2015 Craig Hospital PUSH Dinner
Friday, February 27 at 5:30pm
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th St., Denver, CO 80202
Craig Hospital’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual PUSH dinner, raises money to support Craig Hospital’s programs and research. The 2014 event was attended by more than 1300 people and brought in nearly $1.2 million for Craig Hospital programs and patients. Proceeds from the PUSH dinner fund Craig’s Programs of Excellence – like Therapeutic Recreation, Adaptive Technology, Music Therapy, Community Reintegration and education and tutoring programs – which 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 enhancing quality of life for those affected by spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.
The PUSH paddle auction raises funds for the Craig Hospital Foundation’s Patient Assistance Funds, which help patients with minimal income or inadequate insurance to travel to and from Craig, purchase equipment like wheelchairs and shower chairs, remodel homes for accessibility, train caregivers, pay mortgages and rent, and meet other urgent needs.
Sponsorships and Tickets
The PUSH Dinner would not be a success without the support of generous sponsors and individuals who purchase tickets to the dinner. Your PUSH sponsorship provides vital support for Craig Hospital’s Programs of Excellence and supports Craig Hospital research.
A variety of sponsorships are available, with varying levels of recognition benefits. Please review the sponsorship benefits for more information about sponsorship packages and purchase your sponsorship or individuals tickets online.
The 2015 PUSH Silent Auction Committee is seeking donations for the Silent Auction. Learn more about how you can help.
Event Co-Chairs: Charlie and Patti Nelson
The Nelsons have a long history of community involvement. Charlie was the past chairman of the American Heart Association's (AHA) Denver Board of Directors and is a current board member. Patti has been very active on the AHA's Go Red for Women campaign for the last several years. Together they chaired the 2010 AHA Denver Heart Ball.
Charlie was past president of the SPARK Institute board of directors and is the recipient of the 2014 PLANSPONSOR Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a graduate of Whitman College with a degree in Economics and Chemistry and has worked for Great West Financial for 31 years.
They have been married for 30 years and have three sons, two daughter-in-laws and one granddaughter. They love to travel and spend time with their family.