Desert Cancer Foundation (DCF) presented its inaugural fundraiser Corks & Cuisine Food and Wine Classic fundraising evening on Nov. 10, at the exclusive Reserve Club in Indian Wells.
"We are honored by the outpouring of support for this first of its kind event," says Paula Simonds, executive director of Desert Cancer Foundation. "The Reserve venue, generous sponsors and donors have made an extraordinary difference in our fundraising abilities and provide valuable avenues of assistance to patients in the Coachella Valley in the midst of cancer care."
The contributing sponsors were: Desert Regional Medical Center-Comprehensive Cancer Center; The Tweten Foundation; Kenneth and Sarah Simonds Charitable Fund; Amy Law, MD; Contour Dermatology; Eisenhower Medical Center-Lucy Curci Cancer Center; Gentiva Hospice; H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation; The General Heating & Air Conditioning and Union Bank. Wine Sponsors included: Baccarat, Broll Mountain Vineyards, CIRQ, Kosta Browne, Trinitas Winery, Wine Vault of the Desert and Wine Warehouse.
Likely to soon become an annual favorite, the Corks & Cuisine fundraiser, with a dress code of "No ties. No jeans" enticed more than 240 guests with a passport of flavors featuring food and wine pairings from Spain, Italy, France and California's Sonoma and Napa Valley regions.
The evening’s event was emceed by Adam Voss of the Toast & Jam Band and included a live and silent auction. Desert Cancer Foundation patient and guest speaker Monique Hernandez shared her inspirational story. Her heartfelt message thanked Desert Cancer Foundation and those in attendance for the continued support; not only for herself and her family but for the many other patients that receive assistance.
Proceeds benefit Desert Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting residents in the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities in need of financial assistance for screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Every dollar raised is worth seven dollars in cancer care.
Photography by Sherri Breyer