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Aspen BellaSera on Aug. 9 Raises More than $118,000 for National Jewish Health

Morethan 125 philanthropic leaders in the Aspencommunity raised over $118,000 to benefit National Jewish Health at the fifthannual Aspen Bella Sera on Aug. 9 at Maroon Creek Club. The cocktail party honoredworld-renowned artist Betty Weiss and Aspencommunity leaders Betty and Bob Gates.

NationalJewish Health, ranked the nation’s #1 respiratory hospital for 14 consecutiveyears by U.S. News & World Report,is based in Denver and has been part of the Aspen Valleymedical community for years. National Jewish Health physicians from theinstitution treat children and adults with respiratory, allergy and immunediseases at clinics in Aspen, Basalt and New Castle. Thephysicians also work closely with other doctors who have practices in the Aspen Valley.

Attendeesheard National Jewish Health Board of Directors Chair Thomas Gart and Presidentand CEO Michael Salem, MD, describe the institution’s most recent efforts in groundbreaking,internationally-recognized research and treatment of respiratory, cardiac,immune and related diseases. They also heard from Bella Sera co-chair andlongtime National Jewish Health supporter Barbara Fleck.

“Whenpeople talk to me about their serious medical issues, I have always said, ‘Goto National Jewish Health,’” Fleck said. She and her husband and co-chair,Aaron Fleck, are past honorees who have been active committee members since theevent’s 2007 inception. “I can’t say enough about the services Drs. Gary Cott,Dan Atkins and Carl White provide in the Aspen Valleyduring the 1,200 patient visits they have each year, including visits withindigent patients.”

Eachyear Bella Sera introduces musicians who create unique performances to celebratethe honorees. This year the entertainment was The Three Divas, professional singersJeannie Walla, Tracy McMullen and Meredith Daniel. They were backed by pianistBob Finney and bassist Tom Paxton.

Inaddition to Barbara and Aaron Fleck, event co-chairs included Denise and WarrenCohen, Alex Kaufman and Natasha Kerek, Madeleine and Karl Larson, Patricia andRichard Kent, Dorothy and Hal Thau, and Kathy Weiss and Dick Stephenson. Thehost committee included Judi and Alan Altman, Patricia Eltinge and MiltonDresner, Suellen and Mel Estrin, Betsy and Jim Fifield, Golda and ShellyFriedstein, Marilyn and William Getz, Louise and David Gitlitz, Barbara andJerry Glauser, Susan and Mort Gurrentz, Lita Heller, Marcia Jobe, Donald L.Keltner, Paula and Monty Loud, Marlene and Frederic Malek, Beth and JoshMondry, Victoria and Mike Nunez, Amy and Richard Pearlstone, Essie and JordonPerlmutter, Amy Roe, Marcia and Philip Rothblum, Linda and Rich Schierburg,Linda and David Stein, Melanie Sturm, and Elle and Philip Winn.

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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