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Nesa and Larry Anders Honored at National Jewish Health “Bella Sera”

Event Supports Nation’s Number One Respiratory Hospital

Nesa and Larry Anders were honored at the annual National Jewish Health “Bella Sera” reception on June 20. Carol and Steve Aaron, Elaine Bock, Katy and Lawrence Bock, Robin and David Bock, Victoria and Steven Bock, Candy and Ike Brown, Carol Gene and Howard Cohen, Beth and Jim Gold, Nancy and Richard Rogers, Ethel and Eugene Zale, Donna Fadal and Allan Zidell are among the Texas community leaders who are members of the event’s Host Committee. The third annual event, which took place at the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, benefited the nation’s number one respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health.

The Anders received the institution’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of their significant civic and charitable contributions and leadership. Larry Anders, originally from Lubbock, began his financial services career in 1979. He is chairman and CEO of Summit Alliance Companies, which has been ranked the leading agency for Mass Mutual and Transamerica Occidental Life for 15 years. He is a member of the Board of Regents for Texas Tech University (TTU). Nesa Anders graduated from TTU in 1981 and is a TTU member of the Tri Delta Mom’s Club and supporter of TTU athletics.

The distinguished National Jewish Health President’s Award was given to one of the event’s attendees, Allan Zidell. An active supporter and leader of National Jewish Health for 30 years and a generous member of the Dallas community, Zidell accepted the award for his leadership in the national business and philanthropic communities, and his work to further the mission and vision of National Jewish Health and ensure its status as a global leader.

The Bella Sera event raised more than $40,000 to support programs at National Jewish Health, the Denver-based hospital known worldwide for the treatment and research of respiratory, cardiac and immune disorders. Since 1998, U.S. News & World Report has ranked National Jewish Health the number one respiratory hospital in the nation.

Since 1972, fundraising events in Dallas have brought Texans together to support National Jewish Health. The annual “Bella Sera” reception began in 2010 with honorees Ike and Candy Brown. In 2011, Harry Bock and the Bock family were honored at the reception.

In the past three years, Texans have accounted for more than 1,100 patient visits at National Jewish Health, and have received nearly $135,000 in charity care provided by the hospital. Events like Bella Sera enable the institution to continue its legacy of never turning away patients, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition to directly caring for Texas patients, National Jewish Health has trained 63 physicians who now practice medicine in Texas and provided educational information and training for many others.

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 Health remains the only facility in the world dedicated exclusively to these disorders. Click here for more information about National Jewish Health.

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