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April 06, 2013 - Hoops and Hoopla: a Slam Dunk for Fun and Fundraising

What: The ultimate fan's night out, with appetizers, gourmet buffet, men's Final Four action on multiple TVs, plus games and gaming tables, and silent auction

Where: The Cable Center

When: Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time: 4 p.m. until end of Final Four basketball games

Ticket Prices: $275

Beneficiary: Kunsberg School at National Jewish Health

EMCEE: David Engleberg, former chair and current board member

Executive Director: Dr. Michael Salem, President & CEO

Speaker: John Reid, Kunsberg School principal

Catering: Footers Catering

Sponsors: Title sponsor: Greiner Electric; Other sponsors included: BKD, LLP; Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan; 5280 Magazine, GE Johnson Construction Company; TST Inc. of Denver; Blazer Electric Supply; Consolidated Electrical Distributors; Crescent Electric Supply; Gexpro; Husch Blackwell, LLP; Lockton, Inc.; RJM Construction; SimplexGinnell, LP; Trautman & Shreve, Inc.

Menu: Gourmet pizza station: fresh-baked flatbread pizzas with toppings including margherita with mozzarella, Roma tomato and fresh basil, classic pepperoni, spicy sausage and mushroom; Colorado vegetable Crudités garden (served with hot spinach artichoke dip and hummus); seasonal and local vegetables displayed in individual vases in a bed of wheatgrass; grilled quesadilla station: quesadillas grilled and carved to order and served with pico de gallo and sour cream; ancho chicken and Palisade peach, spicy beef and fajita pepper, chipotle shrimp and avocado; homemade guacamole with salsa and tri-color tortilla chips; carving station: mini-tenderloin sandwiches, herb-crusted beef tenderloin carved tableside with creamy horseradish and assorted cocktail rolls, twice-baked new potato stuffed with applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and scallions; dessert station with Footers' mini-desserts: brownie bites with cream cheese icing, carrot cake bites with cream cheese icing and candy carrot garnish, cheesecake lollipops (vanilla cheesecake in a chocolate shell on a stick), coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate, mini-cookies, peanut butter bars with chocolate gananche icing, raspberry bars, homemade chocolate-covered cherries with cream center, Madeleine tea cakes, chef's seasonal selection

Attendance: 225

Attire: Casual wear, athletic wear, college colors


Planning Committee: "Coaches": Alana Berland, Executive Forum; Denise Cito, CED; Justin Cooper, GE Johnson Construction Company; David Greiner, Greiner Electric; Jerry Laflen, BKD, LLP; Kevin Larington, Trautman & Shreve; Liz Rapp, Kiewit Building Group; Tom Tarver, Greiner Electric; Kris Wintroub, Greiner Electric

Board of Directors: Chair: Rich Schierburg; 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

 Kunsberg School's principal, John Reid (left), with National Jewish board chair Rich Schierburg
Kunsberg School's principal, John Reid (left), with National Jewish board chair Rich Schierburg

National Jewish Health’s Hoops and Hoopla continues its winning ways with a gameplan that is successfully simple: kick back. Eat and drink. Watch b-ball. Play some games. Socialize. It’s a slam dunk for sportsy types and an entertaining time for everyone. This year, more than 200 philanthropic fans met at The Cable Center on Saturday, April 6, to catch nail-biting Final Four basketball action, nosh on tasty tidbits, hit the games circuit and bid on silent auction enticements. Most importantly, just by being there, everyone contributed funds to Kunsberg School on the National Jewish Health campus.

Attending is as easy as an uncontested layup, and guests choose how to spend their time during the event. With a dress code of casual, comfy clothes, the only schedule is dictated by the times of the men’s Final Four games. This year, college basketball fans watched down-to-the-wire national semifinal games on tons of TVs, including The Cable Center’s signature multi-story video tower. Additionally, they could shoot hoops, putt around, play air hockey and foosball, and try their luck at for-fun gaming tables. Even the silent auction drew friendly competition with bids on a spectrum of unique packages. Appetizers were served by engaging Footer’s Catering reps dressed as referees, then a hearty gourmet buffet drew guests out of their chairs and over to the display of fabulous food.

In between basketball games, former chair and current board member David Engleberg emceed a short program highlighting National Jewish Health and the event’s beneficiary, Kunsberg School. Principal John Reid talked enthusiastically about the good works and successes of the school, along with how money raised goes to associated operational costs. The program ended with the announcement of this year’s Hoops and Hoopla corporate champion, and a spirited contingent from Greiner Electric enthusiastically took the stage to accept the giant trophy. The company not only served as title sponsor, but took it a step further, raising $40,000 of the event’s $100,000 total.

Kunsberg School at National Jewish Health is a day school for chronically ill students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Its mission: to provide a safe, friendly and healthy school environment where students succeed academically, medically and socially. Typically, Kunsberg students have fallen behind their peers in public school because of illnesses that include severe asthma and/or allergies, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and other respiratory and related disorders. Many students are minorities, and most families are at or below poverty level. Kunsberg students receive care and learn to manage their illnesses from nurses and National Jewish Health pediatricians, eating nutritious meals, exercising daily and practicing positive social interaction. The students learn in small classes taught by teachers with advanced degrees using the latest educational technology tools, and demonstrate their knowledge with steady improvement on the CSAP test, outpacing their peers in similar situations. 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 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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