The Almost-Annual Matt Armbruster Memorial


Almost Annual Matt Armbruster Memorial Big Wheel Rally to Benefit Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Q: What?! A fee to enter the Big Wheel Rally?! Captain, are you a corporate sell-out?

A: No, bozo. We're helping kids out.

Each year, we gather a bunch of fun people on Pearl Street Mall and ride plastic Big Wheels from pub to pub to pub announcing our arrival with power slides and spin outs. Every year since 1991, I've hosted the Big Wheel Rally on my own just as a free, super-fun event for everyone to enjoy. But I always felt that it should be for something.

In 2005 my best friend and his pregnant wife checked into Saint Joseph Hospital for her odd symptoms. After day of observation, she got really sick. A burst appendix and immediate surgery to clean out the massive infection started her contractions and led to an emergency c-section. Daughter Maya was born 3 months premature at only 2 pounds. She spent the next three months under the diligent care of Saint Joseph Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staff with mom and dad visiting twice a day, every day. She finally came home in March, a beautiful pudgy baby, healthy in every regard.

After that, it only took an instant for me to realize what the Big Wheel Rally should be for. With just a few phone calls and excited meetings, we are proud to announce that this year's Big Wheel Rally will be a benefit for the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit fund. All proceeds from the Big Wheel Rally will go directly to help fund the annual Reunion Picnic for all the children and families that have been through the NICU.

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The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation has been assisting Saint Joseph Hospital for 28 years to achieve its mission of fostering health and healing for the community, especially the underserved. The purpose of the Foundation is to raise and manage funds for the Hospital. Funds originate from Foundation sponsored events and from individual, corporate and charitable foundation donations. The Foundation raises money for charity care and general indigent care programs, capital projects and nursing education at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital.

Proceeds from the Almost-Annual Matt Armbruster Memorial Big Wheel Rally will be donated to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Fund. This restricted fund of the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation supports capital needs, continuing education for NICU staff and any special needs for the babies or families of the NICU. The Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital NICU is a Level III intensive and intermediate care unit, treating all newborns who are born prematurely or who have illnesses or conditions that require a high level of care. These special infants are cared for by Neonatolgists and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, specialists in the field of newborn care.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization allowing contribution's to be deducted from donor's taxable income. In addition, contributions are donor designated with no percentage for administrative or overhead costs.

Foundation Information:

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation
1835 Franklin Street
Denver, CO 80218
303 837-7043
303837-7115 fax

The Almost Annual Matt Armbruster Memorial Big Wheel Rally, BWR, Captain Obvious, "Obvious" Emblem, & all content 1991- Matt Armbruster.
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