Karmanos Cancer Institute 20th Annual Partners Events honor Danialle and Peter
DETROIT, Aug. 20, 2013
Partners Golf Classic Sept. 9, Partners Night, Oct. 5
DETROIT, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Barbara Ann Karmanos
Cancer Institute will hold its 20^th Annual Partners Events this fall in
support of its nationally-recognized comprehensive cancer research programs.
Proceeds from the events will fund important scientific recruitment
initiatives, bringing promising talent to Detroit and further strengthening
Karmanos' accomplished research programs.
The honorees for this year's Partners Events are Danialle and Peter Karmanos,
The Partners group was the original vision of Anna and Harry Korman in memory
of their daughter, Suzanne, who died of cancer at age 36. They established a
research fund to help others with cancer and to begin a legacy of research
into creating more effective treatments and earlier detection methods as well
as building support for patients and their families so that others would not
have to suffer as their daughter did. Since then, Partners have raised nearly
$13 million for cancer research.
In keeping with the Korman's vision, Partners annually honors an individual or
individuals who have positively impacted cancer care and research in our
community. Honorees Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr., are well-known for their
dedication and passion for giving back to the community, and especially to
those impacted by cancer.
After the loss of his wife Barbara Ann to breast cancer in 1989, Peter
Karmanos, Jr., contributed $15 million to the cancer institute that now bears
her name, ensuring that the best and most advanced cancer care is available to
other families. Since then, he, along with his wife Danialle,has continually
supported the Institute, both personally and through corporate philanthropy.
In addition to Mr. and Mrs. Karmanos being the Institute's largest
benefactors, Danialle has continuously applied her expertise and creativity to
various committee positions she has held. Her talent has been instrumental in
elevating Karmanos Cancer Institute's signature events to a new level,
creating a tremendous buzz that increases attendance.
"Danialle and Peter Karmanos, Jr., are a very dynamic couple who are
passionate about revitalizing the city of Detroit – and by extension Karmanos
Cancer Institute and other Detroit-based companies and organizations," said
Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Karmanos. "Their efforts are
characterized with a great style and an infectious energy. This honor is
Today, Karmanos is a beacon of hope to more than 6,000 new patients annually
who seek the help of the Institute's renowned physicians and scientists.
Karmanos scientists work each day to help establish the most innovative and
effective therapies for patients who come to the Institute.
"Philanthropic support from Partners helps keep vital cancer research on track
and moving forward," said Ann G. Schwartz, Ph.D., deputy center director and
executive vice president of Research and Academic Affairs at Karmanos. "We
depend on individuals and corporate sponsors because their generosity ensures
that innovative scientific research will continue at the Karmanos Cancer
Institute, bringing about better treatment options for our patients."
The Partners Golf Classic features two shotgun starts, one at 8 a.m. and
another at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 9 at Franklin Hills Country Club and will include
a competitive golf scramble, lunch, refreshments and an awards dinner. The
Partners Night, which features special guest comedian J Chris Newberg,
includes a strolling dinner, short program, exciting raffle, live
entertainment and late night dancing at The Fillmore Detroit, Oct. 5.
Partners Executive Committee Co-Chairs this year are Brian Eisenberg and
Major event sponsors of the Partners events include Presenting Sponsor Quicken
Loans, Lead Sponsor Compuware Corporation, Platinum Sponsors Becker Ventures,
Cambridge Consulting Group, Credit Union ONE, Lil and Alex Erdeljan, The
Ferrantino Foundation, Marjorie S. Fisher, The Forbes Company/Somerset
Collection, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, Kenwal Steel Corp. and The
Suburban Collection.; Magazine Sponsor Hour Detroit and Dbusiness Magazines,
and Radio Sponsor, News/Talk 760 WJR.
Additional sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available for both
Partners events. For information on Partners sponsorship opportunities,
contact Maureen Bender at 313-576-8111 or email email@example.com.
Benefactor tickets are $250 each; and Friend tickets are $175 each.
Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Lisa Koltunchik at
313-576-8106, email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit
About the Partners
The Partners are a group of hardworking and "hands-on" volunteers, ages 25 –
50, who have pooled their ideas and resources and joined together for the sole
purpose of raising funds for the Karmanos Cancer Institute. Many of these
dedicated volunteers are motivated by their own personal struggles or those of
loved ones battling this disease. The Partners are dedicated to making sure
that other families, who are facing this illness, always have a place to turn
where they will receive the ultimate in patient care, education and treatment.
For more information, go to http://www.karmanos.org/partners.
About the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
Located in mid-town Detroit, Michigan, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer
Institute is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive
cancer centers in the United States. Caring for more than 6,000 new patients
annually on a budget of $260 million, conducting more than 700 cancer-specific
scientific investigation programs and clinical trials, Karmanos is among the
nation's best cancer centers. Through the commitment of 1,000 staff, including
nearly 300 physicians and researchers on faculty at the Wayne State University
School of Medicine, and supported by thousands of volunteer and financial
donors, Karmanos strives to prevent, detect and eradicate all forms of cancer.
Its long-term partnership with the WSU School of Medicine enhances the
collaboration of critical research and academics related to cancer care.
Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D., is the Institute's president and chief executive
officer. For more information call 1-800-KARMANOS (1-800-527-6266) or go to
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