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2019 PUSH Gala

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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.

Proceeds from the PUSH dinner fund Craig’s unique culture of care, programs like Therapeutic Recreation, Adaptive Technology, Music Therapy, Community Reintegration and education 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.

Sponsorships and individual tickets

The success of PUSH 2019 depends on generous supporters like you. Review the sponsorship benefit table and make your selections online. Sponsorships and individual tickets may also be purchased by contacting Caroline Craven, PUSH Event Manager, at (303) 789-8578 or

Hotel Room Block

The Hyatt is offering a discounted room rate for guests of PUSH 2019. Guests can make reservations through this link or by calling 877.803.7534 and mention "PUSH Gala Room Block" for the discounted rate. Must book by 3/27/19.

Silent Auction

Starting on April 19, you may view and starting bidding on the silent auction items from the comfort of your home before the event on April 27. Detailed bidding instructions can be found here. The silent auction bidding on the night of the dinner will take place on your own smartphone or text message-capable cellular phone. In order to participate fully, please be sure to fully charge your phone prior to the event.

2019 Dave and Gail Liniger Spirit of Craig Award:

Tom and Michele Castle

2019 Dave and Gail Liniger Spirit of Craig Award: Tom and Michele Castle

In a real estate career spanning nearly 34 years, Tom Castle has been involved in every aspect of commercial real estate. As President of SullivanHayes Brokerage, Tom oversees the brokerage organization, providing leadership and guidance to the firm’s complement of independent real estate brokers, as well as directing the efforts of the research and marketing group and administrative staff. Tom started with SullivanHayes in 1985, helping to build a specialized brokerage firm which grew to be the leader in retail tenant and project representation. Tom continues to personally handle Target’s expansion in Colorado and Utah as well as other retail expansion programs and select property and development projects with local and national developers.

Michele Brewer Castle grew up in Applewood. She graduated Wheat Ridge High School in 1988 and earned a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992. After graduating from CU, Michele obtained her commercial real estate license and started Alexis Investments Corporation. She is responsible for commercial real estate sales and leasing, property management, and accounting for her family’s assets.

Michele married Tom in 1994 and they have two adult sons. Brewer, 21 is a junior attending Whitman College, and Jamieson graduated from Golden High School in 2018 and is making his way in the film industry.

Michele and Tom are both active in the community, including with Craig Hospital, having benefited from Craig’s world-class facilities and care after Tom sustained a stroke in 2011. The Castles spend their free time enjoying life with their family and friends, traveling, skiing and golfing.

2019 Inspiration Award:

Tricia Downing

2019 Inspiration Award: Tricia Downing

On September 17, 2000, Tricia Downing went from being a competitive cyclist to a paraplegic requiring a wheelchair for mobility. Her life was changed forever, but Tricia’s competitive spirit and zest for life continued on. Making the transition from able-bodied cyclist to an athlete with a disability, Tricia has completed over 100 races, including marathons and triathlons, since her accident. She was the first female paraplegic to complete an Ironman triathlon and qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championship twice. Additionally, she was a member of Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Tricia’s professional life has been immersed in sports as she earned a master’s degree in Sport Management in 1995 and worked at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. She was the press officer for the USA Table Tennis team at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Receiving many sports accolades, including the USA Triathlon Physically Challenged Athlete of the Year (2003), Sportswomen of Colorado—Inspiration (’03), Triathlon (05), Hall of Fame (’12) Awards, the 2006 Most Inspirational Athlete from the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the 2008 Courage Award from the Tempe Sports Authority, Tricia has truly excelled despite her life-altering injury.

In addition to her sports pursuits, Tricia completed a master’s degree in Disability Studies. She is the Executive Director for The Cycle of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving female wheelchair users, helping them build confidence and create support systems through fitness activities.

Tricia published her memoir: Cycle of Hope—A Journey from Paralysis to Possibility in June, 2010, with the second edition released in January 2017.

2019 PUSH Gala Event Chairs:

Charlie and Judy McNeil

Charlie and Judy McNeil, 2019 Craig Hospital PUSH Gala Chairs

Charlie and Judy McNeil are honored to be the Event Chairs for the 2019 PUSH Gala in support of Craig Hospital. They live in Cherry Hills Village and in 2010 were named “Villagers of the Year”.

With strong Colorado native roots, Judy and Charlie have frequently joined forces in support of local charities with a common purpose to make a true difference to their community. They were honorees for the Arapahoe House “Pillars of the Community”, the Arapahoe House “Ruston Award”, and honorees for the 25th Anniversary Children’s Diabetes Foundation “Carousel Ball”.

Judy and Charlie were married in Cherry Hills Village 47 years ago after Charlie attended the Colorado School of Mines and Judy attended the University of Northern Colorado. Their greatest joy is spending time with their three children, Ryan, Travis and Kealey, and their ten grandchildren who all reside in the Denver area.

Judy actively supports The Guild for the Barbara Davis Center Children’s Diabetes Foundation and was their Guild President in 2011. She has been an Alliance Member of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, of VOA Western Fantasy, and stays very involved in serving the needs of members of their church.

Charlie has broad experience in the energy industry. As a 1971 graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, he was honored with the 1998 Mines “Distinguished Achievement” Medal. In 2016, he was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Board of Trustees at Mines. Since 1993, Charlie has been Chief Executive Officer of NexGen Resources Corporation, a natural resources company he founded which involves the development of oil, gas, coal and real estate projects. In 2015, he was nominated by the Secretary of Energy to serve on the National Coal Council.

Charlie serves on the Craig Hospital Foundation Board, is currently President and Board of Trustee Member of the Denver Area Boy Scouts, Mountain States Employers Council Board, Common Sense Roundtable Board, Steamboat Institute Board, and a participating member of Colorado Concern.

In their spare time, Charlie and Judy enjoy their family, relaxing in the beautiful Colorado Mountains, and traveling around the world. Together they love serving their Denver Community and supporting Craig Hospital.

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Presenting Sponsor

Video Sponsor

Auction Sponsor


  • Thomas and Lisa Corley
  • Great-West-Empower
  • Peter Kudla - Metropolitan Residential Advisors
  • Ellen Scott
  • George and Mary Sissel

Gold Sponsors

  • Dr. Jandel and Anthony Allen-Davis
  • Michelle and Mark Dorman
  • Steve and Melissa Elken
  • FirstBank Holding Company
  • Frances and Al Troppmann

Silver Sponsors

  • Marc and Brooke Beasley
  • Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
  • Chalat Hatten & Banker PC
  • Lisa and Rich Cohn
  • Michael and Janette Durham
  • Fuicelli & Lee, P.C.
  • Richard and Maureen Graff
  • Land Title Guarantee Company
  • Lockton Companies
  • Tom and Ashley May
  • Daniel and Jane Nemmers
  • OraLabs, Inc.
  • PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc.
  • Elaine Strauch
  • The Strohm Link Family Foundation
  • Leo and Irena Tokar

Bronze Sponsors

  • Arrow Electronics, Inc.
  • Bioness
  • BKD, LLP
  • CNS Medical Group
  • Coloplast
  • Delta Dental
  • EY
  • Eric and Kathleen Feagler
  • First American State Bank
  • James and Terri Gillen
  • Honnen Equipment Company
  • Ibex Investors
  • Kenneth and Sue Kelley
  • MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation
  • Plante Moran
  • Mortenson
  • Dana Raimondi
  • John and Lisa Robinson
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • U.S. Bank
  • Warner Pacific Insurance Services
  • Wells Fargo