Rocky Mountain MS Middle’s annual gala raises $ 330,000 – The Denver Publish

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    Erinn Porterfield, left, auctioneer Gary Corbett and gala chairman Adrienne Fitzgibbons.

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    TJ Wilscam, husband of keynote speaker Kim Ball, and auction committee chairman Pam Sletten.

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    Rusty and Julia Porterfield.

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    Dana Davis, who has multiple sclerosis, and Shane Hendryson.

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    Committee member Lyn Schaffer, left, and Syd Küster.

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    Jodi Steward and Craig Fleishman.

By Joanne Davidson, Special for The Denver Post

Colorado may have the dubious distinction of being a multiple sclerosis state, but it also has the legitimate honor of hosting the Rocky Mountain MS Center.

Since its inception in 1978, the center has taken a two-pronged approach to care for 1 in 550 Coloradans living with this progressive and unpredictable central nervous system disorder.

The Rocky Mountain MS Center at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus is a team of scientists led by Drs. Tim Vollmer and John Corboy whose research will help unlock the keys that will one day lead to a cure, and whose doctors trained on a multiple sclerosis scholarship offer direct care.

Chief Executive Officer Gina Berg oversees a wide range of patient services, including educational, counseling and support programs such as the King Adult Day Enrichment Program, which allows MS patients to participate in therapeutic activities and health monitoring.

Significant funding for all of this is generated at an annual gala. That year, directed by Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and directed by Channel 2 News personalities Tom Green and Kim Posey, the event raised $ 330,000.

“How lucky we are to have such an incredible resource here in Denver to support our friends, family members and the multiple sclerosis community,” said Fitzgibbons.

Board chairman Brett Hanselman, partner in charge of KPMG’s Denver business unit, has been associated with the center for 15 years and is proud to point out that patients who come to Rocky Mountain MS Center are cared for by “people who really care.” . “
Vollmer, who introduced keynote speaker Kim Ball, agreed. “Nobody treats multiple sclerosis better than us.”

Ball, a former Denverite who now resides in Paris with husband TJ Wilscam and 10-year-old daughter Sienna, is a graduate of Cherry Creek High School and was recruited by friend Pam Sletten to attend the celebrations. who coordinated the silent and live auctions of the gala and will moderate the event in 2017.

Presented by Denver Life magazine and held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, the gala drew a record 550 guests, including Dana Davis, executive director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation in Denver. Davis has both type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, and with his friend Shane Hendryson he was a silver sponsor of the gala.

Berg shared her table with a group that included board member Louise Richardson and her friend Lee Bowen; Judi Wolf and Ray and Denise Bellucci, whose dog Phoebe regularly visits the Royal Adult Day Enrichment Program for fun and good humor.

BJ Dyer and David Alexander were in charge of the decoration, while Terri Fisher, President of Five Star Entertainment, made sure that guitarist Gary Myers provided background music during cocktail hour and that the Dave Camp Jazz Band got everyone on their feet for the dance, which followed the braised short film rib dinner.

Others who enjoyed the celebrations were Sponsorship Committee Chairs Dana and Troy Jennings; Gallery owners Aaron and Sandee LaPedis; Vickie Dow; Lawyer Craig Fleishman and friend Carol Leo; Lyn and Dr. Michael Schaffer; Jan Hammond; Casey and Carrie Tynan; LaFawn Biddle; Don and Bev Schwarz; Lorraine Salazar; Tom and Cyndy Marsh; Sandee wall; and Diane and Doug Kathol.

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