Beaux Arts Freedom ball guests enjoy music from the New York-based Bobby Attiko Band.
The 20th Anniversary Beaux Arts Ball presented by the Morgridge Family Foundation raised over $2.2 million to support National Jewish Health, the leading respiratory hospital in the nation. The Feb. 25, event honored grand marshals Debbie and Michael Feiner, Cathey and Richard Finlon, Mary Lou Blackledge Kortz and Donald Kortz, and Julie and Brent Morse for their philanthropy and influence in the Denver community.
More than 1,200 guests attended the Beaux Arts Ball, one of the most anticipated events on Denver’s social calendar. This year featured the transformation of Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum into the streets of 1770s America, inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical. The New York-based Bobby Attiko Band was accompanied by a cast of two dozen performers who kept the event lively as guests stayed late into the evening to celebrate the 20 years of the Beaux Arts Ball and the mission of National Jewish Health.
With the help of more than two dozen cast performers, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum transformed into the streets of 1770s America, inspired by Hamilton: An American Musical.
“Most people take breathing for granted until they can’t,” said Michael Salem, MD, National Jewish Health president and CEO. “Through its care and scientific research, National Jewish Health is the only institution singularly focused on helping people with the complex process of breathing. .”
Also honored at the event were Carrie and John Morgridge, who were awarded the Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service. The Lorber Award is the highest honor given by National Jewish Health. Recipients have shown leadership in an area that has impacted the reputation, service, science or mission of National Jewish Health.
“The Morgridges’ imprint on National Jewish Health is indelible,” Salem said. “They have been presenting sponsors of the Beaux Arts Ball every year since 2010. In 2011, they were honored as grand marshals. And in 2013, they gave National Jewish Health its largest campaign gift. In honor of that gift, National Jewish Health established the Morgridge Educational Campus, which includes the Morgridge Academy for chronically ill children and the Morgridge Fellowship Program.”
The Morgridges were also honored with a special song about their history of giving set to rap music from Hamilton: An American Musical.
Arts Freedom Ball Grand Marshals Michael and Debbie Feiner; Donald Kortz and Mary Lou Blackledge Kortz; Michael Salem, president and CEO of National Jewish Health; Grand Marshals Cathey and Richard Finlon; Julie and Brent Morse; A. Barry Hirschfeld, honorary chair and Arlene Hirschfeld.
Another highlight of the evening came as A. Barry Hirschfeld, a member of the National Jewish Health Board of Directors since 1981 and the evening’s honorary chair, was recognized for his longstanding role in recruiting the Beaux Arts Ball grand marshals – a role he took on after he and his wife, Arlene, were honored as grand marshals in 1998. Many of those former grand marshals from the past 20 years were in attendance for the celebration. National Jewish Health Board Chair Blair Richardson recognized the group.
About $700,000 of the funds raised at the evening event will support care and research for those suffering with food allergies. These funds were raised during a reverse auction called Fund-A-Need.
John and Carrie Morgridge were awarded the Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service. The Lorber Award is the highest honor given by National Jewish Health.
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