Partners events raise more than $1.2 million for the Karmanos Cancer Institute
DETROIT– Nearly 900 guests attended the 15th annual Partners Night, Saturday, Sept. 27, at The Suburban Collection, to benefit the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Partners Night and Partners Day, a golf outing held in August, are two of the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s signature fundraising events. This year’s Partners events raised more than $1,267,300 to support Karmanos’ state-of-the-science research program, making this the highest grossing Partners ever.
Honored for their outstanding philanthropy and commitment in the fight against cancer were Becky and Gary Sakwa, of Grand/Sakwa Properties, and Sandy and Alan S. Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz is vice chairman and partner of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. Partners Executive Committee co-chairs Amy Farbman and Andrea Morganroth, along with their committee, planned the elegant evening. Steve Courtney, WJR sports personality, and Mickey Redmond, Detroit Red Wings legend and color analyst, participated in the program. The evening included a performance by the Jesse Palter Quartet, a strolling dinner, silent auction and super silent auction, a raffle and music by DJ Powdrblu.
“It is with great appreciation that we honor Becky and Gary Sakwa, and Sandy and Alan Schwartz, who continually demonstrate their exemplary commitment to Karmanos, our patients and this community,” said John C. Ruckdeschel, M.D., president and chief executive officer, Karmanos Cancer Institute. “In a time where we as a region are faced with economic challenges, the war on cancer doesn’t stop. We are steadfast in our mission to do all we can to eradicate this horrific disease, and we will continually work to steward the support of our donors to provide exceptional cancer care, education and world-renowned research to save lives.”
Karmanos’ Partners are hands-on philanthropic volunteers, including many young professionals, who generously share their ideas and enhance resources to help in the fight against cancer. Including this year’s fundraising events, over the past 14 years, Partners has raised more than $8 million for vital research equipment and diagnostic tools to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute and its patients. Proceeds from this year’s Partners events will help fund a new RNA interference technology to enhance the Karmanos Cancer Institute’s research in oncogenomics. This technology will further Karmanos’ work to develop individualized treatment strategies that will one day help all cancer patients receive therapies targeted specifically to their unique type of cancer.
“The success of this event would not be possible without the tireless commitment of Partners Executive co-chairs Amy Farbman and Andrea Morganroth, their committee, Partners members and friends,” said Nick Karmanos, vice president of Development. “We are also extremely grateful for our generous sponsors who have helped make the Partners gala a must attend event for many or our community’s corporate and philanthropic leaders.”
More than 250 items were up for bid in the silent auction. The super silent auction included exciting items such as: an Ultimate Super Bowl XLIII package, donated by Compuware Corporation; a Romance package featuring a Bentley for the evening, donated by The Suburban Collection, The Lark, The Townsend and Ralph Lauren; one week accommodations for up to six guests in beautiful Sedona, Arizona, donated Cheryl Bolonga, DDS; a Cleveland Cavaliers suite package, donated by Dan Gilbert and Quicken Loans; a beautiful diamond Ice Flower pendant and earring set, donated by Bailey, Banks and Biddle; and much more. Guests also had a chance to participate in a raffle for a $5,000 gift card from the Somerset Collection.
Also included in the more than $1.2 million raised from Partners were donations for the Tree of Hope, a special way to pay tribute to and honor loved ones. For a gift of $250 or more, tributes were highlighted in the Partners program. Partner supporters Cathy and Nate Forbes matched dollar-for-dollar up to $20,000, resulting in a total of $40,450 in Tree of Hope donations.
Presenting sponsors for this year’s Partners are Compuware Corporation and The Suburban Collection. Other major sponsors include: AXA Foundation, Barbara and Harold Beznos, Cambridge Consulting Group, The Chrysler Foundation, Ferrantino Charitable Foundation, Cathy and Nate Forbes, Marjorie S. Fisher, Ford Motor Company Fund, General Motors, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP, HOUR Detroit and Dbusiness Magazines, Kenwal Steel Corp., Kojaian Ventures, PVS Chemicals, Eunice and Milton Ring Foundation, Becky and Gary Sakwa, Sandy and Alan S. Schwartz and Somerset Collection.