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Published on February 22, 2011

University of Colorado Hospital Foundation’s Signature Fundraiser Draws More Than Ever

Fourth annual event raises $300,000

Kids Caricatures at Hearts of All Ages

Kids pose for a caricature artist at Hearts event.

AURORA, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2011) – An event created just four years ago has nearly tripled in size and University of Colorado Hospital Foundation (UCHF) is hoping that trend will continue. “Hearts of All Ages” is the signature fundraiser for the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and takes place each year on Valentine’s Day. The fourth annual event raised approximately $300,000.

"'Hearts of All Ages’ is an unparalleled success. The money we raise allows us to expand and improve the specialty care we provide to Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region,” said Bruce Schroffel, president & CEO of UCH. “This year the proceeds will be invested in one of the most established, respected transplant programs in the country.”

Advancing a legacy of excellence at the Transplant Center

The proceeds from the 2011 Hearts of All Ages event will go toward advancing the legacy of excellence of the UCH Transplant Center. The program is nationally recognized for its collaborative environment, advanced practices and patient outcomes that are better than the national average.

“This event started with about 400 people and this year we hosted more than 1,100 guests,” said Pete Coors, chairman of UCHF and chairman of MillerCoors. “We don’t want a formal event. We want a celebration for families. There’s nothing like seeing three or four generations spend Valentine’s Day together while raising money for a critical resource in our community and beyond.”

Families spending Valentine's Day together

Hearts of All Ages is a family event that takes place on Feb. 14 each year. 2011 marks the fourth consecutive year that the Foundation has celebrated with the community, giving families a chance to spend Valentine’s Day together while raising money for various programs at UCH.

The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center. It is ranked among the top 10 academic medical centers in the United States by the University HealthSystem Consortium and is ranked as one of the country’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. It is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. Based on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital’s physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system.  

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