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2023 Star Spangled Gala

September 30 @ 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm


You’re Invited to the Star Spangled Gala!

Celebrate and honor our Veterans at the magnificent Denver Downtown Aquarium’s Nautilus Ballroom! Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with special experiences and breathtaking aquarium exhibits.

Begin your night by indulging in delectable appetizers at the Dive Lounge, a fabulous venue. Sip on our exclusive cocktail, served in a stunning light-up glass. Then, make your way to the Nautilus Ballroom for a sumptuous full-course dinner, accompanied by carefully selected wine pairings.

During the gala, take part in our exciting Silent Auction, featuring a range of incredible offerings. You’ll also have the chance to join our renowned dessert auction, hosted by the charismatic Master of Ceremonies Ken Clark from Colorado’s Own Channel 2. And get ready to be entertained by the enchanting Vintage Tribute group, the Denver Dolls.

This enjoyable evening aims to support the Healing Warriors Program’s NO COST clinics in Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Longmont. The program’s mission is to prevent suicide by providing free integrative non-narcotic treatments for conditions such as PTSD, TBI, Interpersonal Trauma, Sleep Disorders, and Chronic Pain. We serve Veterans from all eras and branches of service, as well as disabled and homeless veterans, active duty troops, reservists, National Guard members, and the spouses/partners and parents of our service members.

The Healing Warriors Program operates in Fort Collins, and also holds free monthly Pop Up Clinics in Longmont, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Yellow Ribbon events for our active duty personnel. To date, we have administered over 40,000 treatments, serving not only Colorado but also service member families from 21 additional states. As a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, a Registered VA Vendor, and a Platinum Guidestar Charity, your participation in this gala will directly contribute to our cause.

Don’t miss this opportunity to show your support and enjoy a memorable evening in the company of our remarkable Veterans. Reserve your spot at the Star Spangled Gala today!

Keynote Speaker, Master Gunnery Sergeant Brian Ivers

Brian Ivers, Master Gunnery Sgt (Ret) Brian enlisted in the Marines in 1989, shortly after moving to America from Australia as a college student and became an American citizen when he transitioned to active duty in 1993.

During his 27-year career with the Marines, Master Gunnery Sgt Ivers served 10 deployments worldwide, some of which included Afghanistan and Iraq, and seven occurring after the tragic events of 9/11. His exceptional contributions earned him the Meritorious Service Medal for his work as the operations chief of a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force in Kuwait. His courage and sacrifice in the face of adversity also earned him the Purple Heart. After retiring from the Marines in 2021, he continued his service on the Fort Collins police force. Master Gunnery Sgt Ivers has always, and will continue to, embody the spirit of resilience, dedication, and commitment to protecting our nation. We are thrilled to have him here to share more of his story.

Cathy Howell, a military spouse, Department of the Army Civilian (32 years), and mother of 4 adult children; and 3 doggies. Cathy proudly wears the title All American International Queen 2023.Her platform is “Operation Leave No Military Behind” and she has been taking care of military members and their families for 32 years. As an Army Civilian she volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan for a year providing Force Protection. Both she and her husband, a 28 year retired Army Veteran, still work on Fort Carson.



September 30
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Healing Warriors Program


Denver Downtown Aquarium
700 Water St
Denver, CO 80211 United States
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