New: “In a year like no other, we will welcome PUSH like never before. This is what the invitation to the 20th anniversary edition of the Craig Hospital fundraising gala says. The June 26 event “will be streamed to your device, live from Craig. As always, we’ll bring you inspiration, a great auction and opportunities to get more involved.”
The virtual format will allow Craig’s supporters across the country – and even the world – to participate without having to travel to Colorado for what, before the pandemic, had been a dinner that brought together up to 1,300 guests at the Hyatt. Regency Convention Center. and raised over a million dollars.
There is no charge to attend the event, but sponsorships and VIP packages are available at various prices, with the proceeds going to fund Craig’s world-class programs for people recovering from spinal cord injury. spinal and brain. They include therapeutic recreation, adaptive technology, music therapy, community reintegration, and the education program – things that are generally not covered by insurance.
PUSH funds also support research, including ongoing studies and clinical trials aimed at improving outcomes, reducing long-term complications, and improving the quality of life for people with spinal cord injury and trauma. cranial.
A paddle lift will also be part of the gala and will benefit the Craig Foundation’s Patient Relief Fund. It helps patients with minimal income or inadequate insurance travel to and from Craig, buy supplies like wheelchairs and shower chairs, renovate homes to make them accessible, train caregivers, pay for mortgages and rents and to meet other urgent needs.
Real estate entrepreneur Peter Kudla chairs PUSH 2021; the Peter A. Kudla family is the presenting sponsor.
In 1984, Kudla formed Beacon Hill Investments, Inc. Ten years later, he launched Metropolitan Homes, Inc., both specializing in multi-family housing. Vallagio in Inverness, one of Metropolitan Homes’ transit-focused developments, was named District of the Year by the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
Kudla’s philanthropic endeavors include leadership roles in the Colorado Children’s Hospital’s Tiny Miracles campaign and the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s Be Beautiful Be Yourself fashion show. In 2003, he was named Humanitarian of the Year by the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
The PUSH Gala was founded by commercial real estate agent Art Seiden and his wife, Julie, to thank Craig Hospital for the compassionate care she received after being paralyzed in a horse jumping accident in 1996. Julie had spent 120 days at Craig before her. passed in 2006.
The first “Push for the Cure” supported the Craig Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Over the years, the focus of the event has broadened to meet other hospital and patient needs and has raised over $ 19 million.
Guests can register in advance by calling Becky Plunkett, 303-789-8166 or by clicking here.
About the organization: Craig Hospital is located at 3425 S. Clarkson St. in Englewood. It is an independent, non-profit center of excellence that has treated 34,500 people with spinal cord and / or brain injuries since its founding in 1956. & World Report’s Top 10 for rehabilitation centers each year since 1990 and in 2020 was voted the # 1 Rehab Hospital by the American Nurses Association.
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