Kaleidoscope’s weekend of luxury, relaxation and inspiration
BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation, established in 2008, has a mission to enhance the quality of life for pediatric patients and their families in the region. A two-day multi-faceted event at Denver’s elegant Ritz-Carlton helped benefit more than 4,000 children and families in need.
More than 48 percent of the children served are on Medicaid. Children with serious illnesses are matched with loving companion dogs, and thousands of babies in NICUs across the country receive precious human-donor milk from the Mothers Milk Bank to help them thrive.
That’s just a tip of the iceberg. The resourcefulness of the foundation fosters treatment, safety, necessities, medical support staff and grants for sick children. In 2016, the largest number of referrals came from the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children.
Honoree Dr. Reginald Washington, a pediatric cardiologist, is credited with being the driving force behind many of the initiatives. His wife Faye is credited with creatively showcasing work through the remarkable Kaleidoscope fundraiser. She had the vision and co-chaired the very first one.
Dr. Washington is proud of the foundation’s growth and cites the weekend extravaganza Kaleidoscope as an “experience,” rather than just a fundraiser.
“The first was themed ‘Through the Eyes of a Child.’ Tonight is through the eyes of an adult,” he said.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who has yet to miss this annual event, said “What really matters is the difference you make in the life of a child.”
After an afternoon of pampering at the hotel spa, the much anticipated Saturday evening featured a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception while Hearts of Hyde Park gift opportunities for generous donors were offered by the exclusive jewelry partner. A five-course beyond-gourmet dinner with wine pairings from Rodney Strong Vineyards and a live auction followed.
Seventeen-year-old patient Grace Carrillo brought tears as well as inspiration when she was handed the microphone while seated at her table and walked to the stage singing the popular and unforgettable hit “Fight Song.”
Grace was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012 and lost her beautiful voice. She began singing again in 2015 and in June will have been in remission for three years.
Late revelers had a choice of quieter entertainment by Convergence in the jazz lounge or dancing to DJ Desire in separate locations. The weekend culminated with a champagne brunch on Sunday morning.
For more information: rmchildren.org or 303-839-6782.
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