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November 03, 2007 - Look Out, American Idol! Cocktails and Karaoke Strikes Again.

What: 6th Annual Cocktails & Karaoke

Where: Soiled Dove Underground at Lowry

When: Saturday, November 3, 2007

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual $75, Table Sponsor $1,500, Sign Sponsor $3,500, Decor Sponsor $3,500, Karaoke Sponsor $5,000, Cocktail Sponsor $6,000, Catering Sponsor $10,000, Event Sponsor $15,000

Beneficiary: Kunsberg School at National Jewish

EMCEE: Bob Kendrick, 9NEWS

Gala Chairperson(s): Taner Kodanaz, Comys Information Technology Services

Co-Chair(s): Kunsberg School Chair - Josh Hanfling

Committee Members: Jenny and Thomas Dahl, Amanda Fein -Colorado Capitol Bank, Barb Gallagher, Jennifer Holt - Broomfield Sports & Entertainment, Rachel Kodanaz - National Jewish Medical and Research Center, Colleen McGrath - Perry & Co., Sarah Minor - 850 KOA, Ashlee Pigford -850 KOA, Sandra Rojas, MA - University of Colorado Cancer Center, Taylor Schierburg - Transwestern, Adam Schrager - 9NEWS, Gary Schwartz - Patten, MacPhee & Associates, Ellen Stewart - Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, PC, Eric Taylor - Comsys Information Technology Services

President(s): Michael Salem, M.D., President and CEO

Staff: Kieran Nelson, John Reid - Director Kunsberg School, Amy MacGregor Hoffman

Catering: Soiled Dove, Underground Lowry

Entertainment: Anyone who thinks they're a rock star!

Music: Karaoke equipment provided by Pyramix Entertainment

Sponsors: The Gallagher Family Foundation, Carrie & John Morgridge, 1-2-3-Fit, Broomfield Sport & Entertainment, First Tier Bank, Elway's, JCPenney, The Stuart & Janet Kritzer Family Foundation, Patten, MacPhee & Associates, Specialized Moving Services, Ellen Stewart & Donald Vancil, Josh Hanfling, Hanfling & Associates, Frank Schhultz Taver Hospitality Group, 9NEWS

Quote of the evening: as heard many times throughout the evening's performances.... "Come'on, it's for the kids!"

Attendance: 250

Attire: dressed to kill

Special Thanks: Special guest stars: Bob Kendrick -9NEWS co-anchor, Sam Adams -Denver sports columnist, Drew Soicher -9News sports anchor, Nuclia Waste -Denver entertainer

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Vegetable crudites, bleu-cheese-stuffed mushrooms, artichoke and spinach dip, teriyaki beef and asian chicken skewers with thai chili sauce, pigs in a blanket with spicy beer mustard, southwest egg rolls with cilantro-lime aioli, kobe beef sliders, pastry and truffle sampler

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

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Drew Soicher channels his inner rock at Cocktails & Karaoke with help from his wife Dee
Drew Soicher channels his inner rock at Cocktails & Karaoke with help from his wife Dee
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      Although the entertainment at times lived up to its guarantee to be bad, Cocktails & Karaoke raised $44,905, including $13,000 during the festivities, on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Soiled Dove Underground. More than 270 people attended the event to watch their friends and local celebrities strut their stuff on stage. The event benefited Kunsberg School for chronically ill children at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. 
      Returning celebrities included Bob "Johnny Cash" Kendrick, 9News Co-Anchor, as emcee; Drew Soicher, 9News Sports Anchor, who channeled Barry White; and Sam Adams, Denver sports columnist, who performed several times even though a recent illness left his vocal cords a bit strained. Nuclia Waste, who brought flash and sparkle to the sixth annual event, used her real voice after a lip-synched performance; and Congressman Ed Perlmutter proved that although he serves in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was actually "Born to Be Wild."
      Cocktails & Karaoke was chaired by Taner Kodanaz, who made several appearances on stage both with and without a flowing white-haired wig.
      Committee members at the event included Gary Schwartz and Josh Hanfling, who revisited their infamous "Like a Virgin" duet; Barb Gallagher, who took the stage with her gang of gal pals; Ellen Stewart, who played back-up to Nuclia Waste; Adam Schrager,who played himself behind the scenes; and Rachel Kodanaz, who served as honorary event hostess. Other committee members were Jenny and Thomas Dahl, Amanda Fein, Jennifer Holt, Sarah Minor, Christian Onassis, Ashlee Pigford, Sandra Rojas and Taylor Schierburg.
            The fully accredited Kunsberg School on the National Jewish campus educates and treats chronically ill students in kindergarten through 8th grade whose medical conditions made it difficult for them to attend regular school or who have missed many school days because of their serious illnesses. Students have access to immediate medical attention should an emergency arise during the school day. At Kunsberg, along with the rigorous academic curriculum, children participate in athletic and arts programs, learn about their illnesses and how to manage them.
            The mission of National Jewish Medical and Research Center is to heal, to discover and to educate as a preeminent healthcare institution. National Jewish serves by providing the best integrated and innovative care for patients and their families; by understanding and finding cures for the diseases its scientists research; and by educating and training the next generation of healthcare professionals to be leaders in medicine and science. National Jewish has been ranked the country’s number one respiratory hospital for the past ten years in a row by U.S. News & World Report.

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