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Community Rallies to Benefit New Cancer Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2013                                             


Erica Siemers
Senior Director
Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation

Shannon Medlicott
Special Events Coordinator
Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation

Community Rallies to Benefit New Cancer Center

Two community organized events on Saturday June 15 will benefit the University of Colorado Health’s new cancer center in Fort Collins.

The 4th annual Count On Me golf tournament will be held at the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Windsor. The best ball scramble starts at 11 a.m., followed by dinner and activities. The tournament is sold out. Find more information and to sign up for the wait list, dinner or to volunteer at

The Health and Wellness Orchestra will perform a free symphonic jazz concert at 7:30 p.m. in Colorado State University’s Griffin Center for the Arts in Fort Collins. The concert is free and donations for the cancer center are encouraged.

“Having two community organized events to benefit the cancer center in one weekend reflects a true recognition of what this project means,” said Erica Siemers, senior director of the Poudre Valley Hospital Foundation.  

Construction is underway on phase two of the cancer center at University of Colorado Health’s Harmony Campus. Once completed, the center will be a hub for world-class outpatient care, part of an expansive network of cancer treatment and support services in northern Colorado. To-date $3.7 million has been raised toward the $6.1 million community support goal for the project.

The golf tournament is organized by Tricia Heller and Regina Jeanise Brown, M.D. a medical oncologist at Poudre Valley Hospital, in honor of Regina’s parents. “I have been the caregiver, the daughter, the neighbor, the doctor and the survivor,” said Brown. “I know we need one door for our community to walk through to receive the world-class care, treatment research, services, information and survivor’s center they have asked for and so rightly deserve.”

The theme of the tournament is Engaging the Colors of Cancer. Participants are encouraged to wear the colors of the cancer awareness ribbons that are most significant to them. Pink would honor a loved one with breast cancer while blue represents colon cancer. In three years, the event has raised almost $50,000 for the cancer center.

The concert will feature jazz vocalist Eileen Krebs in selections by Arlen, Jenkins, Mercer and Porter arranged for the orchestra by CSU jazz professor, Wil Swindler. In addition, the orchestra will play music by Irving Berlin, W.C. Handy and David Kechley. The orchestra is conducted by Leslie Stewart.

The Health and Wellness Orchestra was started in 2008 by the current musical director, Leslie Stewart and Dr. Ann Yanagi.  Members of the orchestra donate their time and talent to provide symphonic enjoyment for the community.

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