Richard J Stephenson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and Gateway for Cancer Research (Gateway) Founder and Chairman and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, CTCA Chairman Functional Medicine and Gateway Board of Directors, proudly hosted “Vino con Stelle” on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at The Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The exclusive and intimate evening of food, wine and entertainment under the stars was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night.

“It was beautifully executed, a truly elegant and emotionally compelling evening, with a dash of ‘pixie dust’ thrown in! It felt as though guests were experiencing a tour de force for the senses; the tastes, sights, music, and entire experience was as if they were transported directly to Portofino, Italy,” said Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson. “The setting provided a beautiful environment for my dear husband Richard and I to share our philanthropic mission, Gateway for Cancer Research, an organization funding clinical trials for cancer patients globally.”

Following a moving presentation of Gateway’s transformational work from president Teresa Hall Bartels, the Stephensons announced plans for Gateway’s Inaugural Scottsdale Gala to be presented in Spring 2018, which will benefit funding groundbreaking cancer research worldwide, in addition to the annual autumnal CURES Gala hosted in Chicago.

The evening was led by Emmy Award-winning lifestyle journalist and former Good Morning Arizona host Tara Hitchcock. An innovative gourmet dinner was prepared by The Silverleaf’s acclaimed Executive Chef Michael Patton, with hand-selected wine pairings by celebrated Master Sommelier Alpana Singh.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., cocktails were served on the Silverleaf’s terrace overlooking the McDowell Mountains and featured Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne, Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014, and Ken Wright Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres of Ranch squab & fois gras “pot sticker” with port wine glaze, Scottish-smoked salmon & caviar “egg salad” toast, Vegetarian maki roll with white ponzu, and Prosciutto-wrapped white asparagus.

As the sun set at 7:30 p.m., guests were escorted to a dramatic setting of van Gogh blue table cloths, candelabras and green lights jetting from the desert brush. The five-course meal, visually representative of Starry Night and presented in French service, featured First of season local sweet corn soup, avocado and lump crab; Salad of watermelon, radishes, goat cheese and mint; an Intermezzo of Champagne with grapefruit sorbet topped with caviar lemon; Herb-roasted Angus beef tenderloin, Peruvian potato puree, fava beans & black truffles; and finished with Shades of chocolate cypress under orange lights.

The culinary journey was enhanced by Alpana Singh’s sharing of her wine pairings featuring wineries led by husband and wife partnerships to celebrate the Stephensons’ combined passion for their cause. The courses were paired respectively with Lewis Napa Valley Chardonnay 2014; Miraval Rose Provence, France 2015; Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2015; and Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont, Italy Ruby Red Port.

Following dinner, guests were treated to first-class entertainment including pieces from Matteo Bocelli, son of Andrea Bocelli performing for only the second time in America, alongside America’s Got Talent finalist and “Golden Buzzer” winner Laura Breton, and international recording artist Kelly Levesque. The vocal performances were led and accompanied by American pianist William Joseph.

“Vino Con Stelle” was produced by Michael Ravenhill and Mandell Entertainment Group.

For more information on Gateway for Cancer Research and the trials it funds, visit www.GatewayCR.org.



“Our mission instills a sense of urgency to accelerate the pace of cancer research,” said Teresa Hall Bartels, president, Gateway for Cancer Research. “Our dedication to investing in novel patient-centric approaches, combined with the increasing rate of treatment advances, leads us to believe that together we can conquer cancer in our lifetime.”

Gateway for Cancer Research℠ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to funding innovative cancer research that helps people living with cancer to feel better, live longer and conquer cancer TODAY! Thanks to generous underwriting, 99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives directly funds Phase I and Phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions across the country and abroad. Since 1991, Gateway has supported more than 150 clinical trials and funded over $70 million in breakthrough cancer research. Get involved today by visiting www.GatewayCR.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/demandcures and join the conversation on Twitter at @DemandCures, #BeAGateway.

99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives directly funds Phase I and Phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions