AURORA, Colo. – With rock ‘n roll supplied by Bon Jovi and a healthy dose of generosity supplied by The Anschutz Foundation and about 1,300 donors, the University of Colorado Hospital raised over $1 million to further the mission of its Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR).

The Bon Jovi benefit concert January 21 celebrated CeDAR’s five years as what has become the region’s leading residential alcohol and drug addiction recovery center. The concert itself raised $500,000, but the proceeds doubled when Libby Brown, president of The Anschutz Foundation, announced it would match that amount. A silent auction featuring signed guitars from the Eagles, Metallica, Melissa Etheridge and other musicians, as well as concert tickets, artwork and other items, brought the proceeds for the evening to approximately $1.1 million.

“It was an absolutely spectacular night,” said Bruce Schroffel, president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital. “The show was great, the outpouring of support was absolutely heartwarming and, of course, the cause is vitally important.”

Each year, one in four deaths in the United States is attributed to alcohol, tobacco or illicit drug use. Since opening in November 2005, CeDAR has helped more than 2,000 individuals and family members of all socioeconomic levels and ages deal with addiction and rebuilding their lives. CeDAR is currently one of the only rehabilitation centers in the U.S. that is affiliated with an academic medical center—an extended network that allows CeDAR to provide comprehensive care for its patients, including advanced medical care and psychiatric services.

“In its five years CeDAR has become a world class residential treatment center right here in Colorado,” Schroffel added. “I’m not sure enough people realize what a jewel they have in it, and raising awareness of the facility is bound to help more people and their families get into recovery.”

“We are so grateful to receive the generosity of those who supported the concert and of The Anschutz Foundation.”

“One of the things we do best at CeDAR is offer our patients and their families hope for a better life as they fight their addictions,” said Franklin Lisnow, executive director of CeDAR. “This event and the money it raised will allow us to make sure more people know the kind of quality treatment they have available to them. That awareness will save lives.”

University of Colorado Hospital and CeDAR partnered with AEG Live Rocky Mountains to bring Bon Jovi to Denver, and the band itself donated its services for the evening. So did the comedian Sinbad who, in town for another engagement, stopped by to entertain the dinner and concert guests. Emceed by AEG Live’s Chuck Morris, the evening also featured short speeches by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Schroffel and Lisnow before Broncos President of Football Operations John Elway showed up to introduce the band. 

The University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region’s leading academic medical center, and has been recognized as one of the United States’ best hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. It is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. Headquartered at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital’s physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system.   


Contact: Erika Matich, 303-524-2780, [email protected]

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