Academy for Cancer Wellness

13Th Annual Music & Memories Concert

13th Annual Music & Memories Concert - 4/23/2015






Evening of Music, Silent Auction, Tea Tasting & Prizes to

Benefit Under-Insured Cancer Patients Endowment Fund

Bid on Wildcat Autographed Basketball, Travel Packages, Jewelry, Art & More

(Tucson, AZ)—The Academy for Cancer Wellness will hold its 13th annual Music & Memoriesconcert and silent auction at 6:15 pm Saturday, May 9 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St., Tucson to benefit its Under-Insured Cancer Patients Endowment Fund. The program will feature more than two dozen musicians including members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra performing music by a variety of composers including Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Boccherini.

          Patrons are invited to come at 6:15 pm for the silent auction and harp and flute music on the plaza in front of the church performed by Carrol McLaughlin and Brian Luce (UA School of Music).. Sports fans will want to bid on an autographed UA men’s basketball and a gift basket of Dale Earnhardt memorabilia. The silent auction will also have jewelry from local designers; restaurant, entertainment, and hair salon gift certificates; auto and home service offers; art work including glass by locals Tom Philabaum and Martin Levy; food and wine gift baskets and baskets for babies and pets.

          There will also be door prizes and Chinese tea tasting from the Seven Cups Teahouse. Raffle tickets will be sold for a colorful UA Wildcat quilt with the winner to be drawn at the next ACW event in October celebrating the organization’s twentieth anniversary.

          Admission is free, patrons are encouraged to make donations and be generous when participating in the silent auction. The Academy for Cancer Wellness is 100% volunteer-operated. 

          The musical theme of Music and Memories XIII is family. Families performing on the program are: David Rife, Wynne Wong-Rife and their two daughters, Melissa and Molly; Will and Lee MacDonald, the TSO’s David Morgan and Elizabeth Bright Morgan and Ellen Chamberlain and her brother, Robert, and the Powe Family-Carissa, Levi, Aliyah and Sharon. David Rife and Wynne Wong-Rife of the TSO will be joined by more orchestra members including Michael Becker, Victor Valenzuela, Ben Yingst, Jessica Campbell, Rebecca McKee, Ilona Vukovic-Gay, Mary Beth Tyndall, Joseph Pagan, Joseph Rousos-Hammond and Candice Amato. Additional performers include Sara Fraker, Derek Granger, Shu ching Cheng and Chia- Chun Ko.

          “Music and Memories XIII, from our family to yours,” says violinist Wynne Wong –Rife. “Our family, with honorary Rife Family member, violist Rebecca McKee, is excited to share the joy and exuberance of music with you and yours. We are performing some of my favorite chamber music. Playing in this concert is one of our favorite events.”

         Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has proclaimed May 9 “Cancer Wellness Day” in Tucson as a tribute to everyone whose lives have been touched by cancer and a reminder that the community must continue to do its part to support patients and their caregivers.

          Proceeds from Music and Memories benefit the Under-Insured Cancer Patients’ Endowment Fund. The Academy has now been able to expand its services, helping people who are treated for multiple types of cancer in multiple treatment facilities. The monetary value of the grants has increased and the organization’s reach has grown from predominantly Tucson to all of Southern Arizona.

          The Music and Memories Concerts were inspired by a musician and cancer victim, who was, like so many in the arts, uninsured. Since then, countless musicians have joined forces to honor and remember all those who have been touched by the disease. Some play to celebrate survival, some to celebrate the memories of those who fought and lost the battle.

          The Academy for Cancer Wellness, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization established in 1995 by Alice F. Chang, along with John J. Welker and his wife, the late Gertrud Welker. The Academy’s mission is to spread awareness of the many people who have faced the challenge of cancer and emerged triumphant; to provide a means for cancer champions to rally amongst themselves for mutual strength and support; to provide funding for research toward the promotion of cancer wellness; and to provide modest financial support for the working poor and under-insured cancer patients.

          For more information, please contact 520-722-4581 or visit