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November 20, 2003 - Cancer League Heads to Italy for Speranza!

What: Kick-off party for March 20th Gala

When: November 19,2003

Beneficiary: Cancer League of Colorado

Host(s): Mike and Madelaine Rohan

Presenting Sponsor(s): Portofino Club

Gala Chairperson(s): Linda Goto and Marsha Lunnon

Honorary Chairperson(s): Robert and Judi Newman

Corporate Chairperson(s): Edie Marks and Bev Church

Catering: Occasions by Sandy

Entertainment: Danny Wein

Quote of the evening: Speranza! which means "hope" in Italian

Attendance: 75

Information: Cancer League of Colorado @ 303.292.8065,,

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 Marsha Lunnon, left, and Linda Goto are the Gala Co-Chairs for the March 20th “Speranza!  A La Dolce Vita…A feast for all the Senses”
Marsha Lunnon, left, and Linda Goto are the Gala Co-Chairs for the March 20th “Speranza! A La Dolce Vita…A feast for all the Senses”

Elizabeth Byrnes

“As we begin our 34th year for the Cancer League of Colorado, we continue to secure the ultimate cure or control of cancer,” said CLC President Judy Bott, in her president’s letter. “We are fortunate to have a membership of more than 375 to assist with our goals.” CLC is composed entirely of volunteers, has no paid staff or offices and membership dues cover all operating costs.

The most impressive part is that with no staff, CLC has already raised $100,00 since July 1st, the beginning of their fiscal year, and the gala is not until March 20, 2004!

Mike and Madelaine Rohan hosted the kick-off party on November 19th, where the delicious appetizers were catered by Occasions by Sandy. Judy Bott announced that as a thank you to the Rohans a plaque had been purchased in their name, at the Memorial Garden at the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicines.

Guests were treated to the sweet sounds of Danny Wein, singing Sinatra songs. “I thought for sure that we were listening to CDs,” a few guests were overheard saying.

“We all decided on the Italian theme and the title of Speranza! which means, 'hope' in Italian,” explained Linda. "It will be a La Dolce Vita - a feast for all senses!” said Linda Goto and Marsha Lunnon, the 2004 gala co-chairs, as she described the upcoming gala that will be held on March 20th at the Marriott City Center.

“Our Sinatra” is the fabulous entertainment for the March 2004 gala. It is the longest running off-Broadway show and marked its 1,000 performance in May 2002. The show celebrates the music of Frank Sinatra through its broad range of tunes and anecdotes. The New York Times calls it “Stunning. An utterly winning tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.” Corporate co-chair Edie Marks, along with Bev Church, announced that the Portofino Club underwrote the kick-off, donated three packages to the silent auction at the gala and another package to the patron party, to be held on March 12th.

Ed Anderson, President and Founder of the Portofino Club, spoke candidly about why donating to the CLC was a natural choice. “I was diagnosed with a rare cancer,” Ed told the guests. “But because of the latest research, there was a new drug that was used and they were able to cure it.”

It was announced at the kick-off that The Wolf Foundation agreed to be the Entertainment Sponsor for the gala and that the Resource Technical Group would be the Dessert and Liqueur Sponsor. With that announcement, all the “wish list” sponsor spaces were filled including the Kentwood Company, Bev Church and The Marks Family.

Marty Gathers, the Raffle Ticket Chair, announced that she had brought LOTS of tickets to sell for the chance to win the shiny red “Chrysler Crossfire,” donated by Doug Moreland of Front Range Chrysler Jeep Dealers. Mark Korell was the first purchaser! Each ticket is $20 or $100 for six. “The tickets make great holiday gifts,” said Edie.

The Cancer League of Colorado, Inc. was organized in 1969. The mission of Cancer League is to secure the ultimate cure or control of cancer. It is the aim of this organization to obtain this goal through fund raising, with monies going to selected cancer-related organizations, through service in cancer-related areas, and through education of the Cancer League of Colorado membership. The CLC now has more than 400 volunteer members who share the commitment to fight cancer.

The CLC group is a cohesive and caring organization with close relations among the members, working together toward the goal of fundraising to find a cure for cancer. “Each person has their own reason for joining,” explained Judy. She reminded everyone that since the Cancer League has no offices and no paid staff, "every single penny we make goes to the cause."

Mark your calendar for March 20, 2004 for “Speranza! A La Dolce Vita…A feast for all the Senses,” to be held at the Marriott City Center. There will be an art gallery during the silent auction and cocktail hour, featuring photos taken by cancer survivor Emi Emikanam; the drawing for the red “Chrysler Crossfire,” a live auction, wonderful dinner and the “Our Sinatra” musical review. For information/tickets, please call Linda @ 303.691.2028 or Marsha @ 303.321.3054.

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