It’s not every day that a sea of white covers Sculpture Park in Denver. On August 8 more than 300 people dressed in their best white attire came together to support the University of Colorado Cancer Center at the 2015 Dinner in White.
Organized by a volunteer committee of young professionals and chaired by Irene Weygandt, a marketing manager for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, Dinner in White is an awareness-building event benefiting the CU Cancer Center and created for a new generation of people concerned about cancer care. Utilizing social media and word of mouth to spread the message, guests must be “in the know” to attend. The location is not revealed until an hour before the event starts, which ticket holders find out via social media and email.
This year’s event has been called the best that has ever happened. The night began with a local jazz band setting the mood as guests arrived and enjoyed their dinners. VIP guests indulged in food from Vert Kitchen while others brought their own picnics. Entertainment included a photo booth, a wall of wine, old-fashioned carnival games and various local vendors .The unlimited beer and wine was provided by Dad’s and Dudes Breweria and The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery. There was also a signature drink crafted by Baur’s restaurant, “Leviosa Rosa”, a delicious blend of vodka, St. Germain, Campari, lemon juice, Grenadine and sparkling wine, as well as plenty of wine to go around.
The highlight of the night was an intimate speech by Joel Sartore, renowned National Geographic photographer and CBS Sunday Morning contributor, who shared personal stories about his family’s trials, triumphs and hopes in facing cancer. Sartore’s wife was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2005 and had a recurrence in 2012. That same year, Sartore’s son diagnosed with stage-three lymphoma at the age of 18. Sartore himself has undergone chemotherapy to treat a flesh-eating parasite he contracted while on assignment in Bolivia. Happily, both Satore’s wife and son are in remission.
This year’s Dinner in White brought the highest level of attendance than any previous event. That is good news for its ultimate goal- to raise awareness of the research at the CU Cancer Center.
“The CU Cancer Center is such a valuable asset in our community and Dinner in White is an excellent way to introduce a different audience to the important work happening at the CU Cancer Center,” says Weygandt, the chair of Dinner in White.
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Thank you to the donors and sponsors of Dinner in White
Infinite Monkey Theorem
The Weygandt Family
Twenty Grand Vodka
Oh Heck Yeah
Honey B’s Macarons
MouCo Cheese Company
Dad & Dudes Breweria