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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

Attendance: 230

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
Raymond Wentz Foundation founder Dr. David Schrier with board of directors chair Meg Lemon

Start an event with a glass of 1999 Dom Perignon and it’s destined to be a festive evening. The month of May may have kicked off with a drizzly, cold day outside, but it was offset tenfold by a night of fine wine and warm enthusiasm, all to benefit The Raymond Wentz Foundation. More than 200 patrons, donors, supporters and wine aficionados basked in Denver’s new party haven, the striking Palazzo Verdi, to enjoy a winetasting of 16 vintage samples--all rated 90 points-plus by Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate. Partygoers also perused silent-auction wine and art offerings, and had an opportunity to stroll through the adjoining Madden Museum of Art. A live auction featured spirited bids on items such as sunglasses worn by Lance Armstrong, a premium-grade wine series signed by the winemaker, an in-home wine class for eight led by sommelier William Davis, as well as a luxe hotel-theatre package. “This is our sixth winetasting, our signature fundraiser,” said Wentz Foundation Executive Director Stephanie Hearn. “We plan to hold it every year during the spring.” The room was buzzing with talk of the foundation’s next fundraising event, an evening at “Wicked” with pre-performance reception on Oct. 8.

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.

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