News from Cancer League of Colorado: President’s Message

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Gary Reece, President of Cancer League of Colorado

Gary Reece, President of Cancer League of Colorado

President’s Message

I hope everyone had a fantastic summer with family and friends.  As most of you know, these last few months have been extremely busy for Cancer League of Colorado highlighted by the successful completion of three of our four major fundraisers and substantial completion of our annual membership drive.

We began our fiscal year in July by welcoming our new Board of Directors, which includes many familiar faces and a number of newcomers.  Many of our Executive Committee members are returning to the positions they held or were elected to last year, which will create valuable continuity of leadership.  Two of our Executive Committee members return in different capacities.  Glenna Hale moves to Acting President-Elect and Kaye Music moves to Treasurer-Elect.  In addition, we welcome six new members to the Executive Committee, including Ruth Pana as VP-Funds Allocation-Elect, Cindy Hansen as VP Corporate Relations-Elect, Lindsay Morgan as VP Membership, Elise Marks-Gruitch in the new position of VP Membership-Elect, Eric Blamey as Secretary, and David Weisberg as the newly elected VP Foundation.  I would like to thank all of our Board members, new and returning, for their ongoing support and willingness to take on the responsibilities inherent in their respective positions.

On July 12th and 13th, we held our fifth annual Over the Edge event at 1600 Glenarm Place.  We saw 118 people rappel this 31-story building to raise more than $200,000.  We appreciate the efforts of our event co-chairs, Sheri and Jason Kaiser, our event committee members, sponsors and volunteers for leading this fundraiser to these outstanding results.

Our 17th annual Race for Research, which is further described later in this Newsletter, was held on August 18th.  Almost 900 runners and walkers participated in this event on a beautiful Sunday morning in Washington Park, raising more than $60,000 for Cancer League.  We thank Lin McHaley for her tireless efforts in chairing this event, as well as the many sponsor and vendors, Amelia Earhart for selling the shirt off her back, our committee members and volunteers, and our runners and walkers for making this event a record-setter.

And on September 23rd, we teed off for the Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament Benefitting Cancer League of Colorado at Glenmoor Country Club.  This superior venue drew 70 golfers and earned rave reviews from our lead sponsor, Liberty Mutual, enabling this event to produce significant funds for our organization.  Our sincere thanks goes to John Snow, who did another fabulous job as chairperson for this tournament.   Also, we are grateful for the support of John Corlett and Liberty Mutual, our other sponsors, our many volunteers, and the golfers who participated in this event.  Congratulations goes to Bonnie Guzofsky and her team for winning the tournament grand prize, which includes an invitation to play in the Liberty Mutual National Tournament to be held at the courses of the world-famous Pinehurst Resort.

Our membership drive is in full swing, led by Lindsay Morgan and Elise Marks-Gruitch, as we push to increase the number of our volunteer members.  In this regard, if you haven’t sent us your membership renewal, which can be accomplished online through our website, please do so as soon as you can.

Our annual membership luncheon, held on September 26th at Glenmoor Country Club, was successful for Cancer League on all fronts.  Perhaps the best measure of success of this event is our 13 new members who joined Cancer League at the meeting.  In addition to a wonderful meal, this well-attended event featured a diverse and relevant group of vendors, an informative agenda, and an inspiring message from our guest speaker Dr. Paul Bunn.  We even had an impromptu and entertaining appearance by Doug Tisdale, Mayor of Cherry Hills Village, who presented us with a Mayoral Proclamation that proclaimed September 26, 2013 as Cancer League of Colorado Day in Cherry Hills.  We thank Glenna Hale for her presentation on the Cancer League Foundation, Gayle Novak for her enthusiasm in describing the 2014 Hope Ball, Barb Reece for her update on fundraising activities, and Martha Jentz and Robbin Windhager for their participation in the program.  Special thanks goes to Lindsay for arranging an enjoyable event for all who participated, as well as to our volunteers who worked the event.

From an events standpoint, our attentions for preparation now turn to our 2014 Hope Ball, which is chaired by Gayle Novak and will be held on May 10th at the Hyatt Denver Tech Center.  I encourage each one of you to get involved in some meaningful way, whether it be as a committee member, a volunteer, a collector of auction items, a sponsor or a solicitor of sponsorships and attendees.   Contact Gayle for details and to get started.  This promises to be a fabulous affair worthy of our best possible efforts, as it is the most significant contributor toward our goal for this year of raising $1,000,000 for cancer research and services.

We’re off to a great start.  Thank you for your commitment as a member of this organization, as it is your commitment that makes Cancer League truly unique among non-profits.  I look forward to seeing you at future Cancer League activities.

With Dedication,

Gary Reece

President, Cancer League of Colorado