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2009 Highlights

Successful 27th Annual Dinner supports Karmanos Cancer Institute

Nearly 500 guests attended the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 27th Annual Dinner, Support Our Hometown Team, held recently at Ford Field. More than $640,000 was raised to support cancer research, patient care and education.

“Even in the midst of a continued economic recession, your commitment to cancer treatment and research remains strong,” said Karmanos Cancer Institute Board Chair Alan S. Schwartz as he thanked contributors and sponsors. “Your support is a wonderful affirmation of your belief in the work that takes place every day at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.”

Detroit Lions Head Coach Jim Schwartz and his wife Kathy were the Honorary Chairs, and Co-Chairs included Kellie and Mike Ferrantino, of EQ-The Environmental Quality Company, and Kathleen and David Trott, of Trott & Trott.

Highlights of the evening included paying special tribute to the Karmanos team of physicians and scientific researchers. Later in the evening, Coach Schwartz gave guests individualized “field goal kicking lessons” on the Detroit Lions football field.

This year’s event featured the Barbara and Fred Erb Challenge, where every dollar raised through Annual Dinner sponsorships, and benefactor and patron tickets, were matched, dollar for dollar up to $125,000, through the generosity of Barbara and Fred Erb.

Presenting Sponsors included EQ-The Environmental Quality Company, Trott & Trott and Compuware Corporation. Other major sponsors were Art Van Furniture, Bank of America, Delphi Foundation, Eclipsys Corporation, Edw. C. Levy Co., Lil and Alex Erdeljan, Federal-Mogul Corporation, Ford Motor Co. Fund, GMAC Financial Services, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, HOUR Detroit & Dbusiness Magazines, Kenwal Steel Corp., Kojaian Ventures, The Kroger Co. of Michigan, PVS Chemicals, Inc. and Victor International. The evening also included a raffle sponsored by Tiffany & Co.

Dan Miller, WJBK FOX 2 Sports Director was the master of ceremonies.

Photo by Patricia A. Ellis
Mr. and Mrs. Alan S. Schwartz

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Karmanos Cancer Institute raises more than $1 million for cancer care and research

Approximately 650 guests gathered May 17 to celebrate and support the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute's 26th Annual Dinner, one of Detroit's premier charitable events. The 2008 Annual Dinner gala raised more than $1 million to support groundbreaking cancer research, exceptional patient care and education.

The event had a seventies chic Club KCI theme complete with a dinner reception, an exciting super silent auction and raffle, entertainment and dancing at the beautiful Stonewood Farms estate of Pam and David V. Johnson, of Victor International Corporation. Emcee was WJR Morning Host Paul W. Smith.

One of the evening’s highlights included a dedicated giving segment raising $147,300 for the Phase I Clinical Trials Program at Karmanos, which focuses on developing new and better ways to treat cancer patients. Phase I trials provide critical information about how new cancer-fighting drugs affect people who do not benefit from conventional treatment or when effective treatment is no longer possible.

Toledo resident Josh Steele, 28, told the audience how the Phase I program is giving him a chance to live and spend more time with his four-year-old son. Steele was diagnosed with adrenal cancer and came to Karmanos after being given no hope at other institutions.

“Josh Steele and the countless other cancer patients fighting to live is why we remain committed, compassionate and steadfast to do all we can to eradicate this horrific disease,” said John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Randolph J. Agley, chairman of the Board of Directors for Talon LLC and long-time member and immediate past chair of the Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors, was recognized for his outstanding service by Dr. Ruckdeschel and Alan S. Schwartz, partner and vice chairman of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, and chair, Board of Directors, Karmanos Cancer Institute.

Lead Sponsor for the Annual Dinner was Ford Motor Company Fund; and Club Sponsors were Compuware Corporation and Victor International Corporation.

Other Key Sponsors included: Atlantic Management Corporation; General Motors; George Development Group; GMAC Financial Services; HOUR Detroit & Dbusiness Magazines; Kenwal Steel Corporation; Kojaian Ventures; and Julie & Bobby Taubman. The raffle was presented by Tiffany & Co.; entertainment was provided by Marvelless Mark; and Dan Stall served as auctioneer.

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