BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
While it recognized dozens of local trailblazers and supporters, Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) announced that because of several new, bold, national initiatives it will also be branded as the Center for Neurological Innovation. “We will still be known as CNI,” said Tami Lack Crawford, executive director. With 30 years of success, the occasion honored those who illuminated the organization’s past and present and those who will illuminate the future. The gala celebration was held at CU Denver South (formerly Wildlife Experience), a stunning venue that was perfect for a multi-faceted event. The cocktail reception was in the Atrium and Art Gallery. A surf ’n turf dinner and program was in the Great Hall with bars conveniently located at either end. Award-winning filmmaker Annie Eastwood’s videos revealed more in-depth information about the history, the passion of the present and a glimpse of the future of CNI.
Early visionaries who launched CNI included in the past honorees category were Dr. Gary VanderArk, Dr. Paul Levisohn, Nick Hilger, Kay Phillips, Dr. Peter Ricci and Mary White. Recognition was also given to such community leaders and early supporters as Doug Tisdale, Arlene Johnson, Roslyn Saunders, Edie Marks, Dr. Irv Arenberg, Craig Fleishman and Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons.
Present honorees were credited with sustaining CNI. Those individuals included: LaFawn Biddle, Dr. Richard and Linda VG Kelley, Dr. Cori Millen, Bill and Leslie Vollbracht, Drs. Allen and Diana Bowling, Dr. David Kelsall and the wonderful folks at ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter.
The future honorees are innovators and leaders in the field of neuroscience, research, funding, corporate partnerships, aging and some of them are even patients dedicated to the welfare and serving of neurological patients and their families. They are Dr. Alex Dietz, Suzanne Douthat Birkans with the Ralph L. Smith Foundation, Dr. Charles Livsey, Dr. Lotta Granholm Bentley and everyone from Knoeble Institute for Aging at DU and John Carlin, one of the patients behind the new neuro-wellness info hub project. Research offices are both at Swedish and St. Joseph Hospitals. St. Joe’s CEO Jameson Smith was acknowledged as well as Kelly Corey, regional account manager, Walgreen’s specialty pharmacy that approached CNI to partner earlier this year.
In addition, staff members recognized for loyalty and longevity included: donor and physician stewardship’s Lorre Gibson – 19 years; assistant director of research Judith Stucky – 15 years; speech and language pathologist Debra Banstra- 13 years; physical therapist Dottie Tarvestad – 13 years; and director of patient services Ellen Belle – 12 years.
The Englewood-based nonprofit fosters research and offers patient services and education. For further information: thecni.org or 303-788.4010.
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