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March 09, 2013 - Beaux Arts Grand Court Ball a Royal, Rousing Success

What: National Jewish Health's iconic fundraiser, including reception, dinner and dancing, and entertainment--all surrounding this year's royal-inspired theme

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time: 6pm: Once Upon a Cocktail;Royal Feast;Rousing Royal Performers;Happily Ever After Desserts & Coffee

Beneficiary: 2013 Fund-A-Need: The Cancer Center at National Jewish Health

Grand Marshal(s): Cathy & Peter Dea, Kristen & Marc Holtzman, Joyce Zeff

Gala Chairperson(s): Carrie Morgridge, John Morgridge, Trish Nagel, Ralph Nagel, Debra Tuchman, Ken Tuchman, Leigh Anne Winegrad, Sam Winegrad

Committee Members: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: John Bolger, Sunny Brownstein, Norman Brownstein, Amber Fries, Michael Fries, Margie Gart, Thomas Gart, Elaine Harms, Michael Harms, Megan Kemper, Mariner Kemper, Susan McIntire, Lee McIntire, Kristin Richardson, Blair Richardson, Linda Schierburg, Richard Schierburg, Debbie Silversmith, Don Silversmith, Megan Zucker, Evan Zucker; LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE: Robin Chotin, Lindsey Dodge, Stanton Dodge, Charlene Engleberg, David Engleberg, Louise Gitlitz, David Gitlitz, Arlene Hirschfeld, A. Barry Hirschfeld, Anuschka Pashel, Zach Pashel, Susan Robinson, Eddie Robinson, Susan Juroe Schonbrun, Michael Schonbrun; FUND-A-NEED AMBASSADOR: Bonnie Mandarich

President(s): Dr. Michael Salem, President & CEO

Speaker: Dr. Michael Salem, president and CEO; Rich Schierburg, board of directors chair

Libations: Beverage sponsor: The Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of Colorado; Brands/Suppliers: Beefeater, Cluny, Cruzan, Cupcake, Jim Beam Brands, Pernod-Ricard, Polar Ice, Sauza, The Wine Group, Tribuno, Vista Point Wines, Whyte MacKay

Catering: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Sponsors: GRAND BALL SPONSOR: Morgridge Family Foundation; PRESENTING SPONSOR: Joyce Zeff & Family; PLATINUM SPONSOR: Liberty Global, Inc; AUCTION SPONSOR: Hyde Park Jewelers, Quintess Collection, Sil-TerHar Motors

Auctioneer: Christian Kolberg

Gala Production: Monica Cheeks, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center; Adriane Hodder, Starkey Productions; Jesse Ketter, DesignWorks; Simon Melser and Rob Wright, J&S Audio Visual

Quote of the evening: Dr. Michael Salem: "Let's have a round of applause for the weather gods!"

Menu: Salad: iceberg wedge salad with dried cherries, crusted local goat cheese medallions and pickled red sweet peppers, dressing options: creamy pancetta bacon-and-red onion, pear vinaigrette...Artisanal bread: rosemary, olive, whole wheat and pretzel rolls with herbed butter & olive oil...Entrée: slow-braised veal osso bucco and crusted sea bass Viennese, Parmesan risotto, truffle Brussels sprouts and baby carrot, veal stock reduction...Vegetarian option: heirloom bean ragout topped with asparagus gratinee...Duo dessert: individual "Royal Court Cake" with cherry-rose jelly served with chocolate crown and cherry; mini homemade Fletching chocolate biscuit served with mini white-chocolate crown, garnished with gold flakes

Attendance: 1,000

Attire: Blacktie and tiaras

Special Thanks: 5280 Magazine, Enstrom Candies, United

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Smoked trout filet,smoked salmon w/caviar,braised bison short rib, buttermilk-fried chicken, green-chili aioli; shrimp & crab claws, oyster shooters; sautéed mushrooms on crostini; grilled & marinated veggies; petite lamb chops; edible cones:chilled smoked duck, crab salad, hot elk, veg ratatouille


Event Coordinator: Candace Wilson and Clem Connolly

Board of Directors: Chair: Rich Schierburg, Margaret Sue Allon, Stephen Arent, Jim Berenbaum, Paulette Brody, Norm Brownstein, Robin Chotin, Geraldine Cohen, R. Stanton Dodge, David F. Engleberg, Joel Farkas, Michael Feiner, Barbara Gallagher, Thomas Gart, Thomas Lawrence Gelfond, Roger Gibson, Jerry Glauser, Will Gold III, Staunton Golding, Barry Hirschfeld, Christie Isenberg, Mariner Kemper, Lewis Kling, Steven Kris, James Kuhn, Bradley A. Levin, Evelyn Makovsky, Marvin Moskowitz, Zachary H. Pashel, Marcus B. Peperzak, Blair E. Richardson, Hassan Salem, Michael Schonbrun, Carole Schwartz, Martin Semple, Stephen Siegel, Wendy Siegel, Donald Silversmith, Marc Steron, Burt Tansky, Debra Tuchman, Evan Zucker; LIFETIME DIRECTORS: Joseph Davis, William Gold, Philip Karsh, Leonard Perlmutter, Edward Robinson, Meyer Saltzman

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 NJH's president/CEO Dr. Michael Salem with Grand Marshal Joyce Zeff
NJH's president/CEO Dr. Michael Salem with Grand Marshal Joyce Zeff

Once upon a time in a mile-high kingdom not so far away, philanthropic and fun-loving folk planned a grand and entertaining fundraiser to benefit National Jewish Health. On Saturday, March 9, the day began with a snowstorm of royal proportions, but in true Camelot fashion the weather abated just in time for the highly anticipated Beaux Arts “Grand Court Ball.” Lords and ladies in festive and regal dress were treated to a glittering setting for a sumptuous supper, whimsical entertainment and functional fundraising, with delightful desserts served before the clock struck midnight.

Who doesn’t love an event where tiaras are recommended attire? Denver’s iconic fundraiser royale brought out guests’ inner king and queen, garnering $2 million in generous donations to complement the event’s marvelous enticements. This year’s royal-focused theme was inspired by Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as a nod to James Bond’s 50th anniversary.

At a bountiful reception, the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center provided a spectrum of passed and displayed hors d’oeuvres, and the sit-down dinner in the Centennial Ballroom featured a splendid menu of culinary creations. Fanciful entertainers delighted the crowd, and guests had a chance to hit the dance floor to show off their own moves throughout the dinner hour and after the program. Spotted in the ballroom crowd were Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter. Board chair Rich Schierburg began the program with brief remarks, and National Jewish Health President and CEO Dr. Michael Salem served as after-dinner emcee, speaking about the success of National Jewish Health. Cathy and Peter Dea and Joyce Zeff were honored onstage as this year’s grand marshals, with Evelyn and Seymour Holtzman graciously standing in for Grand Marshals Kristen and Marc Holtzman, who were out of the country.

The live auction included packages befitting any royal: a vineyard stay in New Zealand’s Queenstown, a mountain retreat complete with a James Bond getaway car, and a Scottsdale weekend featuring Colorado Rockies baseball, golf and even crown jewels in the form of a Hyde Park Jewelers gift certificate. Direct donations were accepted for this year’s Fund-A-Need, The Cancer Center at National Jewish Health, integrating multispecialty clinical care, leading-edge research and the most advanced diagnostic imaging available anywhere. Guests were treated to a decadent dessert-and-coffee bar at evening’s end.

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for its treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for ground-breaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, it 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 number-one respiratory hospital in the nation. For more information, please visit


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