Champions of Hope Gala



Saturday, November 21, 2021


Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

7711 E Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230

Cocktail Attire

Suits for men and cocktail dresses for women.

Tentative Timeline

6:00 p.m.
Cocktail reception
7:00 p.m.
Dinner and presentation
9:00 p.m.
Entertainment and dancing


What is the Champions of Hope Gala?

An upscale evening with a cocktail hour followed by an elegant dinner, a live auction, and live entertainment.

Event Leadership

2021 Co-Chair Barbra Chase

2021 Co-Chair TBA

2021 Honoree Dr. Allen Miller 

Payment Information

Credit cards and checks will be gratefully accepted. (No cash).

You may click the link to donate online, call, or mail in your donation to the Denver American Cancer Society office.


If you mail in your donation, the American Cancer Society will send you a receipt for your tax records, approximately six weeks after payment is received. If you make a donation online using your credit card, you will be directed to a confirmation page that can be printed for your tax records. In addition, an email will be sent to you that includes a receipt that can be printed for your records. A receipt  for your tax records will also be sent, should you win an auction item.

How to Make a Donation

Why Support?

Champions of Hope Gala donations will support the mission of the American Cancer Society as it works to save lives and create a world with less cancer by finding and funding cures, and supporting efforts in our community.


Approximately 1.7 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year. More than 595,000 Americans will lose their battle. That’s more than 1,600 people a day. You can help us move one step closer to a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer by celebrating with us at the Champions of Hope Gala. 


 6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.




Thank you to all of our distinguished volunteers who serve on the American Cancer Society's Champions of Hope Gala Committee.  Their tireless work is instrumental to ensuring this event’s continued success.

Interested in joining our committee? Become a member of our committee today by contacting Becca Blomquest at

720-524-5470 or


Barbra Chase, Brain Corp.




Dr. Alan Miller, SCL Health 

CEOs against cancer of colorado chapter MEMBERs:

Kim Bimestefer, State of CO Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing 

Helen Drexler, Delta Dental

Susan Lintonsmith, former CEO of Elements Massage at WellBiz Brands

David McReyonlds, Columbine Health Plan

Marc Neely, UnitedHealthcare

Craig Pleva, Monarch Casino

Jim Reuter, FirstBank

John Roble, Cigna

Crhis Sherry, Merrick

Maureen Tarrant, Presbyterian St. Luke’s & Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Leo Tokar, Lockton Companies


Rob Carroll, Charles Schwab

Allison Gellner, Rook Design Co.

Mike Hafer, Cardtronics

Tim Sward, Cigna

Kristen Weber, Hunter Douglas

Scott White, US Bank

Heather Younger,  BIZCATALYST 360°

From Our


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Dr. Miller has a long and distinguished career in Oncology and Clinical Research. For the past three years, he has helped build an oncology and clinical research network for SCL Health, with nine cancer centers in Colorado and Montana. Prior to joining SCL Health, he served as the system Chief of Oncology for Baylor Scott and White Health as well as Director of the Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center. Dr. Miller has also led the Blood and Marrow Transplant programs at the University of Florida and Tulane University, the latter which he founded. At Tulane, he also served in medical school and health sciences leadership positions, and was part of the team that brought that institution back from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.


Dr. Miller has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous cancer clinical trials, and early in his career held a prestigious American Cancer Society Career Development Award. Other notable activities include serving as Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Health Care Commission, and Chairman of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium. Dr. Miller has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including, Nature, Blood and The Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Dr. Miller has enjoyed his partnership with ACS. In addition to his Career Development Award, he has served on the Dallas Advisory Board of the ACS, including serving as President in 2016. He was a leader in bringing a Hope Lodge to Dallas, a facility now under construction.  In his first year in the Denver region he jumped right in, participating in the “Real Men Wear Pink” event.


Alan and his wife, Ellen, love living in Erie, Colorado, with their mighty toy poodle, Harley. They enjoy hiking, biking and snow shoeing.  They have three grown children and two grandchildren spread across the east coast.



Alan Miller

2020 honoree

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