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March 07, 2013 - Cocktails for a Cure 2013

What: CU Cancer Center Fund's 4th annual women's event benefitting research and treatment of women's cancers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, the only NCI designated comprehensive cancer center in Colorado.An evening for women to gather for shopping, cocktails, and friends. Women doing their part to help fund and promote cancer research.

Where: McNichols Building

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150.00

Beneficiary: The University of Colorado Cancer Center Fund

Host(s): CU Cancer Fund

Mistress of Ceremonies: Gloria Neal

Honorary Chairperson(s): Brook Griese, Arlene Hirschfeld, Sharon Magness Blake, Kathy Odle Kortz

Co-Chair(s): Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Kelly Ford, Ellie Atkeson, Brandis Becky Pelletier, Jennifer Daurio, Deborah Donovan, Stacy Hudson, Nicole Lang, Melanie Mantos Whitley, Ellen Marchman Larkey, Betsy Marr, Sydney Nehler, Valerie Nosler Beck, Kathie Shando, Kate Siegel, Tara Sisneros, Heather Turnwall Philand, Bri Pasko, Liz Pistentis, Hollie Velasquez Horvath, Amy Weeks Bittner

Speaker: Dr. Heide Ford & Dr. Laxmi Kondapalli

Libations: Frasca Food & Wine, Gaslamp, Williams & Graham, The Bitter Bar, The Capital Grille, Republic Tequila, Breckenridge Brewery, Magness Wine, Maker's Mark, Secco Italian Bubbles, Spring44,

Catering: Epicurean Catering, Happy Cakes Bakery, Sugarlicious

Music: DJ G Funk, Gene Jone

Sponsors: Sherman & Howard, King Soopers, Cook Street Consulting, Xcel Energy, Larimer Square, Sharon Magness Blake & Ernie Blake, GET INK, Reign Magazine

Quote of the evening: "One of you out there has ovarian or breast cancer right now and do know it." Gloria Neal

Attendance: 350

Attire: Business casual

Florist: Flower Power

Event Coordinator: Jen Garner, Events & Volunteer Manager

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Lori Whitaker, Jean Galloway, Jennifer Daurio
Lori Whitaker, Jean Galloway, Jennifer Daurio


The 4th annual Cocktails for a Cure did not exclude men, yet, this wonderful event was definitely a "girl" thing.

The newly renovated McNichols Building at Civic Center Park was bubbling over last Thursday night with pretty ladies, pink tiaras, 6 inch heels, hip-style cocktails and tantalizing finger food.

Supporters of the event were encouraged to bring a girlfriend, hence no men, for a shop til you drop evening designed to highlight cancer survivors and to sample specialty cocktails such as The Good Witch, a French Donkey, Spring Time Collins, Water Maker, and the Dainty-tini in honor of all women fighting the cancer challenge. 

The hope for a cure was never far from the hearts, goals and mindset of the group of ladies gathered Thursday night. Last year's Cocktails for a Cure raised over $160,000 in support of women's cancers. With over 350 ladies gathered at the McNichols, they gave it their all again this year. It is heartwarming and encouraging to know national statistics prove that more than 2.5 million women in the U.S. are breast cancer survivors. That is precisely why the University of Colorado Cancer Center Fund is important. Some day soon the money raised through events such as Cocktails for a Cure will find a cure for women's cancers.

Helping to increase Colorado's cancer research funds came from donated silent auction items such as The Peaks Resort & Spa in Telluride; Colorado Golf Club; tickets to the Taylor Swift Show,  tickets to the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival and raffle tickets for a collection of 200 bottles of wine. There was so much to see, smell and touch the night's bidding frenzy was difficult to slow, but you know women, they know what they want. And women on March 7, 2013, wanted to support research for a cure for women's cancers. It was a rousing night for strong women supporting women. It's true, there's strength in numbers, and every one at Cocktails for a Cure knew they were in this to make a difference in women's lives.

For more information on this important organization please contact CUCCF in Denver, where survivors are celebrated and, new research and technology are helping to create a world where cancer will one day be a chronic disease, not a fatal one.




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