Wine Tasting gets rave reviews!

people at wine tasting.

Last night’s Wine Tasting Event was a tremendous success! More than 200 people attended the gala event on a beautiful spring evening at the UC CARE/Crawley Building Atrium. Chairman Rich Seal and his team did a marvelous job organizing the silent auction, wine tasting stations, and event particulars. A highlight of the evening was a brief program featuring comments from Kathy Beechem, Board Chair, and Ronald Warnick, MD, Director of the UC Brain Tumor Center. Dr. Warnick then introduced Sandy Hempel, a brain tumor survivor, who stole the show with a very touching, personal, and often humorous account of her life since her diagnosis eight years ago.”This was really our first social event to bring our Brain Tumor Center clinical and administrative teams together with our Advisory Board members and others in the community,” said Dr. Warnick. “It was exciting to see so much energy and enthusiasm for our cause. There were so many outstanding wines to sample, and the food was fantastic. Sandy’s testimonial brought it all home for so many of us. The way the event came off was just incredible…a first class affair.”

Mr. Tim Burke of the Ohio Board of Regents rounded out the program with a salute to the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute for being named one of Ohio’s centers of excellence by the Ohio Board of Regents earlier this year. He noted the leadership of Drs. John Tew and Joe Broderick and congratulated all on this accomplishment.

From the initial reactions, our wine tasting celebration exceeded all expectations. A big thank you to all who attended and/or participated in some way to help us make our first fundraising adventure a huge success! I also want to thank all of the staff of the UC Foundation and the UC Brain Tumor Center for their great work. Rich will come back to us soon with a full report, including financials. Congratulations to Rich and his entire team on a job well done!


Kathy Beechem,  Chair, Community Advisory Board

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