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10th Annual Cocktails & Karaoke on Nov. 5 to raise funds for chronically ill students at Kunsberg School

Denver’sCocktails & Karaoke movers and shakers are shaking things up for the 10thannual fundraising event on Nov. 5 at Casselman’s Bar and Venue. For the firsttime in its history, the event will feature a live band, adding a new twist tothe traditional karaoke experience. The event raises funds for the Kunsberg School for chronically ill students onthe campus of National Jewish Health.

Kunsberg School is a free dayschool for 90 kindergarten through eighth grade students, all of whom havechronic illnesses. Most families of Kunsberg School students are at orbelow poverty level. As in years past, attendees raise money for the studentsby singing or paying to get their friends and co-workers on stage. They also canincrease their support by donating money for items the children need, includingfield trips, physical education equipment and medical equipment.

The mission of Kunsberg School is to provide asafe, friendly and healthy school environment where students succeedacademically, medically and socially. Typically, they have fallen behind theirpeers in school because of illnesses including severe asthma and/or allergies,sickle cell anemia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other respiratory and relateddisorders. Kunsberg students receive care and learn to manage their illnessesfrom three nurses and National Jewish Health pediatricians.

Kunsberg School students eatnutritious meals, exercise daily and practice positive social interaction. Thestudents learn in small classes from teachers with advanced degrees using thelatest educational technology tools; they demonstrate their knowledge byshowing steady improvements on the CSAP test and outpacing their peers insimilar schools. Upon graduation, Kunsberg students have the skills to leadhealthy, productive, meaningful and active lives.

The 10th annual Cocktails & Karaoke is led byEvent Chair Gary Schwartz, who has been involved with the event since its inception;Kunsberg Chair and former Kunsberg student Brian Parks; and committee membersMarc 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.

To attend Cocktails & Karaoke, contact Michael Meyers at 303.728.6576 ormeyersm@njhealth.org.

National Jewish Health is known worldwide fortreatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders,and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofithospital, National Jewish Health remains the only facility in the worlddedicated 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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