Live Well. Be Happy! Gala Celebrates Patients’ Ability to Re-Discover Happiness

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Live Well. Be Happy! Gala Celebrates Patients’ Ability to Re-Discover Happiness
Colorado Neurological Institute asks patients and the community, “What makes you happy?”
Who: Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI)
What: Live Well. Be Happy! Gala
When: September 13th, 2014, 6-10pm
Where: Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street, Denver
Why: For 26 years, CNI has been committed to making sure that all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, have access to state-of-the-art medical care, support services, ongoing rehabilitation and research opportunities. This evening celebrates CNI’s patients, caregivers and all things happy!
Emcee: Chris Parente, Fox 31
Chairs: Dr. David Kelsall and Dr. Tammie Hand

On Saturday, September 13th, at the Grand Hyatt Denver, Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) will host the Live Well. Be Happy! Gala, a celebration of the organization’s incredible patients and caregivers. Even while facing difficult neurological conditions, CNI’s patients have re-discovered happiness, and continue to remain committed to doing everything in their power to “live well”. This event supports CNI’s efforts to help individuals with neurological conditions live the best life possible through clinical research, patient services and education.

In each invite, guests will be provided with a sticker, which they will stick on something that makes them happy. After posting their photo to social media with the hashtags, #livewellbehappy and #myhappy, CNI will collect the photos for a collage display at the event. CNI’s guest list will include local medical neurological professionals, patients and their families, dedicated staff members and the renowned, Chris Parente of Fox 31.
As guests walk in, all five senses will be stimulated by happiness triggers. Each centerpiece will be made from something that sparks joy – cookies, greeting cards, wine, notes from patients and more. And of course, the state of Colorado inspires happiness, so there will be several Colorado themed live auction items, and guests are encouraged to interpret “Colorado cocktail” attire for the evening. Patients, caregivers and CNI staff will show off their talents in the “marketplace”. Here guests can buy patient artwork, photographs, shadow boxes and other creations.

Without events such as this one, patients would not have access to the organization’s specialized patient navigation, social work services, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, educational resources and clinical research studies. The funds raised from this event will allow CNI to continue to support patients facing multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, brain and spinal tumors, stroke, hearing disorders, Huntington’s disease and other neurological conditions.

“We know that living with neurological conditions can be devastating. Many in our community and in our own lives are living with conditions, yet they are finding ways to truly live well and be happy.This gala is about celebrating them and helping others learn to live as well as possible, even in the midst of life’s inherent difficulties,” said Tami Lack, Executive Director of CNI.

Tickets are $175 each. To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Genevieve Laca at 720-974-4094 or glaca@thecni.org.
Sponsors: Craig Hospital, Radiology Imaging Associates, Rick and Robin Fort, HealthONE, Tommyknocker, Land Title Guarantee Company, Minor and Brown
About Colorado Neurological Institute

Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) has been providing research, education and patient services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. As the only nonprofit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind, CNI offers patient services, education and research opportunities for people with neurological conditions of all kinds and their caregivers. Services include patient assistance funds, care coordination, counseling, rehab, educational programs and more. More than 50 neuroscientists are affiliated with CNI and the list is growing. Learn more at www.thecni.org.
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