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November 13, 2010 - Cocktails & Karaoke

What: A fun fundraising event for young professionals in support of chronically ill kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Kunsberg School on the National Jewish Health campus in Denver

Where: The Curtis Hotel, 1405 Curtis Street, Denver

When: Saturday, November 13, 2010

Time: 7:30 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $100.00 individual and $275.00 "Rock Band" couple tickets.

Beneficiary: Kunsberg School

EMCEE: Denver television personality Molly Hughes

Co-Chair(s): Marc Cohen and Dana Pluss Parks

Committee Members: Nicole Beinert, Michelle Desloge, Hidemi Ena, Zach Frisch, Barb Gallagher, Josh Hanfling, Hollie Velasquez-Horvath, Colleen McGrath, Kelly Maher, Matt McClintock, Stephen Miller, Drew Peterson, Merc Pittinos, Mary Claire Pittinos, Maximillian Potter, Jay Scharf, Taylor Schierburg, Gary Schwartz, Ellen Stewart, Donald Vancil

President(s): Michael Salem, MD

Music: Karaoke

Sponsors: Karaoke Sponsor: The Parks Family; Music Legend Sponsor: MBH Enterprises, LLC; Photobooth Sponsor: GE Johnson; Diva Delight Sponsor: Webroot; Rock n' Roll Sponsors included: UMB Bank, Ellen Stewart & Donald Vancil, The Charles and Diane Gallagher Foundation; Media Sponsor: 5280 Magazine; In-kind sponsors included: Hapa, The Curtis, Designworks, Shutterbooth, Breckenridge Brewery, Skyy Spirits, Orchid Liquers, King Color

Attendance: 250

Attire: Business

Event Coordinator: Amy MacGregor Hoffman

Planning Committee: Berrick Abramson, Nicole Beinert, Michelle Desloge, Martha Eddy, Hidemi Ena, Zach Frisch, Barb Gallagher, Josh Hanfling, Hollie Velasquez-Horvath, Colleen McGrath, Kelly Maher, Matt McClintock, Stephen Miller, Drew Peterson, Merc Pittinos, Mary Clare Pittinos, Maximillian Potter, Jay Scharf, Taylor Schierburg, Gary Schwartz, Ellen Stewart and Donald Vancil

Board of Directors: Allon, Margaret Sue; Arent, Stephen; Baer, Rich; Berenbaum, Jim; Brody, Paulette; Brownstein, Norm; Chotin, Robin; Cohen, Geraldine; Dodge, R. Stanton; Engleberg, David; Farkas, Joel; Feiner, Michael; Gallagher, Barbara; Gart, Tom; Gelfond, Larry; Gibson, Roger; Glauser, Gerald; Gold, Will III; Golding, Staunton; Hirschfeld, Barry; Isenberg, Christie; Kemper, Mariner; Kris, Steven; Kuhn, Jim; Levin, Bradley A. ; Makovsky, Evelyn ; Moskowitz, Marvin; Pashel, Zachary H.; Peperzak, Marcus B.; Richardson, Blair E. ; Robinson, Scott D. ; Salem, Hassan ; Saltzman, Meyer; Schierburg, Rich; Schonbrun, Michael; Schwartz, Carole; Semple, Martin; Siegel, Steve; Siegel, Wendy; Silversmith, Don; Steron, Marc; Tansky, Burt; Tuchman, Debra; Zucker, Evan

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek


 Kunsberg School Chair Brian Parks (right) gives departing Kunsberg School Principal John Reid a surprise gift.
Kunsberg School Chair Brian Parks (right) gives departing Kunsberg School Principal John Reid a surprise gift.

The 9th annual Cocktails & Karaoke party on Saturday night, November 13, 2010, at The Curtis Hotel in Denver proved to be as fun as it promised. The fundraising event for young professionals supports chronically ill kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Kunsberg School on the National Jewish Health campus in Denver. Denver television personality Molly Hughes returned as the emcee.

This year included a special toast to Kunsberg School's Principal and Director of Education John Reid, who announced that he will retire in the spring after five wonderful years at Kunsberg.  During the night's festivities Brian Parks, the Kunsberg School Chair, presented a special photograph to Reid, who explained to Cocktails & Karaoke guests that his philosophy of education is quite simple: When taught at their own individual level of understanding in a safe, friendly, and caring environment, all children can and will learn. Reid said, "Kunsberg has that kind of environment and children do learn here."

The goal was to raise over $10,000 this year.  In addition to singing or paying to get their friends and co-workers on stage, attendees at the event have the opportunity to be more generous to the children at Kunsberg School by donating money for items that the children need such as field trips, physical education equipment and medical equipment.

Kunsberg School is a unique day school program for kindergarten through eighth-grade students whose chronic illnesses may prohibit their attendance in standard public schools.  Students receive individual and structured education programs to assist them in achieving academic and physical excellence and prepare them to become independent, self reliant and responsible.  From three nurses, the 83 students in the school learn specific medical self-care practices, enabling them to monitor and manage their illnesses and go on to lead productive, meaningful and active lives.

The children at Kunsberg suffer from serious respiratory diseases including asthma.  Others have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell anemia or heart problems. Because of their serious illnesses, these children require immediate access to medical attention. The majority of the children are from low-income and minority neighborhoods in Denver's inner city.

There is no charge for students to attend Kunsberg; the $2 million necessary to run the school each year is provided in part by National Jewish Health donors and the Colorado Department of Education.  Kunsberg is an accredited school and follows the Colorado State curriculum to make the transition back to public schools easier for the students.

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research.  Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders.  Since 1998, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish Health the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation.

For more information about Kunsberg School, please visit www.nationaljewish.org/education/kunsberg/index.aspx

For more information about National Jewish Health, please visit www.nationaljewish.org/index.aspx

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