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November 08, 2008 - Cocktails & Karaoke Brings Out Hidden Talents (Or Not)

What: Fundraiser for the Kunsberg School, part of National Jewish Health

Where: Soiled Dove Underground

When: Saturday, November 08, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: Kunsberg Scool for Chronically Ill Children at the National Jewish Hospital

EMCEE: Molly Hughes

Committee Members: Leadership Committee: Nicole Bienert, Jenny & Thomas Dahl, Amanda Fein, Barb Gallagher, Jennifer Holt, Julie Mallon, Collen McGrath, Sarah Minor, Ashlee Pigford, Sandra Rojas, Rhonda Rooney, Taylor Schierburg and Ellen Stewart

President(s): Dr. Michael Salem

Entertainment: Karaoke: Scott Gray & Laura Dolph

Of note: Kunsberg School Chair Josh Hanfling, The Amma Group

Sponsors: Gary Schwartz, Event Chair; Josh Hanfling, Kunsberg School Chair; Music Legends Sponsor: Barb Gallagher and the Gallagher Family Foundation; Rock n' Roll Sponsors: Gary Schwartz and Pattern, MacPhee & Associates; UMB Bank, Steele Street Bank & Trust, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert, LLP, Ellen Stewart & Donald Vancil; In-Kind Sponsors: Frank Schultz (Owner, Soiled Dove Underground), CBS 4 (Media Sponsor)

Special Thanks: Event Chair: Gary Schwartz, Patten, MacPhee & Associates

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: T DeVolder

 Mike Meyers, left, Lisa Tadiri and Dr. Michael Salem
Mike Meyers, left, Lisa Tadiri and Dr. Michael Salem

The lively audience at the Cocktails and Karaoke event held at the Soiled Dove Underground really gave it their all.  They were given the task to “Croon for Kids,” and croon they did, with much fun and enthusiasm while raising funds for Kunsberg School on the campus of National Jewish Health™.

There was much laughter and excitement as groups and individuals alike bravely stepped up to the mic to sing and raise money for the chronically ill children to attend Kunsberg School.  The participants picked a song, paid for the privilege of singing or hearing their friends sing with the money donated to the Kunsberg School, and then entertained the crowd with their personalized rendition while Molly Hughes of CBS4 introduced and encouraged each generous singer.

The money raised at the Cocktails and Karaoke fundraiser enables the school to continue to help elementary- through middle-school-aged students.  At Kunsberg, the chronically-ill children can learn and grow in a safe and inclusive environment.

The evening also included a welcome from the National Jewish Health President and CEO, Dr. Michael Salem.  He graciously recognized all the donors and recounted many wonderful things about National Jewish Health, including the fact that U.S. News & World Report has named them the country’s leading respiratory hospital for eleven years in a row. 

The Kunsberg School is a day school program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade who may require medical assistance during the normal school day.  The school is approved by the Colorado Department of Education, and is on the grounds of National Jewish Health located at 1400 Jackson Street, Denver, Colorado.  Children who attend the school have medical problems which may cause frequent absences from pubic school.

In addition to the regular academic program, students also participate in medical education classes.  These classes are designed to educate the students about their illness and to encourage self-care through learning about treatment and management techniques.  Emphasis is placed on the students accepting responsibility and learning to deal realistically with the illness.  If you would like to learn more about Kunsberg School, please contact its Director, John Reid, at 303-398-1102 or via e-mail at  To get involved in the next fundraising event benefiting Kunsberg School, contact Mike Meyers at 303-398-1768 or via e-mail at

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