January 2015 Newsletter

 In newsletter

  • March 19 – General Membership Meeting
  • April 2 – Hope Ball Committee Meeting
  • April 16 – General Membership Meeting
  • April 17 – Lacrosse Out Cancer
  • April 24 – Hope Ball Patron Party
  • May 9 – Hope Ball
  • June 11 – General Membership and Officer Installation Luncheon
  • June 29 – Golf Tournament
  • August 16 – Race for Research
  • September 18 &19 – Over the Edge

For additional details, go to www.cancerleague.org and review our events calendar.



  • CLC President’s Message
  • JoAnn Ficke Cancer Foundation
  • Race for Research News
  • Marathon Bridge
  • Hope Ball 2015  Announcements
    • Sponsors
    • Save the Date
    • RAFFLE
  • Fundraising
  • Foundation Update
  • Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program
  • Commemoratives


President’s MessageI hope that each of you had an enjoyable holiday season and a very Happy New Year!   As we begin 2015, we want to remember loved ones we have lost, while extending our deepest sympathies to their families and friends.  At the same time, we want to keep in our thoughts and prayers those individuals close to us who are battling cancer.  Our dedication to protecting the ones we love from this dreaded disease fuels the passion we share for the mission of Cancer League – to find a means to cure or control cancer. Three of our four major fundraising events for the current fiscal year already are in the books.  While no major fundraisers were held over the last three months, the financial support has continued to come in from many sources.  In this regard, I would like to express, on behalf of all of us, our most sincere appreciation to these donors, as well as everyone else who has contributed their time, talents and/or financial resources to the mission of Cancer League.   During the last few months, we received more than $35,000 from small fundraisers held by others on behalf of Cancer League of Colorado, in addition to another $3,500 received on Colorado Gives Day in December.  The sources of these fundraisers will be discussed in more detail in Barb Reece’s fundraising portion of this Newsletter.  In addition to these donations, we were the beneficiaries of several large grants, for which we are extremely grateful.  These grants include a donation of $25,000 from the Morgan Family Foundation (thanks to Lindsay and Brian Morgan), including $10,000 to be used for the implementation and maintenance of our new database system.  In addition, just before Christmas, the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation (Bill and Daniel Ficke and Big Bill’s Pizza) made a $30,000 grant to Cancer League, bringing total grants made over the last three years by this organization in support of our mission to $195,000.  We are extremely grateful to both of these donor organizations for their significant contributions to our cause.     On December 9th, we held our December General Meeting at the home of Denise and Tom Nalen, the details of which are discussed later in this Newsletter.   The holiday atmosphere, combined with the wonderful food donated by a number of caterers, the wide variety of vendors available for shopping, and the tremendous attendance by so many members and guests, contributed to a delightful experience on all fronts.  We express our sincere thanks to the Nalens, the event chair Lori Marks-Connors, Marty Gathers and her group of dedicated volunteers, our caterers and vendors, as well as everyone else involved in making this one of our most successful December events ever. Finally, on January 28th, we held our first annual Cancer League of Colorado Membership Night.  This was a fun and informative event that enabled new and prospective members to interact with current members, Corporate Advisory Board members and event chairs in learning about Cancer League and, in particular, opportunities to participate in, or volunteer for, each of our four major events.  We express our sincere appreciation to Lindsay Morgan for organizing this event, Ken Jensen and BAC Appliance Center for hosting the event, Shaina Martin for providing the catering, Marty Gathers and her fabulous group of volunteers for carrying out the event activities, and all of our event chairs, committee members and Board members who contributed to the success of this wonderful new event.     We look forward to an exciting few months ahead for our organization.  As we set the stage for our four major fundraisers this year, we are concentrating our efforts on making the Hope Ball 2015 the most successful event in our history.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support!  With Dedication, Gary Reece President, Cancer League of Colorado


JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation Good news to start the new year off on a positive note.

Cancer League is pleased to announce that, just before Christmas, Cancer League of Colorado was presented with a check for $30,000 from the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation by its President, Dan Ficke, and its founder, Big Bill Ficke.  As many of you know, the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation has been a generous supporter of Cancer League for five years now.  We are very grateful for their continued financial support, as well as their confidence in our capability to fund meaningful cancer research projects that are consistent with the mission of their organization.   If you get a chance to visit Big Bill’s New York Pizza (the food is excellent), located at Holly and County Line, you may want to take the opportunity to see Big Bill and thank him for the wonderful work his organization is doing for our community through his annual “Day of Giving” each September 11th, but particularly for his support of Cancer League of Colorado.


Race For Research Needs YOU!  Race For Research is looking for people to fill three key positions on our Race For Research Committee working  behind the scenes to produce this fun family event. Contact Lin McHaley at linnardo4@aol.com for more information.   Online Auction Coordinator – The main focus of this job will be performed end of July through beginning of August.

  • Computer skills required.
  • Catalogue prizes donated to R4R. The total number will be 99 or less. We had 31 items in 2014.
  • Enter each item in using an EBAY auction format. Answer any potential purchaser inquiries.
  • Monitor EBay and Paypal for sales and payments.
  • Once purchaser has paid, mail item to them.

T-shirt Design Facilitator –  The main focus of this job will be performed end of May through end of July.

  • Work with designers at Action printing to review designs supplied and select the best design with feedback from other team members.
  • Proof and assures that all dates and sponsor names/logos are correct on the final t-shirt design
  • Review data on past t-shirt orders and places final order

Kid Zone Coordinator – The main focus of this job will be performed the week prior to the Race, Race Day and the week following.

  • Confirm participation of clowns, the kiddie train or any other participants in the Kid Zone
  • Work with the current Kid Zone Coordinator on Race Day supervising Race Day volunteers in the area.
  • Review kiddie game materials after the Race to see what needs replacement or refurbishment for the following year.
  • Assure that repairs or replacements are made to games before the next race.
CANCER LEAGUE OF COLORADO MARATHON BRIDGE 2014-2015The “Fabulous Forty” members of the CLC Marathon Bridge opened their year with a bridge luncheon at Valley Country Club on October 15th, 2014. We enjoyed playing twenty hands of bridge, receiving our booklet of information for the year of playing bridge, having a wonderful lunch and socializing after a summer of not playing in the group.  We play six times a year with beginning and ending luncheons in October and April being held in a country club.  The other four we play as a foursome at the location the hostess chooses, in her home or restaurant or country club with a lunch or brunch included. Each member of the group must be a member of Cancer League of Colorado and the bridge dues are donated to Cancer League. We pride ourselves in bringing in some new members who would not otherwise be members of CLC, and bringing in some funds for cancer research, while having fun.


 Hope Ball 2015Planning is well under way for the 2015 Hope Ball, “Dedicated to the Ones We Love”.   The event will be on May 9th, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, beginning at 5:30 pm and running to midnight.    Moments Notice will provide the music and we will have a special performance by Carol McNeil in honor of our Champions of Hope, Barb and Gary Reece.  As a tribute to the Reeces, the theme of our benefit is “Essence of Commitment”.  It would be hard to find anyone who personifies this better than they do.  Please save the date and plan to help make this our most successful event yet.    The Hope Ball is a major component of CLC’s efforts to surpass our goal of ONE MILLION DOLLARS!  CLC is fortunate to have the support from our loyal sponsors every year.  We already have sponsors on board and are looking for new ones.  With the purchase of tables by sponsors, we begin each Hope Ball with our expenses covered and a start on the money for Service and Research Grants.  Last year we were able to give grants totaling $ 959,000, thanks to those attending and supporting our events.   In order to meet our goals, WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Please collect auction items, in the following categories:   Dining and Alcohol                              Travel and Experiences Women’s and Jewelry                         Fine Art Men’s and Sports                               Children’s and Services (excluding Health and Beauty) Entertainment   We have 3 more planning meetings left before the big event, and would love to have you join us and find out how you can help.  The meeting dates are:   March 5th        @ 2:00 pm                  @ Cool River April 2nd           TBD   Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Patron Party on April 24th , the details to follow.   Come help us make this a successful and exciting event.    Carol Hansen Gayle Rogers 2015 Hope Ball Co-Chairs Cancer League of Colorado


Hope Ball 2015 “Dedicated to the Ones We Love” Honoring the Champions of Hope Barbara & Gary Reece The Essence of Commitment May 9, 2015 5:30pm to 11:30pm Hyatt Regency DTC Ballroom   Live auction is featuring world-renowned Eva Makk, original oil, Painted especially for Cancer League of Colorado   Exciting news is happening in the field of cancer research. We need your help to reach our funding goals And find a cure or control of cancer   Please RSVP to Barb Reece, barbarasreece@aol.com or visit cancerleague.org


CANCER LEAGUE OF COLORADO, INC. 41st Annual Spring Benefit Raffle  Generously Donated by DOUG MORELAND and the MORELAND FAMILY OF DEALERSHIPS RAFFLE TICKETS: $20 each OR 6 for $100 Only 8,000 tickets, great odds, great cause!   Drawing – May 9, 2015, 9:30pm Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center   Contact Martha Jentz at rsmej@aol.com or 720-480-1930


Thank you to our 2015 Hope Ball SponsorsPlatinum and Gold Sponsors *Doug Moreland’s Family and Their                Family Dealerships *The Makk Family of Renowned  Artists *MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation *PBJ Reece Family *Kori and Randy White/Wheel Pros *Gateway Services Group *Anna and John J. Sie Foundation *Elaine Wolf and Sandy Wolf *Edie and Mort  Marks Family The Anschutz Foundation Trice Jewelers Williams Jewelers   *Special Appreciation to Cancer League’s HOPE SPONSORS   Silver Sponsors Ascent Private Capital Management               Arlene and Don Johnson Stu Bennett and Jones & Keller                         The Kentwood Company Berenbaum Weinshienk PC       and Ellen Stewart and Donald Vancil                                 King Family Foundation       Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Builders Appliance Center                                Microsoft Colorado Public Television 12                          John Palmer and MegaStar Financial     Marilyn and Peter Coors                                    Perry D. Odak                                Denver Pain Management                                 Richardson Operating Company                              The Denver Post                                                   Dr. Larry Spivack and Lisa Williams Designs by Sundown                                          Tatonka Capital     “The Fabulous Four”                                          Cynthia Hansen and UBS Financial Services  Fidelity National Title Company                    Wells Fargo NexGen                                                                 You Move Me Footer’s Catering                                                 Hyatt Denver Tech Center Jake Jabs and American Furniture Warehouse   Bronze Sponsors ANB Bank RW Baird The Brandon Family Corporate Benefit Design, LLC First American State Bank First Western Trust Bank Guaranty Bank and Trust Lindsay and Brian Morgan Sun Construction, Inc. University of Colorado Cancer Center University of Denver The Glory and Dave Weisberg Family Xssentials, Technology for Living    Thank you to our Sponsors that have made the commitment to finding a cure for    cancer.  CLC is working to make our goal of $1 million.  If you are interested in being a Sponsor for the Hope Ball or donating to the Hope Ball, please contact BARBARA REECE, at barbarasreece@aol.com.  We are hoping to have Standing Room Only!


FUNDRAISINGAs the Fundraising Chair for CLC, I would like the CLC Membership to know all our fundraising events.    We have four major fundraisers this year:

  • The Hope Ball, “Dedicated to the Ones We Love” on May 9, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.
  • CLC Golf Tournament will be held at Glenmoor Country Club on June 29.
  • CLC Race 4 Research will be held in Washington Park on August 16.
  • Over the Edge will be held at the Denver Energy Center (downtown Denver) on September 18 and 19.

Cancer League of Colorado is fortunate to have people contact us to do individual fundraisers, with individuals and businesses.  There are people all over Colorado who are interested in working with a 100% volunteer, no paid staff and no overhead group where each donated $1 can become a value of about $20. Here are some of the events that supported Cancer League over the last few months.


Brighton’s Power of Pink Campaign marks more than a decade of making a difference through supporting breast cancer charities.  Brighton contributed 10% of sales for their 2014 $50 bracelets sold from September and October to Cancer League.  This is a wonderful way to remember our friends who fight breast cancer.  Over the years this campaign has raised $4,750,000+ on the National store level.  Their funds support awareness, treatment and the quest for a cure for Breast Cancer.  CLC has partnered with Brighton Park Meadows. They have donated around $15,000 over the last 5 years.  Thank you to our volunteers and our Members who have purchased the beautiful bracelets.


The Goalkeepers from the Rapids and their students raised in excess of $2,000 for CLC.  This fundraiser is held in memory of some players’ Family members.  Thank you for allowing us to put your donation to good use.


Cancer League of Colorado has again been chosen as the recipient of Fat Bastard’s mini- fundraiser for 2014.  For every bottle of wine under their label purchased in September and October, they donate $0.25 to CLC.  They donated around $1,500 to CLC.


UBS named Cancer League their Fundraising Charity this Fall.  They donated $6,000 to CLC, and we hope that every Member who deals with UBS will thank them for their generosity.


Cancer League was named by two major golf tournaments to receive a donation from their proceeds from each of their golf events.  They have been supporting CLC for several years.  Big Stix donated $4,400 and Merrill Lynch donated $6,000.  Thank you so much!


All American Classics supports Cancer League at the annual Liberty Mutual sponsored Golf tournament plus they run sponsored fundraisers all year long.  In the past 12 months they have donated $6,612 conducting online and retail based auctions. Thanks,  All American!


Cancer League was part of the 2014 Colorado Gives Day, December 9! This important annual event promotes philanthropic donations to nonprofits from around the state. Sponsored by the Community First Foundation, Colorado Gives Day draws significant attention to the mission of more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations, which received donations of over $15 million in 2014.  This year we received $3,500+ for the donations made to CLC.    Mark your calendar to donate to CLC on Colorado Gives Day again in 2015 at  http://www.coloradogives.org or send your checks directly to Cancer League of Colorado.


The Ladies Golf at Valley Country Club chose to make a donation to CLC in the amount of $1,330.  Thank you Ladies for your efforts to help CLC.


The View House had their Grand Opening in August.  They had a portion of their opening sales go to Cancer League and our members enjoyed the sunset while talking about CLC.  They donated $5,200 to help with our efforts for Service and Research Grants.  Thank you!


Thank you to the efforts by our community friends, our angels.  They are holding events and raising funds for CLC. These funds come in and without using our volunteers.  As we all know:  Cancer League is 100% volunteer – NO overhead and NO paid staff.    Thank you for being members of Cancer League, where your dues cover our expenses for the year. This allows all our fundraising efforts and funds to go directly to Service and Research Grants.  Our Membership Year begins now, January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.  Please renew NOW!


Foundation UpdateTen years ago, the Cancer League of Colorado Foundation had less than $5 thousand in assets. Carol Hansen who was president of CLC at the time asked a group of us to re-energize the Foundation and under the leadership of Karen White, and subsequently Glenna Hale, it has become a significant component of CLC. Foundation assets today are in excess of $1.3 million. In calendar 2014 investment earnings were approximately $64,000.   During the course of 2014, the Foundation provided CLC with $10,350 for service grants and $30,000 for a grant to the University of Colorado Cancer Center to help fund its summer student internships. CLC began funding this activity several years ago when federal funds for this purpose dried up. The young college students (and some high school attendees) who participate are the future of cancer research. Maybe one of them will someday make the breakthrough we are seeking.   Several days ago I sat with one of CLC’s grant recipients at a benefit dinner. One of the recent interns, a college senior, spent the summer as her research assistant. Upon graduation she asked for a job reference. Instead she was offered a full-time research assistant position at CU Cancer Center back working for the previously mentioned grant recipient. But best of all, she is planning to apply to the CU Medical School. All this might not have happened without the summer intern program   You can help us continue to grow and expand the Foundation. I would like to encourage you to consider the Cancer League of Colorado Foundation in your estate planning. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to provide long term support to CLC, either when there is a gap in available funds to provide the grants that urgently need to be made or when a special funding opportunity occurs.   David Weisberg, President Cancer League of Colorado Foundation


Cancer League of Colorado Foundation has funded the Cancer Research Summer Fellowship for two years at the request of Cancer League of Colorado.  The following is a summary of the Fellowships annual report.CANCER RESEARCH SUMMER FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Review Committee The committee was chaired by John Tentler PhD. The committee consisting of 15 laboratory and clinical scientists (members of the Cancer Center) discussed, rated, and ranked the applications.   Selected Fellows and Preceptors A total of 142 applications were received from December 15, 2013 to February 1, 2014 and 47 students were accepted for the 2014 program. The selected students were paired with 47 preceptors from laboratories and clinics at The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Hospital, University of Colorado Boulder, and The Denver Veterans Administration. The students included 26 females and 21 males, and their academic level at the time of application to the program was distributed as follows: one Post-baccalaureate Student, ten College Seniors, twelve College Juniors, six College Sophomores, six College Freshmen, and twelve High School students.   Funding Sources The high school students received a stipend of $2,000, and the college undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students received $3,000.  These expenses were covered using pooled funds of $105,500 from multiple sources: Cancer League of Colorado ($30,000 grant award), University of Colorado Cancer Center ($43,000), CCTSI ($4,500); St. Baldrick’s Foundation ($5,000); and Cancer Center Preceptors.   Lecture Series In June, July, and August, a weekly lecture series with speakers who are leaders in their fields of expertise.  The lectures were very interactive, and some led to shadowing opportunities for the fellows.   Explore Biotech Field Trip The students participated in a field trip at the end of June to the Bioscience Park Center adjacent to the Anschutz Medical Campus. Students listened to a patent attorney discuss technology protection and commercialization as well as presentations by four companies which were followed by lab tours, one of which offered a hands-on surgical simulation experience for the fellows. The experience proved valuable for the students and based on reviews was well received. The Cancer Center provided lunch.   Poster Session The students were required to present their work during the 7th Annual Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Poster Session held on August 7th, 2014 on the Anschutz Medical Campus.  The Poster Session was an exciting experience for the presenters and abstract booklets were available to the ~200 attendees who included sponsors, faculty, staff and parents of trainees. Preceptors and their laboratory personnel, as well as other Cancer Center members and graduate students participated and engaged in discussions with the students.   Evaluation Performance evaluations of the students by the preceptors and evaluations of the preceptors’ role by the students were obtained via SurveyMonkey. These documents are under review by the Cancer Center Education office and the information will be used in the planning of the 2015 program. Several suggestions were received for new topics for the lecture series focusing on recent research advances, more interactive lectures in some topics, and shadowing opportunities for the students.   Conclusion The 2014 Cancer Research Summer Fellowship Program fulfilled our highest expectations and would not be possible without the support received from our sponsors. This was the 27th year of the fellowship program, and we anticipate it will continue to educate future cancer researchers for many years to come.



Partners in Hope Foundation Arlene Mohler Johnson
Stewart and Cynthia Larsen Cindy Hansen
Geoffrey and Lisa Newman Robbin Windhager
David and Katherine Wilkins


Tony Galiz Ann Porta
Hank Coll Nancy Barry
William Brandon


Sandy Weigand Edward Williams
Dody Clark Susan Chambers
John Sibilia Jerry Jelenek


Dody Clark Carol Hansen


James Castle Jennifer Barker
Mark Sanner Jennifer Barker


Kathleen Bennett Max and Diane Bartlett
Adrienne Porterfield Edie Marks
Ronald Yaros Barbara and Gary Reece


Tom Gabriel Laura Crowell
Lawrence Hayden Jason Wimberly
Jeff Nemechek Marjorie Grimm
Anthony Chevalier Curtis Roberts
Justin Nimock Karin Johnson
Bonnie Gibbs Lori Budk
Ken Doleman Cindy Hansen


Marita Smock Georgia Pinkal Faye Heinz
Stephen Kanewske Gary Ray Georgia Pinkal
Dr. Lawrence Horwitz Susan Stiff Peach and Pepper Apparel
Kathryn Dawson Meredith Beal Twogs and Twine LLC
Leading Points Corp. Sandra Vinnick Chambers St. Inc.
Raven Rocks Morey Perlmutter Timothy Young
Pixiecandy LLC Bryan White Michael McMillan
Adam Vrabel Greg Segal Thomas Mills
Melissa Hutton Brenda Hamilton Shelley Krantz
Alyssa Margolin Rick Harrison Mary Sue Blackburn
Naomi Cohen Robert Webler Michael Fowles
Kathryn Williams Jennifer Edwards Bryan White
Terry Oleary-Hunter David Todd Elaine Gampel
Robert Verhey Michael Nelson
  1. R. DiPaglia
David Young Cynthia Murphy
  1. Cates
Julie Purtell
  1. B. Webster
Alyssa Campfield
Lavon Begall Jason Winberly Edgardo Cintron
Mary V. Thompson Charles Wilson Katherine Dougherty
Joseph Mossa Mark Lembeck Mary Thompson


Debra Botton James McHaley Richard McManus
Joanne Kalish Angela Alexis Denise Foat
Arlene Mohler Johnson Giselle Navarro Lloyd Kelley Ford
Julie Johnson Schett Pamela Duke Mary Ellen Trotter
Lorraine Salazar Lyn Schaffer Ann Moore
Ellen Elizabeth Stewart Marlene Siegal Deborah Givray
Victoria Dow Joy Hoffman Denise Kenny-Snyder
Chadley Overcast Michael Vela Thomas Higgins
Barbara and Gary Reece Sherry Segrist Huntsinger James Mickelson
Anita Ann Wardrip Mary Ellen Reiter Nepeta Godec
JM Kitchen and Bath James Parks Rodney Knutson
Gail and Harry Doby Lynn Myers


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