Christie and Walter Isenberg were the 2019 honorees at the Mizel Institute annual dinner.
BY FREDA MIKLIN
The Mizel Institute is a nationally recognized, nonprofit institution comprised of the Mizel Museum and the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL).
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The Mizel Museum was founded in 1982 by Carol and Larry A. Mizel and Rabbi Stanley Wagner. Mizel is the longtime chairman and CEO of MDC Holdings. The Museum is an “educational, nonprofit organization that addresses social justice issues through the lens of Jewish history and values. It is dedicated to fostering cross-cultural understanding, combating racism and promoting social justice through educational programming, events and exhibits that connect universal Jewish values to the world.”
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The CELL “confronts the threat of terrorism through its renowned event series, world-class exhibit and national training initiatives.”
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The Mizel Institute’s annual dinner, in its 30th year, drew 2000 seated guests to Lowry’s Wings Over the Rockies on May 22, where Christie and Walter Isenberg were presented the institute’s 2019 community enrichment award. Christie Isenberg is president of Amp the Cause, a charitable organization founded by the Isenbergs in 2004, dedicated to providing educational and enrichment opportunities for local children. Walter Isenberg is president, CEO and co-founder of Sage Hospitality, which operates numerous unique hotels and restaurants in 15 states. He and Christie both serve on the boards of several local charities.
State Rep. Susan Beckman and her husband, former Littleton Mayor Bruce Beckmann, enjoyed the program and seeing old friends.
Past recipients of the Mizel Institute’s community enrichment award include Colorado Governors John Hickenlooper, Bill Owens, and Roy Romer, business icons Sharon Magness Blake, Peter Coors, and Ed and Dick Robinson, and sports legends Pat Bowlen and John Elway.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Governor Jared Polis served as masters of ceremonies.
A moving video about the Holocaust narrated by local survivors Jack Adler, Paula Burger, Rosalyn Kirkel, Sara Moses, and Osi Sladek, was followed by the presentation of etched glass eternal flame awards to each of them in honor of their contribution to Holocaust awareness as members of the Mizel Museum speakers’ bureau.
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State Rep. Lori Saine of Weld County was happy to see old friend Joy Hoffman.
Longtime Denver business leader Don Kortz had a good time visiting with his pal RTD Chair Doug Tisdale.
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Former Colorado House Speaker and current U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff was happy to greet friends Nancy Levine, broker associate at LIV Sotheby’s International Realty and her husband, filmmaker Dan Obarski.
Representing the millennial generation of leaders were pals Zoe Kortz, Courtney Mizel, and Denver South Economic Development Partnership’s Lauren Masias.
Representing Denver International Airport were its chief real estate officer, former GV city councilman Darryl Jones and Stacy Stegman, DEN SVP of global communications.
Sports scene veteran Les Shapiro and wife Paula, whose father Jack Adler was honored by the Mizel Institute with its eternal flame award, traded stories with famed local criminal defense attorney Harvey Steinberg.
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