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September 23, 2008

“Denim and Diamonds” to Raise Funds for SIU Cancer Institute

The SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine is hosting its eighth “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser Saturday, October 18.  The funds raised will go towards completing the Cancer Institute’s research laboratories and enhancing amenities of the chemotherapy infusion area.  Guests are encouraged to dress in their finest denim or formal attire for the event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield.

The event will feature live music by DK Money of Springfield and a formal dinner.  There will be both live and silent auctions with items that include gourmet dinners, vacation homes, one-of-a-kind jewelry, sporting event tickets and original artwork.  Tickets are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of ten and available by calling the SIU Foundation 217-545-2955.

The event is sponsored by Memorial Medical Center; St. John’s Hospital; Isringhausen Imports; Citi Smith Barney; Charlie and Joan Robbins, H. J. and Beverly Collins; Letitia Dewith-Anderson and the late William Anderson; Associated Pathologists, Ltd.; Bank of Springfield; Brandt Consolidated; Central Illinois Community Blood Center; Coldwell Banker Devonshire Realty; Denney Jewelers; Health Alliance Medical Plans; Maria Leka of MK Furs; Drs. K. Thomas Robbins and Gayle E. Woodson; Springfield Radiologists, S.C.; Skinner, Copper & Ehmen, L.L.C., and Jack and Rita Victor and Curtis and Karun Tillett.

The mission of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through medical education, biomedical research and patient service.  Its Web site is and its main phone number is 217-545-6000.

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