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Bella Sera on May 5 Honored Dallas Notables


Bella SeraCandy and Ike Brown received the National Jewish Health Humanitarian Award in front of 175 guests at the Bella Sera benefit cocktail party in Dallas on May 5 at VILLA-O. The event raised $136,000 to support the world-renowned National Jewish Health, known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research.


Bella Sera Co-Chairs Rozalyn and Robert Colombo, Pat and Paul Fulchino, Debbie and Eric Green, Laurie and Todd Platt and Barbara and Sheldon Stein were surprised and delighted by a $50,000 gift made that evening by Nancy and Richard Rogers in honor of Allan Zidell, who was a National Jewish Health Trustee for 20 years. He attended with Donna Fadal and his children, Michael Zidell and Lisa Zidell, and grandchildren Amanda Zidell and Shawna and Ryan Milstein.

Other special guests included National Jewish Health Board of Directors member Burt Tansky and his wife, Rita, and National Trustees Tammany and Rob Stern, Jimmy Jackson and Bill Shaddock.

"We are grateful to all our friends who came out tonight, especially to Ike's parents, Shirlee and Bernard Brown, Ike's brothers, my sister and our sons, all of whom travelled to be here," said Candy Brown. "We're also so thankful to Allan Zidell for introducing us to National Jewish Health, which is doing such important work for people in Dallas and throughout the country."

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 #1 respiratory hospital in the nation. National Jewish Health provides preeminent care for patients throughout the country, including 940 Texans in the last three years. In addition to direct care for Texas patients, last year National Jewish Health physicians consulted with 214 Texas physicians about their patients, and trained 67 former National Jewish Health fellows who now practice medicine in Texas.


For more information about Bella Sera or National Jewish Health, contact Amy MacGregor Hoffmann at 800-423-8891 ext. 1080, or by email at

National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Founded 125 years ago as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish Health today is the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to groundbreaking medical research and treatment of children and adults with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders. Patients and families come to National Jewish Health from around the world to receive cutting-edge, comprehensive, coordinated care. To learn more, visit the media resources page.

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