WVU Cancer Center celebrates with the 25th annual gala at The Greenbrier

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Supporters of the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will gather at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs April 16-18.  The gala is a 25-year tradition that celebrates the cancer center’s growth and development as one of the region’s most comprehensive treatment, research and educational centers.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer will be the keynote speaker on Saturday at 11 a.m. Fleischer will share his experience as the spokesman for President George W. Bush during the historic presidential recount, September 11, two wars and the anthrax attack.

Participants at this year’s gala will celebrate the success of the center and share plans for the future. Scot C. Remick, M.D., director of the Cancer Center, will update gala attendees on the Center’s accomplishments over the past year and its action plan to obtain National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation.

“We began another exciting chapter with the cancer center’s unprecedented growth in 2009,” said Remick.  “We launched Bonnie’s Bus, recruited new scientists and physicians, expanded our research portfolio, developed statewide partnerships for a clinical trials network and underwent a major expansion, more than doubling clinical and research space.  These are some of the major accomplishments that we will highlight at this year’s gala.”

The program for the silver anniversary celebration will include several events and educational activities. A team of researchers and physicians will lead “Cancer 101,” an educational course for gala attendees and general practitioners on contemporary issues relating to cancer prevention and treatment.

Gala participants will be treated to several culinary demonstrations with Chef Frank Terranova, host of Cooking with Class, a daily television segment on NBC 10; Chef Bryan Voltaggio, recognized as part of the new generation of young chefs specializing in Modern American cuisine; and food writer and cookbook author Dorie Greenspan.

There will be a tea with Meredith German, co-founder of the Meredith Wendell Company of New York that specializes in accessories. German will display and offer items from her line of belts, bags and jewelry for purchase to benefit the Cancer Center.

The 25th annual Cancer Center Gala will also include tennis, golf, sporting clays, and will culminate with a black tie dinner dance featuring the sounds of the Benny Benack Swing Band at 8:30 p.m. Sat. evening. Registration is $300 per person. Accommodations are available through The Greenbrier.

For more information about the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/index.asp.

For more information about The Greenbrier Resort, see http://www.greenbrier.com/site/.



For more information:
Kim Fetty, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ss: 04-09-10

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