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April 25, 2008 - The Raymond Wentz Foundation's For the Love of Raymond

What: The Raymond Wentz Foundation's Wine Tasting Event

Where: The Curtis Hotel, 14th and Curtis, Denver

When: Friday, April 25, 2008

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75 regular, $125 patron

Beneficiary: cancer patients in financial crisis

Founders: David Schrier, M.D., Mile High Oncology

Executive Director: Stephanie Hearn

Welcome: Dr. David Schrier, founder of The Raymond Wentz Foundation

Speaker: Cheryl Volmer

Libations: Wine Merchants of Colorado

Catering: The Curtis Hotel

Music: Paul Cotugno

Sponsors: Wine Merchants of Colorado/Rick Hinman, Colorado Capital Bank, Palace Construction, Lou and Pat Jahde, Rick and Michelle Carter, Chris and Lori Silliman, The Curtis Hotel and Sage Hospitality, The Schrier Family

Auctioneer: Ed Wassom

Attendance: 200

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire

Information: www.raymondwentz.org

Donors: Wine Merchants of Colorado/Rick Hinman, John Atencio, Chris and Lori Silliman, RSVP Colorado, Silver Oak Cellars/David Duncan, Meg Lemon and Josh Blum, Paula and Mike Bubernak, Stephanie Hearn and Ed Wassom, Jean and Joe Kirby, Melly Kinnard, Betty Sanders of Glass Art Creations, Wendy Donovan, Tricia Hayworth of Hay-Lo Design, Sage Hospitality, The Marriott, Dr. Stephen Weinstein, Waterway Carwash, Kemper and Jody Will, David Schlatter, Jackie Frieseth, Beth Shogrin of Biscuit Bags, Mari and Ted Battreal, Patti Robinson of Heritage Liquors

Board of Directors: Founder: David Schrier, M.D., Mile High Oncology; Chairman: J. Kemper Will, Burns, Figa & Will, P.C.; Cathy Battaglia, PhD, MSHA, RN, Principal, The Joffit Group; Karen Bacon; Rick Hinman, President, Wine Merchants of Colorado; Lynne Lehr-Buck, CPA, President, IntraScope Accounting Solutions, LLC; Meg Lemon, M.D; Chris Silliman, M.D., Children’s Hospital; Jerry Winterrowd, Retired Episcopal Bishop

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes


 Brenda and David Schrier, M.D., founder of the Raymond Wentz Foundation
Brenda and David Schrier, M.D., founder of the Raymond Wentz Foundation

Everyone loves Raymond ... but this Raymond was a young man who died of cancer, and inspired a mission of hope for many other cancer patients who are in need of financial and emotional support. The Raymond Wentz Foundation was established in late 2002 by Denver oncologist Dr. David Schrier in memory of his patient, Raymond Wentz, who fought cancer with a bravery and grace that continues to inspire all who helped care for him.

Although Raymond lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 18, his memory lives on through bringing simple joys to those cancer patients in greatest need. On Friday evening, April 25, 2008, over 200 friends, guests and supporters gathered at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver for a fun evening of fine wine tasting. Guests were welcomed to a cheery room filled with spring flowers, red wines, white wines and champagnes to taste and tables filled with some very interesting silent auction items.

There was also music in the air, provided by Paul Cotugno and a full selection of hors d'oeuvres and desserts provided by the Curtis Hotel. All of the fine wines for tasting were generously provided by Rick Hinman of Wine Merchants of Colorado. After the guests had a chance to sample the wines, socialize with fellow supporters and do some bidding on the auction items, Dr. David Schrier, an oncologist at Mile High Oncology and the founder of the Raymond Wentz Foundation, stepped up on stage to welcome everyone.

Dr. Schrier shared his wonderfully heartwarming story of his patient, Raymond Wentz and how this young man touched his family with his courage. The foundation is now in its 6th year and Dr. Schrier reported that the foundation is expecting to help over 350 cancer patients this year. It was then time to pick up the pace with a live auction. There were five very impressive packages up for bid - a romantic weekend for two, a shoppers dream weekend, a family sports-loving package, the ultimate pampering package and a signed vertical wine selection from Silver Oak winery. The evening then continued with some last chance bidding on the silent auction, some final wine tasting and lively conversation.

It was a fulfilling evening for giving and supporting a very worthy cause. The Foundation was created so that patients, who face not only the horrendous challenge of cancer, but also the financial insecurity associated with being in treatment, would have a place to turn for help. The Foundation helps single mothers who are receiving chemotherapy while working and looking after children, families and seniors who have no health insurance and face eviction from their homes, and indigent individuals who literally have nothing. If you would like to read more about Raymond's story or learn more about the Raymond Wentz Foundation, please visit their website. www.raymondwentz.org

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