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May 20, 2010 - The Raymond Wentz Foundation Incredible Wine Event

What: The Raymond Wentz Foundation 2010 Incredible Wine Event

Where: DU School of Hotel Restaurant & Tourism Management, 2004 E. Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80210

When: Thursday, May 20, 2010

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75 per ticket, $125 patron ticket

Beneficiary: Low-income cancer patients in Colorado

Host(s): The Raymond Wentz Foundation

EMCEE: Molly Hughes

Founders: David Schrier, M.D.

Co-Chair(s): Karen Bacon

Executive Director: Colleen George

Committee Members: Holly Eike, Justine Foy, Sally Hutton, Sue Kinne, Louise Richardson, Jamie Steese

President(s): Meg Lemon M.D.

Welcome: Meg Lemon

Speaker: Dr. David Schrier

Libations: Incredible Wine & Spirits

Catering: Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management School through DU

Music: Ed Stanford and Janis Sakai from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music

Sponsors: Daniels College of Business & Incredible Wine & Spirits

Auctioneer: Emcee Molly Hughes

Quote of the evening: " I want you all to know that dreams can come true." Dr. David Schrier

Attendance: 300

Attire: Evening Attire, Business Formal or Cocktail Attire


Board of Directors: President: Meg Lemon M.D., Immediate Past President: J. Kemper Will, Esq, Cathy Battaglia, Ph.D, RN, Karen Bacon, Jerry Winterrowd, Stacy Fischer M.D., Giji John, Esq., Brooke McCarthy, Esq., Jim Robbins, Steve Slezak, Todd Stevenson

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Black

  Ann Schleve, Carl Demidovich, Libby Shurnas, Jim Schleve and Dr. Meg Lemon at the Raymond Wentz Wine Tasting
Ann Schleve, Carl Demidovich, Libby Shurnas, Jim Schleve and Dr. Meg Lemon at the Raymond Wentz Wine Tasting

Raymond was an extraordinary young man.

At 17, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Raymond and his sister lived on their own in a small apartment, worked at a grocery store and rode their bikes everywhere because they couldn't afford a car. Raymond even rode his bike to his chemotherapy treatments, which were more than 20 miles away. Through all of this, Raymond remained joyful, hopeful and full of optimism.

Raymond was the inspiration for The Raymond Wentz Foundation, founded in 2002 by Denver oncologist Dr. David Schrier. The foundation held it's annual wine tasting event on May 20th, which raises money for Colorado cancer patients in need. 

This year's event was held at the DU School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management. Over 200 guests came to support the foundation while getting to taste over 20 limited production wines from all over the world. Every wine served at the event had received a 90 point or higher score from one or more of the most reputable wine critics in the industry. Needless to say, there were some "Incredible" wines at this event. All of the wines were generously provided by Incredible Wine & Spirits, who also donated back a portion of the proceeds from any wine sales from the evening. 

There were also a number of excellent wines selections offered on both the silent and live auctions, including a signed vertical from Silver Oak Wineries and a Domain Serene Magnum 2005 Pinot Noir, both valued at $1,500. This was definitely a great event for wine lovers and for supporting a very important cause, a combination which made for one incredible evening.

Molly Hughes once again graciously gave her time and talent to be the evening's emcee as well as the auctioneer. Speaking to the guests and sharing the touching story of how he was inspired by his patient Raymond Wentz, for whom the foundation was established, was Dr. David Schrier. Dr. Schrier's commitment and passion in helping other cancer patients was evident as he told the story of one incredible young man who lost his life to cancer. 

The mission of the Raymond Wentz Foundation is to generate hope by lessening the daily financial struggles experienced by cancer patients in our community.

The Raymond Wentz Foundation makes unrestricted cash grants to patients of all ages across the state of Colorado.  Since 2002, the foundation has granted over $700,000 to more than 1,000 patients. They offer support to cancer patients with any type of cancer diagnosis in financial need.  To learn more about the Raymond Wentz Foundation, please visit their website


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