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Craig Hospital raises $2 million at 18th annual PUSH Gala

Record-setting donations to fund programs, patients and research

Craig Hospital’s biggest fundraiser of the year was held on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The 2018 PUSH Gala raised $2 million, the most since the event’s founding in 2002.

The 2019 PUSH was organized with the leadership of event chairs Charlie and Judy McNeil. With strong Colorado native roots, the McNeils have frequently joined forces in support of local charities with a common purpose to make a true difference to their community. Charlie McNeil is the Chief Executive Officer of NexGen Resources Corporation, a natural resources company he founded to develop oil, gas, coal and real estate projects. In addition to his leadership on the PUSH committee, NexGen also provided the event’s title sponsorship.

The McNeils led monthly PUSH table sales committee meetings, sold sponsorships, and assisted with the silent auction committee and event theme and decor development.

“Charlie and Judy set a stretch goal of raising $2 million from this year’s PUSH,” says Mary Feller, executive director of the Craig Foundation. “We are thrilled that we were able to meet that goal with their help.”

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 the 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.