12th Annual Bella Sera Raises More Than $465,000 to Benefit National Jewish Health
Altmans and Thaus Honored, Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! Performed
SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
Aspen — Nearly 200 people crowded into Belly Up on Aug. 9 for Bella Sera, an annual fundraiser benefiting National Jewish Health and recognizing community and philanthropic leaders. Honorees for the 2018 event were Judi and Alan Altman and Dorothy and Hal Thau. Helping to raise a record-breaking $465,000 for the organization were Presenting Sponsors Nancy and Richard Rogers, Contributing Sponsors Patricia and Patrick Harrison and Entertainment Sponsors Gail and Lenny Weinglass. Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot! kept the crowd on the dance floor with their chart-topping hits like “Jump Jive an’ Wail.”
Since its inception, Bella Sera has raised more than $3 million for National Jewish Health. The nonprofit, recently named as the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for the 17th year, partners with the Aspen Valley medical community to provide care to patients in the area.
Rich Baer, National Jewish Health board chair and soon-to-be Aspen resident, spoke at the event about why it is critically important to support the hospital. To drive home his message, he conveyed a recent conversation he had with Andy Slavitt, the former head of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama.
“Andy related to me that as a nation, we leave many people in ‘quiet desperation’ wondering if they will be able to obtain the health care they need,” Baer recounted. “National Jewish Health has always welcomed those who suffer in quiet desperation. If a patient calls up or is referred, they get an appointment, whether they have insurance or not.”
National Jewish Health trustee and Aspen resident Shelly Friedstein served as master of ceremonies for the evening. He led the presentation of honorees by telling how the Altmans and Thaus continually give back to the greater community and enrich lives through their generosity of spirit and support.” Read the honorees’ full bios.
The two couples were then presented with the National Jewish Health Humanitarian Award that recognizes individuals across the country who have made significant civic and charitable contributions. Brothers Matt and Josh Altman, who appear on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” introduced their parents, Judi and Alan, while Lexie and Robert Potamkin, Bella Sera co-chairs, introduced the Thaus.
“We were delighted to be honored at the Bella Sera event,” Dorothy Thau said. “We thank the entire Aspen community for their generosity in making the event a fundraising success for National Jewish Health.”
Denise & Warren Cohen
Beverle & Marc Ostrofsky
Lexie & Robert Potamkin
Kathryn Fleck Peisach & Harry Peisach
Presenting Sponsors Nancy and Richard Rogers
Contributing Sponsors Patricia and Patrick Harrison
Entertainment Sponsors Gail and Lenny Weinglass
Platinum Sponsors Anne and Rich Baer, Denise and Warren Cohen and Iris and Michael Smith
National Jewish Health is the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. Founded 119 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 patients 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.