Lori Allington has seen a lot of changes through her 20 years at Craig Hospital, but one thing remains the same: her amazement at how Craig goes all in to help people heal.
“It’s the Craig way to rally around people,” says Lori. “I love working for Craig.”
Lori can’t wait for the day when she can join her coworkers back in the office again and see the halls bustling with visitors and families. During the pandemic, she still comes into the office once or twice a week, but it’s lonely without her coworkers.
“I miss being in the office, I tell you. It’s such a positive place,” Lori says.
Lori and her husband Rob moved to Denver from Lincoln, Nebraska, so he could attend the University of Denver. Lori worked at a rehabilitation hospital in Lincoln, so right away she signed up as a volunteer at Craig working with the pet therapy program in therapeutic recreation. Soon after, she was hired by the business office. From there, she worked nights on the floor. After several years of working nights, she was ready for a change.
“When the job at the Craig Foundation came up, I got so excited. I had volunteered at the PUSH dinner almost since the start, so I was thrilled to join the team,” Lori says.
At the Foundation, Lori works her organizational magic to process gifts, acknowledge donors, maintain the donor database and keep immaculate records for auditing purposes. She also helps facilitate staff potlucks and other social activities in the Foundation.
“People want to give to Craig, which makes my job extra rewarding,” Lori adds.
Lori has fond memories of her time at Craig through the years. Early on, she played on a Craig softball team and enjoyed attending field days. She also looks forward to playing in the annual Ron Don Ho Memorial Golf Classic, a fundraising golf tournament held in memory of a former patient. While she’s not a huge Halloween fan herself, she enjoys participating in her close-knit team’s themed costumes. A few years ago, they were all members of the royal wedding. Lori was Kate Middleton, and she still has a Kate face mask to prove it.
One of her favorite memories was helping to put on a wedding at Craig.
“One of our patient’s daughters was getting married and he wanted to be there, so the couple got married in the Craig garden. Volunteering for that was definitely a highlight,” Lori says.
In recent years, Lori has enjoyed being a part of the Foundation’s Pedal 4 Possible event. This year, her husband is riding in the virtual event. Follow Rob’s efforts on his Pedal 4 Possible page. She and Rob recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with a 20-mile bike ride, which culminated in the couple buying new bikes.
Lori and Rob have two children, Delaney (18) and Max (15). They recently moved Delaney into the dorms at Colorado State University to start her freshman year. Some Craig team members might know her from her internship last summer. Lori will miss having her daughter around, but she will stay busy with favorite activities, including golf, camping, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Until the pandemic passes, Lori will continue to go into the office a couple of days a week to maintain a small semblance of normal. Of course, she always loves seeing her coworkers, even if it’s from behind a mask.