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April 03, 2006 - Hoops & Hoopla Scores a Victory

What: The third annual fundraiser and viewing of NCAA basketball championship game on big-screen

Where: Mile High Station

When: April 3, 2006

Time: 5 to 10 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $ 250 – Jump Shot Supporter (Individual Ticket)

Beneficiary: National Jewish Medical and Research Center

Host(s): Michael Salem, MD (President and CEO of National Jewish)

Honoree(s): Rich Baer (Qwest), Coach of the Year

Co-Chair(s): Rich Baer (Qwest), Bill Farrell (Wells Fargo), David Greiner (Greiner Electric), John Kamprath (Weitz Co.), Manuel Martinez (Holme Roberts & Owen), William Mutch (Colorado Concern), Rich Schierburg (Peregrine Group Development) and Eric Uhlberg (Merrill Lynch)

Committee Members: Tim Beyer, Brian Fakharzadeh, Paul Brooks, Steve Feldman, Jeff Chase, Greg Fisher, Dr. Kevin Christ, Terry Gill, Steve Chun, Bruce Glazer, Mark Cordova, Alan Guzowski, DeWayne Deck, Hal Haddon, Rich Dunlap, Barry Hirschfeld, Kevin Evans, Roy Hoffinger, Roger Hutson, Bob Nelson, Paul Jacobs, Bert Palmer, Ronald H. Jacobs, Richard Russo, John Kelly, Jonathan Schiller, Jerry Ladd, David Sloan, Jim Lyons, Chuck Steese, Ward Mahanke, Tom Strickland, Mark McGlathery, Jimbo Thompkins, Tom Morris, Samuel Walker and Bobbee Musgrave

President(s): Michael Salem, MD

Introductions: Rich Schierburg

Libations: Beer donated by Coors Distributing Co

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Sponsors: BKD, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Greiner Electric, Patricia and Ward Mahanke

Auctioneer: Auction & Event Solutions, Inc.

Gala Production: Fast Lane Productions

Menu: Gourmet mixed greens served with either a creamy ranch or basil vinaigrette, fresh coleslaw and red potato German salad. Carved Colorado strip loin sandwich, barbeque spare ribs, buttermilk fried chicken and buttermilk onion rings and house made steak fries. For dessert; Assorted ice cream bars, chocolate pecan brownies, jumbo cookies and fresh brewed coffee

Attendance: 450

Attire: Casual—jeans and your college sweatshirt

Special Thanks: To all of the Coaches (Co-Chairs), Players (Committee Members) and Donors

Florist: The Perfect Petal

Donors: Arrowhead Golf Club, Roy Hoffinger, Brown Palace Hotel, JW mnarriott, Callaway Golf Company, Kroenke Sports Charities, Kevin Christ, DMD, La Nouvelle Fine Cleaners, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Lime, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, McCormick's Fish House, Coors Distributing Co., Colorado Residential Funding, Del Frisco's Eagle Steak House, The Oxford Hotel, Elway's Restaurant, Qwest, Epicurean Catering, Saltzman, Mamma, Nelson, Massaro LLP, Bill Farrell, Frontier Airlines, Rich Schierburg, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Stewart Title, GolfTec and Havana's Fine Cigars

Event Coordinator: Kieran Nelson, Special Events Manager

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Michael Salem, MD with Rich Baer (Qwest) Coach of the Year
Michael Salem, MD with Rich Baer (Qwest) Coach of the Year

Marcelo Mainzer

National Jewish Medical and Research Center scored another winning season this year; with the third annual Hoops and Hoopla benefit. It’s no wonder National Jewish is so strong; with a backcourt filled with superstars like Kieran Nelson, Amy MacGregor Hoffmann, Angie Stone, Rosemary Lindsay, Virginia Cain, Laurie Van Sickle and Nancy Buchanan just to name a few.

Fans began arriving 5PM for the pre-game entertainment and socializing, where they were immediately covered by the Epicurean Catering team, led by Richard Rizzo. Fans were encouraged to dunk each of the tasty appetizers.

On the sidelines, but still an important part of National Jewish’s winning strategy was the silent auction, offering fans the opportunity to take home such prizes as dining at Elway’s, The Palace Arms, McCormick's Fish House and Bar, Oxford Hotel or tea at the Brown Palace. For those who preferred to do their shooting with a driver; golf packages at Arrowhead, Denver Country Club and Inverness. There really was something for everyone including jewelry, vacation and travel items, and of course autographed Nuggets basketballs. Jake Plummer even threw in a signed football to remind people there’s more to life then a round ball.

At 6:30, ‘Star Forward” Rich Schierburg, Chair of the Development Board, and Michael Salem, MD, President and CEO of National Jewish, lined up for the tip off. Dr. Salem thanked all the fans, supporters, and his own team for their hard work and dedications to not only Hoops and Hoopla, but year round at National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

Rich Schierburg then took center court to introduce each of the individual coaches; Rich Baer (Qwest), Bill Farrell (Wells Fargo), David Greiner (Greiner Electric), John Kamprath (Weitz Co.), Manuel Martinez (Holme Roberts & Owen), William Mutch (Colorado Concern), Rich Schierburg (Peregrine Group Development) and Eric Uhlberg (Merrill Lynch). A huge trophy was brought out and “Coach of the Year” was announced. This award goes to the coach who has raise the most money for the event, and this year it was presented to Rich Baer.

No event of this magnitude would be complete without a celebrity or two, and in the nonprofit world few shine like Barry Hirschfeld, also in attendance a man who has mentored and inspired leaders for decades, Eddie Robinson. Although men like Barry and Eddie stand out, it takes countless people and hours of dedication and love to allow organizations like National to provide the life saving services they do.

National Jewish is a non-sectarian, not-for-profit, independent, clinical and research medical center. Focusing on respiratory, immunologic, allergic, and infectious diseases. At groundbreaking for the hospital on October 9, 1892, it was noted, "…As pain knows no creed, so is this building the prototype of the grand idea of Judaism, which casts aside no stranger no matter of what race or blood. We consecrate this structure to humanity, to our suffering fellowman, regardless of creed." In fact, the very first patient at National Jewish, who entered the hospital on December 11, 1899, was a young non-Jewish woman with tuberculosis from Minneapolis. National Jewish has been ranked the number one respiratory hospital for eight consecutive years by, U.S. News & World Report.

Fans came to Mile High Station and watched the Gators play the Panthers in the Final Game of the NCAA Regional Basketball Playoffs, but they came to support National Jewish Medical and Research Center. When National Jewish scores a point, lives are saved and people breath easier.

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