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November 21, 2009 - National Jewish hits all the right notes with Cocktails & Karaoke

What: Fundraiser for National Jewish Health's Kunsberg School for chronically ill children

Where: The Curtis Hotel

When: Saturday, November 21, 2009

Time: 6:30-11 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75

Beneficiary: Kunsberg School at National Jewish Health

EMCEE: Molly Hughes of CBS4

Gala Chairperson(s): Brian Parks and Dana Pluss Parks

Committee Members: Berrick Abramson, Nicole Bienert, Marc Cohen, Michelle Desloge, Martha Eddy, Hidemi Ena, Amanda Fein, Zach Frisch, Barb Gallagher, Hollie Velasquez-Horvath, Alisha Madiera, Brooke Mitisek, Eric Mitisek, Colleen McGrath, Kelly Maher, Matt McClintock, Stephen Miller, Julie Olson, Merc Pittinos, Mary Clare Pittinos, Maximillian Potter, Rhonda Rooney, Taylor Schierburg, Gary Schwartz, Dana Seeley, Ellen Stewart, Donald Vancil

President(s): Michael Salem, MD: National Jewish Health President and CEO

Staff: Josh Hanfling: Chair, Kunsberg School Development Committee

Libations: Beverage sponsors: Breckenridge Brewery, Gruppo Campari/Skyy Spirits

Catering: The Curtis Hotel

Music: Pyramix

Sponsors: Parks & Associates, MBH Enterprises Inc., Brownstone Equity

Menu: Assorted cheeses, crudite platter, cheeseburger slider with kettle chips, tomato soup shooter with grilled cheese triangle, lobster mac-and-cheese, mushroom-mozzarella risotto croquette, mini-baked potato, mini-beef wellington

Attendance: Around 300

Attire: Cocktail/business formal


Event Coordinator: Michael Meyers

Board of Directors: For a complete list, visit:

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Performing Top Gun
Performing Top Gun

Whether it was a song sung with more enthusiasm than correct notes or an oh-wow selection belted out with pure talent, vocalists pulled out all the stops for a rollicking good time at National Jewish Health’s eighth annual Cocktails & Karaoke, presented by Parks & Associates. The event may have moved to new digs at The Curtis Hotel, but it wisely kept its simple-and-successful formula of food, libations and entertaining performances. Costumes, musical instruments and choreography were just some of the props used for memorable stage performances throughout the evening: the Supremes were brought to life with guests in full-on matching gowns and perfect gestures, while a male trio and one brave woman re-enacted the Tom Cruise-Kelly McGuiness “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” scene from the movie Top Gun. A performance of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” enticed guests to hit the dance floor, while Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” choreography was performed to perfection—jacket flips included. A Billie Holiday rendition literally had the entire room on its feet cheering. 

The event hit all the right notes as both a fundraiser and a fun party. Libations provided by Breckenridge Brewery and Gruppo Campari/Skyy Spirits served as a festive accompaniment to a light buffet provided by the hotel. Emcee Molly Hughes of CBS4 kept the crowd engaged and the show moving while reminding the audience of the reason behind the event: funds for Kunsberg School at National Jewish for chronically ill children. A combination of stars on stage and supporters who donated money for their performances once again was a success.

Kunsberg School is the only school of its kind in the nation.  It is state-accredited and created to address the needs of children in grades K-8 whose education is interrupted by chronic illness. Each class has no more than 15 students, ensuring that all receive individualized attention and encouragement. Three staff nurses teach students to manage their illnesses and monitor individual medical needs. The children have many opportunities for exercise in the gym, swimming pool or on the playground, and the school provides students with daily well-balanced meals. A child advocate is available to counsel both children and families about complex emotional, social and developmental aspects of chronic illness. The school is partially funded by the Colorado Department of Education, but National Jewish Health must raise more than $1.5 million each year to maintain its services. For more information about Kunsberg School, go to: To learn more about National Jewish Health, visit:


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