This year’s theme, “Encore,” will feature a weekend program with a keynote speaker and many special guests to educate, inspire and entertain gala participants.
On Friday, Cancer Center Director Scot Remick, M.D., will welcome gala participants and update them on progress WVU is making in the fight against cancer through A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.
“Since the start of our campaign, we have raised about $30 million of our $43 million campaign goal with nearly $10 million of those gifts used to create endowments,” Dr. Remick said. “This is a wonderful testament to the tremendous generosity of our loyal supporters, who clearly share our enthusiasm and passion to reduce our state’s cancer burden. Thanks to their support, we are growing the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.”
After wowing last year’s gala crowd with his crooning performances, Logan County native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. of America’s Got Talent show fame, will return for an encore at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday’s program begins at 10 a.m. with keynote speaker Craig Karges, an award winning entertainer frequently referred to as an “extraordinist.” Karges combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to make tables float, to read minds and to bend metal. He’s mystified many an audience with his performances and has made more than 40 national television appearances, including on the Tonight Show, Larry King Live, CNN Headline News and E! Entertainment Television.
In the afternoon, gala participants will be treated to a culinary demonstration and preview of Saturday evening’s dinner with Greenbrier Executive Chef Richard Rosendale. Born in Pennsylvania, Chef Rosendale’s classical training has taken him to Northern Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway and some of the finest kitchens in the United States. He was an apprentice under several Certified Master Chefs and later attained the prestigious title in 2010. He has earned more than 45 national and international medals in cooking competitions, including the Bocuse d’Or USA Finals at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., in 2012. In addition to being executive chef at The Greenbrier, he is also director of Food and Beverage at the resort.
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.
There will also be a Trivial Pursuit extravaganza throughout the weekend that will challenge Gala participants to answer questions about the Cancer Center based on handouts received at Gala events for a chance to win various prizes.
The 28th annual Cancer Center 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 Tammy Whitacre at 304-293-8604.
For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087