Published on September 10, 2012

Parkview Foundation honors Ray Kogovsek on Sept. 21

PUEBLO, Colo., -- Ray Kogovsek will be honored at Parkview Foundation’s 32nd Annual Starlight Gala celebration Friday, September 21 at CSU-Pueblo Occhiato Center Ballroom, 2200 Bonforte Blvd.

The black-tie optional, “Elegantly Patriotic” themed event begins at 6 p.m. with a complimentary social hour and silent auction, followed by an elegant sit-down dinner at 7 p.m., and dancing to the music of the Tiny Barge and the Big Chill from 9 p.m. until midnight.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the building and expansion projects at the medical center. Starlight Gala tickets may be purchased for $250 per couple or $1,500 for a corporate table of ten. Seating is limited and can be reserved by visiting or calling 719.584.4526.

Ray Kogovsek has been named Starlight Gala Honoree for his leadership and commitment to Parkview Medical Center as well as his generous contributions to the Pueblo community.

Kogovsek was born in Pueblo and grew up in The Grove and Minnequa Heights neighborhoods. He attended Pueblo Catholic High School and graduated in 1959. He went on to earn an associates’ degree from Pueblo Junior College as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Adams State University.

Kogovsek represented Colorado's Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1978 to 1984. He served on the Education and Labor, Interior and Insular Affairs and Public Works and Transportation Committees. He was a member of the Subcommittee on Water and Power Resources, Public Lands and National Parks, mines and Mining, Employment Opportunity, Elementary and Secondary Education, Post Secondary Education and Surface Transportation. Prior to his election to Congress, he served 10 years in the Colorado legislature, including a five-year tenure as Senate Minority Leader.

Upon retirement from Congress in 1985, he returned to Colorado and established Kogovsek & Associates, Inc., and continues as its president. He has served as a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Board of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado. His firm is a member of Colorado Water Congress, the National Water Resources Association, the Colorado River Water Users' Association, the Pueblo Chambers of Commerce, Club 20, and Action 22. He was honorary Consul to Colorado for the former Republic of Yugoslavia. He was honorary Consul to Colorado for the Republic of Slovenia. Kogovsek is also a member of the Pueblo Sister City Commission, a member of PEDCo, a member of the Colorado Forum and serves as a board member for the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board. In 2003, Ray was named Water Leader of the Year by the Colorado Water Congress and in 2009 he was inducted into the Pueblo Community College Hall of Fame.

Throughout his decorated career, Ray has received numerous awards and accolades including honors from the American GI Forum; The Pueblo Jaycees; National Association of Counties; Pueblo Vocational Community College; Mountain Ute Indian Tribe; Colorado Education Association; Colorado AFl-CIO; Colorado Bar Association; The Republic of Slovenia; and many more.

Kogovsek, as a lobbyist, has fought for Pueblo and water issues for years. He is a passionate philanthropist and Pueblo supporter. The honoree is extremely proud of his Slovenian roots. His grandparents came to Pueblo to work at the steel mill as well as run a boarding house for employees of the mill.

Kogovsek has been a supporter of the Parkview Foundation Starlight Gala for numerous years, and Kogovsek & Associates a long time sponsor of the gala with Kogovsek, a high bidder at the gala’s silent auction. In 1997, the Pueblo native embarked on a very special journey that started at the Parkview Foundation Gala. His then sister-in-law arranged a blind date to the gala with a Parkview employee named Linda. Although the start to the evening was a little rocky, they celebrated the 2002 Parkview Foundation Gala by getting married two hours before the event and have been happily married ever since. Kogovsek is the father of two lovely daughters, Lisa Kogovsek, who is married to Bob Geiger and ToniRae Andres, who is married to Curtis Adres. He also is the proud grandfather of Reece Raymond Andres.

Parkview Foundation is proud to honor a true Pueblo champion, Ray Kogovsek, at the 32nd Annual Starlight Gala.

About Parkview Medical Center

Founded in 1923, Parkview Health System in Pueblo, Colorado, offers general acute healthcare and health specialty services. As a private, non-profit organization, Parkview is licensed for 350 beds and provides a full range of healthcare services including a verified Level III Trauma Center along with exceptional comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care. Parkview Health System is the leader in all service lines in our service area. As a vital healthcare source, Parkview’s service area includes Pueblo County and 14 surrounding counties, which together represent 370,000 total lives.

Parkview Health System is the largest non-government, nonprofit, private sector employer in Pueblo County with approximately 3,000 employees and provides a skilled medical staff of over 370 physicians. The impact of our workforce triggers a strong impact on the community as Parkview’s annual payroll contributes $232 million to the economy.