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March 29, 2012 - Fun and Fundraising Highlight National Jewish Health's Hoops & Hoopla

What: Annual sports-themed fundraiser featuring live broadcast of men's college basketball national semifinal games, with silent auction, activities including poker, pool and basketball tosses, plus two open bars and gourmet buffet.

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, East Club Level

When: Saturday, March 31, 2012

Time: 3:30-9 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $275 individual

Beneficiary: National Jewish Health's Kunsberg School, a free K-8 grade school for chronically ill children

Presenting Sponsor(s): Greiner Electric

Co-Chair(s): Denise Cito, CED; Justin Cooper, GE Johnson Construction Company; David Greiner, Greiner Electric; Rich Klepper, Mortenson Construction; Jerry Laflen, BKD, LLP; Kevin Larington, Trautman; Shreve Ward, Mahanke, TST Inc. of Denver; Tom Tarver, Greiner Electric; Kris Wintroub, Greiner Electric

Committee Members: Clay Benson, Mortenson Construction; Roger Dieckhaus, Sun Office Products; Team Greiner, Greiner Electric; Michael Harms, GE Johnson Construction Company; Ann King, BKD, LLP; Joe Nelson, BKD, LLP; Brian Patton, RK Mechanical; Gary Schwartz, Patten MacPhee & Associates

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Sponsors: A partial list includes: Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan; BKD, LLP; Arapahoe Fire Protection Inc.; AVI-SPL; Consolidated Electrical Distributors; Crescent Electric Supply; Crum Electric Supply; Gary Leimer, Inc.; GE Johnson Construction Company; Gexpro; Husch Blackwell, LLP; Interface Communication Co.; Lockton, Inc.; Mortenson Construction; RK Mechanical; Rossi Engineering; SimplexGrinnell, LP; Trautman & Shreve, Inc.; UMB Bank

Menu: Rustic Epicurean bread basket, classic Caesar salad, roasted asparagus and carrots with balsamic glaze, fennel potato au gratin, Swedish meatballs, chicken roulade with buerre-blanc, bistro tenderloin at the carving station, individual cupcakes, and gelato sandwiches

Attendance: 300

Attire: Hoopster casual

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Mini franks-in-a-blanket, crispy petite scallops skewer with wasabi aioli, bite-sized Italian sausage, Asian vegetable spring rolls with apricot glaze


Event Coordinator: Michael Meyers, Associate Director of Special Events

Board of Directors: Margaret Sue Allon, Stephen Arent, Rich Baer, Jim Berenbaum, Paulette Brody, Norm Brownstein, Robin Chotin, Geraldine Cohen, Stanton R. 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 A. Levin, Evelyn Makovsky, Marvin Moskowitz, Zachary H. Pashel, Marcus B. Peperzak, Blair E. Richardson, Scott D. Robinson, Hassan Salem, Meyer Saltzman, 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: Lisa Perry

 Dave Greiner (far left), with Team Greiner and their terrific trophy
Dave Greiner (far left), with Team Greiner and their terrific trophy

In its ninth year, National Jewish Health’s Hoops & Hoopla continues its winning ways, featuring a full-court press of entertainment and activities. On Saturday, March 31, around 300 partygoers, some sporting their favorite team’s colors, hit the club level of Sports Authority Field at Mile High to catch the final two games of the national collegiate men’s basketball tournament. They also had the opportunity to experience everything a sports-lover could ask for. Some watched the competition on a slew of TVs inside, as well as outdoors on the stadium Jumbotron. Others kept an eye on the games as they tested their skill at a variety of basketball contests and diversions such as pool, air hockey and cards. Two open bars and a championship buffet kept partygoers fueled for the festivities from late afternoon into the evening.

The reason for the event wasn’t forgotten. Proceeds from a silent auction chockfull of experiential delights were added to funds generated from ticket sales, all going to Kunsberg School for terminally ill children on the NJH campus. During a break between basketball games, board chair Rich Schierburg presided over a short program and talked about the positive “we never say never” mindset that helps NJH patients who come to Denver from around the world. Greiner Electric, in its fifth year as presenting sponsor, was responsible for $40,000 of the $100,000 garnered from tickets, and Dave Greiner took the stage with Team Greiner members who enjoyed “one shining moment” when accepting a giant, sparkling trophy for their efforts.

Kunsberg School at National Jewish Health is a free day school for 90 chronically ill students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Its mission is to provide a safe, friendly and healthy school environment where students succeed academically, medically and socially. Many students are minorities, and most families are at or below poverty level. Typically, they 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. Kunsberg students receive care and learn to manage their illnesses from three nurses and National Jewish Health pediatricians. They eat nutritious meals, exercise daily and practice positive social interaction. The students learn in small classes from teachers with advanced degrees using the latest educational technology tools, and demonstrate their knowledge by showing steady improvements on the CSAP test and outpacing their peers in similar schools. Upon graduation, Kunsberg students have the skills to lead healthy, productive, meaningful and active lives. To learn more, 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 No. 1 respiratory hospital in the nation. For more information, go to:

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