Annual Real Estate and Construction Industries "Winter Wonderland" Dinner on Raises $1.7 Million

NEW YORK-Lee S. Neibart, Senior Partner of Apollo Real Estate Advisors (AREA), was the evening's honoree as he was presented the National Jewish HealthTM 2008 Humanitarian Award on December 13 during the Real Estate and Construction Industries' Winter's Eve Gala at the Grand Hyatt New York. The event raised $1.7 million to establish the Lee S. and Joyce L. Neibart Fund for Pediatric and Adult Immunology and Rheumatology.  Marty Cohen of Cohen & Steers Inc., last year's honoree, was inducted into the National Jewish Health Council of National Trustees during the event.

Luminaries from the real estate industry danced until midnight to the hot music that contrasted with the Winter Wonderland theme complete with an ice pond, skaters, carolers and, at the end of the evening, a blizzard of real snow scattering over the dance floor. Wendy Siegel, National Council of Trustees Co-Chair, again oversaw the party arrangements to ensure a high-energy and fun-filled evening.

Dinner leadership is a reflection of the broad support that National Jewish Health has enjoyed for decades from the New York real estate community.  The hefty roster of executive and dinner committee members were led by dinner chairmen Thomas M. Flexner and Richard J. Mack, assisted by returning co-chairmen James D. Kuhn, Bruce E. Mosler, Peter G. Riguardi and Stephen B. Siegel. Honorary chairmen were Leonard Boxer, John R. Klopp, William L. Mack, Christopher J. Nassetta, Philip A. Riordan and Larry A. Silverstein. Treasurer was Richard A. Baker and souvenir program chair was Marina Camacho.

National Jewish Health is known worldwide for treatment of patients with respiratory, cardiac, immune and related disorders, and for groundbreaking medical research. Founded in 1899 as a nonprofit hospital, National Jewish remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders. For 11 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish the #1 respiratory hospital in the nation.

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