The Heart of Hearts benefit for Centura Health’s Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation, took guests back in time to the 1970s and the result was a fun retro party.

Dr. Douglas and Debbie Dennis were honored with the 2013 Henry M. Porter Award. The good doctor has spent countless hours on orthopedic research and he has received numerous awards in his field. He was a recipient of the John Insall Award in 2010 and has also been named as one of the top 26 knee surgeons in the U.S. byOrthopedics This Week. Also, he was named one of the “Best Doctors for Executives” byColoradoBiz Magazine, and is a past president for the National Knee Society and American Association of Arthritic Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Dennis is presently the executive director of Operation Walk Denver.

The Heart of Hearts event benefited Avista, Castle Rock, Littleton, Parker and Porter Hospital Foundation Breast Cancer Care facilities.

Rocky Mountain Healthcare Foundation chair Tamra Ward held some guests in awe as she said, “It’s an honor to be celebrating the 33rd annual Heart of Hearts Gala. The comprehensive breast centers at our hospitals are more personal to me than ever, as last year at this time I was in treatment for breast cancer at Porter Adventist Hospital.”

A tribute to ABBA was the entertainment and their rousing repertoire got the party part of the event going.

Porter Adventist Hospital CEO Randy Haffner and his wife, Cindy Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation

Among volunteers who worked on the benefit: Kristin Adams, Jared Ammon, Ariel Bravo, Diana Chaney, Julie Collett, Susan Davis, Angelika Feldbush, Andrea and Carl Fitch, Tom Gadbois, Heidi Hainault, Tish Jeffers, Maria McVicker, Jon Nafie, Ann Pinelli, Meghan Pritt andMercy Tucker.

Among guests were Rich and Christie Andrews, Dennis and Becky Barts, LaFawn Biddle, Michelle Brokaw, Morreand Katrina Dean, Dr. Mark and Carol Elliott, Todd and Trina Folkenberg, Randyand Cynthia Haffner, Darrell and Karen Johnson, Sharon Pappas, and Mark andNancy Leonard.

The “Ladies and Gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton,” as they are called, are continuing their service in 2014 to Urban Peak, a nonprofit organization offering extensive services for the vulnerable homeless and runaway youth population.

Over the past four years, the property has hired employees through Urban Peak’s Job Readiness Training program, has participated in their annual Career Fair alongside various downtown businesses and many young people have benefitted from clothing and toiletry drives sponsored by the hotel.

In addition, one Thursday morning every month hotel staff volunteer their time at the shelter as they cook, prepare and serve a Community Breakfast for underprivileged youth. To-date, 48 breakfasts have been served by 65 hotel staff.

Komen Colorado

The Denver Metropolitan Affiliate and Aspen Affiliate, two Colorado-based Affiliates of Susan G. Komen have agreed to merge. The new Susan G. Komen Colorado will maintain offices in Denver and in Aspen. Komen Colorado will be governed by a single board representing both merged affiliates. Visit www.komendenver.org.

VOA Holiday Party

The Volunteers of America board, its guild and other supporters 100 strong were at Maggiano’s Little Italy South for a holiday buffet party last week. No “ask” or speeches, just camaraderie and kibitzing fun.

Even with temperatures hovering close to zero every table was about full. Among familiar VOA supporting faces: Tangy Buchanan, Ellen Stewart and her law partner Larry Martinez, Andrea Dutton-Frieson, Barbara Grogan, Faye and Reggie Washington, Myrtle Rowan, Diane Mourning, Glenn Rippey, Mark Cordova, Bill Adams, Ed Romero, Stana and John Herbolich, Emily Tarleton, Carol James, Barb Goettelman, Deb Smith, Alberte Spencerand lots of others who happily table hopped, buffet plates and drinks being carefully balanced.

Boots & Bling

Invitations for events in the spring are flying into our inbox. The latest is “Boots & Bling” for Family HomeStead, March 8, 2014, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Visit www.familyhomestead.org.

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