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2019 Distinction Awards

October 24, 2019 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue, Glendale, CO, USA

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About the Event

Join the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation at the 2019 Distinction Awards, a fundraising event honoring community leaders who are Uniting to Care and Cure. The event offers an inspirational program including impactful honorees, unique cocktails, elegant dinner, live auction and a room filled with prestigious guests. We hope you can join us for this evening of celebration as we raise critical funds for our mission: To cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. This is an event you do not want to miss!

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Location: Infinity Park Event Center
Attire: Cocktail

Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities here and please reach out to Rachel with any additional questions or concerns!

Our 2019 Honorees:

Bob and Kalleen Malone -John S. Sabel Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Melanie Weitzenfeld - Excellence in Healthcare Award
Rob Masters - Community Impact Award

Bob & Kalleen Malone

Bob and Kalleen Malone are strong supporters of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation along with various other nonprofit organizations in the Greater Denver Area.

Bob currently serves as the Market Chairman Emeritus of MidFirst Bank. He attended school at Loyola University in Los Angeles, graduating in 1966 with an A.B Degree in English. He then proceeded to earn his M.B.A from the University of Southern California in 1969.

After earning his M.B.A., Bob began his career in the banking industry and served as the Senior Vice President and Senior Administrative Officer for the North American Division of Bank of America in 1979 to 1981. From 1981 to 1984, he served as the Chairman, President and CEO of First Interstate Bank of Boise, Idaho. In 1984 Bob and Kalleen moved to Denver where Bob served as Chairman and CEO of First Interstate Bank of Denver until 1989. From 1989 to 1992, Bob was Chairman and CEO of Bank Western. Bob was Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Steel Street Bank & Trust from 2003 to 2015 when the Bank was sold to MidFirst Bank.

Along with his professional career in banking and investing, Bob served as the Director-Chairman of the Board for Jones International University for 5 years and is currently Chairman of the Board for Oppenheimer Funds. He has been a Director in Colorado UpLIFT, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Gallagher Family Foundation. Bob has also served as a Trustee to the Denver Art Museum, Denver Zoo and National Jewish Health. Additionally, Bob served on Regis University's Board of Trustees for 9 years, serving as the Chairman for 4 of those years.

Kalleen Malone has been very active in various philanthropic endeavors in the Denver Metro Area. In addition to being a devoted supporter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Kalleen has also been served as a Director, Trustee, Board member, and Chairman to various other organizations including ArtReach, Colorado's Ocean Journey, Opera Colorado, Rose Hospital and Volunteers of America.

Bob and Kalleen Malone are happily married with four children and nine grandchildren. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation is very grateful and fortunate to have members as dedicated and devoted as the Malone's. They are honored to be the 2019 recipient of the annual John S. Sabel Lifetime Achievement Award for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Melanie S. Weitzenfeld, Ph.D.

Melanie graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. She received her master's from the University of Southern California Los Angeles, California in Counseling Psychology. In 2004, she received her Ph.D. in Psychology from USC and is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Colorado.

Melanie's practice is in Denver, Colorado where she specializes in behavioral health psychology. Melanie's focus is on helping individuals, couples, and families explore the challenges of coping with medical illnesses, deal with life transitions, and identify their personal and social resources in a confidential setting. Melanie believes it is important to understand the nature of the issues on multiple levels (physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual). She believes it is out of this depth of understanding the issues and the context in which they emerge, effective strategies can be developed. Melanie likes to see results with her clients and motivate them to achieve the results they desire. She believes her clients play an important role in achieving their goals in therapy, as she expects them to commit to actively participating in the therapeutic process.

Melanie is a loving wife and mother. Melanie has previously served on the Medical Advisory Committee with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. She is also a member of the Colorado Psychology Association.



Colorado Neuropsychological and Behavioral Center, Denver, CO

Community Reach Center, Thornton, CO

Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, Los Angeles, CA



Licensed Psychologist, State of Colorado Number: 3106



University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Masters in Counseling Psychology


Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

Bachelors in Psychology



Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Medical Advisory Committee

Colorado Psychology Association


Rob Masters

Rob Masters grew up in the Twin Cities where he was diagnosed with UC at the age of 15. He spent his college years at the University of Minnesota as a student manager for the hockey team while earning his degree in Sports Management. After graduation, he moved to Colorado Springs to take the position of head manager for the men's hockey team at Colorado College. After 5 years at CC, he moved on to work for the Chicago Blackhawks at their affiliate in Norfolk, VA. Colorado was where Rob knew he wanted to be so he eventually moved back to Denver to start his career in distilling. At the age of 34, after 19 years of managing the ups and downs of ulcerative colitis, Rob was diagnosed with stage 2A Colon Cancer and subsequently had a total colectomy with J-pouch construction. At 37, Rob was then diagnosed with Crohn's disease as well as psoriatic arthritis.

Rob is currently one of the partners and the head distiller at The Family Jones which operates two distilleries in Colorado. The Spirit House in Denver's Highland neighborhood has a full kitchen and cocktail bar serving spirits made by Rob and his team while the larger facility in Loveland serves mainly as a production site with the hopes of a tasting room opening up there this summer. He and his wife Heather live in Wheat Ridge with their 4 year old son Henrik.

A Special Thank You to Our Distinction Awards Committee:

Event Co- Chairs
Julie Farber
Zoey Kortz

Committee Members
Deb & Jim Campbell
Julie & Brent Farber
Karly & Brad Farber
Mary Sue & Bob Hawk
Marnie &Jeff Klein
Mary Lou Blackledge & Don Kortz
Zoey Kortz
Lorne Maltenfort
Maxine & Steve Miller
Barbara & Rober Nieder
Elizabeth Peros
Dick & Marcia Robinson
TJ Thurman
Emily Tolve
Victoria Tolve
Cynthia & Doug Wax
Alisa & Steve Zapiler

Contact Us

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - Rocky Mountain
Questions? Please contact Rachel Swank


Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue, Glendale, CO, USA

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