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November 05, 2011 - National Jewish Health Presents 10th Annual Cocktails & Karaoke

What: Annual Cocktails & Karaoke party to raise funds for chronically ill students at Kunsberg School.

Where: Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street

When: Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: National Jewish Health, Kunsberg School

EMCEE: Heidi McGuire

Gala Chairperson(s): Gary Schwartz

Welcome: Gary Schwartz

Libations: Breckenridge Brewery

Catering: Footers Catering

Entertainment: Karaoke

Music: Heartbeat

Menu: Taco bar, sliders with mini twice-baked potatoes, and dessert bar

Attendance: 200

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Planning Committee: Gary Schwartz, Cocktails & Karaoke Chair; Brian Parks, Kunsberg School Chair; Seth Benson, Marc Cohen, Hadley Cox, Andrew Duke, Zach Frisch, Barb Gallagher, Alana Morris, Dana Pluss Parks, Merc Pittinos, Mary Claire Pittinos, Maximillian Potter, Taylor Schierburg, Ellen Stewart and Donald Vancil

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

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Melissa and Gary Schwartz with Marc and Adrienne Cutilletta
Melissa and Gary Schwartz with Marc and Adrienne Cutilletta

Denver's 10th Cocktails and Karaoke event at Casselman's Bar and Venue on Saturday, November 5 was a great evening of fun and fundraising on behalf of the Kunsberg School. Kunsberg School is a free day school serving chronically ill students from kindergarten through eighth grade, on the campus of National Jewish Health in Denver

Attendees at the Cocktails and Karaoke event raise money by purchasing the opportunity to sing, or paying to get their friends and co-workers on stage. This year for the first time, the live band Heartbeat entertained guests and then accompanied the karaoke singers.  Following an introduction by Event Chair Gary Schwartz, who has been involved with the event since its inception 10 years ago, Heidi McGuire led a spirited evening of karaoke entertainment. Guests dressed up using a variety of props, some daring to take the stage by themselves, and others convincing their friends to join them for even more fun and support. Attendees made donations for Kunsberg School student necessities including school and medical supplies and field trips after former student and Kunsberg School Chair Brian Parks made a plea for support..

The mission of the Kunsberg School is to provide a safe, friendly and healthy school environment where students succeed academically, medically and socially. Most families of Kunsberg School students are at or below poverty level, and typically students have fallen behind their peers in school because of illnesses including severe asthma and/or allergies, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other respiratory and related disorders. Medical care and education is provided by nurses and pediatricians from National Jewish Health. 

National Jewish Health is a recognized leader worldwide for the treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and serves as a research hub for groundbreaking medical research.  National Jewish Health was founded in 1899 as a non-profit hospital, and has been recognized and the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 1998. 

Guests at the Cocktails and Karaoke event enjoyed a taco bar, sliders and mini twice-baked potatoes served by Footers Catering, as well as beer donated by the Breckenridge Brewery. 

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