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Houston Methodist supporters experience a different kind of Rocky Mountain high at Aspen outing

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Dr. David Rosenfield, from left, Johnny Duncan and Maria Rosenfield Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Dr. David Rosenfield, from left, Johnny Duncan and Maria Rosenfield. Courtesy photo
Dr. Marc Boom, from left, Kelley Lubanko and Cam Canion Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Dr. Marc Boom, from left, Kelley Lubanko and Cam Canion. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Ross Canion, left, and David Dominy Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Ross Canion, left, and David Dominy. Courtesy photo
Mike and Veronica Curran Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Mike and Veronica Curran. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Jana Arnoldy, from left, Nancy Dinerstein and Susan Hansen Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Jana Arnoldy, from left, Nancy Dinerstein and Susan Hansen. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Pat Copper, left, and Susan Coulter Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Pat Copper, left, and Susan Coulter. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Kari Kooi, from left, Cliff Bueche and Nini Hale Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Kari Kooi, from left, Cliff Bueche and jewelry designer Nini Hale. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Jack Dinerstein, from left, Dr. Michael Reardon and John Madden Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Jack Dinerstein, from left, Dr. Michael Reardon and John Madden. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Kimberly Dominy, from left, Cam Canion, Nancy Dinerstein and Lesha Elsenbrook Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Kimberly Dominy, from left, Cam Canion, Nancy Dinerstein and Lesha Elsenbrook. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Jorge Benitez, from left, with Pam and Paul Thompson Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Jorge Benitez, from left, with Pam and Paul Thompson. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Cappy and Darlene Bisso Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Cappy and Darlene Bisso. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Dr. Eric Haufrecht, from left, Dr. Mauro Ferrari and Joyce Haufrecht Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Dr. Eric Haufrecht, from left, Dr. Mauro Ferrari and Joyce Haufrecht. Courtesy photo
Denise Monteleone and Jim Martin Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Denise Monteleone and Jim Martin. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Leslie Blanton and Dr. Marc Boom Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Leslie Blanton and Dr. Marc Boom. Photo courtesy of © MattPowerPhotography.com
Dr. David Rosenfield, from left, Johnny Duncan and Maria Rosenfield Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Dr. Marc Boom, from left, Kelley Lubanko and Cam Canion Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Ross Canion, left, and David Dominy Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Mike and Veronica Curran Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Jana Arnoldy, from left, Nancy Dinerstein and Susan Hansen Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Pat Copper, left, and Susan Coulter Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Kari Kooi, from left, Cliff Bueche and Nini Hale Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Cathy and Giorgio Borlenghi Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Jack Dinerstein, from left, Dr. Michael Reardon and John Madden Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Kimberly Dominy, from left, Cam Canion, Nancy Dinerstein and Lesha Elsenbrook Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Jorge Benitez, from left, with Pam and Paul Thompson Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Cappy and Darlene Bisso Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Dr. Eric Haufrecht, from left, Dr. Mauro Ferrari and Joyce Haufrecht Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Denise Monteleone and Jim Martin Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014
Leslie Blanton and Dr. Marc Boom Houston Methodist in Aspen July 2014

Culling the rarified Aspen landscape in summer for charitable support has become a ritual that Houston medical institutions and cultural groups consider a fundraising must, though no hands are actually extended during these friend-raising expeditions. Just out of the shoot was Houston Methodist, which put together a day-long mini-camp, so to speak, for supporters bunking in the Rockies for their personal cool-weather hejiras.

Cam and Rod Canion, Nancy and Jack Dinerstein, Kimberly and David Dominy and Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook hosted the three-part event that found Houston Methodist patrons, execs and docs either on the golf course or chowing down at a cooking class/lunch and all gathered at day's end for a tasty barbecue party.

T here was cause for celebration at the barbecue when Houston Methodist CEO Dr. Marc Boom announced that the hospital was named best hospital in Texas for the third consecutive year.

Bayou City Capital, another group grasping the value of Aspen connections, sponsored the scramble golf tourney at Aspen Golf Club, where men and women teed up for beautiful scenery and prizes. We are told that Denise Monteleone's ladies team was so fashionably coordinated (orange the predominant color) that Tom Elsenbrook commented that the fairway fashion splendor "created dissent on his golf team causing them to be off their game."

Hole No. 5 held a special surprise for golfers. Dr. Mauro Ferrari, president and CEO of Houston Methodist Research Institute; Dr. John P. Cooke, chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences; and Dr. Michael Reardon, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery, were there as a special welcome committee sharing medical nuggets.

Those avoiding the links were entertained at Pyramid Bistro where chef Martin Oswald and Houston Methodist nutritionist Kari Kool provided a cooking demo and talk on the importance of nutrition in mental and physical health.

At day's end, there was cause for celebration at the barbecue when Houston Methodist CEO Dr. Marc Boom announced that the hospital was named best hospital in Texas for the third consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report. Bayou City Capital president Bob Hay joined in the presentation.

The Houston/Aspen crowd included Darlene and Cappy Bisso, Leslie Blanton, Elizabeth and Alan Stein, Rita and John Madden, Eliza and Johnny Duncan, Farley and Steve Erikson, Joyce and Dr. Eric Haufrect, Kelley and Steve Lubanko, Dr. Veronica and Mike Curran and on and on.

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