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Dinner dance steeped in tradition

Carolyn PopeVail, CO Colorado
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Ann Smead and her daughter, Amy Gish, listed much of what the Vail Valley Medical Center has meant to them and their families four healthy babies, two ear-tubes, knee surgeries, hip replacement, thumb surgery and one heart attack. Those are just a few of the reasons the two helped organized the annual Family Dinner Dance. Without the hospital, Vail and surrounding communities might have a very different landscape. The hospital specializes in orthopedics, cancer treatment and womens and childrens health. The Family Dinner Dance is steeped in tradition. The day recognizes the birthday of Thelma Brittan, who along with her husband, Gordon, ensured that the Vail would have a hospital.

We stand in the footprints of those who came before, like Gordon and Thelma Brittan and Harold and Mary Louise Shaw, hospital director Greg Repetti said. Weve done a lot of great things, and were just beginning.Its also one night that the kids can get dressed up then act their ages. Its impossible to not smile at the adorable girls in velvet dresses and boys in jackets and ties. The event sold out mere moments after the invitations were sent.This year, two retiring hospital board members Ed OBrien and Doug Tisdale were honored. Stepping up to the task with awfully big shoes to fill is Ron Davis, who succeeds Ed as leader.An unexpected honor was handed to Art Kelton, who is president of the board of the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. Art received the first Top of the World award for outstanding leadership in philanthropy. He received his award from good friend Dr. Jack Eck.Committee members who worked on the event included Joni Taylor, Diane Boyer, Suzy Donohue, Sue Franciose, Michael Byram, Michael Gish, Patti and Gordon Hardenbergh and many others.

Ava Cunningham and Annika DuPont.

Doctors John Feagin and Jack Eck with Foundation president and honoree Art Kelton.

Michael, Anna and Andrea Glass.


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