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February 21, 2009 - Beaux Arts Ball presents White Winter Wonderland

What: annual gala for National Jewish Health

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, February 21, 2009

Time: 6 p.m.- glistening reception, 8-welcome/magical wonderland dinner/prog., 9-dazzling entertainment

Ticket Prices: $1,500 per couple; table sponsorships $5,000-$75,000

Beneficiary: programs of National Jewish Health

Grand Marshal(s): Liane and Robert Clasen, Susan and Ed Mueller, Meghan and Evan Zucker,

Honoree(s): Norman Brownstein, Esq. with the prestigious Arthur B. Lorber Award

EMCEE: Stu Feinstein of Le Clique

Presenting Sponsor(s): Qwest

Gala Chairperson(s): Ann and Rich Baer

Committee Members: Leadership Committee: Stephen Arent, John Bolger, Michael Faughnan, Margie and Tom Gart, Bei Lee and Bill Gold, Joshua Hanfling, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, Marty and Bill Hornaday, Susan and Michael Schonbrun, Megan and Mariner Kemper, Elizabeth and Steven Kris, Evi and Evan Makovsky, Anuschka and Zach Pashel, Susan and Eddie Robinson, Sheila and Hassan Salem, Linda and Richard Schierburg, Debbie and Don Silversmith, Kelly and Marc Steron, Richard Tucker

President(s): President & CEO - Michael Salem MD, FACS

Patrons: Diamond Couples: Mr. Jim & Dr. Wendy Berenbaum, CP Company, Denver Hospice, Fidelity National Title, Neal Groff, Marie & Martin Herzog, Land Title Guarantee Co., Micro Motion, Inc., Joyce & Gary Pashel, Joann & Martin Semple, US Engineering Company, Saron & Daniel Yohannes

Welcome: Dr. Michael Salem

Catering: Hyatt Caterers

Entertainment: Le Clique

Music: Haute Chile

Of note: Lifetime Directors: Joseph S. Davis, William Gold, II, Philip H. Karsh, Leonard M. Perlmutter, Edward A. Robinson, J.H. Silversmith, Jr., Richard B. Tucker

Sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSOR: Qwest; CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR: Morgridge Family Foundation; MEDIA SPONSOR: Colorado Homes & Lifestyles; GOLD SPONSORS: Sue and Harvey Allon, Oak Tree Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Black Creek Capital, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, CH2M HILL, Draftfcb, The Gart Companies, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, QualPro, Post-News Community, Starz Entertainment, The Tuchman Family Foundation, The Weitz Company; SILVER SPONSORS: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, Aon Corporation, Stephen W. Arent, Ball Corporation, Berenbaum, Weinshienk and Eason PC, Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP, Ciena Communications, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Disney ABC Domestic Television, DIRECTV Inc., E Light Electric Services Inc., First Western Trust Bank (Bridget and Harry Felber), Genesis, Inc., Bei Lee and Bill Gold, Will and Sheri Gold, Greiner Electric, Steven M. Kaufmann and Morrison and Foerster LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Kowalski Family Foundation (Thomas Kowalski and Dorothy Holder), Front Range Bank, Elizabeth and Steven Kris, Robin and Steven Chotin, The Chotin Foundation, Level 3 Communications, Lockton Companies LLC, MBH Enterprises, MillerCoors, Karen and Marc Peperzak, Peregrine Group Development LLC, Perkins Coie, Robinson Dairy Inc., Saunders Construction Inc., Susan and Michael Schonbrun, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, Charles W. Mulaney, Jr., Dick Tucker, Donor Advised Fund, TW Telecom Inc., UMB Bank, US Bank, Verizon Wireless, The Melvin and Elaine Wolf Foundation

Gala Production: Doug Lane, Fastlane Productions, Inc.

Quote of the evening: A former patient at National Jewish: "I was told I had a short time to live, if I hadn't gone to National Jewish, I wouldn't be enjoying life and my grandchildren today."

Menu: First Course: Mediterranean Tart w/ hummus, quinoa, grilled peppers, crisp radishes, roasted tomato, cucumber; Entree: Grilled Filet of Beef topped w/ port braised winter fruit, mushroom & goat cheese gnocchi, & seasoned vegetables; Dessert: Black Forest Snow Drift w/ sugared berries

Attendance: 1,400

Attire: White tie

Special Thanks: Monica Cheeks, Hyatt Regency Denver; Jesse Ketter, DesignWorks; Doug Lane, Fastlane Productions; Stu Feinstein and Rudy Benda, LeClique; Enstrom Candies; Andy Buckley and NBC's "The Office"; Colorado Homes and Lifestyles; The Container Store; Dilley Printing; Micki Hackenberger, Axiom Strategies Inc.; Haute Chile; Blaine Howerton, KWHD-TV 53; Jason Grubb Photography; Bonnie and Peter Kudla; Lindsay B. Photography; Neiman Marcus; The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch; Iris and Michael Smith; Susan English Photography; Tiffany & Co.; The Wine @ Spirits Wholesalers Assn. of Colorado

Florist: DesignWorks


Event Coordinator: Amy MacGregor Hoffman

Decor/Rental Company: DesignWorks with Production Manager, Jesse Ketter

Board of Directors: Margaret Sue Allon, Stephen W. Arent, Rich Baer, Jim Berenbaum, Paulette Brody, Norman Brownstein, Robin Chotin, Geraldine Cohen, David Engleberg, Joel Farkas, Michael Feiner, Barbara Gallagher, Tom Gart, Lawrence Gelfond, Roger Gibson, Will Gold, III, A. Barry Hirschfeld, Steven M. Kaufmann, Mariner Kemper, Steven D. Kris, James D. Kuhn, Robert L. Mettler, Marvin Moskowitz, Meyer M. Saltzman, Blair E. Richardson, Michael K. Schonbrun, Carole Schwartz, Martin Semple, Stephen B. Siegel, Wendy Siegel, Burton M. Tansky, Debra Tuchman, Daniel Yohannes, Evan H. Zucker

Blacktie Photos by: Pam Cress and Nancy Koontz

 A whimsical moment as Norm Brownstein accepts the Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service
A whimsical moment as Norm Brownstein accepts the Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service

There truly are some remarkable events held each year in Denver; but only a few consistently exceed everyone's expectations. The Beaux Arts Ball benefiting National Jewish Health is one event not to be missed.   

National Jewish Health held its signature Denver gala, the annual Beaux Arts Ball, with its usual vibrancy and unique elegance. At this year's event, The Hyatt Regency Denver transformed into a sparkling, glistening Winter Wonderland with a soft intimate feel that was at the same time festive and cheery. 

The entrance way, reception area, and ballroom were lined and decorated with illuminated snowflakes, sparkling branches and trees and silver and icy blue crystals shining throughout the venue.

The famous Le Clique troupe from New York, which has provided the Beaux Arts Ball with exceptional entertainment for the last four years, mesmerized the crowd.  Then the acclaimed live band from Los Angeles, Haute Chile, rocked the house with their "get out on the floor" dance music to create a party spirit after a sumptuous filet of beef dinner, and presentations from President and CEO Dr. Michael Salem and Board of Directors Chair Stephen Arent, - and the always moving and inspirational video. 

One of Denver's most respected community leaders, Norman Brownstein, Esq., received the prestigious Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service for his dedicated and active support of National Jewish Health since 1974.  Mr. Brownstein, named one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," is active in many philanthropic pursuits and has faithfully served as a Board Member of National Jewish Health since 1976.  His generosity and influence is known nationally, as is his extensive experience in real estate law, commercial transactions and public policy advocacy.   

Four spectacular live auction items were up for bids offering a "Ladies Night Out in Organized Style" donated by Iris and Michael Smith, Neiman Marcus and Restaurant Kevin Taylor; a "Romantic Ritz-Carlton Retreat for Two" donated by The Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch; a "Una cena offerta dal Pietro" dinner for 12 at the home of Bonnie and Peter Kudla featuring a home-cooked, Italian dinner cooked personally by Peter; and a unique package called: "NBC's "The Office"  featuring a two-hour set visit of NBC's critically acclaimed series "The Office" for four guests, which was presented at the auction in person by Andy Buckley who plays Dave Wallace on the show.       

Year after year, faithful donors and sponsors show their support and respect for the life-saving work done by National Jewish Health - which represents "Science Transforming Life" at its best. Dr. Michael Salem proudly announced that there were also 500 new guests in the room. 

People all over the world come to be treated at National Jewish. One patient remembered that former Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. C. Everett Koop, when asked by the patient’s father for advice about getting their very sick daughter treatment, told them:  "If it were my daughter, I'd take her to National Jewish Health."  

Beaux Arts Ball benefits the care and research programs of National Jewish Health.  National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, immune and related disorders, for groundbreaking medical research, and for the education of medical professionals around the world. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders. For 11 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation.

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