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Toast to Health Wine Auction Raises $1M for Wilmot Cancer Center

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

There were many smiling wine enthusiasts who bid high for rare vintages during the Toast to Your Health Fine Wine Auction.

The Toast to your Health Fine Wine Auction grossed more than $1 million to support the University of Rochester Medical Center’s James P. Wilmot Cancer Center comprehensive campaign to expand research and clinical care.

“It was an outstanding evening as the Rochester community came together to demonstrate their enthusiasm for the Medical Center’s efforts to build a top cancer program here,” said Medical Center CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D.

The Nov. 16 event attracted 420 wine connoisseurs for an evening in Tuscany, courtesy of Wegmans Food Markets, which provided the location, elegant decorations and five-course meal. The evening, chaired by Rolla Huff, featured a spirited auction of rare vintages, exclusive wine adventures, and wonderful wine dinners, led by well known Napa Valley auctioneer David Reynolds. 

Among the top auction lots were an exclusive trip to Burgundy, France, purchased by Jack and Lisa Baron for $28,000.They will be escorted by Sherwood Deutsch and Michael Misch to little-seen Burgundy wineries and private cellars, including most renowned estate in Burgundy: the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

Steve and Diane Graham bid $21,000 for a Tuscany trip, donated by Constellation Brands, with a stay at Ruffino’ Montemasso Castle. And Melissa Rutherford raised her paddle with a $15,000 bid for a fashion week excursion in New York City, with runway shows featuring Carmen Marc Valvo designs and two exquisite gowns.

Wines available included a 2004 Switchback Ridge Napa Valley Petite Sirah, 1996 – 2001 Opus One Napa Valley Red Vertical, 2001, 2002, 2003 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2003 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild.

Rob Fisher of Fisher Vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif., attended and donated several vintages as well as an outstanding Wedding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons dinner for 10, which garnered $12,000.

Bidders also donated $350,000 to support the addition of the Trilogy Image-Guided Radiation Therapy System – cutting-edge technology for high-dose, precision radiation treatment for cancerous tumors.  This technology is more versatile and faster than any technology available to patients and oncologists today in Rochester and Upstate New York.

Proceeds supported the Wilmot Cancer Center’s $42.5 million comprehensive campaign, which includes construction of a new, four-story facility to expand its local cancer care and research to help find cures. This comprehensive campaign lays the foundation to create one of the top cancer centers in the nation. To date, $34 million has been raised and the new facility will open in the spring.


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