The 2015 Cocktails with Class helped benefit the chronically ill children of Morgridge Academy. Guests were surrounded by panoramic mountain views from the rooftop marketplace at DaVita, and spent the night enjoying signature cocktails from high-end distilleries, varietal wines and local craft beer.

This event supports Morgridge Academy for Chronically Ill Children on the campus of National Jewish Health.   The Morgridge Academy on the campus of National Jewish Health is a unique, day school program for approximately 90 students in grades K-8 who require medical assistance during the normal school day. The school is approved by the Colorado Department of Education and is located on the grounds of National Jewish Health in Denver. Children who attend the school have medical problems, which have caused frequent absences from regular school.

The children at Morgridge Academy suffer from serious respiratory diseases, including asthma. Others have juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell anemia and heart problems. Because of their serious illnesses, these children require immediate access to medical attention. The majority of the children are from low-income and minority neighborhoods in Denver’s inner city.

The evening featured music, games, prizes and coveted silent auctions items.  Avalanche tickets, United Airlines tickets and dinner at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox were a few of the auction items at Cocktails with Class, benefiting Morgridge Academy at National Jewish Health.   Guests enjoyed eclectic small plates and desserts from The Palm Restaurant and danced the night away to live music by The JV3, a popular Denver pop-rock cover band.  Bret Saunders from KBCO was the emcee for the event.

The researchers, physicians and patient-care staff at National Jewish Health provide world-class care to people who suffer from respiratory, immune and related diseases, including asthma, emphysema, lung cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, allergic disease and heart disease. National Jewish Health has a substantial impact on healthcare beyond the patients it sees. Ground-breaking research conducted at National Jewish Health advances the frontier of medical care for everyone in their search for cures for the life- threatening diseases they treat. For more information visit