A hugely successful annual gala put the focus on the Friends of the Haven, with proceeds going to support unfunded programs and services at the Haven and Baby Haven. The programs are located within the Addiction Research & Treatment Services (ARTS) organization in the Department of Psychiatry, CU School of Medicine.
A crowd of 229 guests, including more than 100 new supporters, attended the springtime event at CU South Denver in Lone Tree. The gala raised $177,000 – the most in the event’s history.
The Haven and Baby Haven
Friends of the Haven is a nonprofit 501 [c]3 organization formed in 2006 by a group of concerned and committed community leaders with a mission to generate new resources and to advocate on behalf of The Haven and Baby Haven. The Haven provides long-term intensive residential substance use disorder and mental health treatment services for women, including pregnant and post-partum women.
At the Haven Mom’s House, infants reside in the program with their mothers and receive comprehensive assessment and a continuum of developmentally appropriate early education services at the Baby Haven.
The gala, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, featured a former Haven graduate who provided a powerful story about how substance use personally affected her and her family and how long-term treatment at the Haven completely turned her life around and led to personal and professional success. She shared the stage with her 19-year-old daughter who remarkably was once a baby at the Baby Haven and now attends college in Colorado.
Following this inspirational story, the gala’s keynote speaker, state Rep. Leslie Herod described her passion and work in support of criminal justice and mental health at the legislative level and also shared her own family experience with substance use disorders.
For the first time in the gala’s history, Tom Crowley, MD, emeritus professor of psychiatry (retired) and former chair of the Division of Substance Dependence in the Department of Psychiatry presented the 2019 Changing Lives Award to Tom Brewster for a career dedicated to supporting the recovery community. As the retired founder and former executive director of ARTS, Brewster was recognized for visionary leadership and for saving many lives over the course of his 40-plus-year career.
Friends of the Haven plans to host the spring 2020 gala in the same venue.
“The overall goal remains steadfast, ambitious and far-reaching: to provide the finest medical care in the world, to push the science behind that care to new horizons, and to train those who will deliver it in the future,” said CU Anschutz Chancellor Donald Elliman.
This work is fueled by philanthropy, and the annual Benefactor Recognition Dinner highlighted the progress made possible by our community of support. More than 475 people attended the 2019 event in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 28.
CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman, center, introduces special honorees Ted Harms, left, and Christian Anschutz, right, from The Anschutz Foundation at the dinner.
This year’s gathering highlighted two special honorees: The Anschutz Foundation and The Marcus Foundation. Hosts for the evening included Chancellor Elliman and UCHealth President and CEO Elizabeth Concordia, with special guests CU President Bruce Benson and CU First Lady Marcy Benson.
The event started with a video demonstrating the rapid growth of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the power of philanthropy for advancing its forward trajectory.
“Back in the late 1990s, a group of leaders at CU, facing considerable opposition, had the imagination to look at 230 acres of dirt and decrepit buildings and envision a thriving healthcare campus,” said Elliman. “All this has been made possible with your support in the 20 years since. Our task is now to imagine the course for the next 20 years.”
Marcus Ruzek, left, of The Marcus Foundation and Spencer Milo of the Marcus Institute for Brain Health step to the podium as special honorees at the annual Benefactor Recognition Dinner.
The Benefactor Recognition Dinner demonstrated the power of philanthropy and the unique characteristics of an academic medial campus that together add up to more than the sum of its parts. “When I first visited the Anschutz Medical Campus several years ago, I was amazed at what this campus offers,” said Concordia. “Beautiful, state-of-the-art buildings, nationally recognized education and research programs, excellent health care – and most importantly, exceptional people.”
CU President Bruce Benson and CU First Lady Marcy Benson receive a custom saddle embossed with the CU Anschutz Medical Campus logo.
In honor of President Benson’s final year at CU, Chancellor Elliman presented the Bensons with a custom saddle dually embossed with their family’s brand and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus logo.
“We hope you share our excitement about how far we’ve come and where our momentum will take us next,” said Elliman. “You helped us write the recent chapters of our history together, and you will be essential to the next one.”
Guest contributor: Devin Lynn, Office of Advancement
The Anschutz Foundation and its founder and chair, Philip Anschutz, made the unprecedented commitment to accelerate the campus’s growth and development as one of the newest and most prominent academic medical campuses in the United States, the only one in the Rocky Mountain region, and the largest from Chicago to the West Coast. This gift brings The Anschutz Foundation’s total investment in the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to nearly $300 million since 2000.
Anschutz gift fuels innovation
The gift will support strategic faculty recruitment and retention, innovative research efforts, industry partnerships and technology transfer, and a new 390,000-square-foot interdisciplinary Anschutz Health Sciences Building. The university will break ground later this year on the new building, which will house faculty leaders in mental and behavioral health including the CU Department of Psychiatry, as well as the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, classrooms, exhibit space and more.
“We are proud partners in the development of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and share an ambitious vision for further elevating it among the country’s top medical destinations,” said Mr. Anschutz. “The campus stands as a Colorado landmark and a hub of leading-edge research, innovation and education – and, perhaps most importantly, as the place to go for the highest-quality health care delivered by the best minds in medicine.”
“With this commitment, Mr. Anschutz and the leadership of The Anschutz Foundation are excited to help rapidly transform medicine and health care, not only in Colorado but across the region and beyond,” said Executive Director of The Anschutz Foundation Ted Harms. “We have a shared vision for propelling the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus even higher among the best medical campuses in the United States, and by investing in key strategic areas, we will make that vision a reality.”
Transforms health care
“Philip Anschutz and The Anschutz Foundation are helping lead a visionary transformation of health care in Colorado and beyond,” said CU President Bruce D. Benson. “This gift, combined with their previous commitments, goes a long way toward ensuring the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is one of the leading medical care, research and education facilities in the world.”
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Donald M. Elliman Jr. said the commitment from The Anschutz Foundation “enables us to fully capitalize on the momentum we have seen on this campus since our beginnings here just 17 years ago.”
“Our growth has been exponential and shows no signs of slowing, due in large part to The Anschutz Foundation’s longstanding partnership and this new commitment,” Elliman said.
“Among our initial opportunities are attracting and retaining top talent in key areas including personalized medicine, novel therapeutics and immunotherapy, and mental and behavioral health,” said CU School of Medicine Dean and Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs John J. Reilly Jr., MD.
Advances personalized medicine
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital President and CEO Will Cook said he is particularly hopeful about the impact this gift will have on recruiting and retaining top faculty who help deliver excellent patient care. “UCHealth and University of Colorado Hospital partner with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to leverage research and innovative treatments like immunotherapy to transform the future of health care. This historic donation will enable the nationally recognized physicians from the CU School of Medicine to continue inventing the health care treatments of tomorrow, helping deliver the very best outcomes for patients throughout the Rocky Mountain region.”
“New discoveries in the realm of personalized medicine and novel therapeutics are rapidly changing the pediatric health care landscape,” said Children’s Hospital Colorado President and CEO Jena Hausmann. “This generous gift infuses valuable resources into that work and will translate into more effective, highly tailored treatments for children battling a range of illnesses and diseases.”
In addition to funding bright minds in research, education and clinical care, the campus will dedicate philanthropic funds to invest in CU Innovations, a new approach to technology transfer launched in 2016 to facilitate the translation of science and innovation into marketable products and services that improve lives.
“Our proud history of innovation has led to important new discoveries, and through CU Innovations, we are capitalizing on our deeply rooted entrepreneurial spirit by connecting University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus inventors with innovators and industry partners who can take their breakthroughs to market,” said Elliman.
About the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado, the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. Home to 21,000 employees, more than 4,300 degree-seeking students and two nationally ranked hospitals, the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus trains the health sciences workforce of the future and fuels the economy, with more than $3.9 billion in annual economic impact. Skilled physicians and providers at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado see 2 million patient visits each year, caring for people and families of all ages from across the state of Colorado and around the region. Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the U.S., and University of Colorado Hospital is ranked among the top 25 in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.
About Children’s Hospital Colorado Children’s Hospital Colorado is a leading pediatric network 100 percent dedicated to the health and well-being of children, adolescents and young adults. Consistently acknowledged as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado is recognized nationally and internationally for its medical, research, education and advocacy programs. It is at the forefront of research in childhood disease and pioneering treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics, as well as offering everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, the new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs will be the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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More than 430 people attended the Benefactor Recognition Dinner, a celebration of the passionate people behind philanthropic gifts to the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The event took place in the Seawall Ballroom in the Denver Performing Arts Complex on March 29.
This year’s gathering was particularly special because, for the first time, the recognition dinner included a celebration of CU Anschutz’s partnership with University of Colorado Hospital, and an acknowledgment of how philanthropic support makes an impact all across campus. Hosts of the evening included CU President Bruce Benson and his wife, CU First Lady Marcy Benson; CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman; and University of Colorado Hospital President and CEO Will Cook.
Learn more about our generous honoree benefactors in the video presentations on this page.
“Our vision at CU Anschutz is simple,” Elliman said. “We seek to rise higher among the country’s top medical destinations; to be the place where anyone who needs it can get the finest care in the world; where the science of that care is being pushed to new horizons; and where we train and prepare the health workforce of our future.”
When Cook stepped to the podium, he said, “I hope you’re getting a sense of the momentum of our campus. The tremendous promise we’re seeing realized is what drew me to the University of Colorado Hospital from UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) 2 ½ years ago.”
He added, “We’re pleased to be partnering more closely than ever with the university, as we work to rise even higher among the ranks of the country’s top destinations for health, wellness and world-class medical care.”
Elliman thanked the benefactors for their generous gifts, which help fuel the campus’s unprecedented growth. “You are a vital part of our growth and progress,” he said. “Because of you, we are in great shape and getting stronger.”
CancerCure, an organization that has been helping to advance research at the CU Cancer Center for more than two decades.
The Fisher family – Don and Sue – for supporting the Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center and helping to accelerate research with great promise for the millions of people and families affected by this all-too-common disease.
It is with the generosity and vision of Joyce Zeff and the Zeff family that Ross Camidge, MD, PhD, is pioneering new treatment options for people like Polly Rogers diagnosed with lung cancer. When Denver philanthropist Joyce Zeff was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2014, she was focused on living her life on her own terms and dancing at her grandson’s upcoming bar mitzvah.
While stage IV lung cancer is oftentimes considered a death sentence, Camidge said, “Whilst we would love to turn lung cancer into a curable disease, the immediate goal is to turn it into a long-term controllable disease.” And that is just what his current research is doing with the help of philanthropic support. Zeff made it to her grandson’s bar mitzvah, before passing away in 2015. Zeff and her family created an endowed chair, currently held by Camidge, so others in the Rocky Mountain region would have access to the world-class care Zeff received.
Every year, the Donor Recognition Dinner honors CU’s dedicated philanthropic community and provides updates for both CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. This year, the Daniels Fund, Comcast and Joyce Zeff and the Zeff Family were honored for their outstanding commitment to CU.
Daniels Fund: Support from the Daniels Fund is central to several programs at both CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. From funding for the Addiction Research and Treatment Services program to scholarships at the Business School and much more, the Daniels Fund is helping CU transform lives in the Denver metro area.
Joyce Zeff and the Zeff Family: Zeff’s legacy lives on throughout the entire Denver metro area, and her gift to CU is just one example. The named endowed chair in lung cancer research is allowing breakthroughs in the lab to reach patient bedsides quicker than ever before.
Videos detailing the generosity of each honoree were presented at the dinner.
Guests enjoyed a musical performance by CU Denver student group, Voz de la Clave, and mingled with other benefactors, faculty and staff. There were also four activities sponsored by students and faculty from each campus. Activities included learning wellness techniques, an interactive art project, a virtual-reality experiment and a Lego project illustrating mechanisms for preventing dental decay.
Chancellor Dorothy Horrell gave updates for CU Denver, noting its unique place as Colorado’s only public urban research university. She also recognized the hard work of students around campus, touting the campus’ diversity. Of note, student Nadeen Ibrahim attended and was recognized for her outstanding contribution to CU Denver and her many accomplishments as a pre-med student. Horrell said, “Those of you who have generously invested in CU Denver scholarships help students like Nadeen make the most of their education. Scholarships for these hard-working students are investments in their lives and in Colorado’s future.”
Chancellor Don Elliman gave an overview of the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and recognized the benefactors making the research, education and clinical care possible. Elliman said, “We’ve attracted some of the best minds in medicine and health from around the globe – more than 300 new faculty last year alone.” Much of this growth is because of the continued support of philanthropy and other private support, which reached a record $203 million in the last fiscal year.
Guest contributor: Devin Lynn, development writer.
As Judi and Joe Wagner achieved business successes in Colorado, they made sure to give back, making numerous philanthropic contributions that have touched countless organizations. At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Judi and Joe are passionate about research in women’s health, diabetes and cancer. By creating the Judith and Joseph Wagner Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research, the Center for Women’s Health Research will be able to support future generations of physicians and scientists focused on women’s health. You can support the Center for Women’s Health Research.