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Ronan Thompson Foundation

Ronan Thompson Foundation Holds Inaugural 'Gold Party' Cancer Fundraiser

To celebrate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, on Sept. 29, the Ronan Thompson Foundation will hold its inaugural “Gold Party” fundraiser.Charisma Carpenter

The event’s host is Charisma Carpenter, an actress from the ABC Family drama “The Lying Game,” and begins at 8 p.m. at W Scottsdale.

The evening’s entertainment will take place around W Scottsdale’s WET pool, which will be decorated with an array of gold ribbons, and will feature a DJ performance from DJ Mom Jeans (actor Danny Masterson, best known as playing the character Hyde on “That 70’s Show”), and a live cirque performance.

Danny MastersonA silent auction will be held with Jacqueline Nerguizian jewelry and a Brett Michaels-autographed guitar up for grab.

Because National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’s official color is gold, the Gold Party’s staff will be garbed in golden hues; guests are encouraged to dress up with golden clothes and accessories as well.

The event’s proceeds will go toward The Ronan Thompson foundation, which was established after Ronan Thompson’s death from neuroblastoma. National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month’s purpose is to increase awareness for the types of cancer largely affecting children and to raise funds for research and family support.

Every year, more than 12,000 people under 21 are diagnosed with cancer, according to a press release. 

Tickets start at $25 and are available at wscottsdaletickets.com.

For more information about The Ronan Thompson foundation, visit theronanthompsonfoundation.com


Philanthropists establish $100,000 cancer challenge

Through Sept. 30, donations for ovarian cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) will be matched — up to $100,000 — by philanthropists Lynn and Foster Friess.

The challenge is in memory of Taryn Ritchey, the 22-year-old daughter of Judy Jost of Cave Creek, Ariz., a personal assistant to Foster Friess. In 2007, Taryn lost her battle with ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.

“Taryn is gone physically, but her spirit remains. She is always with me, always in my heart. And, she continues to inspire the doctors and researchers at TGen,” her mother said. “My daughter never gave up, and neither has TGen, which continues to advance cutting-edge genetic technology in pursuit of better cancer treatments; and perhaps, someday — we can pray — a cure.”

TGen’s advanced genomics-based treatments, using molecular DNA profiling, gave Taryn another five months of life — months that still mean the world to her family.

“It gave us, and Taryn, hope.  She never gave up hope.  We never did, and neither did TGen,” Judy Jost said.

Lynn and Foster Friess, who split their time between Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jackson, Wyo., have previously donated more than $400,000 to TGen for ovarian cancer research.

“We continue to support ovarian cancer research in memory of Judy’s daughter, Taryn, because we are confident that TGen can win the battle against ovarian cancer, and save lives,” Foster Friess said.

The Friess Family Foundation will match contributions, dollar-for-dollar — up to $100,000 — to TGen’s ovarian cancer research. The challenge will end Sept. 30, 2012.

““The philanthropic leadership of Lynn and Foster Friess is a tremendous inspiration for our scientific researchers, as well as our patients and contributors,” said TGen Foundation President Michael Bassoff.

For more information or to donate, go to www.tgenfoundation.org or contact Erin Massey, Director of Development, at emassey@tgen.org or 602-343-8470.

UA Cancer Center

Medical: University of Arizona Cancer Center


Developer: City of Phoenix
General contractor: Hensel Phelps
Architect: ZGF Architects
Location: NWC of Seventh and Fillmore streets, Phoenix
Size: 250,000 SF

The $135M, 6-story UA Cancer Center will be the latest addition to Downtown Phoenix’s Biomedical Campus. UA will partner with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and provide inpatient care and clinical operations. Expected start and completion dates: 4Q 2011 to 1Q 2014.

AZRE Magazine, September/October 2011