Community Invited to 'Raising Hope' Benefit for Cancer Center

By Clint Marsh, UCSF Foundation | February 25, 2005

One of San Francisco's most popular social events, the "Raising Hope" gala will take place on Monday, March 14 at the scenic Treasure Island and feature performances by Tony Award-winning entertainers Bernadette Peters and Tommy Tune.

The evening's festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception in Treasure Island's Building One -- a glorious Art Deco-era facility with a breathtaking view of the San Francisco skyline, which was originally intended as the main terminal for the San Francisco International Airport. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and an auction of one-of-a-kind vacation and gift packages.

Cabaret-style performances by Peters and Tune will top off the evening. One of the brightest stars of stage and screen, Peters is renowned for her leading roles on Broadway in Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" and Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Into the Woods." She won Tony Awards for her work in "Song & Dance" and the 1999 revival of "Annie Get Your Gun."

A Broadway regular since 1965, Tune has won an unprecedented nine Tony Awards for his choreography, direction and performances in such hits as "Seesaw," "My One and Only," "Grand Hotel, The Musical" and "The Will Rogers Follies." Tune was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1991 and received the nation's highest honor of artistic achievement, the National Medal of Arts, in 2003.

Since its inception in 1997, "Raising Hope" has generated more than $13 million to fund the work of researchers and clinicians at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event is co-chaired by UCSF Foundation board members Nanci Fredkin and Cathy Podell and coordinated by the UCSF Cancer Council, a volunteer committee that supports the Center through fund-raising events, educational programs and advocacy.

"Collaborative work at the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals more about this alarming disease every day," says Director Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS. "We are grateful for the tremendous support from 'Raising Hope,' which directly advances research and enhances patient care."

For tickets and more information, please call 415/502-4337 or send email. To learn about program advertising opportunities, contact Zoe Bonnette, 415/502-1783.

(Note that in November 2007 the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center was renamed the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.)

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