Brain Tumor Supporters Spring Into Fund-Raising Action

Rick June, left, pins a registration number to the shirt of his son Colin before the 2010 Walk Ahead. Photo by Mark Bowen.

Spring was in the air Thursday morning, and fundraising was on the minds of the UC Brain Tumor Center’s community advocacy team as they put their heads together to strategize over how to raise more money for brain tumor research.

Next up on the Brain Tumor Center’s fundraising agenda is the 2011 Winetasting event, scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the CARE/Crawley Building on the UC Academic Health Center campus. Rich Seal is chairing the event, which costs $50 per person. If you have an item that you’d like to donate to the silent auction — a bottle of wine, arts or athletic tickets, or a gift item – please contact Jenny Dilbert at (513) 558-6903 or

Meanwhile, committee members are eagerly anticipating the second annual Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure, scheduled for Oct. 2, 2011. The inaugural event, held on 10/10/10, was a spectacular success, with some 1,600 participants and $109,000 raised for research and education at the UC Brain Tumor Center.

Christopher Knueven and Wally Pagan, event co-chairs last year and again this year, hope to keep the momentum going. Their team includes committee members Kathy Beechem, Colin June, Rick June, Matt Scherck and Brian Wiles. This year’s walk will follow on the heels of the annual Midwest Regional Brain Tumor Conference, to be held Oct. 1, 2011 (at a venue to be determined). The walk will start and finish at the same location and likely will include two bridges.

Chris and Wally are starting to sign up sponsors for the walk and symposium, and Colin June is looking for volunteers. If your company is interested in serving as a sponsor, please contact Gina Weitzel, Senior Director of Development, at (513) 558-6112 or If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Colin at

The UC Brain Tumor wishes to thank the sponsors of the 2011 Wine-tasting:

  • The Wine List
  • Tramonte & Sons
  • Vintage Wine Distributors, Inc.
  • 55 Degrees
  • Glazer’s Distributors
  • The Grand Cru Wine Company
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