A Pause in the Journey Nets $14K for Brain Tumor Center

People pose for photos.

From left, Sandy Hempel, Ron Warnick, MD, and Kathy Beechem. Photo by UC Academic Health Center Medical Communications.

The UC Brain Tumor Center’s leaders and supporters are toasting the success of their social debut, a wine-tasting event that drew 214 guests and netted nearly $14,000.  Proceeds from the April 29 event, held in the atrium of the CARE/Crawley Building on the UC Academic Health Center campus, will fund brain tumor research and clinical care.

“We are very excited about the outcome,” said Kimbaird Avant, the Brain Tumor Center’s Business Manager. “The event exceeded our attendance and financial expectations, and we’re already starting to discuss next year’s event.”

Kathy Beechem, Chair of the Brain Tumor Center’s Community Advisory Board, said she was delighted with the community support made evident by the center’s first public celebration. “It was a great chance for the medical team to meet those who are encouraging and supporting their important research and treatment efforts,” she said.

Event chairman Rich Seal, a member of the Community Advisory Board, joined the UC Foundation in organizing the event’s silent auction and wine tasting stations, which were elegantly displayed and bathed in dappled, early-evening light that streamed through the award-winning CARE-Crawley Building’s windows.

A brief program featured comments from Ms. Beechem and Ronald Warnick, MD, Director of the UC Brain Tumor Center. Tim Burke of the Ohio Board of Regents commended the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute for its inclusion in Ohio’s centers of excellence in biomedical and healthcare enterprise earlier this year. And Sandy Hempel, an educator and brain tumor survivor, captivated guests with a touching, personal and often humorous account of her life during the eight years since her diagnosis.

Event sponsors were The Wine List, Tramonte & Sons, Vintage Wine Distributors, Inc., 55 Degrees, Glazer’s Distributors and The Grand Cru Wine Company.

Dr. Warnick thanked all who contributed to the event’s success. “When you strive daily against an obstacle as formidable as brain cancer, it’s important to take a moment periodically to celebrate your successes and to enjoy those who are making the journey with you,” he said. “Our wine-tasting event gave us that opportunity while leaving us motivated and inspired to do more.”

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