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Desert Cancer Foundation’s Corks & Cuisine Food & Wine Classic Raises Over $80,000

Desert Cancer Foundation’s Corks & Cuisine Food & Wine Classic held at the premier Ironwood Country Club on Saturday, Nov. 10, raised more than $80,000. During the evening under the stars, more than 200 guests enjoyed a variety of cuisine and fine wines, while participating in an exciting live auction. Every dollar raised translates into over $10 in cancer-related services, which is provided to greater Coachella Valley residents who need financial assistance for screening, diagnosis and treatment for cancer and other allied diseases.

Executive Director Sarah Bryant welcomed guests on the clubhouse lawn highlighting the Foundation’s important work, and noting the impact it has had with local community residents and medical professionals, while keeping every dollar in the valley. Since inception, Desert Cancer Foundation has paid for cancer-related screening, diagnosis, and treatment valued at more than $82.4 million dollars. Event Co-Chairs Richard Weintraub and Teresa Whipple also addressed guests, recognizing the major sponsors of the event, and thanking attendees for their participation and support of the ongoing efforts of the Foundation, which has helped more than 8,000 residents who have received financial assistance to date.

The event was emceed by Adam Voss with an exciting live auction featuring an assortment of items from fine jewelry and Baccarat crystal, to an exclusive food sampling evening with Chef Stephen Wambach of Juniper Table and 4 Saints and more. The most popular auction items were the exquisite diamond earrings and an elegant bracelet donated by El Paseo Jewelers and modeled by City of Palm Desert Council Member Jan Harnik – which secured $5,000 each on the final bids. Additional money was raised through a silent auction featuring more than 50 items, a $10,000 donation from Philanthropist Harold Matzner, and other monetary donations by attendees. In addition, cancer survivors shared their stories and donation cards were available for recognizing cancer survivors as well as loved ones lost.

VIP’s attending the event included Philanthropist Harold Matzner; Michele Finney, CEO Desert Regional Medical Center and Market CEO of Desert Care Network; Linda Evans, Mayor of La Quinta & Chief Strategy Office of Desert Care Network; Jan Harnik, Palm Desert City Council Member; Dr. Elber Camacho, Medical Director Comprehensive Cancer Center at Desert Regional Medical Center and DCF Board Member; Dr. Steve Plaxe, Director Lucy Curci Cancer Center, and his wife Dr. Angela Scioscia; Dr. Mark Genesen, Gynecology Oncologist at Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center; and Dr. Richard Fausel of Eisenhower Health Center and DCF Board Member, and his wife Rosemary Macualey Fausel.

Ironwood Country Club’s Executive Chef Mark Sickenberger prepared an array of exquisite cuisine served buffet style. Guests enjoyed salads and small plates such as Watermelon and Beet Salad, Crispy Pork Belly with Mojo Dressing and Pickled Red Onions, and Charred Spanish Octopus, among others; a Ceviche Station with Cuban Scallop-Mojito Ceviche; a Marketplace Vegetable Antipasto Display with a variety of divine grilled and chilled vegetables; from the Brazilian Style Fire Pit were skewers of Prime Sirloin Caps, Chorizo Sausage, Camarones Asados; and a dessert station with a selection of Mini Pastries and Petit Fours including White Chocolate Raspberry Panna Cotta Verrine, Crème Brulee Spoons, Boozy Chocolate Truffles, White Chocolate Blueberry Clusters, Coconut Cake Pops, and more.

Participating wineries included Boisset Collection, Loring Wine Company, Grgich Hills Estates  Jensen’s Finest Foods, and Mosaic Wine Alliance; and Jensen’s Foods hosted a bourbon and whiskey station. During the wine tasting and dinner, the Chase Huna band provided live entertainment, featuring this acclaimed rising young saxophonist, who has played with some of the greatest musicians in contemporary jazz.

Major sponsors included Vintner Sponsor, The Tweten Foundation;  Imperial Sponsor, Desert Regional Medical Center-Comprehensive Cancer Center; Jeroboam Sponsors Desert Orthopedic Center and El Paseo Jewelers; and Magnum Sponsors Desert Oasis Healthcare, Eisenhower Health Lucy Curci Cancer Center,  The General Air Conditioning and Plumbing, FG Creative, HUB International, and Union Bank Foundation.

The next Desert Cancer Foundation fundraising event is the 25th Annual Desert Cancer Foundation Golf Tournament being held on Saturday, January 12, 2019, with registration now open. For additional information about Desert Cancer Foundation and to register for this event, visit or call 760-773-6554.

About Desert Cancer Foundation

Desert Cancer Foundation (DCF), a California 501(c)3 corporation, was founded in 1994 to pay for cancer treatment of residents who lack health insurance or sufficient funds to pay for their medical care by our founders, Dr. Sebastian George and Art & Cory Teichner. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting residents in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities who need financial assistance in obtaining screening, diagnosis, and treatment for cancer and allied diseases, the organization works with the generous support of local healthcare professionals, social workers, case workers, and advocates.

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