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Celtic-themed gala raises money for UC Davis cancer research

More than 300 people attended the UC Davis Cancer Center's second annual fundraiser, Passport to Ireland, last November. The soiree featured performances by Irish soprano Patricia Cahill and Celtic harpist Annie Roos, silent and live auctions, fine Irish cuisine and dancing.

The Roseville-based company Informed Investors used the occasion to announce the winner of the first annual Peter McCuen Cancer Research Excellence Award. McCuen, a civic leader and chairman of the UC Davis Cancer Center Executive Advisory Board, died last year after a lengthy battle with cancer. The award honoring his memory was presented to IDEC Pharmaceuticals Corp., the San Diego company that developed rituximab, a monoclonal antibody drug for lymphoma.

The event raised $63,000 for UC Davis cancer research. In addition, guests pledged $15,000 to endowments in support of breast and prostate cancer research.

Co-chairs for the event, held at the Sacramento Hilton, were Gary Little and Len Schwartz.


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Harpist Annie Roos.

Jared Mitchell, director of BioPharm Events; Tim Quast, president of Informed Investors and Steve Chanecka, chief executive officer of Informed Investors.