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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

Kelli Johnson from Thermopolis, Wyoming, 2017 Craig Hospital PUSH Dinner Inspiration Award HonoreeThe 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 Craig graduate Kelli Johnson in recognition of her work to encourage skier and rider safety in memory of her daughter Elise.

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

Regan Linton, 2017 Craig Hospital PUSH Dinner Spirit of Craig Award honoreeThis 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.

2017 PUSH Chairs

Dan and Stacey May, 2017 Craig Hospital PUSH Dinner ChairsDan May, CFO, Renal Ventures Management, LLC
Stacey May, Craig volunteer

Dan May is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Renal Ventures Management, LLC, a diversified medical entity. Prior to joining Renal Ventures he was CFO of the Denver Newspaper Agency and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He has been active in the Denver community with board leadership positions at the American Lung Association of Colorado, Downtown Denver Partnership, and currently Goodwill Industries of Denver. At Craig, Dan has been active since 2006 as a board member, Treasurer and Board Chair.

Stacey recently retired from Denver Public Schools where she served as a special education teacher for 36 years. She currently volunteers at Craig Hospital and The Book Trust, a group focused on providing books to underprivileged children.

Dan and Stacey are Denver natives, have been married for 35 years and have two daughters.

Table Sales Committee

Peter Burg
Erica Castelo
Steve Elken
Amy Farnan
Mary Feller
Mike Fordyce
Deena James
Don Kortz
Bill Lindsay
Suzanne Lynch
Dan Morrison
Jim Roddy
Al Troppmann
Alan Weintraub, M.D.

Auction Committee

Maureen Brothers
Alice Brown
Claire Cahow
Terri Fordyce
Zuzana Hayda
Laurie Fenske
Candice Kiesow
Suzanne Lynch

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Triple Event Sponsor and PUSH Video Sponsor

Triple Event Sponsor

  • Catalyst Foundation

Gold Sponsors

  • Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
  • Mike and Terri Fordyce
  • John and Martha Gart
  • Hugh Rice and Mary Schaefer
  • Mary and George Sissel

Gold Sponsors

  • Mr. and Mrs. Al Troppmann

Silver Sponsors

  • DaVita HealthCare Partners
  • Richard and Maureen Graff
  • Keating, Wagner, Polidori, and Free, P.C.
  • OraLabs, Inc.
  • PCL Construction

Silver Sponsors

  • Jim and Carol Roddy
  • US Bank