Masonic Cancer Center

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Varsity Team Rally

Varsity Team Rally “Constellation of Bright Stars” raises more than $100,000 for Masonic Cancer Center research

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(L to R) Joel and Lois Maturi, Goldy Gopher, Francine and Lou Nanne and Janet and Dr. Douglas Yee greet guests at Varsity Team Rally, Sept. 10, 2014.


The fourth annual Varsity Team Rally was held on September 10, 2014, and raised more than $100,000 to benefit and advance high-impact cancer research at Masonic Cancer Center. The event brought together dedicated supporters of cancer research with University of Minnesota student athletes and Masonic Cancer Center faculty in a “Constellation of Stars” event at the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building. Honorary Chairs Francine and Lou Nanne, emcee Stephanie Hansen of 107.1 Radio (and breast cancer survivor), Dr. Brooks Jackson, U of M Medical School Dean, and Dr. Douglas Yee addressed attendees over a dinner provided by Kafe 421. Many thanks to Drs. Scott Dehm, Michael Garwood, Dorothy Hatsukami, Dan Kaufman, David Largaespada, DeAnn Lazovich, Jeffrey Miller, Kola Okuyemi, Chris Pennell, Lisa Peterson, Jill Siegfried and Michael Verneris for leading informative small group discussions and shining a light on our work here at Masonic Cancer Center. Special thanks to Micki Diers and others on the CCRB staff. Great work by the all-volunteer Varsity Team Rally Committee, co-chaired by Carla Bender and Mary Frey!

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