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September 24, 2011 - Cheryl Shackelford Foundation "A Teal Soiree"

What: The 7th annual Teal Soiree to benefit the Cheryl Shackelford Foundation.

Where: The Cable Center

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011

Time: 6 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. dinner and entertainment

Ticket Prices: Individual tickets $130, couple tickets $230

Beneficiary: Cheryl Shackelford Foundation

President(s): Carol Cisler

Introductions: Jim Conrad

Welcome: Jim Casperson

Speaker: Monique Spillman

Catering: Footer's Catering

Entertainment: Paulette Meyer video presentation

Music: Sandra Wong Music

Sponsors: Teal Sponsors: Rocky Mountain Gynecologic Oncology, Dr. Kevin Davis, Dr. Mary Jo Schmitz, and Baseline Telecom; Diamond Sponsors: Jim and Maureen Casperson, Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, The Kalthleen Bennett Foundation of Hope for Ovarian Cancer; Pearl Sponsors: Vectra Bank Colorado, John and Sarah Finn, Elizabeth "Liddy" Duff, and Resource Management Systems, Inc.

Auctioneer: Adam Kevil

Menu: Harvest salad with fresh baked herb knot rolls, grilled tenderloin steaks and chicken balsamic caprese gratin, yukon gold mashed potatoes and grilled vegetable bundles, apple cranberry crumb tart

Attendance: 121

Attire: Evening attire, business formal or cocktail attire

Event Coordinator: Carol Sue Cisler

Board of Directors: Carol Cisler - President; Sue Townsend - Vice President; Shannon Blakley - Secretary; Jim Casperson - Treasurer; Jessica Adler, Liddy Duff, Mary Fruehauf, Julie Krager, and Sherri Wirth

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Snell-Bergeon

 Charles Anderson with Cassie Wilbanks and Dr. Monique Spillman, the evening's speaker
Charles Anderson with Cassie Wilbanks and Dr. Monique Spillman, the evening's speaker

The 7th annual Teal Soiree to benefit the Cheryl Shackelford Foundation was held at the Cable Center on Saturday, September 24.. The evening was a great success with 121 attendees, tables with unique and beautiful designs, both silent and live auctions, and musical entertainment provided by Sandra Wong Music.

As guests arrived, they were treated to a wide variety of items available for the silent auction as they sipped beverages provided by Footers Catering. Jim Casperson, treasurer of the Cheryl Shackelford Foundation board, welcomed guests with remarks about the purpose and work of the Foundation.

A delicious dinner by Footers Catering was then served, beginning with a harvest salad with fresh baked herb knot rolls, followed by a duet of grilled tenderloin steaks and chicken balsamic caprese gratin, served over yukon gold mashed potatoes and sided with grilled vegetable bundles. Dessert was an apple cranberry crumb tart.

Following dinner, remarks and introductions were made by Jim Conrad, former sports anchor for Channel 2 News. Mr. Conrad introduced the evening's speaker, Dr. Monique Spillman, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is one of only eight gynecologic oncologists at the medical school, and she has devoted her career to identifying the biological underpinnings of ovarian cancer and developing techniques for early diagnosis and improved care for women with ovarian cancer. Dr. Spillman outlined some of her work which has improved the understanding of the genetics of ovarian cancer, and told guests of the funding shortages being faced by this area of research, and indeed all medical research, as the nation considers cutting funding to the National Institutes of Health and other organizations that support the majority of our scientific research. Jim Casperson then presented Dr. Spillman with a $25,000 check on behalf of the Cheryl Shackelford Foundation, to assist with her research.

A moving and humorous video was then shown, documenting how ovarian cancer impacts the life of Paulette Meyer, a five-year ovarian cancer survivor. Paulette has lived in the Denver area for the past 30 years, and in her spare time, she is an amateur filmmaker and aspiring rock drummer.

The evening was capped by a live auction, with Adam Kevil auctioning items with humor and a compelling argument for guests to support the important work of the Cheryl Shackelford Foundation to support women with ovarian cancer, spread awareness and fund research on prevention and treatment. Sandra Wong Music kept guests entertained during dinner and as the evening came to an end.

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