With 1,400 guests and proceeds of $2.1 million, the 2015 Children’s Hospital Gala was the largest in the event’s 38-year history. It was also the most emotional.
Kevin Reidy, chairman of the Children’s Hospital Colorado board of directors, and his wife, Ann Benson Reidy, agreed to host the dinner and entertainment extravaganza as a show of gratitude for the compassionate care their daughter, Diana, received following her leukemia diagnosis.
“We were engaged with Children’s long before Diana was diagnosed,” Kevin pointed out, first as volunteers then as “frequent fliers” as each of their four children received treatment for one childhood ailment or another. Most importantly, though, “We know Children’s as the place where our daughter was cured of leukemia.”
Tears welled again when Rick Stoddard, chairperson of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation board, led a toast to the memory of Rob Millisor, co-owner of Breckenridge Grand Vacations and a fellow member of the foundation board. Millisor died Oct. 9 while on a humanitarian mission to Nepal with Doctors to the World. Millisor’s brother and business partner, Mike Millisor, issued a matching funds challenge to further honor Rob’s memory. The challenge was met, adding some $400,000 to the gala’s net proceeds.
Rachel Platten, whose 2015 hit “Fight Song” was featured in the video that traced Diana Reidy’s triumph over cancer, opened for headliners Super Diamond.
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