City Slickers: Raising Cancer Care Funds for More Than a Decade!
City Slickers began 11 years ago when Dr. David Sherman, a radiation oncologist and medical director of Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph, and his wife Eileen, wanted to support cancer services in a fun and unique way. They opened their Mequon farm, held a dress down gala, and City Slickers was born.
Since that time, we have kept City Slickers casual, fun and always unique. Held in airplane hangars, car dealerships and gymnasiums, this year’s event did not disappoint!
On September 20, City Slickers: Kickin’ It took over the Midwest Orthopedic Sports Complex with over 330 people dressed in their best soccer attire. A delicious dinner was served by Saz’s, and entertainment was provided by the Boogie Men who created the ultimate dance party.
Our silent auction had something for everyone. Sports fans had the opportunity to bid on an autographed helmet by Donald Driver and throwing out the first pitch at a Brewers game. Those looking for a night away had various options from the Ambassador Hotel to the Fox Hills Resort. For those guests looking for something really unique, a package from Saz’s that included dinner in your home and wine parings for 20 guests was up-for-grabs. In total, more than 125 auction items were available to bid on, and each one was sold!
One of the night’s highlights was our guest of honor, Trina, a breast cancer survivor. As a mother of two, she was very social, enjoyed life and had a terrific group of friends. In December 2013, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although scared and shocked, she knew she was a fighter and she had her friends to support her. Not only did she have her friends, she found a whole new group of support … the Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care – Elmbrook Memorial staff.
Trina explained that the Elmbrook team was awesome and their care was amazing. They made her feel safe, secure and went beyond what she could have ever expected from a health care team. She knew that with all the support she had in her life, she would beat the cancer.
“Create love everywhere you go because you never know when it will come back to you,” Trina stated. And she knows love came back to her threefold.
City Slickers: Kickin' It raised over $60,000 and all of the proceeds benefit patients like Trina at Elmbrook Memorial and the David M. Sherman Center at St. Joseph.
We thank all of those who helped make City Slickers: Kickin’ It a huge success, especially event chairs Dr. Jonathan and Ruth Triesman.
Take a look at photos from the event!