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May 10, 2008 - Cancer League: "Just My Imagination"

What: Cancer League of Colorado: The Hope Ball

Where: Hyatt Regency Tech Center

When: May 10, 2008

Time: 6 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $300- Patron; $250 - Regular; $135 - Young Professional

Beneficiary: Cancer research and service grants within Colorado

Master of Ceremonies: Mike Nelson, Chief Meteorologist, 7News

Honoree(s): Elaine Wolf, Sandy Wolf-Yearick, and the Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation

Gala Chairperson(s): Linda Goto, Marsha Lunnon, & Kaye Music

Honorary Chairperson(s): Barbara Reece

Corporate Chairperson(s): Antonette DeLauro Smith

Committee Members: Jan Anderson, Sandra Arkin, Eric Blamey, Heather Cammack, Sky Caroselli, Carole Cottrell, Vickie Dow, Katie Franquemont, Marie Genna, Nepta Godec, Bonnie Ladd, Kyle Mancuso, Judi Martschenko, Gretchen Olson, Jennifer O'Neill, Misti Passel-Kaufman, Jan Rice, Betty Roepstroff, Gayle Rodgers, Sharon Scrofne, Regina Serna, Sylvia Sibilia, Patty Spivak

President(s): Barbara Reece

Catering: President's Gallery Closes

Entertainment: Richard Street and The Temptations

Sponsors: Hope Sponsor: Front Range Dodge Dealers; Imagination Sponsors: PBJ Reece Charitable Fund, M.D.C. Holdings, Inc./Richmond American Homes; Inspiration Sponsors: Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, PC, Gateway Services Group, Hackstaff, Gessler, LLC, Pepi Howe, Johnson Storage and Moving Company, The Kentwood Company, Lindquist & Vennum, Edie and Mort Marks Family, Judi & Robert Newman, The Israel Salazar Family, Spivak Vision Center, Tatonka Capital Corporation, United Advertising Corporation, United Western Bank, Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation, Wolf, Slatkin & Madison P.C.; Dream Sponsors: Dody Clark & Peter Teets, Corporate Benefit Design, First American State Bank, IDG Advisors, LLC, Golder Associates, Inc./Jewell Insurance Associates, Kim & Rick Krause, Marsha & Donald Lunnon, Security Title Guarantee Company, Swedish Medical Center, University of Colorado Cancer Center; Patron Sponsors: Salvatore Alioto, LaFawn Biddle, Marilyn and Peter Coors, Nancy and John DeLauro, Sandy and David Evans, Nepeta and Gary Godec, Fleta and Eldon Johnsen, Roberta and Pete Johnson, Sally and Lloyd Levine, Patty and Kenny Moore, Monty and Kaye Music, Dorothy Pearson, Lorraine and Francis Salazar, Stephanie and Michael Welsh; Live Auction Sponsors: ABC, Bailey Banks & Biddle, Marianne Caroselli, Denver Broncos, Exclusive Resorts, Grand Hyatt, New York, Hyatt Regency Tech Center, JetBlue Airways, Gary Miller, Open Creek Outfitters, LLC, Michael and Madeline Rohan, The View

Auctioneer: Gary Corbett - Auctioneer

Attendance: 600+

Attire: Black Tie

Board of Directors: President: Barbara Reece; President-Elect: Annette Jewell; Immediate Past-President: Gayle Rogers; 1st Vice President of Membership: Jane Hampe; 2nd Vice President Ways and Means: Annette Jewell; Vice President, Corporate Relations: Gary Reece; Vice President, Corporate Relations-Elect: Erich Tiepel; Vice President, Funds Allocation: Ruth Pana; Vice President, Funds Allocation-Elect: Jody Coates; Vice President, Foudation: Karen White; Secretary: Sheryl Jonas; Treasurer: Diane Brandon; Treasurer-Elect: Laura Fiemann

Blacktie Photos by: Patrick Dubois

 Gala Chairs Kaye Music, left, Linda Goto and Marsha Lunnon pose before the event begins
Gala Chairs Kaye Music, left, Linda Goto and Marsha Lunnon pose before the event begins

Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center was the place to be for The Hope Ball, The Cancer League of Colorado's annual Spring gala which benefits primary cancer research and service grants within Colorado.

This year the Cancer League honored Elaine Wolf, Sandy Wolf-Yearick and the Melvin & Elaine Wolf Foundation for their numerous, generous contributions to Cancer League and the Denver community.

A packed house of over 600 people began the evening bidding on silent auction items to benefit the Cancer League of Colorado. Before dinner was even served the guests of the Cancer League of Colorado had raised over $81,000. KUDOS!!

After the completion of the silent auction, patrons funnelled into the dining area as Master of Ceremonies Michael Nelson (7News) and President Barbara Reece welcomed and thanked everyone for their generosity. Next on the agenda was the live auction, which featured items such as a trip for four to NY for a live taping of The View, elk hunting in Wyoming, a vacation in either Cabo San Lucas, Scottsdale or Snowmass, and a travel package with the Denver Broncos, to mention a few things. One other item that generated quite a buzz was the auction of a Dodge 2008 Nitro by Dealing Doug Moreland. Great items for a great cause.

The evening took another step up with an outstanding performance by Richard Street and The Temptations, who sang the title song for the Cancer League Gala, "Just My Imagination," among other favorites.

More about the Cancer League of Colorado ... In 1969, five women, whose lives were all affected by cancer, founded Cancer League of Colorado. From their individual struggles grew a joint commitment to raise money for cancer research and patient care within the state of Colorado. This all-volunteer charity organization became Cancer League of Colorado, Inc. Since 1985, they have awarded over $5 million in research grants and service awards.

Cancer League of Colorado, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed entirely of volunteers. Unique to non-profits, Cancer League has no paid staff and no offices. All operating expenses are covered by membership dues. Cancer League now has more than 375 volunteer members who share the commitment to fight cancer.

The Cancer League's philosophy states that, "We are a cohesive, caring group with close relations among our members to work toward our goal of fundraising to find a cure for cancer." Their bylaws require that all of the money received through fundraising efforts be dispersed each year at the direction of their Scientific Advisory Board or Funds Allocation Committee.

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