Expect Miracles Wine & Spirits 2016 Highlights
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Merci beaucoup for selling out Expect Miracles Foundation’s 13th Annual Wine & Spirits Event. Nearly 400 financial executives and their guests gathered on November 10, 2016 at The Revere Hotel in Boston, MA and raised significant funds for the fight against cancer. The evening showcased the importance of both individuals and companies supporting the cause, and emphasized our firm belief that YOU are the Main Ingredient in the Recipe for a Cure.
Photo Credit: Leo Gozbekian and Tanya McGee
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With support led by Foundation Sponsors BNY Mellon, Eagle Investment Systems, and Intercontinental Exchange, guests received a glimpse of France as they entered Space 57. While enjoying Paris, Provence, and Bordeaux dining bars, Rothschild Wine, and drink tasting bars, guests networked with old friends, new colleagues, and industry peers. Through the generous support of International Culinary Tours and Château Ladausse, this year’s Grand Prize Drawing featured five days in Monflanquin, France for an international culinary experience.
Guests joined together in an upscale theater for the night’s speaking program. Frank Heavey, Executive Director, kicked off the presentation, sharing with the guests that as a result of their support of Expect Miracles Foundation, 33,000 Americans a year fighting a certain non-small cell lung cancer have a new hope because “last November the FDA approved Tagrisso, a new oral medication that results in 60% of patients experiencing complete or partial reduction in their tumor size.”
Next, Maggie Nokes, Assistant Director, spoke about her journey with cancer and thanked the attendees for their support and funding. Maggie expressed her gratitude, stating, “Thanks to the funding you provide to Expect Miracles Foundation, the non-invasive, blood-based "liquid biopsy” was created, which will transform the way cancer is detected and treated.”
Event Co-Chairs Jeff Duckworth, John Hancock Investments, and Keith Brown, Accenture, expressed a call to action and asked everyone in attendance to consider how they can get more involved with The Foundation on a company or personal basis.
After an exciting live auction and tremendous support from the crowd, Frank Strauss, Founder and Chairman, took to the stage to thank the Foundation’s sponsors and shared the industry’s success in 2016 from record-breaking fundraising to sold-out events. Strauss asked for the 100th person to join the Miracle Maker Leadership Council and the response was overwhelming. Right on the spot, several attendees pledged to join the MMLC, the Foundation’s major donor circles.
The evening culminated with Frank Strauss presenting a check for $700,000 to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in support of the Robert and Renée Belfer Center for Applied Cancer Science. Strauss presented the Foundation Award to State Street Corporation for its leadership in advancing the mission of Expect Miracles Foundation. Brenda Lyons accepted the award on behalf of State Street. Strauss presented the CJ Award to Seyfarth Shaw LLP for its loyal commitment of time and resources to aid The Foundation in rallying the financial services industry against cancer. Erik Weibust accepted the award on behalf of his firm.
Thank you to our wonderful guests, sponsors, partners and volunteers – YOU are the Cure. You can check out even more photos on our Facebook Page! We hope to see you at our next event, Expect Miracles in Manhattan on January 26, 2017 in New York City.
Additional 2016 Sponsors
Grand Prize Drawing Sponsors