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Cancer center gala raises awareness, money

UC Davis Cancer Center's first-ever special event "Passport to Morocco" grossed about $170,000 for cancer research and children's philanthropies. Some 500 people attended the Nov. 6 soiree, which took place at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Invitees enjoyed an evening of fine dining, dancing, and Monte Carlo-style gambling in a hall decorated with lighted archways and Moroccan-style landscaping. A VIP reception and dinner were followed by a live auction offering a real trip to Morocco and a day in a cancer research laboratory, among other items. Exotic belly dancers, tarot card readers, appetizers and lively music made for a memorable evening.

The highlight of the event was the creation of a new endowment for breast and prostate cancer. This special endowment was sold as an item during the live auction. Some 70 guests pledged to support the endowment, which raised $18,000.

Because endowments use only the interest income and the principal of the invested funds, they exist in perpetuity. Endowments are earning approximately 14 percent over a 10-year term as invested with the Regents of the University of California.

The event was chaired by Suzanne Demas of the UC Davis Cancer Center Regional Development Leaders and Liz Davis and Kim Saca of the Active 20-30 Club #1032 in Sacramento. A portion of the evening proceeds will benefit children's charities chosen by Sacramento Active 20-30 Club.

Major sponsors of "Passport to Morocco" included the following:

  • American General Life Insurance
  • Amgen Inc.
  • Cal Farm Insurance
  • Crystal Creamery
  • Demas Insurance Agency
  • James Diepenbrock, Esq.
  • ED2 International
  • Erata Trust Foundation
  • Hank Fisher Properties
  • Mark Frederick
  • Fremont-Rideout Health Group
  • Mort and Marcy Friedman
  • Murray Gardner
  • Genetics Institute
  • Sam and Roberta Len
  • Paul Luciw, Ph.D
  • Ramco Oil
  • Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ranells
  • River City Bank
  • Rhone Poulenc Roer
  • Roseville Telephone Co.
  • Roxanne Laboratories, Inc.
  • Sun America Securities Inc.
  • Turner Construction
  • Vivian Miller


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