"Denim & Diamonds" Cancer Institute Event Supports Research and Patient Comforts


September 4, 2013


"Denim & Diamonds" Cancer Institute Event Supports Research and Patient Comforts

Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is hosting its 13th annual "Denim & Diamonds" fundraiser Saturday, October 12. The funds raised will support innovative research projects and enhance patient comforts. More than 90 percent of the funds raised at the event stay local.

Guests at Denim & Diamonds 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 "An Evening of Partners in Hope." Tickets are $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10 and available by calling 217-545-2955.

Touch-pad bidding will again be available for the silent auction, which will provide greater convenience and processing speed. Both the live and silent auctions feature impressive items, including gourmet dinners, sporting event tickets, original artwork, vacation homes, one-of a kind jewelry, and much more. Besides the auction, the event will feature live music by Brooke Thomas and the Blue Sons of Springfield and an elegant sit-down dinner. For the first time, there will be a treasure chest, offering one-of-a-kind items for a set price. Visit the auction website at http://www.siumed/edu/cancer and click on Denim & Diamonds.

Sponsors include: Memorial Medical Center, St. John’s Hospital, BUNN, Bank of Springfield, Clinical Radiologists, SC, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management – Noonan Group, Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC, Jeff and Christine Bennett, Brandt Consolidated, Inc., H.J. and Beverly Collins, John and Shawn Faloon, Gina Kovach and Dave Steward, Dr. and Mrs. Kevin McVary, REGENCY, K. Thomas Robbins, MD and Gayle Woodson, MD, Rita and Jack Victor/Michael Davis & Jay Fields, and Walgreens Pharmacy at MMC. Media sponsors are Capitol Radio Group; Mid-West Family Broadcasting, and The State Journal-Register.

The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.

Media Contacts

Karen Carlson,
SIU, 217-545-3854

Cindy Davidsmeyer,
SCI, 217-545-3837



Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the citizens of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community.


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