AURORA, Colo. (Oct. 8, 2019) — Generous supporters from across the Rocky Mountain region gathered on Oct. 5 for an elegant evening to help patients and families at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
One of Colorado’s premier black-tie charity events, the 42nd annual Children’s Gala took place at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. Together, in an incredible show of community support, guests raised over $3.4 million for the hospital – the most the event has raised in its 42 years.
Giving makes all the difference at Children’s Colorado. As the only comprehensive nonprofit children’s hospital in a seven-state region, Children’s Colorado provides world-class, family-centered care to more than 225,000 kids every year. The 2019 Children’s Gala celebrated a history of excellence in pediatric care and toasted the generous donors and community partners who make it possible. The evening’s theme was constellations and reminded guests how, much like pictures etched in the stars, we are all connected. “Through thousands of connections, great and small, we come together to help kids be healthy,” said Jena Hausmann, President and CEO of Children’s Colorado.
The hosts of the evening were Ed and Jeannette Kerr and the Kerr family, who have a longstanding commitment to Children’s Colorado. Inspired by the care their daughter Remington received at Children’s Colorado, they pledged a $2 million gift in 2015 to establish the Ed and Jeannette Kerr Family Endowed Chair in Endocrinology. This fund supports research for less-invasive treatments and ultimately a cure for children who have rare bone diseases, like Remington who has hypophosphatemic rickets. In a surprise announcement, Ed and Jeannette Kerr also gave an additional $500,000 at the Children’s Gala.
The Gala featured many kids who have gone through journeys at Children’s Colorado. This courageous group of children has faced ongoing medical challenges. Jalen has received rounds of chemotherapy to fight leukemia; Hunter has severe scoliosis, which causes his spine to twist in every direction; Maggie experiences debilitating chronic migraines; and Emilia has biliary atresia, a liver disease. They bravely shared their stories and what they love about Children’s Colorado alongside event emcee Reggie Rivers, a former Denver Broncos player.
In a grand finale, guests celebrated a beautifully successful evening for Children’s Colorado by dancing the night away to a high-energy performance by multi-platinum artists Fitz and the Tantrums.
“We are in awe of the generous hearts at this year’s Children’s Gala,” said Jen Darling, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. “Donors have shown what a powerful impact we can make when we come together as one community for kids.”
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