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2017 PUSH Dinner

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650 15TH ST., DENVER, CO 80202

Craig’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual PUSH dinner, raises money to support Craig’s programs and research. The 2017 event, presented by Dave and Gail Liniger, raised more than $1.8 million.

Thank you to all who attended or donated!

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.

PUSH Photo Booth

Did you have your photo taken in the photo booth? Your photo is now available for download on the Craig blog. Simply "right click" to save your photo to your computer.


If you made an auction purchase or a donation, you will receive an acknowledgement letter within a few weeks. If you purchased an item but did not take it home with you on Saturday, someone will contact you to make arrangements for pick-up at the Craig Hospital Foundation offices.

Congratulations to the 2017 Honorees

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 was 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

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 was given to Regan Linton, an actor, educator, and prominent voice for disability inclusion in the national theatre community.

2017 PUSH Chairs and Committee

Dan and Stacey May, 2017 Craig Hospital PUSH Dinner Chairs

Dan 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 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
Mark Honnen
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
Laurie Fenske
Terri Fordyce
Zuzana Hayda
Candice Kiesow
Suzanne Lynch

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Presenting Sponsor

  • Dave and Gail Liniger

Video Sponsors

Triple Event Sponsor

  • Catalyst Foundation

Platinum Sponsor

  • Alex L. Brewer Family Foundation
  • Ellen Scott

Gold Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • John and Martha Gart
  • May Family
  • Polsinelli PC
  • Rice/Lindsay
  • Mary and George Sissel

Gold Sponsors

  • Al and Frances Troppmann

Silver Sponsors

  • DaVita HealthCare Partners
  • Richard and Maureen Graff
  • Chase Bank
  • Keating, Wagner, Polidori, and Free, P.C.
  • Lockton Companies, LLC

Silver Sponsors