Wheat Ridge, Colo.,
14:45 PM

The Legacy Continues - Capital Campaign December 2022

2022.10.31 - Main Entrance (1)

Dr. Jennifer Caskey and Zach Urban, co-chairs of the Legacy Continues Campaign, are pleased to welcome Dr. Vernon Ritzman to the Campaign Committee.  

Dr. Ritzman is a retired primary care physician and a strong supporter of Lutheran’s over the years. He brings knowledge of the community and his camaraderie with other physicians to the group. 

Kathie Repola, executive director of the Lutheran Foundation, is excited to announce that Community First Foundation has made a major contribution to the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation’s Legacy Continues Campaign.  

With this $3.1 million gift, the Lutheran Foundation will have raised more than $8.7M, which is 73 percent of the five-year campaign goal. To show gratitude and acknowledge the partnership, the new central outdoor public gathering space in the new hospital will be named in honor of this support and for Community First Foundation. 

“We are grateful for the many years of partnership with Community First Foundation and their support of the health and well-being of the people of Jefferson County,” said Grant Wicklund, President of Lutheran Medical Center. “This generous gift will help us continue the Lutheran legacy and fulfill our mission of helping people live the healthiest lives possible.” 

Kelly Dunkin, president and CEO of Community First Foundation, said: “We are committed to helping our friends and neighbors in Jefferson County stay healthy and thrive. We are proud to be a long-time partner of Lutheran Medical Center and support their efforts to deliver high quality health services, from emergencies to welcoming babies into our community. We recognize the critical role health plays in our community’s ability to thrive, and we look forward to continued partnership in promoting health and wellbeing.” 

The Lutheran Foundation would like to thank all who have made leadership gifts to Campaign: 

  • Community First Foundation 
  • Rick and Karen Adams  
  • Denise Black Andersen  
  • Dr. Jennifer Caskey 
  • Cathy Chuey  
  • Nancy Collier 
  • Phyllis M. Coors Foundation  
  • Kristi Davis  
  • Robert and Elaine Doerksen Fund  
  • Estate of Lee Fisher 
  • Mr. George Fosha  
  • Ron Hagmeyer  
  • Sandra Henderson  
  • Dr. Douglas and Ardith Hunter  
  • The Estate of Robert Irish 
  • William J Keller 
  • Mark and Carrie Korth 
  • Marion Milton Trust  
  • Guy Nahmiach and Jane Newman 
  • John and Michelle O’Dorsio  
  • Wallace Rice Trust 
  • Rotary Club of Wheat Ridge  
  • Sean Sample Family  
  • Schlessman Family Foundation  
  • Robert Serkowski  
  • Spano Family Foundation  
  • Clair Villano  
  • Dr. Betsy Brew and Bob Van Wetter  
  • Paul R. and Anna Lee White Family Foundation 
  • Grant Wicklund  
  • Estate of Ms. Gracye Wilhite  
  • John and Jeannie Witwer  

We are honored by the generosity of those who invest in the health of our community and inspire others to participate. Every gift counts in the Legacy Continues Comprehensive Campaign and we invite you to join us as we advance healthcare for Jefferson County and West Denver. To get involved and learn more, contact Kathie Repola at 303.467.4802 or katherine.repola@sclhealth.org