David Mandarich, Bonnie Mandarich, Debra McKenney and Douglas D. Kerbs. Photo courtesy of Love.n.Joy Photography
Broker associate Douglas D. Kerbs and Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty helped to raise nearly $170,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the 6th Annual Under the August Moon Gala. More than 345 guests donned in Western chic attire arrived at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver.
“St. Jude is a charity near and dear to my heart,” said Kerbs, FSIR broker associate and chairman of the committee for the St. Jude Gala. “I couldn’t be more thrilled at the success of this year’s event, and the overwhelming amount of contributions made on behalf of the children of St. Jude.”
Letitia Frye, famed auctioneer and longtime supporter of St. Jude, auctioned off items that ranged from VIP passes to the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament, to a seven-day, six-night stay at Del Arco Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. Deborah Takahara of Fox31 News served as emcee, while nationally acclaimed songwriters Brice Long, Dylan Altman and Phillip White serenaded the crowd. However, it was two young patients who stole the show – Ella, 10, diagnosed and living with adrenocortical carcinoma, and Colin, 7, diagnosed with ependymoma, a malignant brain tumor, currently in remission.
Not a dry eye in the house, these inspirational children and their parents shared heartfelt stories of the incredible impact St. Jude has made on their lives. Ella braved the stage cracking jokes, and sang lyrics from Matt Redman’s song, You Never Let Go to top off the magical night.
“This year’s event raised more money than any other year,” said Sarah Ford, ALSAC/ St. Jude. “The generosity of our guests goes a long way, as money raised goes directly to support the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The commitment of our chairman, Douglas D. Kerbs, impacted the event immensely as we were able to introduce the mission of St. Jude to new friends in Denver.”
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