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November 04, 2006 - National Jewish's Cocktails & Karaoke Brings Out New Talent

What: National Jewish's 5th Annual Cocktails & Karaoke

Where: Soiled Dove Underground

When: November 4, 2006

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual Ticket: $75, sponsorships available

Beneficiary: Benefiting Kunsberg School for chronically ill children

EMCEE: Bob Kendrick, Co-Anchor on 9NEWS

Co-Chair(s): Rachel Kodanaz and Janice Silver and Josh Hanfling

Committee Members: Nicole Bienert, Rosie Branstetter, Jenny Chizmar, Marc Desrosiers, Laura Driscoll, Brian Frenkel, Claire Haupt, John Paul Maxfield, Sarah Minor, Christian Onassis, Sandra Rojas, Adam Schrager, Gary Schwartz, Jennifer Smith

President(s): Dr. Michael Salem

Entertainment: Karaoke by Pyramix

Sponsors: Karaoke Sponsor:Barb Gallagher, on behalf of the Gallagher Family Foundation; Table Sponsors:1-2-3 Fit, American Furniture Warehouse, The Furniture Room, Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert LLP, Patten, MacPhee, & Associates, University of Colorado Cancer Center; Other Donations: CODA, Janet Elway, Josh Hanfling,, Mid Tier Partners, Tavern Hospitality Group

Menu: All of our childhood favorites: chicken fingers, swedish meatballs, mini hamburgers, pigs in a blanket, mac & cheese, veggies and dip

Attendance: 300

Attire: Cocktail Attire


Board of Directors: Sue Allon, Stephen Arent, Rich Baer, Jim Berenbaum, Paulette Brody, Norm Brownstein, Robin Chotin, Joe Davis, Bruce Deiflk, David Ehrlich, Lawrence Fain, Joel Farkas, Michael Feiner, Barbara Gallagher, Tom Gart, Larry Gelfond, Roger Gibson, Bill Gold, Will Gold III, Barry Hirschfeld, Cliff Holtz, Phil Karsh, Steve Kaufmann, Mariner Kemper, Mark King, Jim Kuhn, Blanca Lerman, Robert Mettler, Ronald E. Montoya, Marvin Moskowitz, Leonard Perlmutter, Eddie Robinson, Meyer Saltzman, Rich Schierburg, Michael Schonbrun, Carole Schwartz, Martin Semple, Don Silversmith, Joe Silversmith, Marc Steron, Susan Sturm, Burt Tansky, Debra Tuchman, Dick Tucker, Daniel Yohannes, Evan Zucker

Blacktie Photos by: Shawna Robbins

 National Jewish President & CEO, Michael Salem, left, with Kunsberg Chair Josh Hanfling
National Jewish President & CEO, Michael Salem, left, with Kunsberg Chair Josh Hanfling

Denver's most entertaining event took place at the Soiled Dove Underground in Lowry. COCKTAILS & KARAOKE, the party that gets everyone singin' (even those who probably shouldn't) and dancin', was back for an amazing FIFTH year!

Cocktails & Karaoke was created in 2002 as an alternative to traditional fundraising dinners and golf tournaments. The event combines a cocktail party atmosphere with a karaoke singing event in which guests pay to have their friends or co-workers sing. If you didn't want to go onstage yourself , you could buy a "Laryngitis Pass" for $20.

Proceeds from ticket sales and karaoke performances will go to Kunsberg School, a unique day school program for chronically ill children located on the campus of National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Students in grades K-8 receive individual and structured education programs to assist them in achieving academic and physical excellence, preparing them to become independent, self-reliant and responsible. Supporting Cocktails & Karaoke enables National Jewish to continue to help the special children at Kunsberg who are learning and growing in an environment in which they feel safe and are accepted as "normal."

The evening was filled with laughter, singing (or at least that's what some people call it) and dancing. The highlights of the evening included:
-Women putting $20 bills down 9News' Bob Kendrick's pants while he was performing his favorite Johnny Cash song

-Sam Adams and Rick Reilly singing "Lola," quickly followed by "Hammertime." Their comedic antics kept the crowd laughing for hours

-Drew Soicher channeling Barry White

-Josh Hanfling and Gary Schwartz singing "Like a Virgin"; Madonna would have been proud

-Jake Jabs singing "Easy Lover"; who knew he had this hidden talent?

-Barb Gallagher and the Gals doing their rendition of "Ladies' Night"

National Jewish is the only medical and research center in the United States devoted entirely to respiratory, allergic and immune system diseases, including asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, severe allergies, AIDS, cancer, and autoimmune diseases 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. National Jewish has been ranked the country's number one respiratory hospital for the past nine years in a row by U.S. News & World Report.

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