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February 25, 2006 - A Sold-out Crowd Rendezvous(ed) in Rio

What: Annual Beaux Arts Ball

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

When: February 25, 2006

Ticket Prices: Start at $350 per person, tables range from $3,500 to $50,000

Beneficiary: National Jewish Medial and Research Center and Post-News Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation

Grand Marshal(s): Carol and Joel Farkas, Julie and Lawrence Gelfond, Megan and Mariner Kemper, Dick Saunders

Presenting Sponsor(s): Brazilian Benefactors: Carol and Joel Farkas, Saunders Construction, UMB Bank, and Murray Motor Imports, Gebhart BMW, Ralph Schomp BMW

Co-Chair(s): John Beeble, Co-Chair Team Saunders; KC Gallagher, Co-Chair Team Kemper; Robert London, M.D., Co-Chair Team Gelfond; Don Provost, Co-Chair Team Farkas; Industry Chairs: Bruce Benson, Oil & Gas Chair; Bruce Deifik, Banking Chair; Charlie Fote, General Industry Chair; Chetter Latcham, Real Estate Chair

Committee Members: Table Captains: Rich, Baer, Wayne Berger, Kevin Duncan, Jim Durant, Rick Ellis, Steve Farber, Craig Fleishman, Mike Giesen, Will Gold, David Goldberg, Roger Goodwin, David Greiner, Barry Hirschfeld, Andrew Hudson, Chris Hunt, Walt Imhoff, John Kamprath, Steve Kaufmann, Tom Kowalski, Gary Levine, Evan Makovsky, Bob Masten, Mark McGlathery, Eric Osborn, Kit and Chris Phillips, Phil Ruschmeyer, Dan Rich, Rick Sapkin, Carol and Jeff Schwartz, Mark Smith, Steve Weinstein; Party Planning: Carol Farkas, Julie Gelfond, Arlene Hirschfeld, Diane Huttner, Megan Kemper, Lou Nelson, Rudy Benda, Monica Cheeks, Stu Feinstein, Robbi Frankel

Introductions: David Engleberg, Board Chair

Welcome: Michael Salem, M.D., President and CEO

Catering: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Entertainment: Le Clique, a troupe of more than 60 high-energy dancers, musicians and actors from New York City

Of note: Carol and Joel Farkas donated a $450,000 gift for Lupus Research. Carol also celebrated her 45th Birthday at the Beaux Arts Ball.

Sponsors: Steamy Hot Samba Supporters: Julie and Larry Gelfond, HC Companies, Inc. and Edgemark Development, the Gallagher Family, Nancy and Bruce Deifik, MDC Holdings, Inc. and Richmond American Homes, Qwest, Tuchman Family Foundation, Weitz Company, Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of Colorado/Beverage Distributors/National Distributing/Southern Wine & Spirits; Parade of Patrons: Alberta Development Partners, Allison Companies, Sue and Harvey Allon, Anschutz Corporation, Nancy and Bruce Benson, Berenbaum Weinshienk & Eason, Colorado Biz, Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Crabb Mechanical, Davis Marketing Services, Duncan Oil, First Community Bank, First Data Corp/Western Union, Sheri and Will Gold, Greiner Electric, Hexagon Investments, Hyde Park Jewelers, Lange Graphics, Andrea and Dr. Robert London, Merchants Mortgage & Trust Corp., Robinson Dairy Inc., Starz Entertainment Group, Shane Co., Anna and John Sie Foundation, Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation, Wells Fargo, Joyce Zeff

Menu: Green salad with hearts of palm, mango salsa, coconut and passion fruit vinaigrette; char grilled filet of beef with 'Blue de Brazil' Demi glace, basmati rice and frijoles negros; selection of deluxe mini pastries and chocolates

Attendance: 1,400 - Sold out with a long waiting list

Attire: Blacktie with vibrant colors of Brazil and LOTS of masks


Donors: for the Live Auction: Murray Motor Imports, Gebhart BMW, Ralph Schomp BMW and Hyde Park

Event Coordinator: Rosemary Lindsay -

Decor/Rental Company: Fastlane Productions, Robbi Frankel, Panache Linen

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

 And the faces behind the masks belong to...the 2006 Beaux Arts Ball
And the faces behind the masks belong to...the 2006 Beaux Arts Ball "Rendezvous in Rio" Grand Marshals: Larry and Julie Gelfond, left, Dick Saunders with Gay Niermann, Joel and Carol Farkas and Mariner and Megan Kemper.

Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

"Hot, Hot, Hot" was the way to describe the evening at the Beaux Arts Ball’s "Rendezvous in Rio," one of the most anticipated galas of the season. The annual fundraiser benefited the National Jewish Medial and Research Center and Post-News Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation and raised over $1.1 million and counting.

For Carol Farkas, a Grand Marshal, along with her husband Joel, it was night to celebrate and rejoice. Carol is a Lupus survivor and knows first-hand the benefits that National Jewish provides and the gala, held on February 25th, was also her birthday. The Farkas’ generously donated a $450,000 gift for Lupus Research, announcing it the night of the gala, in an effort to inspire others.

The 1,400 guests arrived at the sold-out gala (with a long waiting list) dressed in feathers, beads and jewels in a rainbow of colors. Themed as a 'very hot, steamy and sexy' event, the guests dressed for the part and were not let down. The whirlwind evening was overflowing with jubilant colors, succulent food, steamy rhythms, exquisite masks, casino games and a one-of-a kind live auction.

The Grand Marshals, along with the Co-chairs and Industry Chairs greeted friends and supporters during the cocktail party on the S.S. Beaux Arts. After walking up the gangway and being saluted by sailors in crisp white uniforms, the party ‘set sail’ for Rio. The steady beat of steel drums quickened pulses, while the guests enjoyed mojitos, martinis, Brazilian BBQ and many other delectables.

As the dinner hour grew closer, the sailors ushered the guests quickly to their seats. Board Chair David Engleberg thanked the guests for coming and for their ongoing support and then introduced President and CEO Michael Salem, M.D.

“I am now, as ever, convinced that the people of National Jewish, with your help, will keep us a leader in meeting the healthcare challenges for the next 100 years. Most importantly, we exist to help and to heal, and we are a great team in achieving this mission," said Salem, after a video about the services of National Jewish, was shown.

Grand Marshals Carol and Joel Farkas, Julie and Lawrence Gelfond, Megan and Mariner Kemper, Dick Saunders; along with Co-chairs John Beeble, KC Gallagher, Robert London, MD, Don Provost and Industry Chairs Bruce Benson, Bruce Deifik, Charlie Fote and Chetter Latcham had already exceeded their $1 million goal for the gala before the ship had sailed to Rio.

Support for this gala started last fall with Grand Marshal Joel Farkas of Gateway American Properties, along with wife Carol, surprising the crowd at the September 15th kick-off with a pledge of $50,000! Their enthusiasm was contagious and soon fellow Grand Marshals, Megan and Mariner Kemper of UMB Bank and Dick Saunders of Saunders Construction also made contributions of $50,000 each. As of October, the committee was already two-thirds of the way to their goal of $1 million.

Raising both funds and awareness for this year’s committee was due in large part to their personal connections with National Jewish and what the organization does for both the local community and the country. “Being a good corporate citizen is core to who we are,” said Marnier, Chairman and CEO of UMB Bank. “National Jewish provides outstanding service to patients across the country and we are honored to support their mission.”

Longtime friends and supporters Joel and Carol Farkas and Dick Saunders, have all been personally touched by the quality of medical care provided at National Jewish. Carol, who was diagnosed with lupus, has been in remission for over four years and is now enjoying a normal life. “The lupus research conducted at National Jewish brings us ever closer to better treatments, patient care and hopefully a cure,” she said.

Dick suffers from bronchial asthma and has been able to keep it under control due largely to the education, care and medication he has received from National Jewish. “Many years ago, I thought I was having a severe asthma attack,” said Saunders. “So, I rushed to National Jewish. I had actually contracted a viral infection that had infected my heart. The acute diagnosis from National Jewish undoubtedly saved my life.” Saunder’s daughter also suffered from Lupus and was a patient with National Jewish for many years. “She now has three beautiful daughters and is doing great. We are very grateful.”

National Jewish, ranked the country’s number one respiratory hospital for eight consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report, is the only medical and research center in the United States devoted entirely to respiratory , allergic and immune system diseases, including asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, sever allergies, AIDS, cancer and autoimmune disease such as lupus. Founded in 1899, National Jewish is a nonprofit and nonsectarian institution dedicated to enhancing prevention, treatment and cures through research and to developing and providing innovative clinical programs for treating patients regardless of age, religion, race or ability to pay.

The 2006 Beaux Arts Ball, “Rendezvous in Rio” was a party that lived up to its name, filled with excitement and entertainment. But more importantly, it raised awareness and much needed funds for National Jewish.

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