The guests at Make-A-Wish Colorado’s Sporting Affair gala were treated to a very special surprise, a wish reveal for three siblings, all with the rare genetic disorder Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. Smiles lit up the faces of 16-year-old Ethan, 13-year-old Arianna and 8-year-old Sadie as their wishes were revealed to them during the February 23 event at Wings Over The Rockies. In its 11th year, the fundraiser generated more than $260,000 to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Ethan will see Hamilton on Broadway in New York City; Sadie will get a behind-the-scenes experience at a kids’ baking championship; and Arianna will experience her dream of swimming with dolphins and snorkeling in Hawaii when her family travels to the Aloha State.
Emceed by Amelia Earhart of 9News, The Sporting Affair featured Colorado athletes and sports notables serving as table hosts as well as more than 150 silent and live auction items including rare sports memorabilia, unique experiences, trips, concert and sporting event tickets, jewelry, and much more.
Popular items included a Super Bowl 50 limited edition gold panel football signed by 44 Broncos players and coaches; an official Denver Broncos NFL football helmet signed by 10 Broncos legends; and a race car enthusiast package with two tickets and hospitality passes for the July 21-23 Mopar Mile High NHRA Nationals in Denver as well as a personal meet and greet with driver Tommy Johnson Jr. and car sponsor Terry Chandler, and a once in a
lifetime opportunity to ride in the Make-A-Wish tow vehicle at the race.
On hand to show their support for Make A Wish Colorado as table hosts were Max Aaron, Brent Adams, Jordan Anjalee, Garrett Atkins, Beth Bandimere, Mona Briscoe, Larry Brunson, Kara Cannizarro, Danny Coates, Callum Crawford, Julian Donaldson, Larry Evans, Illeeya Guytch, Jordan Gilless, John Grant Jr., Corey Hope, Mark Jackson, Tommy Johnson Jr., Eric Law, Zach Lewis, Nate Lundy, Jordan Norwood, Nathan Palmer, Casey Ritt, Jacob Roost, Mark Schlereth, Roderick Sewell, Darian Simon, Slacker and Steve, Cory Sullivan, Josh Sullivan, Chloe Sutton, Billy Thompson, Justin Thornton, Dillon Ward, and Denver Bronco cheerleaders Lauren and Nikki.
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