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Introducing Spark, the next evolution of the PUSH Gala and a promising new approach to spreading our mission from coast to coast. The concept builds on the 20-year success of the PUSH Gala but reimagined for the new realities of today. Spark will kindle relationships and catalyze support for Craig and our patients. Funds raised will continue to ignite new research ideas, fuel innovation for programs that serve Craig patients, and illuminate independence by providing critical assistance for equipment needs, home modifications, and more.

In 2022, Spark events will be hosted by friends of Craig in cities around the country, including Denver. These intimate outdoor cocktail-party style events will offer attendees an opportunity to connect and engage deeply with the work of Craig Hospital through experiential, hands-on activities, and impactful patient stories.

We will host an on-campus special Spark “house party” event at Craig in June for current inpatients and staff to celebrate the joy of philanthropy at the hospital.

We are also exploring if, when, and how we might connect virtually to bring the magic of Craig to your living room—stay tuned for more details!

Help ignite the spark and spread hope and healing to Craig patients:


Thank you to our Spark: Impact Celebration Sponsors!

Frequently Asked Questions about Spark

We are retiring the PUSH Gala. Spark events are an entirely new experience that will carry forward the best of the PUSH—the inspiring stories, connection, and impact.

Given the challenges brought forth by the pandemic and the opportunities presented from a changing landscape in philanthropy, we have taken the past few months to reimagine the future of the Gala.

After talking to and surveying many past PUSH supporters as well as studying our data, there were several key conclusions:

  • It was clear that our attendees love the inspiration and stories of patients and grads, as well as the opportunity to support tangible research, therapies, and patient assistance;
  • There is a desire for a reinvention of the “big event model,” as many are hesitant to go back to a ballroom event with 1400 people; and
  • There is a hunger for more experiential events, and the desire to engage Craig supporters beyond Colorado.

Our experience hosting a virtual event in 2021 shows us that people in Denver and outside of Colorado want to engage and connect with Craig. This expansion of in-person, smaller-scale event model allows us to become more deeply known in communities across the country.

We believe that we will be able to continue to connect people areas of support where donors can make a tremendous impact for Craig patients. We are committed to raising support throughout the year, through many avenues including corporate partnerships, grants, and individual giving. Giving data at Craig--and nationwide—shows that philanthropy is on the rise despite the challenges of the global pandemic. We are counting on our loyal PUSH supporters to continue to support Craig in a way that is meaningful to them.

Please visit our “Make a Gift” page to learn how you can help ignite patient success through your support. We also have sponsorship opportunities available.

With the format change, we are discontinuing the silent auction. There may be a limited live auction at a Spark event. We are actively looking for opportunities to continue to showcase art created by Craig graduates. We will communicate additional information as it becomes known.

We hope that we will get to the point in the pandemic where we can confidently host relatively large events outdoors safely. Until that point, our 2022 Spark fundraising events will be smaller-scale receptions that will take place outside wherever possible. We will follow all recommendations from Craig’s Infection Control team regarding masking and social distancing and will closely monitor and follow local ordinances in our host cities.

We are excited about this new direction and invite your questions, ideas, and feedback. If your questions were not answered here, please reach out to Caroline Craven, Event and Volunteer Manager, at ccraven@craighospital.org or 303-789-8578.