WVU Cancer Center to celebrate 29th Annual Spring Gala at The Greenbrier

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Supporters of the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center will celebrate its efforts to advance research and cancer care in West Virginia during the 29th Annual Spring Gala April 11-13 at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.  

The weekend will include a presentation from a keynote speaker and many talented, engaging, and inspiring guests. The program will also include a continuing education session, during which a panel of expert physicians and researchers will help gala attendees, as well as general practitioners, learn more about new treatments and research.

On Friday, Director Scot Remick, M.D., and Deputy Director Laura Gibson, Ph.D., will welcome gala participants and update them on the progress the Cancer Center is making to provide optimal care to the residents of West Virginia and beyond.  

“The Gala is the highlight of our year as we get a chance to catch up with our dear friends and loyal supporters,” Dr. Remick said. “We are excited to share with them many of the highlights of our growth this past year made possible by their extraordinary generosity.”

Following the gala welcome, Kathi Hahn, a two-time cancer survivor, her husband Billy Hahn, assistant to the head coach for WVU men’s basketball, and the couple’s daughter, Ashley Hahn Calvery, will recount their family’s courageous cancer journey, as told in Calvery’s book, “My Mom The Miracle: 1 Woman, 2 Cancers, 3 Years, 4-Ever Grateful.”

The Soul Miners, named the “Best Local Band” in 2013 and 2014 by Morgantown Magazine and recently featured in WV Living Magazine, will serenade gala attendees with an upbeat selection of hits from the 60s and 70s at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Michael MurphySaturday’s program begins at 10 a.m. with keynote speaker Michael Murphy, one of the Republican Party’s most successful political media consultants. Murphy has been called a “media master” by Fortune magazine, the GOP’s “hottest media consultant” by Newsweek and the leader of a “new breed” of campaign consultants by Congressional Quarterly.

Murphy served as senior strategist for both John McCain’s first campaign for president in 2000 and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s historic election as governor of California. He has directed successful campaigns for GOP governors and senators, including Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney.

A partner in the Washington, D.C., based Revolution Agency, Murphy is also a columnist for Time magazine and a regular on the “Meet the Press” roundtable.

At 11:30 a.Jamie Summerlinm., Marine veteran Jamie Summerlin will share how his passion for running and empathy for fellow veterans inspired him in March 2012 to embark on a 3,450 mile, 100 day cross-country journey.  His trek across 16 states and the District of Columbia, detailed in his book “Freedom Run,” not only raised money for national and local organizations whose mission is to assist veterans, but it also inspired communities and veterans alike to dream big and find ways to support the United States military and veterans.

Summerlin was recognized as one of the “55 Good Things About West Virginia” by the State Journal in 2012 and most recently was featured in Morgantown Magazine.

In the afternoon, gala participants will be treated to a culinary demonstration with Chef William Dissen. The Charleston, W.Va., native and WVU alumnus graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and trained with Certified Master Chef Peter Timmins at The Greenbrier. Chef Dissen continued to hone his craft at various restaurants in South Carolina and earned a graduate degree before establishing his restaurant, The Market Place, in Asheville, N.C.

Honored as a Rising Star Chef in 2013 by Star Chefs Magazine, Chef Dissen was also named “40 Chefs Under 40” for his innovative approach to sustainable cuisine. He was awarded the “Seafood Watch Ambassador” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2011 and was honored as a member of its Blue Ribbon Task Force. Dissen was named a “Green Chef of the Year” by Fortune Magazine in 2012 and 2013. He was recently a member of the prestigious James Beard Chef’s Boot Camp.

Joan Stamp, founder of BeadJeweled, will present her jewelry to gala attendees at 4 p.m. Stamp designs and creates unique jewelry inspired by her travels at home and abroad. All of the money raised from the sale of her items will directly benefit the Cancer Center.

The 29th Annual Spring Gala will culminate with a black-tie dinner dance featuring the sounds of Benny Benack and his orchestra at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Registration is $400 per person. Accommodations are available through The Greenbrier.

For more information about this year’s gala, call Dannell Boatman at 304-293-4597.

For information about the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, see www.wvucancer.org.


For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
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