Green Tie Gala

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Joanne David­son

It’s prob­a­bly safe to say that Dave My­ers felt like the lucky lep­rechaun who found the pot of gold at the end of a rain­bow fol­low­ing the Metro Com­mu­nity Provider Net­work’s Green Tie Gala.

My­ers, who will re­tire in April af­ter 24 years as the MCPN’s pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, left the Hy­att Re­gency Tech Cen­ter know­ing that the 425 guests had raised $188,759 to con­tinue his agency’s work in pro­vid­ing af­ford­able, cul­tur­ally sen­si­tive and com­pre­hen­sive health care to low-in­come res­i­dents in the metro area.

He also went home with the pres­ti­gious Life­time Achieve­ment Award given by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Health Cen­ters.

“As we nav­i­gate the waters of a new ad­min­is­tra­tion, we are for­tu­nate to be in a part­ner­ship with 19 other com­mu­nity health cen­ters in Colorado who are all fo­cused on meet­ing what­ever may come,” My­ers said. “We are choos­ing to be lead­ers of change and have our voices be heard.”

The 13th an­nual Green Tie Gala was planned by An­gela Green, Belinda Small­wood, Gail Dieck­haus, Jamie Haney, Jane Har­ris, Jean Sis­neros, Jeff Weide, Joe Hu­ber and Lucy Kish­baugh. Dr. Jan­del Allen-Davis, vice pres­i­dent of gov­ern­ment, ex­ter­nal re­la­tions and re­search for Kaiser Per­ma­nente Colorado, was mis­tress of cer­e­monies.

“Our med­i­cal safety net must be pro­tected,” Al­lenDavis said in salut­ing the MCPN’s ser­vice to those in need.

Bar­bara Shan­non-Banis­ter, a mem­ber of the MCPN board, re­called how the agency be­gan with a sin­gle clinic in Aurora in 1989 and has grown to pro­vide af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble med­i­cal, be­hav­ioral and den­tal health care to 50,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally. The MCPN, she said, earned its sta­tus as a key player in the health care arena by “de­creas­ing bar­ri­ers and main­tain­ing a high level of care.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Coff­man re­mem­bers at­tend­ing the grand open­ing “In a lit­tle house on a res­i­den­tial street in Aurora” and, like Shan­non-Banis­ter, is proud of the “truly ex­tra­or­di­nary” or­ga­ni­za­tion it has be­come.

Other guests in­cluded Marla Williams, pres­i­dent/ CEO of the Com­mu­nity First Foun­da­tion; Den­nis O’Mal­ley and Denise Den­ton; MCPN vice pres­i­dents John Reid and Bob Cun­ning­ham; event plan­ner Nancy Lamb Thomp­son and her hus­band, Jeff, the vice pres­i­dent for gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate re­la­tions at Univer­sity of Colorado Health; Aleah Horstman, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at Ara­pa­hoe House; Carol Saltz­mann, vice pres­i­dent for com­mu­nity and gov­ern­ment af­fairs at Lutheran Med­i­cal Cen­ter, which, with Quest Di­ag­nos­tics, was the gala’s Pot O’Gold spon­sor; and Ben Wieder­holt, who will suc­ceed My­ers as the MCPN’s pres­i­dent/CEO. Joanne David­son: 303-8091314, par­ti­writer@hot­mail.com and @joanne­david­son on Twit­ter.

Kamika Kelly, left, with Der­ick and Alaina Des­noy­ers.

Dr. Jan­del Allen-Davis and Dave My­ers, who is re­tir­ing af­ter 24 years as the pres­i­dent/CEO of the Metro Com­mu­nity Provider Net­work.

Jeremy Bixler and Lind­sey Rus­sell.

Bob Cun­ning­ham and Chelsea Montes de Oca. Pho­tos by Joanne

Mitzi Schindler, left, and Nancy Lamb Thomp­son.

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