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2017 PUSH Dinner

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650 15TH ST., DENVER, CO 80202


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Craig’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual PUSH dinner, raises money to support Craig’s programs and research. The 2016 event raised more than $1.8 million.

Proceeds from the PUSH dinner fund Craig’s unique culture of care, programs 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 Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund, which helps patients with minimal income or inadequate insurance 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.

Inspiration Award Honoree: Kelli Johnson

The Inspiration Award recognizes an individual who stands out as a positive and influential role model for the community Craig serves. Award recipients have positively impacted others around them and have contributed meaningfully to increasing the quality of life for people with spinal cord and brain injuries, while achieving significant success in their personal and professional lives.

The 2017 Inspiration Award will be given to Kelli Johnson.

Dave and Gail Liniger Spirit of Craig Award Honoree: Regan Linton

This award recognizes a Craig graduate who, through their community service, professional achievement, and personal support of Craig’s patients, graduates, and mission, significantly brings to life the spirit of Craig to others in the community.

The 2017 Dave and Gail Liniger Spirit of Craig Award will be given to Regan Linton, an actor, educator, and prominent voice for disability inclusion in the national theatre community.

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