ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Five businessmen who banded together to improve the lives of Albuquerque’s citizens and a public official who served as an international ambassador will be recognized at a fundraising dinner next month.
The 37th Spirit of Achievement Award Dinner will take place May 8. The dinner benefits the National Jewish Health hospital in Denver, which provides a high percentage of charitable care.
The hospital was built in the late 1800s as a tuberculosis treatment center, according to Sherman McCorkle, National Jewish Health Trustee and chair of the dinner. The hospital specializes in respiratory care. He said last year, 400 New Mexicans received treatment from the hospital and a majority qualified for subsidized care reducing their costs.
Each year at the dinner trustees recognize individuals who have contributed to the community. Past recipients have included Pete Domenici, former governor Gary Johnson, and Julian Garza and his daughter Clementina Garza, who own several McDonald’s and host an annual Thanksgiving meal for the homeless.