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April 02, 2011 - Hoopin' it up for National Jewish Health

What: A night of basketball-watching, hearty food and interactive games to benefit National Jewish Health

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: Saturday, April 2, 2011

Time: 3:30-10 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $275; tables from $2,500 to $10,000

Beneficiary: National Jewish Health/Kunsberg School

Co-Chair(s): Dave Dahl, Kevin Eitniear, Jason Green, David Greiner, Amy HInes, John Kamprath, Jerry Laflen, Ward Mahanke, Natalie Neaton, Rich Schierburg

Committee Members: Matt Arias, Jim Barbour, Shawn Boyd, Paul Brooks, Paul DeCrescentis, Tal Diamant, Roger Dieckhaus, Darren Fisk, Brent Greiner, Wayne Grider, Alan Guzowski, Judy Hines, Tom Kahn, Ann King, Joe Nelson, Gary Schwartz, Jeff Shigeno, Ryan Slechta, Tom Tarver, Kris Wintroub

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

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Sponsors: Title sponsor: Greiner Electric; BKD, LLP; QED

Menu: Caesar salad; grillled asparagus, baby carrots and fennel potatoes au gratin; chicken roulade with Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach and ricotta cheese; carving station with herb-roasted tenderloin; selection of breads; vanilla and chocolate cupcakes; gelato ice-cream sandwiches

Attendance: 360

Attire: Casual and sportsy

Event Coordinator: Michael Meyers

Board of Directors: For a complete list, please go to:

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Team Greiner from Greiner Electric accepts the 2011 Team of the Year trophy.
Team Greiner from Greiner Electric accepts the 2011 Team of the Year trophy.

They shoot…they score! In true championship form, Hoops & Hoopla lived up to its name with a winning game plan to benefit chronically ill kindergarten through eighth-grade students at the free Kunsberg School at National Jewish Health. On Saturday, April 2, organizers filled the United Club Level of INVESCO Field at Mile High with a full-court press of activity. It was “game on” as more than 350 supporters, including Walter Davis, former Denver Nugget star, bounced among televisions tuned to the national collegiate men’s semi-final basketball, plus billiards, foosball, poker and blackjack, an interactive arcade and half-court hoops toss. With the addition of a silent auction, hearty chow and good company, the event was a slam-dunk for anyone’s social calendar.

Co-chair “Coach” and National Jewish Health board member Rich Schierburg presided over a short program between basketball games, highlighting the institution’s 111-year charitable history and the success of Kunsberg School, which serves 90 students with severe asthma, allergies, cystic fibrosis, HIV/AIDS and other respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. A video presentation showed patients served by National Jewish Health.

Dave Greiner, co-chair representing title sponsor Greiner Electric, accepted a gorgeous trophy for Team Greiner, named 2011 Team of the Year. The company raised more than $40,000 for the event, which brought the evening’s total to more than $120,000. The silent auction included a wide variety of items, including a Denver Nuggets-autographed basketball, a trip to Estrella del Mar, Mexico, and a fly fishing trip to Ladder Ranch in the Little Snake River Valley. 

The Kunsberg School mission is to provide a safe, friendly and healthy school environment where students succeed academically, medically and socially. The students, 85 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, eat nutritious meals, exercise and receive positive social interaction. They also receive care and learn to manage their illnesses from nurses and pediatricians, and upon graduation are equipped with the skills to lead healthy, productive, meaningful and active lives. For more information about the free, unique Kunsberg School, visit

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.

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