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May 12, 2011 - "For the Love of Raymond" Wine Tasting Offers Vintage Delights

What: Live and silent auctions, music, food buffet and sampling of fine wines to help Colorado cancer patients in need

Where: University of Denver Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

When: Friday, May 13, 2011

Time: 6-8:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $95; $125 patron (includes select bottles of wine)

Beneficiary: The Raymond Wentz Foundation

EMCEE: Kelly Ford, KYGO radio personality

Gala Chairperson(s): Brooke McCarthy, Holland & Hart

Honorary Chairperson(s): Beth Soberg, UnitedHealthcare

Founders: David M. Schrier, M.D.

Executive Director: Colleen George

Libations: Primo Vino, Volio Vino, Wine Connections, Elysium Fine Wines, Southern Wine, CTS Wines, Republic National, Wine Cru Co; beers provided by Fort Collins Brewery

Catering: University of Denver's Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

Music: Menae String Quartet

Sponsors: Sponsors include: Sorkin Dermatology, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Polly & Barry Gleichenhaus, Kay & Robert Watson, United Healthcare, Holland & Hart, Cell Point, Littleton Radiation Oncology

Auctioneer: Chad Gentry

Quote of the evening: Dr. Schrier describing former board president Meg Lemon: "She is a force of nature all by herself."

Menu: Sliced fresh fruit and berries, domestic and imported cheese boards, vegetable crudites, pecan-crusted chevre goat cheese, carved roasted breast of turkey, carved grilled sabre of beef, miniature sweet tarts, truffle pops and parfait shooters

Attendance: 200-plus

Attire: Business

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Southwestern shrimp brochette, vegetarian spring rolls, proscioutto-wrapped melon, Mediterranean turnovers, lollipop lamb chops

Information: www.RaymondWentz.org

Planning Committee: Jennie Gallaher, Polly Gleichenhaus, Marrett Howard, Brenda Schrier, Aimee Valls

Board of Directors: Board Chair: Giji John; Vice Chair: Stacy Fischer, M.D.; Secretary: Brooke McCarthy; Treasurer: Angie Kennedy; board members: Karen Bacon; Cathy Battaglia, PhD, RN; Thomas K. Craine, Ed.D; Cory Foreman; Jim Robbins; Steve Slezak; Todd Stevenson; Ex Officio Board members: Meg Lemon, M.D.; Jerry Winterrowd; Kemper Will, Esq

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry


 Event chair Brooke McCarthy (left), Executive Director Colleen George and Raymond Wentz Foundation founder David Schrier, M.D.
Event chair Brooke McCarthy (left), Executive Director Colleen George and Raymond Wentz Foundation founder David Schrier, M.D.

Any possible superstitions about an event held on Friday the 13th were washed away with a vintage array of delights at The Raymond Wentz Foundation’s “For the Love of Raymond Wine Tasting” on May 13. The eighth annual event represents the organization’s signature fundraiser for a group devoted to easing the lives of Colorado cancer patients in need. On a pleasant spring evening, more than 250 supporters gathered at the University of Denver’s Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management for food and beverages, and a chance to bid on live and silent auction items.

Guests sampled wines rated 90-plus throughout the evening, with passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet of culinary delights and two carving stations provided by DU’s culinary staff. The Menae String Quartet, from DU’s Lamont School of Music, added to the relaxed, upscale atmosphere with a backdrop of soothing sounds.

Event supporter Primo Vino donated 10 percent of wine sales during the event to the foundation and offered free delivery for those orders. Wines were presented by: Michael Bradshaw of Volio Vino, Jason Cartwright of Wine Connections, Craig Beal of Elysium Fine Wines, Greg Konigsbauer of Southern Wine, Abigail Walker of CTS Wines, Ken Gehant of Republic National and Jim Cox of Wine Cru Co. Beers weren’t forgotten, with a sampling by Fred Winther of Fort Collins Brewery.

Brooke McCarthy served as event chair and Beth Soberg was honorary chair. KYGO radio personality Kelly Ford emceed a program that featured recognition to ex-officio and tireless supporter Dr. Meg Lemon. Foundation creator Dr. David Schrier told the moving story of his short time with courageous 17-year-old cancer patient Raymond Wentz—the organization was inspired by his memory. 

The live auction was supplemented with spirited on-the-spot pledges of monetary support for the cause. Last year, more than $70,000 was raised at the event and Executive Director Colleen George told Blacktie that this year Dr. Schrier was motivated to expand that to $100,000…and the evening’s efforts seemed well on track for that goal.

The Raymond Wentz Foundation was established in 2002 by Dr. David Schrier in memory of Raymond Wentz, who was battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Raymond’s mother died when he was young and his father was unavailable to help, so Raymond and his sister were left to fend for themselves. Though they both earned what they could working at a local supermarket, making rent payments and putting food on the table were constant challenges each month.

The foundation, a money-in/money-out organization, helps cancer patients across the state in need with financial support—nearly 400 patients with grants of $300,000 in 2010. The vision: No Colorado cancer patient in need will have to go without support. For more information, visit www.RaymondWentz.org.
 

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