The Kempe Foundation on Feb. 9 brought together a group of generous and long-time supporters for a special evening at Residence XXV downtown to officially kick off our gala season. Kempe Takes Hong Kong is April 21 at the Denver Marriott City Center, hosted by Gala Committee Chairs Adrienne Ruston Fitzgibbons and Jack Fitzgibbons. The hosts welcomed guests to Thursday’s kick-off party as guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres created by Jing Restaurant to the accompaniment of live jazz guitarist Joel Siemion. The scene was set by Kick-off Party Chairs Layne Fleishman, John Farnam and Paul Heitzenrater. The trio even arranged for orchids from Bouquets and bottled water to thank each guest as they picked up their vehicles from the valet at the end of the evening.
Nicole Ament, Corporate Sponsorship Chair for the Gala Committee, shared her passion for the Kempe mission. Next, Pat Peterson introduced the 2012 Kempe Award honorees, Jon Kruljac and Dr. Andrew Sirotnak, and thanked them for their service and dedication. She also shared the vision that Kempe Center Director Dr. Des Runyan has for the organization, including the development of the Imhoff Imhoff clinic (see page 6). Finally, Steve Harrell, Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Advancement at Kempe, led an exciting round of fundraising from the group. Together, supporters pledged an additional $42,750 in gala corporate sponsorships, table purchases and individual donations.