May 01, 2009 - High spirits and warm hearts at Wentz Foundation winetasting
What: The Raymond Wentz Foundation
Where: Palazzo Verdi
When: Friday, May 1, 2009
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $75 individual, $125 patron
Beneficiary: The Raymond Wentz Foundation
EMCEE: Will Kemper
Founders: Dr. David Schrier
Co-Chair(s): Will Kemper, Jeff Goudy, Rick Hinman
Executive Director: Stephanie Hearn
Libations: Incredible Wine & Spirits
Catering: Epicurean Catering
Music: "Impromptu" singers
Sponsors: Incredible Wine & Spirits
Auctioneer: Will Kemper
Attire: Business to cocktail
Hors D'Oeuvres:: Hors d'oeuvres buffet and desserts including cheesecake and brownie "lollipops," chocolate-dipped strawberries and Rice Krispies with chocolate
Event Coordinator: Stephanie Hearn, executive director and Darla Dakin, volunteer coordinator
Board of Directors: David Shrier, Meg Lemon, Kemper Will, Lynne Lehr-Buck, Jerry Winterrowd, Cathy Battaglia, Stacy Fischer, Karen Bacon
Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry
Raymond Wentz Foundation founder Dr. David Schrier with board of directors chair Meg Lemon
While spirits were high all evening, organizers took time to present personal accounts of the foundation’s dedication to lessen the financial burdens of cancer patients in treatment—people struggling to pay for basic needs such as rent and transportation. Founder of the organization, oncologist Dr. David Schrier, told guests about his experience with teenager Raymond Wentz, who lived meagerly and without complaint...and with only the help of his sister. Raymond was discovered to be riding his bicycle to receive chemotherapy treatments 20 miles away, and Schrier rallied family and friends to help. The experience was so moving that he created the foundation in Raymond’s memory. “What he taught me is that you can’t help everyone everywhere, but you can help someone somewhere,” Schrier told a rapt audience.
The Raymond Wentz Foundation’s motto also serves to sum up the evening: “We have fun…we do good.” For more information on the organization, visit www.RaymondWentz.org or call 720-238-5401.