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Nightingale Award Winners

June 02, 2008
joanne davidson | inside line A dozen helpers stirring pot for Junior League kitchen tour By Joanne Davidson The Denver Post Article Last Updated: 05/29/2008 09:49:24 PM MDT Nightingale Award winner Myriam DeLeon, left; event chair Judie Walker; and finalists Dawn James and Chad Hess. ( Photo by Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post )Preparations for Kitchens That Cook! just hit full boil with the addition of two more stops and the formation of a blue-ribbon host committee for the self-guided tour that's a fundraiser for the Junior League of Denver. Thursday evening, at A Toast to the Tour held at The Kitchen Table cooking school in Greenwood Village, chairwoman Emily Nelson announced that seven dream kitchens in Denver and Cherry Hills Village will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8. Tickets are available at jld.org. Nelson also introduced the 12-member host committee, all of whom are active or sustaining league members: Patricia Bainter, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef and sponsorship chair for the league's Seen Gallery View additional pictures from the Nightingale Awards dinner in this exclusive "Seen" gallery. Colorado Classique cookbook, due in 2009; past president Kelly Director; Katie Stapleton, a cookbook author who once graced the local radio airwaves as a cooking show host; Gene Koelbel, a founder of Sewall Child Development Center; Cathy Hollis, recently recognized for her support of Friends for Families First; Realtor Beverlee Henry. Also, Barbara Berney Judd, Lori Anne Emlong, Jennifer Fronk, Aline Sandomire, Nancy Wright and Nelson. Host committee members will be among those gathering at Denver Country Club for brunch the morning of the tour; they've also committed financial support to the project. Marcy Tatsch was in charge of kitchen selections; Laura Tobin is coordinating the special events held in conjunction with the tour. Nursing at its best From dozens of nominees, the Colorado Nurses Foundation chose six to receive Nightingale Awards for care and professionalism that goes above and beyond. The recipients, revealed at a dinner chaired by Judie Walker, director of women's and children's services at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, are: June Chan, vice president at Memorial Hospital for Children in Colorado Springs; Myriam DeLeon, a nurse in the Denver Public Schools and Exempla Lutheran Medical Center; Lt. Col. Phillip Kleinman, chief health integrator at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Debra Malone, charge nurse at Rose Medical Center's infusion center; Diane Purse, pediatric nurse practitioner at Vail Valley Medical Center's Eagle Care Clinic; and Christine Sorensen, cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. Society editor Joanne Davidson: 303-809-1314 or jdavidson@denverpost.com; also, blogs.denverpost.com/davidson.