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November 30, 2001 - "Cancer League Wants YOU!"

What: USO-themed kickoff party for Cancer League of Colorado's spring gala

Where: Morton's of Chicago

When: November 30, 2001

Host(s): Tui Kinney, Steve Guenin

EMCEE: Bill Husted, Denver Post

Gala Chairperson(s): Carrie Fell, Rosalie Margolis, Linda Kozar

Attendance: 200

Special Thanks: Ge Moore, J&S Audio and Visual

Models/Fashions: Austin-Hauck Clothiers in Historic Littleton. Models Peter Boyles, Les Shapiro, Lionel Bienvenue and Steve Guenin

Information: 303.563.7809

Blacktie Photos by: Mary Winter

 Cancer League Fly Girls Carol Hansen, left, Rosalie Margolis, Linda Kozar and Carrie Fell
Cancer League Fly Girls Carol Hansen, left, Rosalie Margolis, Linda Kozar and Carrie Fell

By Blacktie Staff

A salute to those clever Cancer Leaguers on a victorious USO-themed gala-kickoff party Nov. 30.

They launched their high-octane campaign at Morton's, greeting guests in vintage military costumes and then parading veterans of the media on stage with a flag-waving fashion show.

Fast-on-his-feet Bill "The General" Husted was on the front line, moderating the show featuring fashions from Austin Hauck. Models Peter "Old Blood and Guts" Boyles, Les Shapiro, Lionel Bienvenue and Steve Guenin deserve medals for good sportsmanship if not for their polish on the catwalk.

League President Carol Hansen set the stage in a splendid, Ginger Rogers-like gown of baby blue.

"Our mission is to find the ultimate cure for cancer," she told the crowd. "We raise a half-a-million dollars each year," she added. "We're the venture capitalists who keep the system moving with new research projects."

Of every dollar donated to the Cancer League, 85 cents goes to research and 15 cents goes to service grants (such as gasoline for Onofrio County oncology nurses who must travel to see patients.)

"We have no paid staff, no PR department," Ms. Hansen reminded supporters. Among nonprofits, Cancer League is highly unusual in that respect. It was founded in 1969, and all the money it raises stays in Colorado.

Money was on Ms. Hansen's mind at the kickoff as she offered half-price gala patron tickets (normally $200 each) to anyone who could pony up cash on the spot.

High Priestess of real estate Edie Marks and her husband Mort bagged 10, we're told.

The fashion show was a rousing success, with Mr. Husted taking a stroll down the runway himself when the novice models took too long between outfit changes and he was forced to fill time.

The Cancer League's Spring Gala is May 11, 2002 at the Wings over the Rockies Museum at Lowry. Epicurean Catering will serve a five-star dinner, while Peter Yellan's band, "Dressed in Black," will entertain. Doug Moreland of Cherry Creek Jeep/Eagle, a longtime supporter, will donate a 2002 Chrysler Prowler with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The retro-style automobile is reminiscent of the late '30s. It will be raffled for $20 per ticket.

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