Craig Hospital PUSH
Please join us for the Thirteenth Annual PUSH dinner. The evening raises money to support Craig Hospital’s Programs of Excellence and research to better the lives of those experiencing a spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. The paddle auction raises funds for the Craig Hospital Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund. Almost 1300 Craig supporters attended the 2013 Push Dinner, and the evening brought in more than $1.2 million.
Friday, February 28, 2014
5:30 p.m. Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th St., Denver, CO 80202
Kevin Pearce, Inspiration Award Recipient
Kevin Pearce was catapulted onto the professional snowboarding stage in 2005 at age 18, soaring above others in his division and quickly becoming the athlete to watch in the ever-evolving sport.
On December 31, 2009, while training for the U.S. Olympic trials in Park City, Utah and practicing a trick on the half-pipe, Kevin suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Although he was wearing a helmet, the injury left Kevin in critical condition and in a medically induced coma. He rehabilitated from his injury at Craig Hospital.
Post injury, Kevin faced many challenges: from vision to fatigue, motor skills to memory, impulsiveness to poor judgment. But despite the fact that his half-pipe career had ended, his determination to overcome the catastrophe through vigorous rehabilitation and training continues to inspire his family, friends and fans every day.
Kevin, a Vermont native and the youngest of four brothers, comes from a support system unmatched by many families. Kevin’s father, world-renowned glass blower, Simon Pearce, and his mother, Pia Pearce, taught their sons from an early age to find happiness in doing what they love. The commitment that the Pearce family has shown to each other has been crucial throughout Kevin’s recovery process.
Post-accident, Kevin has become a passionate advocate for education and research on Traumatic Brain Injuries and their prevention. His recovery—and his journey to accept his new life—was recently chronicled in “The Crash Reel,” an HBO documentary film directed by Lucy Walker. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that "The Crash Reel" was named to its Shortlist, the 15 documentary features in contention for the Oscar. The list was narrowed down from a category of 147 films that had originally qualified. The Academy's Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees, which will be announced January 16th.
The film is accompanied by the Love Your Brain outreach campaign, which aims to highlight both the importance of wearing helmets and embracing life to its fullest. Kevin has established a fund at Craig Hospital as well as The Kevin Pearce Fund to support individuals and families all over the country affected by brain injury, Down syndrome, and other challenges.
For his determination, advocacy, and commitment to serving as a positive and influential role model to those who have suffered a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, Kevin Pearce will be awarded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Inspiration Award at the 2014 Craig Hospital PUSH.
Sponsorships and Individual Ticket Sales
A variety of table sponsorships are available. For more information, review the sponsorship booket. Individual tickets are also available for $250. To purchase a sponsorship or registration, click here.
Jim Benemann, 2014 PUSH Emcee
Jim is an outstanding journalist and an exceptional communicator. His passion for his work and his commitment to this community make him one of the most respected broadcasters in Colorado. Jim’s anchoring and reporting background has included major assignments on local, national and international stories.
He established a broadcasting bureau in Washington D.C., where he covered Capitol Hill, political campaigns and sent home reports from Cuba, Korea, South America and Europe. Jim is a Chicago native. He attended Colorado State University, earning a degree in broadcasting in 1978.
His TV news career began in Davenport, Iowa but Jim and his family have always felt at home in Colorado. Prior to returning to CBS4 where he anchored in the early 1990′s, Jim worked at Denver’s KUSA-TV and at KGW-TV in Portland, Ore.
John Ikard, 2014 PUSH Chair
John Ikard is president and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company, Lakewood, Colorado, Chairman-Elect of the American Bankers Association and a member of the ABA Board.
With total assets of $13 billion dollars, FirstBank is the second largest bank in the State of Colorado and one of the largest privately held financial institutions in the country. John started at FirstBank in 1981, and has been president and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company since 1999.
John has held leadership positions in a wide variety of organizations. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, former Vice-Chair and current board member of the Colorado Children’s Hospital Foundation, and is Chairman of the Denver Area Boy Scout Council. John is past Chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of the Colorado State University Board of Governors. In 2010, John was honored with the prestigious “Community Banker of the Year Award” by the American Banker.
John is a graduate of Colorado State University, holds an MBA from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
2014 PUSH Committee Members
John Ikard, Chair 2014
Mike & Terri Fordyce
Stephen C. Peters
Alan Weintraub, MD
Thank you to the 2014 PUSH Sponsors
Art Seiden, PUSH Founder
Mary and George Sissel