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March 31, 2007 - National Jewish Shoots for the Stars

What: Benefit for National Jewish Medical and Research Center

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: Saturday, March 31, 2007

Time: 4 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $275 per person; tables--$2,500 to $15,000

Beneficiary: National Jewish Medical and Research Center

Founders: Frances Wisebart Jacobs, 1899

Co-Chair(s): "Coaches": David Greiner, Greiner Electric; William Mutch, Colorado Concern; Rich Schierburg, Peregrine Development; Andy Fine, M.D.; Greg Kalkwarf, BKD; John Kamprath, Weitz Co.; Manuel Martinez, Holme Roberts & Owen

President(s): Michael Salem M.D.

Welcome: Rich Schierburg

Speaker: Michael Salem M.D.

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Men’s College Basketball semifinals broadcast on large screens, plus other interactive games, such as Pop-a-Shot, Shuffle Golf, Basketball Challenge, casino games

Of note: U.S. News & World Report has recognized National Jewish as the number one hospital for respiratory care in the country for nine years in a row.

Sponsors: Stats Sponsor: BKD, LLP; Slam Dunk Society of Fellows: Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Cooper Wiring Devices, Crum Electric Supply, Siemens, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, First Community Bank, Greiner Electric LLC, King Kolor, Wesco Distribution, Patricia and Ward Mahanke; Time Out Table: BKD, LLP, CoCal Landscape, GE Supply Company, Greg Fisher Lighting Sales, Holme Roberts & Owen, Illumination Systems, Interface Communication Co. Inc., Kahn Construction Corporation, The Lighting Agency, Lightolier, William Mutch and Friends, National Hirschfeld, LLC, Peregrine Group Development, QED, Tricon Geophysics, UMB Bank, Waterfield Insurance Agency, The Weitz Company

Auctioneer: Auction & Event Solutions, Inc.

Quote of the evening: "Can we have a moment of silence and pray for Florida..."--Rich Schierburg, joking about his favorite team in the NCAA finals

Menu: BBQ spare ribs, coleslaw, gourmet mixed greens, steak fries, buttermilk fried chicken, red potato German salad, onion rings, carved Colorado strip loin sandwich, assorted cookies, fudge brownies, cheesecake, fresh strawberries

Attendance: 350

Attire: casual: team sweatshirts

Event Coordinator: Kieran Nelson, Associate Director

Board of Directors: Chair: Steve Arent; Vice Chair: Tom Gart; Secretary: Robin Chotin; Treasurer: Larry Silverstein. (See Board of Directors and bios at the following link: http://www.nationaljewish.org/about/board/NJ_Board_Directors.aspx)

Steering Committee: 2007 Players: Jim Barbour, Jerry Carlson, Mary Dahms, Rich Dunlap, Kevin Eitiniear, Brain Fakharzadeh, Greg Fisher, Brent Greiner, Wayne Grider, Alan Guzowski, Barry Hirschfeld, Roger Hutson, Tom Kahn, Phil Karsh, Ann King, Scott Laband, Kathleen Logan, Cindy Lowery, Ward Mahanke, Allan Matsuo, Sherry McGann, Tom Morris, Joe Nelson, Bob Nelson, Dave Perleberg, Ron Pittman, Dean Prina M.D., Jeff Shigeno, Tom Tarver, Jimbo Thompkins, Tara Trujillo

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Board member Phil Karsh, left, with board chair Steve Arent, retired CEO Lynn Taussig M.D., current CEO Michael Salem, M.D. and Bill Gold (board member since 1974--Emeritus)
Board member Phil Karsh, left, with board chair Steve Arent, retired CEO Lynn Taussig M.D., current CEO Michael Salem, M.D. and Bill Gold (board member since 1974--Emeritus)
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College hoops teams were not the only ones celebrating success Saturday night as National Jewish Medical and Research Center hosted its annual Hoops & Hoopla event at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

National Jewish is known as the nation’s leader in respiratory care and research. More than 300 guests converged on a bright sunny afternoon to watch the men’s college basketball semifinals, eat great fixins prepared by Epicurean Catering, enjoy interactive games and rejoice at the whopping $119,000 that was raised for the programs at National Jewish during this event.

Board member Rich Schierburg took the podium in between games to congratulate this year's top fundraiser, Dave Greiner of Greiner Electric. "Most of you think of ‘the Horse’ as former Nuggets coach Dan Issel, but we have a new ‘Horse’," he said as he presented a trophy to Greiner. Schierburg thanked all of the supporters in attendance and spoke about the new building being constructed at National Jewish. He highlighted Kunsberg School, a day school on the National Jewish campus for chronically ill children who need medical attention during the school day. He also introduced a touching video about some of the people indebted to National Jewish for their extraordinary medical assistance.

If people wanted other diversions besides basketball, they could try their hand at Texas Hold ‘em poker, blackjack, pool, and hoops contests.

It was a great way to usher in spring and, at the same time, offer hope and new life to patients who suffer from lung, allergic and immune-system diseases.

National Jewish has come a long way since opening its doors more than 100 years ago to provide free care to tuberculosis patients in need. For the past nine years, National Jewish has been named the #1 respiratory hospital in America, according to U.S. News and World Report. It is also among the top 25 most influential research institutions in the world in its areas of focus. Talented scientists conduct investigations at National Jewish, developing new drugs and treatments to improve health and quality of life for people around the world.

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