Arizona Cancer Center Friends ‘Give Cancer the Boot’


Phoenix Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center held its annual “Evening with the Friends” fundraiser March 21 at the Scottsdale Conference Center and Resort.

Nearly 400 guests attended in western attire to “Give Cancer the Boot.”

Auction and Party Co-Chairs Barbie Boyle, Nancy Berge, Mary Kolbe, Linda Mae Bucher and Mickey Rufenacht arranged for fabulous auction packages of wine, dining, travel, sports, collectibles, jewelry and children’s items, followed by a dinner in a cowboy-themed dining room.
Guest Mistress of Ceremonies was Rita Davenport, while Brett Higgins was the auctioneer.

A heartfelt and personal video presentation by member Pat Mersiowsky helped our guests understand the importance of their giving and exactly where the funds from this year’s event were going.

Immediate Past Director Dr. Dave Alberts shared remarks with and introduced new Director Dr. Andrew Kraft, who spoke enthusiastically about the direction the cancer center is taking.

President Suzanne Hanson stated that “The Friends have had a dream and it is about to come true. In just a few months, a state of the art University of Arizona Cancer Center facility for cancer research and treatment will open at 7th Street and Fillmore in Phoenix to join the main campus in Tucson.”

Since 1986 the organization has raised more than $6 million to support ACC research and treatment.

“We are very excited that this year’s funds are dedicated to the purchase of one of only eight ApoStream Machines in the country,” said Ms. Hanson.

“This year’s ‘Evening With The Friends’ raised approximately a quarter-of a-million dollars. Thank you, thank you to our donors and members who have worked so hard to reach this goal.”

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