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September 8, 2011

“Denim & Diamonds” Cancer Institute Event Focuses on Research and Patient Comforts

The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU (SCI) is hosting its 11th “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser Saturday, October 22nd.  The funds raised will support innovative research projects as well as enhance patient comforts.  Funds raised at the event stay in downstate Illinois communities.

Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest denim or formal attire for the event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield.  This year’s theme is “Gold Rush to a Cure.”  Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10 and are available by calling 217-545-2955. 

The presenting sponsor is The Simmons Law Firm.  Other sponsors include Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital, Bank of Springfield, Central Illinois Community Blood Center, Clinical Radiologists, Merrill Lynch, Associated Pathologists, Jeff and Tina Bennett; Brandt Consolidated, Dr. Patrick and Mrs. Tari Butler, Maria Leka of M.K. Furs, REGENCY, Dr. K. Thomas Robbins and Dr. Gayle E. Woodson, Jack and Rita Victor/Michael Davis and Jay Fields.  Media sponsors are Capitol Radio Group, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and The State Journal-Register.

Touch-pad bidding will again be available for the silent auction, which will provide greater convenience and faster processing.  Both the live and silent auctions will include gourmet dinners, sporting event tickets, original artwork, vacation homes, one-of-a-kind jewelry and much more.  The event also will feature live music by DK Money of Springfield and an elegant sit-down dinner.  Visit the auction website at http://www.siumed/edu/cancer and click on Denim & Diamonds. 

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and downstate Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through medical education, biomedical research and patient service.