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Tony Pena, Brian Cashman

Yankees’ GM supports TGen Research

A top official of the New York Yankees whose father passed from pancreatic cancer has joined a prestigious national panel organized by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to fight this aggressive disease.

Brian Cashman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the vaunted Yankees Major League Baseball franchise, has joined TGen’s National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

TGen’s National Advisory Council leads a critically needed funding effort and promotes a deeper public understanding of pancreatic cancer, the nation’s fourth-leading cause of cancer death, which in 2012 took the lives of nearly 44,000 in the U.S. and nearly 235,000 worldwide.

Cashman lost his father, John, in September after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He had wanted his Yankees to reach the World Series as one last gift to his father.

“My father loved the Yankees. There are a lot of people who face these kinds of challenges, and they look to the Yankees to provide positive inspiration. For my father, the Yankees were always something he could look forward to,” he said. “I welcome the responsibilities and challenges of my role in the fight against pancreatic cancer. I have a personal experience to draw from, and coupled with my unique standing within the fabric of baseball, I’d like to believe I can make the type of contribution my father would be proud of.”

Cashman was invited to join TGen’s National Advisory Council by another council member, Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, who in 2011 lost his father, Larry, to pancreatic cancer, even as Derrick was fighting his own battle with prostate cancer.

The Yankees and Diamondbacks played one of the game’s iconic 7-game World Series in 2001.

In addition to Cashman and Hall, another MLB official, David Dombrowski – President, CEO and General Manager of the Detroit Tigers – also is a member of the National Advisory Council for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Other members of TGen’s National Advisory Council are: Raymond Bojanowski, Co-founder and Co-chairman of the Seena Magowitz Foundation; Karl Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Leggett & Platt Inc.; Diane Halle,
President of the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation and the Herbert K. Cummings Charitable Trust; Steve Hilton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Meritage Homes Corp.; David Lane, President of the Lane Affiliated Companies; Roger Magowitz, President and Founder of the Seena Magowitz Foundation; Vincent McBeth, President of the The McBeth Group International and a retired U.S. Navy Commander; Larry Rogers, President and CEO of the Sealy Corp.; Steve Stagner, President and CEO of the Mattress Firm; Louis A. “Chip” Weil III, retired Chairman, President and CEO of Central Newspapers Inc.; and Howard Young, President of the General Wholesale Company.

“Brian Cashman is a powerful addition to TGen’s National Advisory Council. His personal experience, championship reputation, and national visibility will be a huge boost to TGen’s fight against pancreatic cancer,” said Michael Bassoff, TGen Foundation President.

Cashman joined the Yankees as a 19-year-old intern and now commands one of the most demanding jobs in sports. During 25 seasons, he has earned five World Series rings. At age 30, he became the youngest GM to win a World Series. And during 1998-2000 he became the only GM in Baseball history to win World Series titles in each of his first three seasons.

The pARTy, Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum’s pARTy Black-Tie Fundraiser To Dazzle, Delight

The Phoenix Art Museum will be hosting its 7th annual, black-tie fundraising event this November with the pARTy, aptly named for celebrating the art housed in the Museum as well as the lively feel for which the occasion strives.

Initially an event to celebrate the Museum’s grand opening after the completion of a multi-year construction project, the pARTy was such a success, it was turned into an annual fundraising event for the Phoenix Art Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs, which include tours with experts, lectures, festivals, cultural performances and an award-winning film program.

“Over the past six years, an average of 795 individuals have attended the event each year,” says Alesha Corey, head of media relations for the pARTy. “The pARTy has raised more than $9 million.”

Coordinators behind the event have maintained their focus on keeping the pARTy an unsponsored event, only receiving money from those who donate without the influence of personal benefits.

“This is not a typical event as it is not a sponsored event,” Corey adds. “The guests are not buying sponsorship; they are buying tables and donating to the Museum. There are options to underwrite various aspects to the event and those are strictly donations with no benefits attached.”

At the pARTy, attendees can either purchase individual tickets or tables for groups. There are 4 different table options, varying in price from $7,500 to $50,000. Individual tickets range from $750 to $5,000, depending on the table.

The pARTy is also run entirely by volunteers who have taken an interest in the Phoenix Art Museum.

“The Museum has a cadre of eager and outstanding volunteers that work for the Museum in numerous ways,” says Corey. “On the night of the event, there are also staff members that volunteer to work to be part of this huge event for the Museum. For the volunteers that evening, the pARTy is a highlight event of the year.”

Corey has no doubt this year’s event will amaze its guests. She says with the stunning décor, “this year’s black-tie event … promises to dazzle and delight guests.”

For more information on the Phoenix Art Museum and The pARTy, visit phxart.org.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
(602) 257-1222