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April 05, 2008 - Hoops & Hoopla--A Slam Dunk for National Jewish

What: A Fan's Night Out - Food, Fun, Sports and more!

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: Saturday, April 5, 2008

Time: Doors open at 3:30 p.m.; First game begins at 4:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $275.00

Beneficiary: National Jewish Medical and Research Center

Host(s): Grenier Electric, LLC

Honoree(s): Grenier Electric--Winner of the Hoops & Hoopla Championship Award

Co-Chair(s): Stephen Siegel and Wendy Siegel; Albert D. Angel

Executive Director: Stephen W. Arent

Committee Members: COACHES (Co-Chairs) - Kevin Eitniear, Greiner Electric; David Greiner, Greiner Electric; Greg Kalkwarf, BKD, LLP; John Kamprath, Weitz Co.; William Mutch, Piper Jaffray; Sean Nohavec, UMB Bank Of Colorado; Rick Pastor, Wesco; Rich Schierburg, Peregrine Group Development. PLAYERS (Leadership Committee) - Matt Arias, Greiner Electric; Jim Barbour, Consolidated Electrical Distributors; Paul Brooks, KeyBank; Jerry Carlson, Greiner Electric; Tal Diamant, Brownstein, Hyatt Farber Schreck, P.C.; Roger Dieckhaus, Sun Office Products; Phil Gin, National Hirschfeld LLC; Brent Greiner, Greiner Electric; Wayne Grider, United Stationers; Alan Guzowski, Tricon Geophysics; Josh Hanfling, HIM Creative; Barry Hirschfeld, National Hirschfeld LLC; Tom Kahn, Kahn Construction; Ford Kimball, UMB Bank of Colorado; Ann King, BKD, LLP; Ward Mahanke, TST Inc. of Denver; Manuel Martinez, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP; Bob Nelson, Nelson Insurance Services; Joe Nelson, BKD, LLP; Jon Robinson, UMB Bank of Colorado; Gary Schwartz, Patten, MacPhee & Assoc.; Jeff Shigeno, Greiner Electric; Marc Steron, Del Frisco's; Tom Tarver, Greiner Electric; Clint Woodman, UMB Bank of Colorado

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

Introductions: National Jewish board member Rich Schierberg

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

Of note: Hoops & Hoopla Championship Award winners: David Greiner, Kevin Eitniear and Rick Pastor (Team Greiner)

Sponsors: TITLE SPONSOR ($15,000) - Greiner Electric; STATS SPONSOR ($10,000) - BKD, LLP; Ann King, Joe Nelson; RADIO SPONSOR ($10,000) - FM Sportsradio 104.3 The FAN; Slam Dunk Society of Fellows ($5,000); Consolidated Electrical Distributors; Patricia and Ward Mahanke; Mercedes Benz of Westminster; WESCO; Time Out Tables ($2,500) - Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield BKD, LLP / Ann King and Joe Nelson; Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; BWAB Inc; Case-Bergquist; Cooper Wiring Devices; Crescent Electric Supply; Cummins Rocky Mountain; Greg Fisher Lighting Sales; Gexpro; Illumination Systems; Interface Communications, Co. Inc;. Weitz Co; The Light0ing Agency; Meridian Fire and Security; Micro Motion, Inc.; National Hirschfeld LLC; PassTime; Peregrine Group Development, LLC; QED; Ryall & Cuneo; Square D; Sun Office Products; Tricon Geophysics; UMB Bank; Van Gilder Insurance; Williams Companies, Inc.;

Attendance: 460

Attire: Casual - jeans and your favorite team's sweatshirt.

Special Thanks: In kind donors included: AirTran Airways; Arapahoe Basin; Arrowhead Golf Course; Paulette and Robert Brody; Brook's Steak House; Cabo Villas Beach Resort; Centre Salon & Spa; Cherry Creek Shopping Center; Colorado Rockies Baseball Club; Comedy Works; Cucina Calore; Del Frisco's Steakhouse; Denver Marriott City Center; Denver Marriott Tech Center; Denver Marriott West; Denver Nuggets/Kroenke Sports Charities; Double Tree Hotel; Elway's; Epicurean Entertainment; Estes Park Golf Course; FM Sportsradio 104.3 The FAN; Fresh Fish Company; Insurance Associates of Estes; Inverness Hotel and Conference Center; JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek; Maggiano's Little Italy; Marlowe's; McNeil Designer Portraits; Meridian Golf Club; Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area; Sean Nohavec; The Oxford Hotel; Rich Schierburg; Ruth's Chris Steakhouse; Ski Cooper; Iris and Michael Smith; Southwest Airlines; Sportsman's Warehouse; Strings; Sun Office Products; Tallgrass Aveda Spa and Salon; UMB Bank Colorado; Vision Photography

Donors: Donations from: Ludlow-Griffith Foundation - $10,000 and Matsuo Engineering - $1,000

Board of Directors: Sue Allon; Stephen Arent; Rich Baer; Jim Berenbaum; Paulette Brody; Norm Brownstein; Robin Chotin; Geraldine Cohen; Joe Davis; Bruce Deifik; David Engleberg; Joel Farkas; Michael Feiner; Barbara Gallagher; Tom Gart; Larry Gelfond; Roger Gibson; Bill Gold; Barry Hirschfeld; Cliff Holtz; Phil Karsh; Steve Kaufmann; Mariner Kemper; 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; Steve Siegel; Wendy Siegel; Don Silversmith; Joe Silversmith; Marc Steron; Susan Sturm; Burt Tansky; Debra Tuchman; Dick Tucker; Daniel Yohanne ; Evan Zucker

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 National Jewish President/CEO Dr. Michael Salem (left) with Hoops & Hoopla Championship Award winners Rich Pastor (left), Kevin Eitnear and David Greiner
National Jewish President/CEO Dr. Michael Salem (left) with Hoops & Hoopla Championship Award winners Rich Pastor (left), Kevin Eitnear and David Greiner

By Howie Grapek

HOOPS & Hoopla was a ‘fan's night out’ full of food, fun and the Men’s College Basketball Semifinals: college B-ball at its finest shown on more than 35 TVs, a nine-panel video wall and the Jumbotron at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

Watching the games from the couch while eating potato chips isn't nearly as exciting as taking in the games in a stadium with 450 other people and catered game-day cuisine. This year, we did just that — and did a good deed in the process — at the fifth annual Hoops & Hoopla at Invesco Field at Mile High benefiting National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

Guests were treated to activities such as the Basketball Trainer Challenge, Pop-A-Shot, shuffle golf, Texas Hold ‘em, Sit n’ Go poker tournaments and other gaming tables, and a silent auction. In addition to the games, there were passed hors d’oeuvres (one-bite hamburgers, anyone?) a gourmet buffet of stick-to-your-ribs food, and an open and generous bar.

“This event draws a bigger, more diverse crowd every year,” said Kieran Nelson, Associate Director of Special Events at National Jewish. “What started out as a small event with mostly men in attendance has become a larger party for men and women. It’s a friendly atmosphere, both for basketball fans and those who want to have fun with their friends while giving to a great cause.”

Team Greinier won the Hoops & Hoopla Championship Award for the second year in a row. Dave Greiner, Kevin Eitniear, Rick Pastor and their team raised $60,000 for National Jewish. The event raised a total of $150,000.

National Jewish Medical and Research Center is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, immune and related diseases, and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonsectarian, nonprofit hospital, National Jewish remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders.

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