“A Taste of Canandaigua” Dinner to Benefit Brain Tumor Research

June 16, 2004

"The passage of time has not dimmed our memories of Ron or of his exceptional spirit of giving. We believe that one of the best ways to preserve his memory is to support brain tumor research to work towards a cure that will save others facing this terrible disease."

Community members are invited to “A Taste of Canandaigua,” an event to raise funds for brain tumor research on July 17. The cocktail party, followed by dinner and dessert at more than 30 lakeside homes in Canandaigua, will support the Ronald L. Bittner Gift Fund at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

This is the seventh year an event has been held to support brain tumor research through the Bittner Fund and honor the memory of the man whose name it bears, Ronald L. Bittner.  Bittner, who was CEO of Frontier and a prominent figure in the Rochester community, died in 1997 at age 55 from glioblastoma, a type of malignant brain tumor that often spreads quickly and is difficult to remove surgically.

The Ronald L. Bittner Gift Fund was established in 1998 by his family with the goal to find a cure for glioblastoma. Since its establishment, the Bittner family has helped raise over $500,000 for the fund.

“The passage of time has not dimmed our memories of Ron or of his exceptional spirit of giving.  We believe that one of the best ways to preserve his memory is to support brain tumor research to work towards a cure that will save others facing this terrible disease,” said Laurie Bittner, wife of the late Ronald Bittner.

With a donation of $125/person or $250/couple, guests will enjoy a cocktail party at the Bittner household, hosted by Laurie Bittner, followed by dinner at one of about 30 lakeside homes.  The event will also include a raffle of a piece of fine jewelry from the Gem Lab.

 Previously, funds from the Bittner events have helped in faculty recruitment and equipment purchases. This year, the focus will sharpen as organizers hope to raise funds to create a Brain Tumor Research Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The new Center would coordinate care for both children and adults with brain tumors, and also advance the search for a cure for primary brain tumors. 

A Growing Concern:

Approximately 40,900 new cases of primary brain tumors will be diagnosed in 2004, including both benign and malignant tumors.  According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 18,400 Americans will be diagnosed with malignant brain, spinal cord or other nervous system tumors, and about 12,690 people will die from these tumors in 2004.

The event is sponsored by the Bittner family and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Neurosurgery department.

For more information on the “Taste of Canandaigua” party and dinner, contact Susan Powell at 275-2834.

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