Melly Kinnard and Shari Janata. Photos by Glory Weisberg
Handmade knitted baby clothes were among the items donated to Newborns in Need.
By Glory Weisberg
The Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion Newborns in Need Baby Shower brought together many supporters who want to be sure women delivering their babies at Denver Health go home with essential items.
The Denver Health Foundation’s event was attended by women from various businesses, sororities and the private sector. King Soopers CEO Russ Dispense’s wife Debbie Dispense was among those who filled the mansion’s sunroom with adorable items. Hand knitted newborn size sweaters and booties, as well as diapers, diaper bags, strollers and $45,000 from the Anschutz Foundation were given. This money will enable the foundation’s leader Paula Herzmark and program manager Robin Engleberg to buy some items in bulk.
Suzanne Orth, Kate Devlin and Paula Herzmark
When Special Friend certificates were given out, one went to Melly Kinnard, who volunteers for the Bears and Books group.
Engleberg said “If Denver was Rome all roads would lead to Melly.”
Also honored was Cheryl O’Toole. She and her friends make blankets and booties and last year they made 310 pairs of adorable little feet warmers.
Bearing the name Denver Health, many local people figure that the hospital is publicly funded by the City and County of Denver but that connection ceased some years ago, thus the existence of the Denver Health Foundation and the reason for its fundraising events. With one of every three babies born in Denver born at Denver Health, support is crucial.
Dr. Sharon Langendoerfer spent 35 years working for Denver Health and recently retired but that didn’t stop her from working for the hospital, as she is now an active volunteer pediatric neonatal physician there.
The NIN program is supported by past state first ladies, Frances Owens, Jeannie Ritter and Dottie Lamm, with help from a special NIN Task Force. When you shop at King Soopers, look for the little boxes at check-out stands or by the store door. Each box you buy helps fund the NIN program.
For more information visit www.denverhealthfoundation.org.
Howard Rickspoon of Bears and Books, and Robin Engleberg
Boppies, blankets and baby clothes are a few items that were donated at the Newborns In Need Baby Shower.
Dr. Sharon Langendoerfer
Frances Owens and Dottie Lamm
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