There were the black-tie people and the comfy-in-scrubs people. It was a wearer's-choice evening April 12 at the Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala.

In an interesting twist, the medical personnel who wear scrubs as a daily uniform were the ones more inclined to go all out with tuxedos and long gowns while those in corner-office occupations tended toward the casual route.

The 12th annual gala, "Life's Crucial Moments," focused on Memorial Hospital's Emergency and Trauma Services. The approximately $250,000 raised by the 450 attending went toward specialized equipment, including a portable ultrasound, portable lab systems that offer bedside results and Pupillometers for pupil checks of critically ill and injured patients and those with suspected stroke or neurologic trauma.

The large number of first responders and trauma specialists enjoying the festive affair led foundation Executive Director Cary Blanchette to proclaim Colorado Hall at The Broadmoor "the safest place in all of Colorado."

Accolades for the sparkling evening went to co-chairs Megan Donahue and Andrea Hurlbert and their committee: Lynn Andersen, Rod and Leslie Bernsen, Pat Cone, Marilyn Goodloe, Paulette Greenberg, Lana Janc, Marigny Klaber, Brian Knutson, Judi Lakin, Mary Ellen McNally, Ginni Reckard, Laura Rogers, Cathy Sheldon, Reggie Small, Lindsay Suggs, Kirsten Taylor and Carrie Trookman.

A high point came during the live auction when one bidder beat out another at the last minute with a $4,500 raised paddle for a trip to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Auctioneer Kevin Patterson, assisted by Rod Bernsen, cajoled the donor into selling the trip to the other bidder as well.

A spirited bidding competition also erupted for a zipline tour, campfire and s'mores party for up to 30 people.

Presenting sponsor of this year's fundraiser was Crothall Healthcare.

Coming up: 10th annual golf tournament, Sept. 12; Elegance for the Cause benefit home, July 30; Kirk and Hill fashion show for oncology services, August.