November 1, 2013 Updated: November 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Paul and Ginni Reckard, who had moved from Wisconsin, shared their Colorado dream home with hundreds of guests before they ever had an opportunity to move in.
Paul, Memorial Hospital's newest trauma surgeon, and Ginni, who's completing her graduate degree in Egyptian history now that their family is grown, had worked with Comito Building and Design to create Villa Marbella, a 4,300-square-foot custom designed home at the top of Cedar Heights, above Garden of the Gods.
They delayed their move-in date for three weeks in October to have the home staged by Joni Bader and opened to the public for "Elegance for the Cause," a benefit for Memorial Hospital Foundation, which provides funds for patient assistance. The home was so realistic that the walk-in closets were filled with clothes, albeit from Kirk and Hill and William Kurtz.
Opening "Elegance for the Cause" was a VIP event hosted by Nick and Debbie Comito; Lauren Comito Perrault, who gave birth to daughter Addison Jean days later; and the foundation officials.
The Show Home event sponsors were Adams Bank & Trust, C&C Sand and Stone Co., Coldwell Banker, Foxworth Galbraith, Fredell Enterprises, Inc., and Pella.
The foundation's Circle of Hope Fund provides assistance to cancer patients being treated at Memorial's Cancer Center who have dire financial needs. Donations in 2012 helped with housing assistance to avoid eviction, preventing the shut-off of utilities, phone service, transportation to appointments, cancer medication and requests for other basic living expenses.
A foundation grant was made to hire a dietitian for a pilot program to provide nutrition consultations to cancer patients. This could become a full-time position. The foundation replaced two aging mobile blood pressure monitors and continues to support the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Forensic Nurse Examiner programs.