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2015 ADL Gala Honorees Barry and Gay Curtiss-Lusher to be Recognized for Philanthropic Leadership at October 15 Event

  • September 1, 2015

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Anti-Defamation League National Chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher and his wife Gay are this year’s special honorees for our 2015 Gala on October 15 at 6:30 pm at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.   With the theme “Honoring Our Present, Celebrating Our Future,” Barry and Gay will be acknowledged for Barry’s present leadership as ADL National Chair, as well as their philanthropic work in Colorado and throughout the world.


Both Barry and Gay are products of ADL’s young leadership development program and have been actively involved with the Anti-Defamation League since 1982.  Barry is currently ADL’s National Chair and is a past Regional Board Chair of the Mountain States Region. Barry has also been Chair of the Board of Colorado Public Radio and Chair of the Board of Directors of Rose Medical Center, among other community service activities.


Gay Curtiss-Lusher also continues to be active with ADL’s Mountain States Region as a member of its Board, a member of ADL’s Catholic-Jewish Dialogue and a past Co-Chair of the Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program.  Whenever she is in Denver, Gay participates in a Jewish Family Service program serving meals to seniors at the JCC, where she is a past board member.  She also is involved with the Cleft Lip and Palate Center at Rose Medical Center.

Barry and Gay have represented ADL around the world, traveling on missions to Israel, Greece, Bulgaria, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Turkey, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the Vatican. In their limited free time, Gay is an avid exerciser and Barry hits the golf course. They are also both graduates of the University of Michigan and share a passion for the school (Go Blue!). At the Gala, the couple will be honored by their three wonderful children and their spouses: Ben Lusher, Nicole Graham-Lusher, Julie McQuade, Andrew McQuade and Joey Curtiss-Lusher.

The Gala is made possible through the hard work of Executive Chairs Ben Lusher and Nicole Graham-Lusher and Rob and Kathy Klugman, as well as our generous sponsors (as of August 27):  Bay Minerals, LLC (Larry Atler, Barry Collen and Barry Curtiss-Lusher), Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies,  The Curtiss-Lusher Family, Feiner Family Foundation/ Michael and Debbie Feiner, The Hill Companies/Richard and Irene Frary, Don Scott z”l, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Lee H. Davis and Barbara Mellman Davis, BNY Mellon, Lazarus Israel Opportunities Fund LLLP, David and Laura Merage Foundation,  MorEvents/ Gareth Heyman and Betsy Mordecai Heyman, MDC Richmond American Homes Foundation, Julie and Brent Morse, The Quiat Companies, HealthOne Rose Medical Center, Debbie and Jim Shpall, Rosalind Wiseman, The Gardner Sullivan Group, Peggy Goldman, Debra Herz, Martin and Marie Herzog, Ickovic & Co. PC, Rob and Kathy Klugman, Levin Rosenburg PC, Bebe and Marv Levy, MassMutual Financial Group/ Scott and Andrea Stillman, Harriet and Clyde McKenzie, Barbara and Ron Balser, Esta and Robert Epstein, Yvette and Ellis Landau, Cheryl and Glen Lewy, Linda and Eric Horodas, Cindy and Steve Lyons/Kick on Vineyard, Arlene and Marvin Nathan, Milton S. Schneider, Howard Sherwood, David Strassler, Lynn and Glenn Tobias, Dr. Steven Ungerleider and Joanna Rice, Guaranty Bank and Trust Company, Sue and Harvey Allon, Steve Kris, Sheryl, Jon and Ryan Goodman and Tracy McCarthy.

For more information about the event, sponsorship, and tributes, or to register, please visit our website or contact Director of Development Beth Yohe at 303-830-7177 x218.