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2015 Craig Hospital PUSH Dinner, Presenting Sponsor: Empower Retirement

Event Information

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th St., Denver, CO 80202 

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Craig Hospital’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual PUSH dinner, raises money to support Craig Hospital’s programs and research. The 2014 event was attended by more than 1300 people and brought in nearly $1.2 million for Craig Hospital programs and patients. Proceeds from the PUSH dinner fund Craig’s Programs of Excellence – like Therapeutic Recreation, Adaptive Technology, Music Therapy, Community Reintegration and education and tutoring programs – which are generally not covered by insurance. PUSH funds also support research, including ongoing studies and clinical trials aimed at improving outcomes, reducing long-term complications, and enhancing quality of life for those affected by spinal cord and traumatic brain injury.

The PUSH paddle auction raises funds for the Craig Hospital Foundation’s Patient Assistance Funds, which help patients with minimal income or inadequate insurance to travel to and from Craig, purchase equipment like wheelchairs and shower chairs, remodel homes for accessibility, train caregivers, pay mortgages and rent, and meet other urgent needs.

Sponsorships and Tickets

Thank you to Empower Retirement, the presenting sponsor for the 2015 PUSH!

The PUSH Dinner would not be a success without the support of generous sponsors and individuals who purchase tickets to the dinner.  Your PUSH sponsorship provides vital support for Craig Hospital’s Programs of Excellence and supports Craig Hospital research

A variety of sponsorships are available, with varying levels of recognition benefits. Please review the sponsorship benefits for more information about sponsorship packages.  Purchase your individual tickets or sponsorship here.

Silent Auction

The 2015 PUSH Silent Auction Committee is seeking donations for the Silent Auction. Learn more about how you can help.

Award Honorees

At the 2015 PUSH, Patrick Ireland, a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting and Craig “graduate,” will be awarded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Inspiration Award. This award is given in recognition of Ireland’s determination, advocacy, and commitment to serving as a positive and influential role model to those who have sustained a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.

Also at the dinner, Steve Peters will accept the Dave and Gail Liniger Spirit of Craig Award. This new award recognizes a Craig graduate who, through their community service, professional achievement, and personal support of Craig's patients, graduates, and mission, significantly brings to life the spirit of Craig Hospital to others in the community.

Watch the award-winning video about last year's 2014 Inspiration Award Honoree, Kevin Pearce.

Event Contact

Sue Lynch, Event Manager



Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

  • GE Johnson
  • Dave and Gail Liniger
  • Platte River Equity

Platinum Sponsors

  • Art and Judy Seiden
  • SouthWestern Investment Advisors, Inc

Gold Sponsors

  • Arrow Electronics, Inc.
  • FirstBank
  • Mary and George Sissel

Silver Sponsors

  • Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC
  • Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Co., Inc.
  • Mike and Terri Fordyce
  • The Gart Companies
  • Richard and Maureen Graff

Silver Sponsors

  • Invesco Ltd.
  • Janus Capital Group, Inc
  • Oppenheimer Funds, Inc.
  • Radiology Imaging Associates, P.C
  • Mr. and Mrs. Al Troppmann

Silver Sponsors

  • Wells Fargo