The Rolfe Foundation held their annual Speak out for a Cure – A Night at the Speakeasy on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at The Montgomery Club which took guests back to the 1920’s.
Over 300 guests arrived and enjoyed beverages from the craft bar provided by Hospitality 201 LLC. Then they were off to enjoy the evening at the many Rivers Casino hosted blackjack tables trying to win prizes including a $250 Amazon gift card, FitBit Charge 2, $200 to Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House and many more. Not only could guests get lucky playing blackjack in hopes to win a prize, but they could also spin the wine wheel and win a premium bottle of wine! There was also a Stack the Deck Raffle where two lucky winners could either win two VIP tickets to The Ellen DeGeneres Show with round trip airfare or $1,000 gift card to ABT electronics! There were many chances to take home an awesome prize between the raffles, best dressed award contest and premium silent auction which had a lot of buzz around it as flapper dancers performed around the tables throughout the night!
Guest were able to dine on gourmet food compliments of Gibsons Steakhouse including a seafood bar with jumbo shrimp and crab legs, passed hors d’oeuvres of mini crabcakes, seared tuna wontons, and eggplant bruschetta, and a full buffet with items such as loaded mac & cheese and chef carved racks of lamb and tenderloin. All topped off with a dessert station including bite sized carrot cakes, cheesecakes, mousse cups, and key lime tarts! Guests enjoyed donated beverages courtesy of Heaven Hill, MillerCoors, and The Wine Group.
Once the live program began the event chair, Kevin Braude took the stage to give his opening remarks and thanked the generous sponsors. Kevin then introduced Dr. Ralph Hruban, a world-renowned pancreatic cancer pathology expert and professor at Johns Hopkins University. Rolfe’s advocacy for advances in early detection can mean life changing results for patients, however, they need the funds to be able to continue their fundamental work. After a brief tribute slideshow guests, out of the generosity of their hearts, donated via cell phones to raise a substantial amount of money that went to a great cause.
The night was a huge success raising $260,000 and guests left happy knowing they supported a cause near and dear to their hearts.
Rolfe Pancreatic Cancer Foundation was founded in an effort to raise awareness and discover a method of early detection for pancreatic cancer, which has the highest mortality rate among cancers. To date, Rolfe has raised over $6 million in funding for pancreatic cancer research at Johns Hopkins and University of Chicago. To learn more about their efforts and how you can contribute, please visit: http://www.rolfefoundation.org/
Want to see pictures from the event? Check out the album on Facebook!