2019 PUSH Gala
HYATT REGENCY DENVER AT COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER
650 15TH ST., DENVER, CO 80202
HOSTED VALET PARKING
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
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.
Additional information about the evening will be posted as it becomes available.
2019 PUSH Gala Event Chairs: Charlie and Judy McNeil
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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