On Thursday, August 24, nearly 130 alumni, friends, faculty and staff gathered on campus for the 2nd annual Loyal Benefactor Celebration, an event honoring generous benefactors who support the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with loyal annual gifts, those who have included CU Anschutz in their estate plans, and faculty and staff who give through monthly payroll deduction. While the weather conspired to keep this year’s BBQ-style picnic indoors, guests enjoyed musical entertainment by local singer-songwriter Adrea LaRoche and conversation with friends, old and new.
Chancellor Elliman provided a campus update, reflecting on all that private support has helped accomplish since our move to the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Base just over 10 years ago and thanking dedicated supporters for advancing the university’s mission. He shared the story of recent UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital patient Sara Millard, who was born with severe kidney disease and hypertension, and who had endured more than 150 surgeries in her 31 years before finally undergoing a successful living donor kidney transplant here last spring that got her off of dialysis and back to her life. Chancellor Elliman thanked guests for making stories like Sara’s a reality, and emphasized the importance of a strong and dedicated community of support for making the impossible possible at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
Chancellor Elliman with Beth and Donald Kress, William Vandivier and Moumita Ghosh of the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute
Amanda Brodie with Joan and Henry Strauss
Guests William Jackson and Lynne Bensten, David and Delores Claassen