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A Celebration of Gifts to Children’s Hospital Colorado

Inside this issue: Donors make a difference Courage Classic raises nearly $2.4 million Announcing the Corporate Leadership Council VOLUME 5, ISSUE 2

Colorado and beyond: Investing in children’s health


Children’s Hospital Colorado is not alone in the pursuit of discoveries benefiting children’s health. We are part of an extended family, collaborating on a global scale, and our philanthropic investors inspire us daily. Since 1993, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children’s Colorado among the top hospitals for kids in the country. Last year, we served patients from almost every state in the country. As the hospital’s national reputation continues to grow, so too does our pool of donors. From Wyoming to Florida, Pennsylvania to California, Children’s Colorado is attracting investment – an illustration of strong confidence in our programs and care – from individuals, corporations and foundations outside the Denver-metro region. (Continued on page 4)

Children’s healthcare means business Announcing the Corporate Leadership Council



Over the last decade as Children’s Colorado has extended its reach, the Foundation has had the opportunity to meet donors from farther afield. Our 23rd annual Courage Classic is no exception. For the last several years, the tour has attracted an international audience. This year alone we rode alongside cyclists from Japan and Mexico. Thanks to the hospital’s national and international exposure, when Children’s Colorado is named one of the country’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report–as we are again this year–families nationwide will know they can bring their kids to Colorado for the best care. Recently, a close friend’s child was diagnosed with a brain tumor. This experience, so close to home, has reminded me again of how critical our work is. There are so many opportunities before us, but also so much left to do. We celebrate the fact that so many others, near and far, want to join with us as we work to change the future for children’s health. In appreciation,

Steve Winesett President and CEO Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

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Children's Colorado is proud to introduce the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC)


Children’s Colorado For more information about becoming a corporate partner, please contact Emily McNellis, emcnellis@childrenscolorado or 720-777-1769.

This group is comprised of influential corporate leaders representing prominent industries in our community. Led by Council Chair Jim Kellogg, Vice President of Community and Retail Operations for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, this inaugural year promises to be exciting as it will expand our corporate reach, strengthen our current corporate partnerships, and further communicate our mission to a wide variety of new companies and their employees. The CLC is focused on increasing corporate engagement, education and fundraising for Children's Colorado for 2012 and beyond. We thank the following inaugural CLC members: Mr. Ted Antenucci Catellus Development Corporation Mrs. Celia Dietrich PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Mr. John Freyer, Jr. Land Title Guarantee Company Mr. Jim Kellogg Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Mr. Kurt Klanderud GH Phipps Construction Companies Mrs. Roxanne Marati Entercom Denver Mr. Bill Myers DaVita Mr. John Scarborough MegaPath Mr. Bill Soards AT&T Colorado Mr. Bert Williams UMB Bank Colorado Learn more: Cover: A patient and a volunteer play together at Children’s Colorado.

Estate planning helps generations of children Your will is not just a valuable right, it is an opportunity to make personal choices about what happens with your estate after your lifetime. Wills offer many benefits: they allow you to designate beneficiaries of your personal items and property – including your home, bank account, stocks, and life insurance; they can help your heirs by reducing estate taxes to ensure that they receive more; and wills can ensure that any gifts to organizations like Children’s Hospital Colorado – also known as bequests – are executed and distributed according to your priorities and wishes. Ms. Elizabeth Calabrese passed away in late 2011, but prior to her death, she determined in her will that part of her estate would benefit children around the Rocky Mountain region. Ms. Calabrese was a lifelong Denver resident. She and her husband raised two boys, Donald and Larry, who had learning difficulties. Elizabeth and Joe formed the Laradon

School in their honor, which still exists today to give children like theirs a safe and healthy place to grow and learn. Their legacy of helping children goes far beyond the Laradon School and now benefits Children’s Fund for Children’s Colorado. The estate gift will be used to support children’s healthcare now, and for generations to come. Children’s Colorado depends on gifts from thoughtful donors to continue to provide the best care for children and their families. Estate planning is one of the easiest ways to make a significant difference for our patients and families. Learn more: plannedgiving

For more information

about estate planning to benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado Please contact Kellie Fischer, Vice President of Planned and Principal Giving at 720-777-1751 or

Planned Giving at Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation Planned gifts benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado for many generations to come. By making a gift through your estate, you are providing hope for future generations at Children’s Colorado while also creating benefits for you and your heirs. Estate Planning with Children’s Colorado Foundation includes: naming Children’s Colorado in your will, establishing a charitable gift annuity, or charitable trust, and making Children’s Colorado a beneficiary of your IRA or life insurance policy.

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“We appreciate that donors from our own community and across the country want to invest in a great national resource. ”

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Colorado and beyond: Investing in children’s health

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Nationwide support

Demonstrating regional loyalty to Children’s Colorado that spans decades, the True Foundation, in Wyoming, has been giving in support of the Wyoming Child Health Care Fund since the early 1980s. Their gifts honor David True’s daughter, Stacy Marie, who was treated at Children’s Colorado. The J.T. Tai & Company Foundation, Inc. based in New York, has been giving to the hospital’s Center for Gait and Movement Analysis (CGMA) for the past 12 years. Their gifts have helped win national accreditation for the CGMA, which serves hundreds of kids with neurological and musculoskeletal disorders each year. Like the True Foundation, some donors give to Children’s Colorado because of a personal tie. And like the J.T. Tai & Company Foundation, others give because our experts and programs are leaders in their field. While the specific reasons behind their giving may vary, the motivation to provide healthier futures for children is common to everyone who gives to Children’s Colorado. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, based in San Francisco, has supported a variety of programs at Children’s Colorado, including an endowed fund for perinatal and pediatric outreach programs, which has funded education and scholarships for nurses since 1991, and currently provides funding for specialized neonatal nurse practitioners. Debra and Wayne Berger, who live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, know that building strong programs and attracting top talent is key to helping more children live healthier lives. When they lived in Colorado, they created the Berger Endowed

Fellowship in Child Protection to ensure a perpetual stream of funding, and they have continued to support the hospital from their new home.

21st century research

Another of Children’s Colorado’s longstanding programs attracting nationwide attention is our research and discovery enterprise. Situated on one of the largest healthcare and research campuses in the world built entirely in the 21st century, the Anschutz Medical Campus offers a community of collaborators that helps Children’s Colorado attract top researchers who are working to improve the health of children around the world. Donors in Connecticut have honored leading cystic fibrosis (CF) researcher Dr. Frank Accurso with their support over the years, knowing that his efforts here in Colorado benefit the global CF community and contribute to the progress towards a cure. Dr. Accurso and his team at Children’s Colorado were most recently involved in the development of a promising new drug treatment that will help many children with CF live healthier lives. Dave and Dinah Powers raised a family in Colorado before relocating to Florida. Dave long ago recognized the important role that research plays in improving the health of children everywhere, and that’s why he created The Lost Park Research Endowment, named for a small town in Colorado that conjures up happy memories. For nearly two decades, Dave has given steadily to “his fund.” The Hummel family, from Central Pennsylvania, also supports Children’s

Families from our own community and around the country want to invest in a great national resource.

Colorado’s research program, specifically for a little-known metabolic condition that affects their son, Will. The William R. Hummel Homocystinuria Research Fund has almost exclusively supported Dr. Ken Maclean’s work to understand the pathogenesis of the disease. “I can say with all honesty that we have made significant progress… and the progress has been almost exclusively funded by your research fund,” wrote Dr. Maclean to the Hummels. “We are extremely grateful and appreciative of your support.”

Strong commitment

Just as Children’s Colorado’s doctors and staff appreciate the gifts from our donors, we appreciate that donors from our own community and across the country want to invest in a great national resource. We believe–as our donors do–that investing in children’s health has longterm benefits. We share a steadfast commitment to a brighter future, in Colorado and beyond.

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“So many people suffer from stress and anxiety, including members of our own family and friends.”

Gift News We gratefully acknowledge pledges, pledge payments, outright gifts, and gifts in kind of $10,000 or more made between January 1 and June 30, 2012. Anonymous (6)

Randall Carter

Alex Cranberg

FirstBank Holding Company

Ace Hardware


Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Freyer

Estate of Sylvia B. Adolph

Children's Hospital Colorado

Cummins Rocky Mountain, LLC

and Land Title Guarantee Company

Agnes Allen Family Trust

Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

CytoSport, Inc. – Muscle Milk

Aspect Energy

Department of Orthopedics

Barbara Mellman Davis

Sidney and Caleb Gates

Assured Equity Management

Surgery Administration

Jayden DeLuca Foundation

Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Denver Fire Fighters Burn

Great Clips

The Mike Bamford Foundation Pam and Dutch Bansbach Beall Ranch Properties Ltd. Partnership Beatty & Wozniak, PC Stephen Berman and Elaine Gantz Berman

Children's National Medical Center Research Institute Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Clark and

Foundation, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Fries

Bridget and John Grier

The Denver Foundation

Estate of John J. Gruber

Corry and Phil Doty


Colbert Family Fund of the Community

Ducker Montgomery Lewis & Bess

Mr. and Mrs. Frederic C. Hamilton

Foundation of Northern Colorado

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond T. Duncan

Anne and David Hanson

The RJC Family Foundation

Estate of Marguerite J. Bond

The Colorado Health Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. B. Grady Durham

Dr. Taru Hays and Dr. G. William Hays

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

The Colorado Trust

Eastdil Secured

Hein & Associates LLP

The Michael and Nancy Burgermeister

Concerts for Kids

Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC

Estate of Joy R. Hilliard

Family Fund of The Chicago


Empire Marketing Strategies

Del and Millie Hock

Community Trust

Kathy and Brad Coors Foundation

Energy IV

Hope on Wheels Hyundai Dealers

Nancy and Michael Burgermeister

Cordillera Energy Partners

EPIC Systems Corporation

Bob and Sharla Hottman

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The Leslie and William Vollbracht Family

Chair in Stress and Anxiety Disorders

In November 2006, Leslie and William (Bill) Vollbracht made a $1 million gift to create a program in Stress and Anxiety Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Five years later, in 2011, they made the decision to sustain the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences program with an additional gift of $2 million. “So many people suffer from stress and anxiety, including members of our own family and friends,” said Leslie. “Bill and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to support a program that will benefit countless children and families for years to come.”

The first holder of The Leslie and William Vollbracht Family Chair, Dr. Marianne Wamboldt, served as chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s Colorado for a decade, and is professor and vice-chair of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Wamboldt’s program is focused on early intervention and screening of anxiety disorders in children, with the goal of providing early treatment. Her future work will focus on developing and introducing treatment methods that would potentially prevent the onset of stress and anxiety disorders. “The vision of the Vollbracht family is one of leadership and progress and hope for the future, and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Kelly Kennedy, chair of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

The Hummel Family Give Will a Shot

King Soopers

Estate of Elinor S. Patterson

La Cache, Association of Volunteers

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Penkhus

Grace Richardson Stetson Fund Patricia and Thomas Agnew

Employees of IBM Corporation, Colorado

Mr. and Mrs. William N. Lindsay III

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Ikard

Lockton Companies of Colorado, Inc.

Inflection Energy LLC

Mr. and Mrs. Geoff Lord

Phipps/McCarthy, a joint venture

Insight Design Web Solutions, LLC

Love's Country Stores

PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Isenberg

The Lowe Fund of

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy M. Prunk

Rising Star Tumbling and Dance Studio

Pun'kin's Feiman Family Foundation, Inc.

Romani Group, Inc.

Joy S. Johnson Jones Lang Lasalle Americas Kahl Insurance Services

The Denver Foundation Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Dellora A. and Lester J.

E. William Stetson III

Norris Foundation

Nancy Stetson

Marie and Ed Feiman Amy and Shane Feiman

Stuart Stetson Daly Eli Tripp*

Angie and Tim Romani Rose Community Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kahl

Marriott Properties

R Baby Foundation, Colorado Chapter

The Honorable* and Mrs. Luis D. Rovira

Marion Esser Kaufmann Foundation

McLane Western


Sage Hospitality Resources

The Lloyd J. and Eleanor R. King

The National Fragile X Foundation

Reiman Foundation, Inc.

and Dollars for Dreams

Mrs. Helen Nelsen

Virginia and Scott Reiman

Sam's Club

Denver Kiwanis Foundation

Newmont Mining Corporation


Schwab Charitable Fund

Rocky Mountain District Kiwanis

Noble Energy, Inc.

RE/MAX Alliance

Eric Schwartz


Foundation Bonnie and Gary Koerber Children's Circle of Care member

OneRepublic Good Life Foundation

Scottish Rite Foundation of Colorado

Patte and John Orr

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COURAGE CLASSIC Crossing the finish line...

Gift News

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Dr. and Mrs. Jim Shmerling Anna and John J. Sie Foundation

The 23rd annual Courage Classic was once again a success for Children’s Hospital Colorado, raising nearly $2.4 million by the tour’s end.

Anna and John J. Sie Michelle and Tom Whitten SM Energy Co. Mr. and Mrs. George H. Solich Southwest Airlines Spirit Halloween Superstores

In just three days, more than 2,000 cyclists rode through 157 miles of beautiful Summit County in the Children’s Hospital Colorado Courage Classic. From July 21 to July 23, hundreds of volunteers joined riders to come together for the same cause: to benefit Children’s Colorado. Even after a sinkhole closed Highway 24, forcing a change to the first day’s route, for many riders, the tour was more beautiful than ever.

and Spirit of Children Strata Resources Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Gordon Nancy and Ron Talarico Telluride AIDS Benefit, Inc. Charles D. Trover Family Foundation Tuchman Family Foundation UnitedHealthcare University Physicians, Inc. Vail Resorts Valero Energy Corporation

After selling out in June, Courage Classic riders had been training and fundraising since they registered and continued to fundraise until August 31. However, by the time the last rider crossed the finish line, the Courage Classic had already raised nearly $2.4 million for the patients and families at Children’s Colorado.

Team Courage crosses the finish line in the 2012 Courage Classic.

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program The Verdoorn Foundation

Thank you riders and volunteers! Courage Classic would not be possible without you.

Mr. and Mrs. William G. Vetos The William B. Vollbracht Family Judi and Joe Wagner

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Walmart Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ward Wheel Pros Laura and Doug Wright

Children’s Hospital Colorado is honored to recognize these donors with membership in Children’s Circle of Care. This special giving society recognizes individuals, family foundations and private corporations giving an outright gift of $10,000 or more in a calendar year to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

(* Deceased)

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The Schramm Foundation:

A milestone in its long-standing devotion to Children's Colorado After nearly three decades of giving to Children’s Hospital Colorado, The Schramm Foundation has become a member of the Mae B. Boettcher Society. The Schramm Foundation’s membership in the Mae B. Boettcher Society, which honors donors who have contributed $250,000 to $999,999 throughout their lifetimes to Children’s Colorado, is well deserved. Like many other Boettcher Society members, The Schramm Foundation is a leader in supporting the best health outcomes for children in our community. Children’s Colorado first became a recipient of The Schramm Foundation in 1978. Gary Kring, president of The Schramm Foundation, has maintained a close relationship with Children’s Colorado over the years, contributing to the Breathing Institute and the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, all the while sustaining other programs.

Children’s Hospital Colorado once again ranked among the nation’s top 10 children’s hospitals!

Since its inception in the 1960’s, The Schramm Foundation’s giving has expanded to support virtually every charity type in Colorado. Led by a four-member board including President Gary Kring, his son, Matthew Kring, Mara Marks and Mark Carson, they help to fund a variety of worthy charities around Colorado.

Children’s Colorado

has five specialty areas ranked among the top 10 in the country #4










Source: U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals 2012–2013 The Schramm Foundation’s president, Gary Kring, and his wife, Jodee, at a Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation event (2011).

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Ortho invests some of their own

in research

When the Department of Orthopedics decided to build a sustainable research program into their department’s core mission, they turned to the Foundation for assistance.

By helping the department develop a Pediatric Orthopedic Research Endowed Fund that provides ongoing funding from year to year, the department is able to produce more world-class research than ever before. For decades, orthopedics has been known for providing top-notch clinical care by phenomenal surgeons, and fostering new clinicians through their educational program. But academic research was more difficult to factor into the department’s activities. How could that team, which had no record of research funding or grants, incorporate a research component into their demanding days while maintaining their strong record of clinical service? The solution, said Dr. Mark Erickson, holder of the Rose Brown Chair in Pediatric Orthopaedics and chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, began with an investment. By using part of the Rose Brown Chair funding, they were able to hire research assistants who could partner with surgeons and help them develop a body of scholarly work. “Surgeons have so many great ideas for research. The problem is, the only time they can act on these ideas is at night and on weekends, when they are not actively performing a surgery. With help from assistants, who can give them a few paragraphs of their ideas in an email, they are more able to fit this work into their schedules and contribute to the research part of the hospital’s core mission.”

“We could not have given the program its start without philanthropic support.”

Research assistantships are 1-year positions for those applying to professional schools, including medical school, physician’s assistant and nurse practitioner programs. The department has employed more than 20 assistants so far, and they have had a 100-percent success rate in helping assistants gain acceptance to their programs of choice. The program is also providing a huge benefit to the Orthopedics Department: they have increased the number of published scholarly projects, from two to four in a given year to 20-30. The program is so popular that the entire department contributed to the newlycreated Pediatric Orthopedic Research Endowed Fund that keeps the program going. “We achieved 100-percent consensus on that,” said Dr. Erickson, “and we’re having conversations about sustainability. Plus, the Fund is helping us recruit new ‘phenom’ surgeons who are attracted to the research support we can provide.” Key research currently underway in the department includes the work of Dr. Nancy Miller, who is studying the genetics of scoliosis; and the Gait Lab, which in addition to its great scholarly work in children with neuromuscular disorders is conducting cutting-edge clinical research on everything from chest-wall deformities to sports injury. Plus, each multi-specialty program area within the department including spine, tumor, hip, cerebral palsy, sports medicine, and others, has its own list of projects. “Research assistants interact between programs and departments, which keeps the ideas flowing,” said Dr. Erickson. “Each year, we see new ways to grow the research program – and we could not have given the program its start without philanthropic support.”

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Donors make a difference Mid-year report to the community


donors contributed more than

$32 million

Your generous support has helped us provide the highest-quality care for children and made Children’s Colorado a national leader in pediatric health. Our mission is to support the health and well-being of every child. We could not do this without donors like you! With your help, we made great strides in improving the care we provide to families around our region. A few recent highlights include:


Individuals, family and private funding


Corporations and foundations

with new techniques to prevent and improve treatment for children facing heart failure. • In the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, caregivers are following pediatric cancer survivors to better understand the long-term effects of pediatric cancer treatments.

• Neonatologists at Children’s Colorado are working to diagnose and heal certain complications in newborns – before the babies are born.

With you as our partner, Children’s Colorado will continue to provide healing and hope to countless generations of children and their families.

• Pulmonologists in the Heart Institute are actively working

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Fall Reception Wednesday, October 10 6 – 8 p.m. at the home of Tricia and Patrick Youssi Denver, Colorado

To learn more, call Amy Stewart at 720-777-1760

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