Academy for Cancer Wellness

Music And Memories Concert IX Happenings-Results

Music and memories concert IX happenings-results - 6/14/2011

Friday, June 3, 2011 was an historic day for the Academy for Cancer Wellness. Established in 1995 by Alice F Chang, along with John J. Welker and his wife, the late Gertrud Welker to provide support for cancer survivors and their family and friends, the ACW reached its endowment goal and invested the funds.  Proceeds from Music and Memories IX on Saturday evening, May 14 put the fund over the top. The well-attended silent auction and concert at Grace St. Paul’s Lutheran Church netted $10,000 for ACW. Performers included Tucson Symphony Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Carla Ecker and friends such as the Paloma Winds, TSO principal timpanist Kim Toscano, mezzo-soprano Kristin Dauphinais, cellist Mark Votapek, TSO violinist Emma Noel Votapek and pianist Tannis Gibson. The evening prompted one patron to post: “There was a pleasant music program but what was particularly fine was the Brahms Sonata 1 for Violin and Piano.  It was wonderfully performed by Carla Ecker and Michael Dauphinais.”

A beautiful 8 ½ by 8 ½ foot cancer ribbon quilt designed by Academy of Cancer Wellness founder, Dr. Alice F. Chang, pieced by Frankie Mills and quilted by the Senior Citizens Quilting Club of Collinwood, Tennessee was displayed in the church and raffled off. The winner was Kathleen McBride who graciously donated it to her favorite charitable organization, the Academy for Cancer Wellness! The quilt will now be raffled off at the Music and Memories tenth anniversary concert in the spring of 2012.

The Music and Memories Concert Series began in 2003 as a benefit for flutist Katherine Kitzmann, who had no insurance when she was diagnosed with the cancer that killed her. TSO principal keyboardist Paula Fan offered to continue the concert the following year. Since then, aided by the Academy’s biennial fundraising event, the Confetti Gala, various fundraisers sponsored by individual donors, memorials in honor of loved ones who have asked that ACW be gifted in lieu of flowers, and the efforts of countless musicians, the money has been raised.

“We are grateful to the musicians who have always volunteered their time and talents to our events,” says Dr. Chang. “We hope to continue to raise money and add to the principal as well as to be able to give more in our Wellness Grants each year to under insured cancer patients. Be sure to watch our website for updates on next year’s Music and Memories evening.”