The Ritz-Carlton, Denver has been awarded Make-A-Wish's "Most Innovative Wish" in 2016. The luxury hotel and Make-A-Wish Colorado transformed the property into “Hotel Ritz-ylvania,” making Christopher's with to be a vampire a reality.
Christopher, or “Christovitch” as he was known during his wish weekend, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. His favorite movie, “Hotel Transylvania” inspired his wish.
He, along with family and friends, were greeted by staff members wearing capes and fangs upon arrival to The Ritz-Carlton. Scenes from the animated film were shown in the ballroom where a monster dance party was held while “scare school” was taught by a vampire. An outdoor campfire with a sing-along was held before a scary-themed dinner at ELWAY’S, the hotel’s signature restaurant took place, filled with potions and other vampire-themed creations.
The partners were given their award during Make-A-Wish Colorado’s annual fundraiser, The Sporting Affair, at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum this past March.
General manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Denver Grant Dipman said he is proud of the partnership the hotel has with Make-A-Wish Colorado and is humbled to have made a lasting impact not only for Christopher’s family and friends but for the ladies and gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver.
Make-A-Wish Colorado was founded in 1983 and was one of the nation’s first Make-A-Wish chapters. It has granted more than 4,900 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions throughout the state
A video was created by Make-A-Wish Colorado to share Christopher’s story. He passed away in August, 2016.