Brunson surround Reggie’s wife Stephanie
Featured Ambassador Maya shared her story of being the only girl in the world having an extremely rare blood disorder – hemophagocyctic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). In 2016 she underwent a bone marrow transplant with her sister Marley. Both said they loved all the doctors and were so inspired by the care of Dr. Taizo Nakano and Dr. Amy Keating that both girls want to be medical doctors themselves. Maya declared that a soft comforting monkey should be given to each patient at Children’s. She named the monkey “Dave.” A donation of $1,000 pays for 10 “Daves” for children at the hospital.
Patient Ambassador Maya with her best support friend – monkey “Dave” and sister Marley
After the program and entertainment by two of three layers of entertainment – Zach Heckendorf and DJ RIPM Joshua Estrada, already satiated guests could take advantage of a set change to enjoy further delectibles such as a bacon bar (no kidding – including chocolate dipped), varied beverage bars, a nitrogen station, a liquor-infused donut bar and much more. Then Salt N Pepa rocked the ballroom.
Three generations of the Wagner family have supported Children’s Hospital Colorado. Business leaders and philanthropists Bruce and Bev Wagner and the entire family were hosts of this year’s celebration. “Go see the magic at Children’s,” said Bruce Wagner. “Thanks for your generosity that helps care and cure research that goes on every day.” Three generations deep, the family’s passion for children’s Hospital began decades ago. Joseph Wagner, a longtime Children’s Colorado Foundation trustee and founder of Wagner Equipment Company, chaired the Foundation’s Board in 1997 and has been involved ever since. Joe was off celebrating his 92nd birthday. His son Bruce is currently on the board. This year’s gala is the final year of the Courage is… The Campaign to Transform Children’s Health. Children’s Hospital is the only nonprofit pediatric hospital in a seven-state region. Children’s Hospital Foundation is an independent charitable organization dedicated to advancing the mission of Children’s Hospital Colorado.
The 42nd Annual Gala will be October 5, 2019. For further information: 720-777-1700 or childrenscoloradofoundation.org.
Jason and Jill Livingston at one of their Eclectic Hive seating vignettes with Dave Barnes
Dr. Shikha Sundaram, director of liver transplants at Children’s Hospital and her husband Sri Sundaram, M.D., cardiologist at South Denver Heart
President of Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation Jen Darling and Dan J. Serwitz
Candy Ergen with Children’s Hospital Colorado President and CEO Jena Hausman
Gala Chairs Beverly and Bruce Wagner. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Cherry Creek High School alum Zach Heckendorf, former Children’s Hospital patient, and his band
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